The Candlelight Processional is part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and takes place in 2019 from November 29 every day until after Christmas on December 30.
Each evening at the America Gardens Theatre, there is a musical performance by a mass choir and a 50-piece orchestra retelling the Christmas story with the help of a special celebrity guest narrator. The choir is a mixture of Disney cast members and other choirs including high school children.
The performance runs three times a night at the American Gardens Theatre at 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:15 pm.
Celebrity narrators scheduled for 2019 are:
- November 29 to December 1, 2019 - Ming-Na Wen
- December 2 to December 5, 2019 - Neil Patrick Harris
- December 6 to December 7, 2019 - Whoopi Goldberg
- December 8 to December 10, 2019 - Isabella Rossellini
- December 11 to December 12, 2019 - Alton Fitzgerald White (replaces Chita Rivera)
- December 13 to December 15, 2019 - Gary Sinise
- December 16 to December 18, 2019 - Pat Sajak
- December 19 to December 21, 2019 - Geena Davis (replaces Warwick Davis)
- December 22 to December 24, 2019 - Steven Curtis Chapman
- December 25 to December 26, 2019 - Edward James Olmos
- December 27 to December 28, 2019 - Marlee Matlin
- December 29 to December 30, 2019 - Lisa Ling
Note that guest narrators are subject to change and some of the more popular narrators draw very large audiences. Some appear virtually every year like Edward James Olmos but most years there are a couple of new faces.
Celebrations also take place at most of the pavilions in the World Showcase with Holiday Storytellers including Old Saint Nick in the American Adventure showcase, Pierre Noel in France and La Befana in Italy.
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages
There is no charge for seating at the Candlelight Processional but it is on a first-come-first-served basis. If you want a guaranteed seat then you can purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package which includes either breakfast, lunch or dinner plus guaranteed seating for one of the Candlelight Processional performances on the same day.
The meal can be taken either before or after the performance on the same day, depending upon timing.
Read more about the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages….