Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays Celebration 2019



Red colors and plants everywhere! Beautiful!

Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays 2019 is a global celebration of the Holiday Season.

The dates for the 2019 Festival are November 29th – December 30, 2019.

Celebrate ‘holidays around the world’ during this spirited seasonal festival at Epcot. Discover a festival featuring the joyous holiday traditions of the 11 World Showcase nations. Epcot International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.

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In front of the France Pavilion.

Savor seasonal food and beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens. Take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase. Delight in stirring live musical productions all day and evening long.

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Father Noel’s performance.

Inside Tip:  For many years, Epcot’s celebration of the holiday season was known as Holidays Around the World.  Epcot has re-themed all its reoccurring annual events as Festivals now:  Festival of the Arts, International Flower and Garden Festival, International Food and Wine Festival, Festival of the Holidays.


Feast of the Three Kings Holiday Kitchen

Holiday Kitchens

Indulge in the flavors of the season with scrumptious bites, decadent desserts and merry libations at this year’s festive winter celebration.

This year, the Holiday Kitchens can once again be found around World Showcase.  These kitchens offer tastes of the holidays representing seasonal traditions around the world.

There are 13 Holiday Kitchens this year. Holiday Kitchens are open daily November 29th to December 30, 2019 from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Full food menu:  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/holiday-kitchens/

The Holiday Cookie Stroll

cookie stroll

Welcome to the 2019 Holiday Cookie Stroll

Epcot has a sweet event going on for the holidays:  The Holiday Cookie Stroll

It’s a “Cookie Challenge” for guests.

Guests are invited to stroll around the World Showcase and taste five different holiday cookies.


The cookie challenge is on pages 34-35 of the International Festival of the Holidays passport.


Challenge accepted!   Done!!!!

Guests receive a coordinating stamp in their International Festival of the Holidays Passport for each cookie sampled.  Once the cookie challenge is completed, the guest receives a free “completer” Mickey holiday cookie.

The cookies included in the 2019 Holiday Cookie Stroll are:

  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen: Linzer Cookie
  • American Holiday Table: Gingerbread Cookie
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen: Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
  • Feast of the Three Kings: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen: Black and White Cookie

Completer Cookie: Complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie at the Holiday Sweets & Treats location.

Guests can share the holiday cookies with their family and friends while strolling or they can complete the holiday cookie stroll over several visits.

Holiday Cookie photos:


We love Linzer cookies!


Catch me, catch me, if you can….


The peppermint pinwheel cookie


The chocolate crinkle cookie


The black and white chocolate cookie


And, finally…the complimentary Mickey Sugar Cookie!

Which cookies do you want to try???



If you’re caught with your hand in the cookie jar, don’t worry! You can purchase the 2019 Cookie Stroll Cookie Jar at one of the World Showcase Holiday Markets!

The new Holiday Cookie Stroll is part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays and runs November 29th through December 30th.


Disney World Gingerbread cookies are the best! (Image credit:  Elly Collins)

Gingerbread Cookie



Fa la la la la….♫♪♪♫♪

Tidings of Joyful Fare

‘Tis the season – embark on an epicurean adventure featuring culinary traditions from countries ‘round the globe.  During the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, guests of all ages can visit themed Holiday Kitchens for flavorful food and beverages that evoke the yuletide spirit.

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So beautiful!

Candlelight Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. All the while, gorgeous choral pieces are woven into the production as an orchestra and choir provide and inspirational backdrop with songs of hope and joy.

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Marlee Matlin last year.

This year, the following celebrity line-up will lend their talents to the performance:

Ming-Na Wen – November 29 – December 1, 2019
Neil Patrick Harris – December 2 – 5, 2019
Whoopi Goldberg – December 6 – 7, 2019
Isabella Rossellini – December 8 – 10, 2019
Chita Rivera – December 11 – 12, 2019
Gary Sinise – December 13 – 15, 2019
Pat Sajak – December 16 – 18, 2019
Warwick Davis – December 19 -21, 2019
Steven Curtis Chapman – December 22 – 24, 2019
Edward James Olmos – December 25 – 26, 2019
Marlee Matlin – December 27 – 28, 2019
Lisa Ling – December 29 -30, 2019

Performances are at 5:00pm, 6:45pm, and 8:15pm nightly from November 29 – December 30, 2019.



Traditional feast at the American Pavilion for dinner!

Feast at American Holiday Table

Enjoy a seasonal salute – dig into traditional dishes reminiscent of grandma’s cooking at the American Adventure.

Specialty Food Items

Slow-Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce

Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole

Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Whisky-caramel Sauce

Gingerbread Cookie

Specialty Beverages

Hot Cocoa

Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps

81Bay Brewing Company Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale, Tampa, FL

Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL

Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Porter, Titusville, FL

Holiday Beer Flight



Feast of the Three Kings

Feast of the Three Kings

Travel to the Caribbean for a fa-la-la-la-fabulous fusion of food, drink and culture celebrating the story of the Magi.

This booth, located near World Showcase Plaza, highlights the celebration of Three Kings Day, a holiday celebrated in Spain and Latin America as well as the Caribbean.


Feast of the Three Kings

Food Items

Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives

Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce

Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco

Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie


Coquito: Tropical Eggnog

M.I.A. Beer Company Tres Reyes Mango Golden

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater


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Cookies and hot cocoa = yes please!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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Have a magical day!




How about a nice cup of tea?

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