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‘Candlelight Processional’ and More Coming to Walt Disney World for 2022 Holidays

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays - 50th Anniversary cookies

In addition to the return of “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” this year, this year’s holiday offerings at Walt Disney include guest favorite “Candlelight Processional,” and so much more.

Here are all the Holiday events and shows announced during this week’s “Halfway to the Holidays” promotion:

Candlelight Processional


The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays begins November 25, 2022.

The cornerstone of the festival will once again be the “Candlelight Processional,” a beloved long-standing tradition of heartwarming holiday performances at America Gardens Theatre.

No narrators have been announced yet, but past narrators have included Steven Curtis Chapman, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jodi Benson.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays - Dove cookies

Also part of the festival, the Holiday Cookie Stroll will return to EPCOT this year.

Guests can partake in a sweet scavenger hunt, while enjoying menus of traditional and inspired adaptations of holiday dishes from around the world at special Holiday Kitchens.

New to Holidays at EPCOT, the Guardians will trade in their classic hits playlist for a mash-up of seasonal jams at “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.”

Guests will blast off to the tune of an awesome holiday single, bringing joy to Xandar and Terra, too.

Merry Menagerie

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets known as the Merry Menagerie of winter animals returns to delight guests.

Then watch the waters to catch Santa voyaging across the Discovery River as part of a festive flotilla.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” will add a festive finale, featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, and celebratory songs of the season.

And the “Santa Claus Merry Motorcade” will have Santa cruising down Hollywood Boulevard in his candy-apple red convertible daily.

Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar

Disney Springs

Guests visiting Town Center will experience a magical snowfall, bringing the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida.

Meet with Santa Claus for photos with you and your family in a special area decorated for the holidays.

Plus Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar becomes “Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar” again, and will feature yuletide touches alongside festive food and craft cocktails.

Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Across the Parks

In honor of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration, select theme park icons will continue to transform into Beacons of Magic, illuminating select nights with an EARidescent glow.

Disney PhotoPass photographers can help guests enhance their Disney vacation photos with holiday-themed Magic Shots at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, a new Disney PhotoPass Lens, and virtual backdrops at the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs.

Of course, there are so many more details to come from Disney Parks, including all of the special food and drink, but if you’re planning a visit for the Holidays, this is a great list to plan from.

Are you visiting Walt Disney World during the 2022 Holidays? What are you most excited to see?

Santa at DAK

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