Disney is well known for decorating the parks for the holidays, from the characters all dressed up and life-sized toy soldiers to larger-than-life trees full of lights and so much more. At Epcot in 2017, they present an incredible performance of the Christmas Story. An extra ticket is not needed; however, people over the years have been known to start lining up as early as noon. Disney explains it best – “This show, which is included in theme park admission, presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.
This year’s list of narrators offers a mix of returning favorites and new faces:
- Laurie Hernandez– November 24 to 26, 2017
- Matt Bomer– November 27 to 28, 2017
- Ana Gasteyer– November 29 to 30, 2017
- Whoopi Goldberg– December 1 to 3, 2017
- Pat Sajak– December 4 to 5, 2017
- Jodi Benson– December 6 to 8, 2017
- Kurt Russell– December 9 to 11, 2017
- Warwick Davis– December 12 to 14, 2017
- Trace Adkins– December 15 to 17, 2017
- Neil Patrick Harris– December 18 to 21, 2017
- CCH Pounder– December 22 to 24, 2017
- Jaci Velasquez– December 25 to 27, 2017
- Chandra Wilson– December 28 to 30, 2017
The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) throughout the holiday season. Candlelight dining packages, available on select nights, include a meal and seating at a Candlelight Processional performance. Availability is limited.”
Heart-Warming Ending With IllumiNations!
Epcot doesn’t stop there; guests can also explore Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Eleven countries in World Showcase are all decked out in decorations, skits, music, and food of the season. A few countries put on outside performances telling the story of Santa Claus from their origins. It is possible that guests may see a few different versions of Santa as they explore this festival. Also, guests should be on the lookout for Belle wearing her maroon Christmas dress and posing for photos. Even Illuminations, the nightly fireworks show at Epcot, is giving park goers a reason to celebrate. According to Disney, this seasonal conclusion of IllumiNations features holiday greetings in the native languages from each of the countries from the World Showcase. In addition, the performance concludes with the classic song, “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” a perfect way to cap off a holiday experience at Epcot! Walt Disney World’s Epcot has always been a great place to visit, and this especially holds true during the holidays.
[Feature image courtesy of Disney.]