Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays Celebration 2020

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Red colors and plants everywhere! Beautiful!

Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays 2020 is a global celebration of the Holiday Season.

The dates for the 2020 Festival are November 27th – December 30, 2020.

The Epcot Christmas Tree looking all pretty at sunset.

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’s 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.
A lot of events got canceled for 2020 at Epcot, but there’s still things to see over the holidays!

Festival highlights include:

  • Holiday Kitchens around World Showcase promenade with favorites like American Holiday Table, featuring Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen with dishes like Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl.
  • The returning group, JOYFUL!, present a journey through R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music inside World Showcase.
  • Voices of Liberty with their incredible 8-part harmonies on the America Gardens Theatre stage for a special concert of favorite carols and songs of the season.

Insider 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.

2020 Festival of the Holidays passports

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.

The full list of year’s Holiday Kitchen lineup is as follows:

American Holiday Table (American Adventure)

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)

Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)

Festival Favorites (World Showplace)

Holiday Hearth (World Showplace)

Holiday Sweets & Treats (Promenade Refreshments)

Kit Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between Morocco and France)

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France)

Mele Kalikimaka (Showcase Plaza)

Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico)

Prost! (World Showplace)

Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco)

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China)

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)

The Holiday Kitchens are open daily November 27th to December 30, 2020 from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

The 2020 Holiday Cookie Stroll

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Welcome to the 2020 Holiday Cookie Stroll

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

It’s a “Cookie Challenge” for guests.  The cookies are $2.50 each.

Yummy!  What’s your favorite cookie???

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

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

The cookies included in the 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
Minnie Peppermint completer cookie!

Completer Cookie: Complimentary Minnie Peppermint 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:

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We love Linzer cookies!
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Catch me, catch me, if you can….
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The peppermint pinwheel cookie
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The chocolate crinkle cookie
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The black and white chocolate cookie
And, finally….the Minnie Peppermint completer cookie!

Which cookies do you want to try???

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The 2019 Cookie Stroll Cookie Jar
The 2018 Cookie Stroll Cookie Jar

The Holiday Cookie Stroll is part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays and runs November 27th through December 30th.

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Disney World Gingerbread cookies are the best! (Image credit:  Elly Collins)
Gingerbread Cookie
WE LOVE THESE GINGERBREAD COOKIES!!! YUMMY!!! ❤
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♫♪♪♫♪Fa la la la la….♫♪♪♫♪
One of my best DCP Moments: Eating Holiday cookies!
2020 Holiday merchandise.  Super cute!!!!

Tidings of Joy and Cheer

‘Tis the season – Santa will be making appearances again this year at Epcot, but socially distanced!

Santa, aka Father Noel, will greet guests from his carriage this year. He’s full of cheer!

He’ll be making frequent rides around the World Showcase in a horse drawn carriage similar to what Queen Elsa and Anna are doing now.

Queen Anna looking lovely while greeting guests in her horse-drawn carriage.
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Welcome to Epcot during the holidays.
So beautiful!

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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

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Cookies and hot cocoa = yes please!

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Have a magical day!

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How about a nice cup of tea?  This tea display is next to the UK pavilion, of course!
‘Holiday Magic’ starts November 6, 2020 at Disney World! The giant Christmas tree will be up and lit nightly at Epcot.

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