For many guests who visit Walt Disney World during the holiday seasons, one of the annual traditions for celebrating Christmas at the resort is the Candlelight Processional that takes place at Epcot theme park.
The Epcot Candlelight Processional offers a reading of The Christmas Story, a recounting of the birth of the Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, by a celebrity narrator. A mass choir and a 50-piece live orchestra who perform holiday music accompany the celebrity narrator’s reading.
The processional, free with Epcot theme-park admission, takes place three times nightly during the Walt Disney World holiday period. In 2013, Epcot Candlelight Processional takes place Nov. 29- Dec. 30 at American Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. There are three performances each night at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. (There is one exception. On Dec. 8 the processional will take place twice, at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.)
Epcot Candlelight Processional: Schedule of celebrity narrators
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1: Gary Sinise
Dec. 2 – 3: Neil Patrick Harris
Dec. 4 – 5: Ashley Judd
Dec. 6 – 7: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec. 8 – 10: Sigourney Weaver
Dec. 11 – 13 Dennis Haysbert
Dec. 14 – 16: James Denton
Dec. 17 – 19: Edward James Olmos
Dec. 20 – 22: Trace Adkins
Dec. 23 – 25: Steven Curtis Chapman
Dec. 26 – 28: Blair Underwood
Dec. 29 – 30: Amy Grant
Worth noting: Celebrity narrators, dates and other entertainment are subject to change without notice. The events also offer an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired
Epcot Candlelight Processional can get very crowded, and spots in the American Gardens Theater can fill up quickly. One option for Disney guests who wish to guarantee seating for a performance is to book a Candlelight Dining Package. The package combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”
When The narrators are announced for Disneyland, I’ll let you know!