EPCOT at Walt Disney World is known for its many festivals throughout the year, but this is the most merriest festival of them all! The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is taking place at the park now through December 30, 2022, and you won’t want to miss all of the holiday fun. Let’s take a deeper look into this International Yuletide Extravaganza!
It wouldn’t be an EPCOT festival without delicious food, and the Festival of the Holidays is no exception. This year’s festival offers more than 15 holiday kitchens, serving up festive bites and sips from countries around the globe! Here’s a full list of Holiday Kitchens for Festival of the Holidays this year:
- American Holiday Table
- Bavaria Holiday Kitchen
- Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen
- The Donut Box
- Holiday Hearth Desserts
- Holiday Sweets & Treats
- L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen
- La Posadas Holiday Kitchen
- Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen
- Mele Kalikimaka
- Nochebuena Cocina - NEW!
- Shanghai Holiday Kitchen
- Shi Wasa Holiday Kitchen
- Tangerine Café
- Tuscany Holiday Kitchen
- Yukon Holiday Kitchen
Holiday Kitchens open daily at 11:00 AM and close with EPCOT each night unless otherwise noted. While no additional admission is required to experience EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, food and beverage offerings at the Holiday Kitchens require a separate purchase.
Pro Tip: Grab your festival passport right when you enter EPCOT! You’ll find menus for all of the holiday kitchens, plus other festival activities. It’s the best way to make the most of your Festival of the Holidays day!
Have you ever wanted to learn about holiday customs from around the globe? In EPCOT’s World Showcase during the Festival of the Holidays, you can! This year ten storytellers can be found around World Showcase, coming alive with the lore and legends of the season. You’ll find a Mischievous Magical Barn Santa in Norway, La Befana in Italy, Père Noël in France, and even Santa Claus himself at the Odyssey Pavilion!
These storytellers are fun for guests of all ages, so take the time to stop and hear their tales. Each storyteller has multiple 15-20 minute performances throughout the day, so check back if you miss one along the way!
Holiday Cookie Stroll
If you’re interested in exploring the sweeter side of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, you’ll have to participate in the Holiday Cookie Stroll. There are eight cookies available throughout the Holiday Kitchens at the festival, but when you purchase any five you’ll receive a specialty treat! Which cookies and where to find them? We’ve got you covered!
- American Holiday Table - Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
- Bavaria Holiday Kitchen - Linzer Cookie
- Connections Cafe - Sugar Cookie
- Holiday Hearth Desserts - Gingerbread Cookie
- L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen - Black and White Cookie
- Nochebuena Cocina - Alfajores
- Sunshine Seasons - Jingle Sugar Cookie
- Yukon Holiday Kitchen - SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie
The Holiday Cookie Stroll is another time when your festival passport will come in handy. Each time you purchase a Holiday Cookie Stroll Cookie, be sure that you collect a matching stamp in your festival passport. You’ll need five stamps to receive your specialty treat! This activity is available all festival long.
One of EPCOT’s biggest holiday traditions is its nightly Candlelight Processional at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. Each night during EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas joined by a 50-piece orchestra and a full choir. We already shared the Candlelight Processional Narrator schedule here! (Link Candlelight Processional Narrators article)
Candlelight Processional has three performances nightly at 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:30 PM. Guests line up hours in advance to snag a seat or even just a view from afar of their favorite Candlelight Processional narrators, but did you know there’s an easier way to secure your seat?
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are the best way to save your seat for the Candlelight Processional! Simply book a dining package for lunch or dinner on the day of your Candlelight Processional viewing, and you’re guaranteed a seat at one of the three performances. Dining packages include an appetizer, entree, and dessert or one full buffet at one of EPCOT’s select dining locations. Along with the delicious lunch or dinner experience, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your seat is saved for the hottest show in town this holiday season!
Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition
Are you up for a scavenger hunt? This year at EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, guests of all ages can go on a festive quest through the World Showcase. As you make your way through the World Showcase, try to figure out which country has which tradition and mark it with a sticker on your map. Once you’ve completed your expedition, bring your map back to an eligible shop to get your special holiday keepsake!
Maps for Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt are $9.99 plus tax and are available at Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler shops. Guests can redeem their special holiday keepsake through December 31, 2022.
As you can see, there are so many ways to experience the season at EPCOT this year! EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays 2022 is a must-do for any guests visiting Walt Disney World this holiday season. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for EPCOT’s festivals in the new year!