Holidays Around the World -
Epcot Celebrates Christmas
Epcot goes all in for Christmas at WDW. The Holidays Around the World celebration is just amazing. Epcot gets all dressed up for the holidays and throws a big party. In fact, Dad thinks Epcot may be the most Christmasified of all the Disney Parks. (Yes, Dad likes to make up words.)
Uncle Walt loved Christmas. He went all out to have a huge Christmas celebration at Disneyland and that tradition has been kept alive through the years. I think Uncle Walt would have loved Christmas at WDW and especially at Epcot.
Holidays Around The World
The Holidays Around the World celebration at Epcot is a great celebration of the season of joy and love. All day long the celebration goes on and it ends with a big bang.
The day includes special holiday shows, storytellers telling the story of the holidays around the world, incredible concerts and the best fireworks show ever.
Epcot gets all dress up in it's holiday finest with Christmas decorations everywhere.
Here's what's included in the Holiday's Around the World celebration...
Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season
Do you like Christmas music? Duh. Who doesn't. Around our house we play Christmas music year round.
One of the most "joyful" shows during Christmas in Epcot is Joyful! A Celebration of the Season. This show is performed on the fountain stage in Future World several times a day.
Here, listen to the opening of the show.
If you like good music with a lot of "joy" take a few minutes and enjoy the show.
All 11 countries have a representation of the holidays in their countries. Some of the stories are downright funny. I'm not going to spoil all the fun and tell you what each says, but here is an overview.
- Mexico - Fiesta de Navidad - a mariachi band and dancers share the joy of the holidays
- Norway - Sigrid tells funny tales about the mischievous Christmas Gnome named Julenissen
- China - shows a video of the Lion Dance
- Germany - Helga tells the tale of the first Nutcracker
- Italy - La Benafa talks about how Italy celebrates the Epiphany
- The American Adventure- Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa are presented in Santa's Village
- Morocco - a video shares the story of Ramadan
- Japan - Daruma (doll seller) talks of celebrating the New Year
- France - Pere Noel reads a letter from a little girl about the Magic of Christmas
- United Kingdom - Father Christmas talks about the traditions in the U. K. and many in America
- Canada - explore the seasonal customs of the Great White Notrh with the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs
Performance times are staggered so you can see the shows at different times through the day. Consult your park map for the showtimes on the day you visit.
The Candlelight Processional
Come hear the story of the birth of Jesus and enjoy some incredible music and a celebrity narrator reading the story right out of the bible.
The Candlelight Processional is simply the best holiday show at Walt Disney World and one of Dad's favorite things during Christmas at WDW. It's just incredible.
Candlelight Processional Dinner Package
The best way to watch the Candlelight Processional is to add the Dinner Package. What could be better than a good meal and a great show. With the Dinner Package you get a reserved seat into the show.
Most of the Epcot restaurants are available with the Dinner Package.
The Voices of Liberty
During Holidays Around the World, the Voices of Liberty change their show from the patriotic songs to Christmas music.
Yep, Dad really wants to sing with the Voices of Liberty especially at Christmas.
Don't miss this!
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
The holiday section of Illuminations:Reflections of Earth is awesone.
Dad absolutely loves fireworks, but for some reason, I'm not a big fan of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. I can't explain it. BUT...
That all changes during Holidays Around the World. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth during the holiday season is nothing short of SPECTACULAR!!!!
Disney adds an extra section to the regular show at the end and it's something special. The sky truly lights up to brighter than daylight at the end.
This is Dad's favorite fireworks show at WDW. That's saying something.
Dad's Bottom Line
Christmas at Walt Disney World is just about the best thing anywhere. Epcot maybe the best place to experience it. The Holidays Around the World celebration is a must see.