• Sunday, December 16, 2018
The Complete Guide to Epcot’s International Festival of Holidays

The Complete Guide to Epcot’s International Festival of Holidays

Holiday traditions from all over the world come together in a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from November 18 through December 30 this year! Experience Christmas festivities from all 11 countries in the World Showcase and even more with countless Holiday Kitchens, live performances, and other entertainment daily during the event that honors international traditions.

Entertainment & Activities

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season

The joyous spirit of Christmas and Kwanzaa comes to life throughout the day on the Future World Fountain Stage with performances of uplifting gospel, R&B, and holiday songs. The Joyful Vocal Ensemble takes the stage daily for a mini-concert that’s sure to fill your heart with warm, festive feelings.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is Epcot’s resident firework finale spectacle, lighting up the sky above the World Showcase Lagoon with a story of the Earth in three parts. After the Earth is Born (part one), The Triumph of Life (part two), and Hope for the Future (part three), the show will include a dazzling holiday-themed finale each night during the festival.

Candlelight Processional

Another staple of Epcot’s holiday celebration is the annual Candlelight Processional, which runs this year from November 22 through December 30. A celebrity narrator, with the help of a 50 piece orchestra and a full choir, tells the story of Christmas on stage at the America Gardens Theater three times each day. Get more info on this year’s lineup and dining packages here.

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt

Chip & Dale are back up to their mischievous ways and have hidden Christmas ornaments all over the World Showcase for guests to track down. To join the scavenger hunt, start by purchasing a map and sticker set ($6.99 per person) from Disney Traders, Pin Central, or World Traveler at International Gateway. Then start your quest around the showcase, keeping an eye out for the chipmunk twins and their ornaments. Each time you find one, place the matching sticker on the map’s corresponding location. Once you’ve located all the ornaments, take your completed map back to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a special surprise from Chip and Dale!

Holiday Kitchens

One of the most important parts of celebrating the holidays is the food (of course!) and with 12 Holiday Kitchens set up all around the park, guests of the festival can get a taste of the traditional foods used in celebrations all around the world.

As you travel through the park sampling international delights, track your purchases of select cookies on the Holiday Cookie Stroll in your Festival Passport by collecting a stamp for each one. After you’ve tried any five cookies, and collected the corresponding stamps, you can take your Festival Passport to Holiday Sweets and Treats to exchange it for a complimentary “completer” cookie and a glass of cold milk!

American Holiday Table (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Hand Carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole (gluten/wheat friendly option)
  • Slow-Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce (vegetarian option)
  • Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
  • American Heritage Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Wondermade Marshmallows (non-alcoholic)
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Cranberry Kringle Pilsner
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout
  • Holiday Beer Flight
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: American Heritage Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoas with Peppermint Schnapps
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany Pavilion)
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream
  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce
  • Saurbratern, Red Cabbage and Spatzle
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Fresh Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes (vegetarian option)
  • Peppermint Sugar Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
  • Possmann Pure Hard Cider
  • Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider
  • Schofferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen
  • Cider Flight
  • Regional Riesling
  • Gluhwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine
Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada Pavilion)
  • Seared Salmon with Crown Maple Whiskey Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazlenut Croquant
  • Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup
  • Maple Buche de Noel: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble (vegetarian option)
  • Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Ephemere Strawberry and Rhubarb
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Ice Wine Flight
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky
Feast of the Three Kings Marketplace (Showcase Plaza)
  • Pastelon: Sofrito Marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives (gluten/wheat friendly option)
  • Queso Fresco stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji, and Tomato Sauce (gluten/wheat friendly option)
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (vegetarian, gluten/wheat friendly option)
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (gluten/wheat friendly option)
  • Green and White Sugar Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Trey Reyes Mango Golden
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater
L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (between Morocco and France Pavilions)
  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
  • Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup
  • Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream (vegetarian option)
  • Black and White Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup, and Seltzer (non-alcoholic)
  • Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail
Le Marche De Noel Holiday Kitchen (France Pavilion)
  • Napoleon de Saumon Fume, Brioche a L’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napolean in a Dill Brioche
  • Bouchee a la Reine Traditionnelle: Turkey and Mushrooms in a Veloute Cream Sauce served in a Light Puff Pastry
  • Buche de Noel au Chocolat “Christmas Log”: Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache
  • Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P., Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend
  • Holiday Kir: Spakling Wine and Monin Cranberry Syrup
  • Willm Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine
Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco Pavilion)
  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab with Whole Wheat Pita, Cucumber, Olives, Tomatoes, Mint Yogurt Sauce, 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, Toasted Almonds and Chocolate Sauce
  • Casa Beer
  • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparkling Wine, Orange Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
  • Walnut Spiced Coffee with Walnut Liqueur, topped with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy Pavilion)
  • Cavatappi ai Quattro Formaggi: Baked Four Cheese Pasta, Parmesan Crumble and Truffle Essence
  • Mozzarella in Carozza: Golden Crusted Fried Mozzarella Sandwich and Tomato Sauce
  • Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters and a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle with Chocolate Caramel Sauce
  • Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazlenut Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
  • Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake
  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion)
  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls
  • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Spicy Mala Chicken with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Sweetened Bubble Milk Tea: Mango Flavored Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Beer
  • Plum Wine
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan Pavilion)
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Chicken and Spinach
  • Holiday Green Tea “Yule Log”: Delicate Spongecake rolled with Whipped Cream Filling
  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Popping Strawberry Boba Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico (non-alcoholic)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider: Plum Wine, Orange Juice with Lemonade and Apples
Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico Pavilion)
  • Enchilada de Pollo con Mole: Chipotle Chicken in a Corn Tortilla with Mole Negro, topped with shredded Oaxaca Cheese and Sesame Seeds
  • Tamal de Camaron: Corn Tamal filled with Guajillo marinated Shrimp topped with Mole Rojo and shredded Cotija Cheese
  • Arroz con Leche: Rice Pudding with Cranberries
  • Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal: Allende Mexican Craft Ale with a Kahlua Floater
  • Noche Buena Margarita: Libelula Joven Tequila, Cranberry and Lime Juices and Agave Nectar with Lime Foam and Sprinkles on top
  • La Posada Margarita: Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Horchata-Cinnamon Liqueur and Aqua de Horchata with Cinnamon on top
Holiday Sweets & Treats (Showcase Plaza)
  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (gluten/wheat friendly option)
  • Holiday Tree Sugar Cookie  (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
  • Holiday Cookie Stroll Completer Cookie: Red and Green Mickey Sugar Cookie
  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic)
  • TG Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
  • Hot Cocoa with assorted Cordials: Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur, or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Firenog: TG Lee Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea and Butterscotch Schnapps

Other Seasonal Menu Items

Refreshment Outpost (near Africa Outpost)
  • Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft Serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
Refreshment Port (near Canada)
  • Turkey Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, and Crispy Onions
  • Eggnog Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Eggnog Shake with Baileys Irish Cream
Fife & Drum (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Holiday Apple Pie Sundae with Soft Serve Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce, and Crunchy Streusel Topping
  • Budweiser Reserve Collection Copper Lager
Taste Track (near Test Track)
  • Croissant Doughnut tossed in Cinnamon Sugar
  • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate Icing and Holiday Sprinkles
  • Croissant Doughnut with Eggnog Pastry Cream and Gingersnap Crumbs
  • Gelato
  • Pancake Milkshake (non-alcoholic)
  • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red
L’Artisan Des Glaces (France Pavilion)
  • Glace au Pain d’Epices: Gingerbread Ice Cream with Gingerbread Pieces
Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles (France Pavilion)
  • Buche de Noel au Chocolate: Chocolate Christmas Log with Chocolate Mint Cream Mousse and Chocolate Crunch Biscuit
UK Beer Cart (United Kingdom Pavilion)
  • TG Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic)
  • TG Lee Eggnog with Irish Whiskey
UK Tea Caddy (United Kingdom Pavilion)
  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey (non-alcoholic)
  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey and Drambuie
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway Pavilion)
  • Traditional Holiday Rice Cream
Fountain View Cafe
  • Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake
Canada Popcorn Cart
  • Pecan Maple Bark featuring Crown Maple Sugar
Funnel Cake (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Mistletoe Mile (Future World East): Brown Jug Bourbon Cream with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon
  • Naughty and Nice (Canada Pavilion): Grey Goose and Kahlua with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon
  • Rum Rudolph (Showcase Plaza): RumChata with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon
  • Cheerful Elf (American Adventure Pavilion): Baileys Salted Caramel with Eggnog topped with Whipped Cream and Cinnamon

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