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2023 Candlelight Processional Details and Dining Packages

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It’s that time of year again … Halloween is not quite here, but preparations for EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional are well under way. Today we got dates, details, and dining package info for this year’s event.

What Is the Candlelight Processional?

In case you’ve never been to Disney World at the holidays (which is a lot of people), the Candlelight Processional is a show offered at EPCOT during the holiday season. It includes a mass choir, an orchestra, and a celebrity narrator who perform a re-telling of the Christmas Story. The show is extremely popular, with each of the three shows a day usually having long lines for standby seating. The best way to ensure that you get to see the show is to book one of the several dining packages that are available.

The Candlelight Processional has three performances a day, at 5:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m., and is housed in the America Gardens Theater. Both valid admission for EPCOT and a theme park reservation are required to attend a showing.

If you’ve booked a trip with one of our fabulous Destination Specialists, you can reach out to us and we can try to book these packages for you.

Who Are This Year’s Candlelight Processional Narrators?

Each showing features a celebrity narrator, and we’ve got quite a few new storytellers (marked with a ❇ below) mixed in with those who are returning.

  • Nov 24-25: Chrissy Metz ❇
  • Nov 26-27: Luis Fonsi ❇
  • Nov 28-29: Ann-Margret ❇
  • Nov 30- Dec 2: Simu Liu
  • Dec 3-5: John Stamos
  • Dec 6-8: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec 9-11: Marlee Matlin
  • Dec 12-14: Brendan Fraser ❇
  • Dec 15-16: Eva Longoria ❇
  • Dec 17-18: Joey McIntyre ❇
  • Dec 19-20: Sterling K. Brown ❇
  • Dec 21-23: Jordan Fisher ❇
  • Dec 24-26: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Dec 27-28: Audra McDonald ❇
  • Dec 29-30: Lisa Ling

Candlelight Processional Dining Package Details

There are 8 restaurants at EPCOT offering Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. All but one of them are Table Service locations that accept advance reservations. All packages, whether reserved in advance or Same-Day packages, include a guaranteed seat to the Candlelight Processional held on the same day. The time of the reserved showing will be assigned at the restaurant when the meal is complete.

Prices do not include admission to EPCOT, and a separate theme park reservation is required.

Table Service Candlelight Processional Dining Packages

These packages can be booked beginning on October 17.

Adult price applies to those aged 10 and up; listed prices do not include tax and gratuities. Except at Spice Road Table, package price includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert or one full buffet/family-style meal, as well as a non-alcoholic beverage. At Spice Road Table, the package includes 2 small plates and one nonalcoholic beverage per person, plus a tagine and dessert platter for your party to share.

Same-Day Candlelight Processional Dining Packages

Only one location is offering a same-day dining package this year: Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue in the American Adventure Pavilion. The package cost is $41 (not including tax) for adults and children; visit the restaurant on the day of to ask about availability, which is not guaranteed.

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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer has a background in math and biology, so she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

9 thoughts on “2023 Candlelight Processional Details and Dining Packages

  • It’s a great way to spend a holiday evening at Walt Disney World. It’s relaxing, heartwarming, and just plain enjoyable.

  • Can anyone book a Candlelight Processional Dining package beginning October 17th? It seems to me that in 2021, the system crashed. I didn’t go in 2022 but whatever happened to booking 60 days in advance with a Disney resort reservation or 30 days without a resort reservation?

    • Hi Dorothy, yes anyone can book beginning on October 17th. Resort guests with trips covering the days after December 16th will still have an advantage over the general public, as that is 60 days from October 17th. So if you are trying to secure a spot for the weeks immediately before and after Christmas, you will still have an advantage over off-site guests as those days will be available to you before they are available to the public.

  • How early can we book online for the dining package? 6AM like other Adrs?

    • Hi TJB, yes. 6 AM Eastern online; 7 AM if calling Disney Dining.

  • Woo Hoo! I’ll be in Epcot when John Stamos and NPH are there

    Do I want to try to hit it up twice to see them both?

    • Hi Scott, well, it would save you from having to decide which one if you only went to see one of them … 😉

  • Holy smokes! Simu Liu the day I’m at Epcot!!!

    • Awesome! Have a great trip!


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