Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are: November 29th – December 30, 2019.
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.
An exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are lending their dramatic talents to the production, have been announced including:
November 29 – December 1, 2019
Ming-Na Wen – November 29 – December 1, 2019
December 2-5, 2019
Neil Patrick Harris – December 2 – 5, 2019
December 6-7, 2019
Whoopi Goldberg – December 6 – 7, 2019
Isabella Rossellini – December 8 – 10, 2019
Chita Rivera – December 11 – 12, 2019
December 13-15, 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
December 5, 2018: Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot narrating the Christmas Story.
He was spotted at DAK walking around with his daughter and a Disney guide the next day.
Opening event on November 29, 2019 with Ming-Na.
Ming-Na Wen opens the 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot
Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays got underway this past weekend with actress and Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen opening the 2019 Candlelight Processional on November 29th.
Ming-Na Wen is known for being the voice of Mulan, and most recently as Fennec Shand in The Mandalorian streaming on Disney+.
Cast members (in green robes) on the left, visiting high school choir (in yellow robes) on the right.
Dates, Times and Location:
November 29th to December 30, 2019
5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm
America Gardens Theater, Epcot
December 2018: NPH was so good! Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is! (Cast members are behind him wearing the green robes.)
Video of Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot 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 logo for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.
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 29, 2019 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2019.
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.
Our FREE ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from 2016 Candlelight Processional! He’ll be back this year on Christmas night, December 25, 2019.
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).
CM Update: Cast member auditions for the 2019 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2019. Rehearsals started earlier this month.
We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
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Have a magical day!
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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree.