The 2021 Candlelight Processional will run from Nov. 26-Dec. 30 for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

Last year, Christmas was a little bit darker when Disney World had to cancel its famous Candlelight Processional for the health and safety of its guests and Cast Members during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

But now we can see the light! And don’t worry, you can head toward it. This isn’t Soul.


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The Return of EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional

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Neil Patrick Harris at the 2019 Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The 2021 Candlelight Processional will return for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Performers include Cast Members, musicians, and singers, as well as celebrity narrators.

Far and away, the most popular celebrity narrator in years past has been Neil Patrick Harris, but other famous narrators have included John Stamos, Helen Hunt, Joey Fatone, Whoopi Goldberg, Cal Ripken, Jr., Jim Caviezel, Ming-Na Wen, and Jodi Benson.


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In previous years, singers and musicians have come from high schools and community groups, but given the ongoing pandemic, Disney will be limiting participation to its Cast Members, all of whom are required to be vaccinated. Disney hopes that guest choirs and musicians will return in 2022.

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The 2021 Candlelight Processional will be held at the America Gardens Theatre with a live orchestra. Disney has not yet solidified its lineup of celebrity narrators, nor has it revealed its Candlelight Processional Dining Packages, but both of these announcements are due soon.

A Treasured Tradition

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Candlelight Processional featuring Alfonso Ribeiro. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Candlelight Processional dates back to 1958 when it first debuted at Disneyland. Magic Kingdom brought it to Disney World the year the park opened in 1971, and EPCOT took the helm starting in 1994. Last year marked the only year in WDW’s history that there was not a Candlelight Processional.

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Timothy Moore
Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as your managing editor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he’s not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they’re the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).