2017 Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot Returning in November

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 24th – December 30, 2017.

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, December 18 -21, 2017.

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 24 to 26, 2017: TBD

November 27 to 28, 2017: Matt Bomer

November 29 to 30, 2017: TBD

December 1 to 3, 2017: Whoopi Goldberg

December 4 to 5, 2017: Pat Sajak

December 6 to 8, 2017: TBD

December 9 to 11, 2017: TBD

December 12 to 14, 2017: Warwick Davis

December 15 to 17, 2017: Trace Adkins

December 18 to 21, 2017: Neil Patrick Harris

December 22 to 24, 2017: CCH Pounder

December 25 to 27, 2017: Jaci Velazquez

December 28 to 30, 2017: Chandra Wilson


Dates, Times and Location:

November 24th to December 30, 2017

5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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

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!  🙂

And, he’ll be returning this year, December 15 – 17th!


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 24, 2017 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2017.

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 from last years processional!

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 2017 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2017.  Rehearsals started this week.



Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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


Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World 2013 at Epcot.

Holidays Around the World 2013 at Epcot.

We went over to Epcot for the evening with our friends. Caroline won four tickets for VIP IllumiNations seating outside the Italy pavilion. We bought some hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies before the show.

Hot chocolate with friends.

Hot chocolate with friends.

Sugar and Spice Holiday Bakery

Sugar and Spice Holiday Bakery

Gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven!

Gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven!

We also got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of my favorite country singers, Trace Adkins. It was a wonderful Christmas-y evening with good friends.

Huge Christmas tree at American pavilion.

Huge Christmas tree at American pavilion.

Holiday Culinary Treats from Around the World

Holiday Passport 2013

Holiday Passport 2013

Embark on a tour of festive holiday tastes as you gift your senses with the flavors of the season.

All around Epcot, a host of colorful locations are busy preparing savory eats, mouthwatering sweets and delightful customary dishes—from classic offerings you know and love, to international food and beverage items you may be trying for the first time. Discover the unique delicacies available at each area, including:

Future World : The Land – Future World West
Gingerbread village and bar
Canada Pavilion : Canada Beer Cart
Pecan maple bark

The American Adventure Pavilion
Gingerbread men
Chocolate chunk cookies
Sugar cookies
Hot chocolate
Hot apple cider
Peppermint bark

Germany Pavilion
Glűhwein (hot spiced wine)
Stollen (holiday fruit cake)

China Pavilion
Kaikouxiao (happy face fried cake)

United Kingdom Pavilion
“Apple Jack”

France Pavilion
Bûche de Noël au chocolat
Glace au pain d’Epices (gingerbread ice cream)

Japan Pavilion
Teriyaki chicken karaage (bite-sized chicken chunks with teriyaki sauce)

Norway Pavilion
Rice cream

Mexico Pavilion
Sweet tamales

In addition, be on the lookout for several outdoor stops where you can purchase featured drinking mugs and souvenir popcorn buckets too!

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