The Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a massed choir. It takes place in EPCOT’s America Gardens Theatre three times a night through much of the holiday season and has become a family tradition for many. This year the even runs from November 24 — December 30.
Six of the narrators will be hosting for the first time this year. That includes, Laurie Hernandez, Matt Bomer, Pat Sajak, Kurt Russell, Warwick Davis, and CCH Pounder. Normally that would be fantastic list of celebrities by itself, but returning hosts like Whoopi Goldberg, Jodi Benson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Trace Adkins are sure to draw a crowd as well.
The 2017 narrator lineup (subject to change):
- Nov. 24-26 – Laurie Hernandez
- Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer
- Nov. 29-30 – Ana Gasteyer
- Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
- Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
- Dec. 6-8 – Jodi Benson
- Dec. 9-11 – Kurt Russell
- Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis
- Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
- Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
- Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
- Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
- Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson
The best way to make sure you get a seat is to get a dining package, but there are some standby seating available at all performances. If we do standby, we like to get in line at the beginning of the first performance so we’re close to the front and get to hear two shows while just having to wait for one. For some of the lessor known narrators, you’ll be able to walk up to the third show and get seating.
Do you have a favorite narrator among this year’s list?
(Photo courtesy Disney. Mariah Wild, photographer)
Amazing how Candlelight Procession started as a DISNEYLAND event , yet now it is a major event at DISNEYWORLD and DISNEYLAND is not even mentioned in the article and the Candlelight Procession at DISNEYLAND is a small 2 day event , while the one at DISNEYWORLD is a large multi-week event. How soon they forget where it ALL started