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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on November 22, 2009 at 9:16 am

Light Up The Season at Disney’s Candlelight Processional

Amid all the twinkling lights and the shiny paper and ribbons, stands  a holiday tradition that is a sure way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and share the magical meaning of the season with family and friends. Candlelight Procession

The Candlelight Processional, held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre at Epcot theme park, invites guests to hear the retelling of the Christmas story by celebrity narrators.  Accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir, this moving performance has become one of the most popular annual holiday events held at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Candlelight Processional is scheduled for 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:15 pm nightly and is narrated by the following celebrities:

  • 11/27 – 11/19 – Isabella Rossellini
  • 11/30 – 12/02 – John O’Hurley
  • 12/03 – 12/05 – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 12/06 – 12/08 – Anika Noni Rose
  • 12/09 – 12/11 – Andy Garcia
  • 12/12 – 12/14 – Vanessa Williams
  • 12/15 – 12/17 – Abigail Breslin
  • 12/18 – 12/20 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/21 – 12/23 – Brian Dennehy
  • 12/24 – 12/26 – Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/30 – Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
John O'Hurley serves as one of the narrators for Candlelight Processional

John O'Hurley serves as one of the narrators for Candlelight Processional

Due to the popularity of this event and the fact that seats in the theatre fill up very quickly, guests often purchase one of the Candlelight Dinner Packages. These packages not only include dinner, but a guaranteed seating section for the performance and pre-arranged viewing for the  Illuminations fireworks held after the final performance.

Restaurants participating the dinner packages include:

  • The Garden Grill – this rotating, character meal restaurant located in the Future World section of Epcot, allows guests a window into the Living with the Land attraction.  Food is served family-style with many of the ingredients grown right before your eyes
  • Biergarten Restaurant - in the Germany Pavilion, this popular  restaurant features a buffet of traditional German foods like wursts, schnitzels and sauerkraut
  • San Angel Inn – located in the Mexican Pavilion, this restaurant is styled after an old world hacienda and serves Mexican dishes and margaritas.  A new addition to this restaurant is the La Cava del Tequila tequila bar featuring 70 varieties of authentic tequila
  • Nine Dragons – serving authentic traditional and modern Chinese dishes in a contemporary Asian setting, this restaurant is located in the China Pavilion
  • Restaurant Marrakesh - the splendor of a sultan’s palace is the theme of this restaurant in the Moroccan Pavilion and features such dishes as roast lamb, shish kebabs and couscous
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room - located in the United Kingdom Pavilion , serves favorites from Great Britain including fish & chips, bangers & mash and Sticky toffee pudding

Admission to Epcot theme park is not included in the dinner packages and is required to attend the Candlelight Processional. For additional information and to make dinner reservations, contact 407-WDW-DINE.

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