Epcot Festival of the Holidays is fun for all ages! This past Friday I had the opportunity to get an early sneak peek of this year’s festivities including sampling delicious food, live entertainment, character meet and greets and more! Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Festival of the Holidays.
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Epcot Festival of the Holidays
Indulge in the flavors of the season at Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations. The kitchens are open daily through December 30th from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. A few of the samples I enjoyed were Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with Almonds served with a Pretzel Roll, Potato Latkes with Sour Cream, and Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps (there’s a non-alcoholic version as well).
Holiday Cookie Stroll – In addition to the festive foods around the world, you can also participate in the cookie stroll! Using your passport, make a stop at each location to purchase a sweet treat and when you collect all five, bring your stamped passport to the Sweets & Treats holiday kitchen for a complimentary cookie.
The Cookie Stroll locations are:
- Bavaria Holiday Kitchen at the Germany Pavilion Linzer Cookie
- American Holiday Table at the America Pavilion Gingerbread Cookie
- Yukon Holiday Kitchen at the Canada Pavilion Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
- Feast of the Three Kings near the Mexico Pavilion Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
- L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen between Morocco and France Pavilions Black-and-White Cookie
I brought my friend Aubrey along for the festive fun where we snapped pics with our favorite Disney characters like Belle and Chip n’ Dale!
Chip n’ Dale Scavenger Hunt – As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for the adorable chipmunks as they gather ornaments from each World Showcase pavilion. Using your map (purchased separately for $6.99) kids will love this adorable scavenger hunt, and once completed, they can return the completed map to Disney Traders or World Traveler and exchange it for a festive surprise!
Living with the Land Merry and Bright Nights – this gentle boat ride through Epcot’s greenhouse with innovative growing techniques comes alive at night with a twinkling holiday light display. The wait is usually short for this ride, so I recommend checking it out.
Epcot Festival of the Holidays Merchandise
Unique finds and gift-giving inspiration await you at the Holiday Markets at World Showcase. If you have a Frozen fan, check out the brand new Frozen 2 merchandise now at the park! Additionally, you’ll find special Chip n’ Dale holiday gear like apparel, bags, ornaments and more.
Beginning November 29th, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale, along with a 50-piece orchestra and choir. The Candlelight Processional performances are nightly at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM through December 30th.
Epcot Forever Fireworks
Experience the past, present and future of Epcot with this dazzling new fireworks show including laser effects and choreographed kites set to tunes from the Soarin’ ride. I LOVED this new show and highly recommend sticking around to see this beautiful new show. You can also add on a Frozen Dessert package with delectable bites and a special fireworks viewing area! Details can be found here.