2016 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

The Candlelight Processional

The wonderful Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional are:  November 25th – December 30, 2016.

Celebrity Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Gorgeous choral pieces performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration, inspiring the audience with songs of hope and joy.

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Neil Patrick Harris has performed the narration for several years now and is excellent!  He’ll be back this year too.

An exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are lending their dramatic talents to the production, including:

November 25 to 27:  Steven Curtis Chapman

November 28 to December 1:  Neil Patrick Harris

December 2 to 3:  Whoopi Goldberg

December 4 to 6:  Edward James Olmos

December 9 to 10:  Anthony Mackie

December 10 to 12:  Robby Benson*

December 13 to 15:  Meredith Vieira

December 16 to 18:  Jim Caviezel

December 19 to 21:  Joe Morton

December 22 to 24:  Ming-Na Wen*

December 25 to 27: Jodi Benson*

December 28 to 30:  Cal Ripken, Jr.

* Three of the names should be familiar to Disney fans as they are actors who have voiced classic Disney characters: Robby Benson, the beast in “Beauty and the Beast”; Ming-Na Wen (Mulan); and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”).

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So good! (Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is!)

Video of Neil Patrick Harris at 2014 Candlelight Processional.  Wonderful!

During our DCP program, we went on December 23rd – almost Christmas Eve! – and got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of our favorite country singers, Trace Adkins.  It was wonderful!  It really got us in the Christmas spirit!  🙂


The beautiful new logo for the 2014 Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

The beautiful logo for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

Event Details:

Interested in adding a dining experience to your Candlelight Processional Evening?

Click here: Candlelight Processional Dining Experience

The Candlelight Processional is a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50-piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrators. The narrator reads the Christmas story and favorite carols of the season are interspersed throughout the program.

The Candlelight Processional is held every night during the Christmas season. The first performance is on November 25, 2016 and then runs daily through December 30, 2016. There are three performances each evening at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The length of the show is about 45 minutes.


Ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate!

The performance is included in regular Epcot park admission at no additional cost. All Epcot guests are welcome to view this wonderful presentation.

The Candlelight Processional is held in Epcot at the American Gardens Theater in the American pavilion. This is an open air theater and, although there is a roof, you may get wet if it rains. Remember to dress for being outside. Although you are in Florida, it still may be quite cool on a December evening.

The choir consists of members of Disney’s Voices of Liberty (red & black attire), the Cast Member choir (green robes), and visiting high school and guest choirs (gold robes).

Note:  Cast member auditions for the 2016 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2016.



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Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


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