Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2021


Tis the season to be jolly and joyous and Epcot is the perfect holiday setting! You can read an overview of everything that’s going on for the season at the most magical place on earth in our article about Disney World Holiday Celebrations 2021. Let’s take a closer look at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2021 as the event runs November 26th through December 30th this year.

What is Epcot Like at Christmas?


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Walt Disney World’s second theme park is known for its unique celebration of culture in World Showcase and the exciting promise of imagination, technology and the future in its other attractions. Epcot now has a festival every season with Festival of the Arts, Flower and Garden Festival, Food and Wine Festival and Festival of the Holidays. The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays follows the usual Epcot festival formula of additional small plate food offerings by way of grab and go kiosks and added entertainment inspired by the theme. Epcot is filled with holiday decorations, themed and seasonal entertainment and a variety of savory bites and sweet treats to please everyone. In addition to the following topics we go over thoroughly, you should also know about the Holiday Cookie Stroll, a type of cookie eating challenge, and Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt with hidden Olaf statues to find throughout World Showcase. The Living with the Land slow boat ride attraction has a holiday light overlay as well. For trip planning purposes, you may want to allocate more than one day for this park if you want to experience all the festival has to offer along with standard attractions and day time fun. There’s just that much to do! And, of course, you’ll find all of the information you need to have the best time in the festival passport. This is a complimentary guide book available at any of the holiday kitchens and around the park. Tip: You may want to bring a pen to circle snacks you want in your passport or check off ones you’ve enjoyed.

Holiday Kitchens at Epcot


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Epcot food festivals seem to take over as World Showcase is turned into a themed, small plate dining experience each season. For the holidays, the food booths at Epcot are called Holiday Kitchens and serve up cultural and seasonal favorites. Think of rich, classic flavors like a turkey dinner plate, gingerbread man cookies, schnitzel, peppermint bark, latkes, and more! There are also special and unique twists on favorites like a gingerbread milkshake and turkey poutine.


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New in 2021 is the Chestnuts and Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen where you can get freshly roasted chestnuts off of the grille! Chestnuts are actually less like nuts and more like a starchy vegetable in texture. What a neat experience to get to try this little treat that’s famously remembered in the popular holiday number The Christmas Song.


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Epcot Holiday Storytellers and Entertainment 2021


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You can absolutely make a full day out of enjoying all of these short outdoor shows. You’ll learn how people celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and more around the world. There is a traditional Christmas presence at this festival but in true Epcot fashion more of the world’s celebrations are included and in entertaining ways. All of it’s fun and heartwarming. Prepare for some classic Disney edutainment. You can find showtimes for the Epcot Holiday Storytellers and other entertainment in the My Disney Experience app. Here’s a full list of all of the live holiday entertainment this year:


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Joyful! A Celebration of the Season | World Showcase Plaza between the two shops

An energetic display of gospel music with incredibly talented singers on a beautifully decorated stage.

Canadian Holiday Voyageurs | Canada on The Mill Stage

Take a musical journey with this rockin’ band that introduces you to Canadian holiday customs.

Father Christmas | United Kingdom

Father Christmas shares traditions and classic songs from around the United Kingdom.

Pere Noel | France

The good spirit of the season delivers the magic of Christmas through a child’s letter.

Hanukkah Storyteller | Between France and Morocco

This singing musician tells the story of Hanukkah and how people celebrate it around the world.

Daruma Storyteller | Japan

A telling of the New Year customs of Japan.

Santa Claus | America

Enjoy a distanced yet personal outdoor visit and photo with Santa!

La Befana | Italy

A holiday tale of the friendly witch.


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Chinese Lion Dancer | China

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this traditional performance.

A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa | Norway

Two performers share a Norway Christmas tale with humor.

Las Posadas Celebration | Mexico

Join the celebrated band Mariachi Cobre and dancers for a colorful, cultural experience.

Candlelight Processional 2021 Narrators


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The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays has the most sentimental and traditional Christmas show at Walt Disney World. Large choirs, including one made up of cast members, professional singers, a live orchestra and a celebrity narrator tell the story of Christmas through word and song. Modified just slightly this year, the show features an expanded cast member choir in lieu of school groups.

Auli’i Cravalho | November 26 through November 28

Chita Rivera | November 29 through December 1

Jodi Benson | December 2 through December 4

Alton Fitzgerald White | December 5 through December 7

Bart Millard | December 8 through December 10

Lisa Ling | December 11 through December 13

Andy Garcia | December 14 through December 16

Ana Gasteyer | December 17 through December 19

Courtney B. Vance | December 20 through December 22

Steven Curtis Chapman | December 23 through December 25

Blair Underwood | December 26 through December 28

Pat Sajak | December 29 through December 30

Dining packages that include reserved seating are available for this experience.

Spaceship Earth Holiday Light Show


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Spaceship Earth brings all new seasonal cheer to the front of the park this year. For the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration this landmark attraction got a special lighting makeover as it became one of the Beacons of Magic. The entire geodesic sphere exterior of Spaceship Earth is now lined with lights in between its many triangular panels. This is not a projection show like we see on other structures like Cinderella Castle or Tower of Terror. The Spaceship Earth Beacon of Magic addition is something different and so incredible to see in person. Light sequences dance around the ball, fade into gradient color palettes and twinkle in view all around the park. Now imagine a holiday version because that’s totally what happens. Spaceship Earth lights up as soon as the sun sets and dances intermittently throughout the night. There is a short soundtrack that accompanies the Beacon of Magic sequence and the separate holiday sequence has its own music. Red and white stripes dance down the icon and bring cheer to guests. Nostalgic Disney fans have something to spot in this new addition. At one point in the Spaceship Earth holiday lights, what appear to be blue and green archways circle the sphere. This part celebrates Epcot history as it represents the former holiday light display Lights of Winter. The lighted, ornate structure once stood as a walk through tunnel that led to the World Showcase area of the park.


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Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2021 Merchandise


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With every Disney festival comes the merchandise. The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2021 merchandise is themed to Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The collection features the happy snowman and his reindeer friend Sven. There’s a soft, blanket bottomed Spirit Jersey with Olaf’s signature seasonal song lyrics on the back: it’s that time of year! This merchandise release also features a cute white mug, pins with the characters, a beanie hat with Olaf and more. You can find it all at Port of Entry, Creations Shop and at different kiosk locations around World Showcase with the best selection usually across from the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen in Germany.

What’s Missing at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2021


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There’s no doubt you’ll have a full festive and fun day at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2021 but there are a few things missing so let’s set some expectations. Some World Showcase entertainment still hasn’t returned for regular day operations. You won’t see the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats in China or the Serveur Amusant comedic balancing act in France. For years, there was a beautiful holiday tag on the Epcot fireworks each night. That’s no longer part of the celebration with the debut of the new nighttime spectacular Harmonious in lieu of a traditional fireworks show like Illuminations.


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Disney Vacation Club Resorts Near Epcot

There are a few Disney Vacation Club resorts near Epcot. The closest resort to Epcot is Disney’s Beach Club Villas. Guests of Beach Club can access Epcot via a quick walk to the International Gateway. The International Gateway is the entrance in the back of the park in World Showcase between the France and United Kingdom pavilions. This DVC resort is located on a small body of water that connects to World Showcase Lagoon and also offers boat transport to the back of the park near the International Gateway. On the same body of water is the neighboring Disney Vacation Club resort Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. Guests can also easily walk to Epcot from Disney’s Boardwalk and the same boat transportation service is available here too. DVC resort Riviera is just one pretty Skyliner ride away from Epcot’s International Gateway entrance. For more information on becoming a DVC member by purchasing resale DVC points contact DVC Resale Experts today.


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Talk to UsFor more information on Disney Vacation Club, its resorts, and the magical vacations you can have at great value by becoming a member through DVC resale, feel free to talk to any of our friendly professionals with DVC Resale Experts at 844-DVC-FANS (382-3267) or email us at Info@DVCResaleExperts.com.
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Sparkly Nicole

Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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