• Friday, October 15, 2021
A Taste of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

A Taste of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Many seasonal celebrations are already in full swing at Disney World, and you can get a taste of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays starting November 27! Although the festival has been slightly modified this year, there are still several ways to experience holiday traditions from around the world at the park.

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

This year during a Taste of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, you can join Olaf on a special adventure through the World Showcase. Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt takes participants on a quest to find special holiday traditions that Olaf has lost along the way.

To join Frozen’s lovable snowman on the expedition, start by purchasing a scavenger hunt map and stickers ($7.99). Maps are available at Disney Traders, Mouse Gear, World Traveler, and Port of Entry.

Then, be on the look out for Olaf in each pavilion of the World Showcase. When you’ve located him, match the lost tradition on Olaf’s sleigh to the corresponding spot on the map.

When you find all of them, take your completed map back to Disney Traders, Mouse Gear, or World Traveler. Everyone who finishes Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition will get a “gift worth melting for”!

Holiday Promenades

EPCOT’s holiday festivities also bring a slew of fun new character promenades to the park. Several familiar faces will greet guests in the World Showcase at various times throughout the day.

  • Santa Claus Promenades (Nov. 27 – Dec. 24): Santa takes a tour of the World Showcase in his horse-drawn carriage, calling out festive greetings to everyone he passes.
  • Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour: Mickey and his crew are all dressed up in their holiday best, ready to greet fans throughout the World Showcase.
  • Frozen Holiday Promenade (Nov. 27 – Dec. 30): Queen Anna and Elsa travel from country to country, waving to the adoring crowds along the way.

Musical Performances

Although there have been a lot of changes this year, some of your favorite musical performances will still take place during a Taste of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. You can hear the sounds of the season at various EPCOT stages during the event.

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season

The amazing vocal ensemble behind JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season brings the World Showplace to life with holiday jams. Enjoy an uplifting performance of festive gospel and R&B melodies.

Voices of Liberty – Voices of the Season

At the America Gardens Theater, the Voices of Liberty take the stage for some traditional holiday caroling. Dressed in Dickens-inspired attire, the a cappella group performs traditional Christmas tunes that the whole family can enjoy.

Las Posadas with Mariachi Cobre

Las Posadas with Mariachi Cobre will also perform on the America Gardens Theater stage. Two brilliantly colorful dancers join the mariachi band for a beautiful display of Mexican holiday traditions.


EPCOT’s infamous cleanup crew can be found entertaining park-goers in the Canada pavilion. The JAMMitors show off their rhythmic style in a festive percussion-filled performance.

Gingerbread Capital City

A realistic gingerbread city created by Disney’s incredible chefs in on display in the American Adventure pavilion. The patriotic exhibit honors some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks, including the Capitol, MLK Jr. Memorial, and a 5-foot-tall Washington Monument.

Holiday Kitchens

The Holiday Kitchens are one of the biggest highlights of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Each unique menu celebrates traditional holiday flavors from around the world.

American Holiday Table – American Adventure Pavilion
  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bens, and Cranberry Sauce
  • Plant-based Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (NEW!)
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • Bell’s Bright White Ale
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Stout
  • Chalk Hill Chardonnay
  • Martin Bay Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen – Germany Pavilion
  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, Spatzle, and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes
  • Linzer Cookie
  • Possman Pure Hard Cider
  • Ayinger Brewery Celebrator Dopplebock
  • Regional Riesling
  • Gluhwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine
Citrus Blossom – Showcase Plaza
  • Orange Cream Shake (Non-Alcoholic): Served in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale (NEW!)
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Selections
Festival Favorites – World Showplace
  • Seasonal Southern Delights: Blackened Bass, White Cheddar Grits, and Okra with Tomato and Onion Stew
  • Alpine Haus: Duck Confit and Dumplings with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fig Reduction
  • Gingerbread Cookie
  • Coquito (Non-Alcoholic): Tropical Eggnog
  • Frozen S’mores (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with Bacardi Gold Dark Rum
  • Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka
Holiday Hearth – World Showplace
  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing (NEW!)
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie (NEW!)
  • Snowball Cookies (NEW!)
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Stollen: Holiday Fruit Cake
  • Mouse Crunch (NEW!)
  • Gingerbread Milkshake (NEW!)
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka (NEW!)
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps
Holiday Sweets & Treats – Promenade Refreshments
  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
  • Minnie Peppermint Cookie
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Coquito Beer (NEW!)
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Alcoholic Cordials: Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur, or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka
Holiday Beverages in the English Garden – Behind the Tea Caddy
  • Twinings Christmas Tea Toddy served with a Cinnamon Stick
  • Twinings Christmas Tea Toddy and Drambui served with a Cinnamon Stick
L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Between Morocco and France
  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke
  • Potato Latkes (Plant-based)
  • Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts
  • Black and White Cookie (Plant-based)
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company Hanukkah Beer: Golden Jelly Doughnut Pastry Ale
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail
Le Marche de Noel Holiday Kitchen – France
  • Rillette de Saumon: Salmon Spread with House-made Bread
  • Dinde Forestiere, Pommes Dauphines: Turkey with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions in a Mustard Cream Sauce with Puffed Potatoes (NEW!)
  • Buche de Noel au Caramel: Christmas Log with Chocolate Cake and Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache
  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Fruits Rouges Draft
  • Rose Petillant Mehtode Traditionnelle Champenoise: Rose Sparking Wine, Pink Flamingo Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose Vanilla, Vodka, and Chocolate Milk
Mele Kalikimaka – Showcase Plaza
  • Kalua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad (NEW!)
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (NEW!)
  • Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut (NEW!)
  • Kona Brewing Co. Big Wave Golden Ale
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum (NEW!)
Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Mexico
  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo (Gluten-Friendly): Chorizo served on a Giant Tostada with Chipotle Black Bean Puree, Salsa Verde, Queso Cotija, Crema Mexicana, and Pickled Onion (NEW!)
  • Tamal de Pollo (Gluten-Friendly): Braised Chipotle Chicken served in a Corn Masa topped with Mole Verde, Queso Cotija, Crema Mexicana, and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Dulce de Leche Churros: Dulce de Leche filled Churros sprinkled with Cinnamon-Sugar
  • Tulum Mexican Craft Beer with a Blackcurrant and Ginger Liqueur Floater
  • Pumpkin Spice Margarita: Tomba Blanco Tequila, Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Nixta Corn Liqueur, Pumpkin Spice Puree, and Lime-Agave Juice with Cinnamon Sugar rim
  • Horchata Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Horchata Rum, Agua de Horchata, and a hint of Cinnamon-infused Mezcal Liqueur
Prost! – World Showplace
  • Charcuterie and Cheese Plate
  • M.I.A. Beer Company White Christmas IPA
  • 3 Daughters Brewing 70 Degree Winter Weizen
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Gingerblonde House Ale
  • Ciderboys Mad Bark Apple Cinnamon Hard Cider
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider
  • Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards 1911 Honey Crisp Hard Cider
Sapphire Holiday Kitchen – Morocco
  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab and Grapes with Euro Cucumber, Red Pepper, Pickled Pearl Onions, and Harissa-Cilantro Dressing
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts, and Pinot Noir Glaze
  • Sfenj: Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon-Sugar, and Chocolate Sauce
  • Mediterranean Beer
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparkling Wine, Orange Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
Shanghai Holiday Kitchen – China
  • Red-stewed Beef Rice Bowl (NEW!)
  • Curry Chicken Rice Bowl (NEW!)
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons
  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Tsingtao Lager
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Vodka, Mango Syrup, and Orange Juice
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk, and Boba
  • The Lucky Mo: Peach Schnapps, Peach Syrup, Orange Juice, and Pina Colada Mix
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen – Japan
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Shrimp Tempura, Fish Cake, and Chopped Green Onion
  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura, and Yellowtail with Vegetables decorated on a bed or Rice
  • Ichigo Mont Blanc Tart: Strawberry and Bavarian Cream-filled Tart sprinkled with Konpeito (NEW!)
  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Cranberry and Yuzu Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico and popping Strawberry Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Tsubaki Whiskey Sour: Plum Wine with Whiskey, Cranberry Juice, Sugar, and Lemon
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen – Italy
  • Biancaneve Italian Flatbread with Mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan
  • Sacchetti alla Boscaiola: Four Cheese Mini Beggar’s Purses filled with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, and Cremini Mushrooms with a Creamy Sauce (NEW!)
  • Cannoli Siciliani: Crisp Pastry filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Orange
  • Peroni Nastro Azzuro Pilsner
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosa Regale
  • Italian Wine Sangria with Prosecco
  • Moscato
  • Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada
  • Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant (NEW!)
  • Beef Bourguignon with Crushed Potatoes (NEW!)
  • Maple Buche de Noel: Maple Mousse and Cranberry rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
  • Frozen Coffee
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Maple Cinnamon Coffee Beer (NEW!)
  • Regional Icewine
  • Regional Red Wine
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky

Additional Festival Locations

Funnel Cake – The American Adventure
  • Sweet Potato Casserole Funnel Cake: Topped with Marshmallow Topping, Cinnamon Sugar, Honey-roasted Pecans, and a Caramel Drizzle (NEW!)
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Caramel Tinsel Latte: Chocolate Latte drizzled with Caramel Sauce and crumbled TWIX Original, available hot or iced (NEW!)
  • Caramel Tinsel Donut topped with crumbled TWIX Original
Refreshment Outpost
  • Warm Brown Sugar stuffed Pretzel with Soft Serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
  • Frozen Slushy Coca-Cola or Minute Maid Lemonade in a Souvenir Spike the Bee Sipper Cup (Non-Alcoholic)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Spicy Ale Cinnamon Hard Cider
Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza
  • Turkey Poutine French Fries: Topped with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, and Crispy Onions
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Spiced Rum

Holiday Cookie Stroll

The holiday cookie stroll is back this year with delicious treats at select holiday kitchens. grab a festival passport and you’ll get a stamp at each cookie stop when you purchase the holiday cookie. When you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your passport to sweets and treats holiday kitchen for a complimentary peppermint Minnie cookie! This year’s holiday treats include:

  • Linzer Cookie – Bavaria Holiday Kitchen
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie – American Holiday Table
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie – Yukon Holiday Kitchen
  • Gingerbread Cookie – Festival Favorites
  • Black and White Cookie – L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen

You can bring your passport back at any time during the festival of holidays to complete the holiday stroll. If you’d like to commemorate your Holiday Cookie Stroll experience, you can pick up an exclusive ceramic cookie jar at select holiday markets.

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays takes place daily through December 30. Get ready for the celebration to begin by making your Walt Disney World reservations now! For more holiday fun, check out what’s happening at Universal Holidays this year.

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