EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays: A Complete Guide

by | Jun 24, 2024 | EPCOT, Walt Disney World

Here’s your comprehensive guide to the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays, with everything you need to know about food booths, activities, live entertainment, and more!

It’s official, the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays is coming back in 2024! This year, the holiday festival is scheduled to run from November 29th to December 30th, 2024. There’s a lot to see and do this holiday season, so we’re breaking down everything you can see, do, and – of course – eat in our complete guide.

The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays is the best place to eat and drink your way through the holidays around the world. From holiday kitchens serving sweet and savory bites to learning about how other countries celebrate around the holidays, to the breathtaking Candlelight Processional performances, and everything in between, there’s a lot to do at the festival this year!

Keep scrolling to check out everything you need to know about the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays.

2024 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays?

The 2023 festival officially starts on November 29th and runs all the way through December 30th, 2024.

How long does the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays run?

The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays is one of the shorter festivals hosted in the park, running for only 6 weeks. So, you’ll have to time your visit just right around the holidays.

How much is the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays?

The great thing about the festival is that it is completely free with the cost of admission to EPCOT! So, if you’re a Disney World Annual Passholder, you’ll essentially be able to enjoy the festival at no additional cost. However, if you’re purchasing a ticket, the cost for a standard single-day ticket to EPCOT starts at $149 per person, per day around the holidays.

Keep in mind that the food and drink at the festival booths are an additional cost and vary in price depending on what you order.

Who are the sponsors of the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays?

The presenting sponsor of this year’s festival is AdventHealth, the Official Health Care Provider of Walt Disney World Resort. As part of a media event, AdventHealth gave us a unique opportunity to spread some holiday cheer during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. We were given the opportunity to hand out a $30 gift card from the sponsor to a guest at EPCOT, allowing them to spend it on something throughout their trip.

What’s New at the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

As of now, we’re waiting for Disney to release more details about the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. Stay tuned for updates!

2024 Festival of the Holidays Holiday Kitchens

While there are a lot of unique things to do and enjoy during the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays, the Holiday Kitchens tend to be the star of the show. Each Holiday Kitchen features unique food and drink offerings that are traditionally enjoyed around the holidays across the world.

Le Marchie de Noel Holiday Kitchen booth at the 2022 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Photo by Tina Chiu

Here’s a look at the 2023 Holiday Kitchens to give you an idea of what to expect (just keep in mind that these may change):

  • American Holiday Table (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany Pavilion)
  • Bubbles & Brine (near Port of Entry)
  • Char & Chop (near Disney Traders)
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts (The Odyssey Pavilion)
  • Holiday Sweets & Treats (near Port of Entry
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (between the Morocco and France Pavilions)
  • Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico Pavilion)  
  • Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France Pavilion)
  • Nochebuena Cucina (near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)
  • Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion)
  • Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan Pavilion)
  • Swirled Showcase (near Port of Entry)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco Pavilion)
  • Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy Pavilion)
  • Wine & Wedge (near Disney Traders)
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada Pavilion)

There will also be a few additional locations where you can enjoy special treats during the festival. These will be:

  • Funnel Cake (American Adventure Pavilion)
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company (multiple locations at EPCOT)
  • Refreshment Outpost (between the China and Germany Pavilions)
  • Refreshment Port (near Canada)

Activities at the 2024 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

There’s more to do than just eat your way around the world this holiday season! Throughout World Showcase, you can keep busy with a variety of activities that are sure to entertain everyone in your party – both young and old! Below is a list of all of the activities traditionally available during the festival:

      • Holiday Cookie Stroll
      • Candlelight Processional
      • Holiday Storytellers
      • Santa at the Odyssey Pavilion
      • Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition
      • Holiday Attraction Overlays

Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional has become one of the most beloved holiday traditions in Disney World and it is confirmed to be returning in 2024. A full line-up of celebrity narrators will rotate through EPCOT over six weeks retelling the story of Christmas with a full orchestra and choir. Dining packages will also be available if you’d like reserved seating for the show.

Holiday Storytellers

Have you ever wondered how the countries represented around World Showcase celebrate the holidays? Well, you can get a glimpse into the holiday traditions around the globe from Disney’s expert holiday storytellers! Check the EPCOT times guide or the My Disney Experience app for showtimes and locations.

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition is a fun family-friendly activity during the festival. The popular scavenger hunt sends you around World Showcase to find Olaf who has gathered holiday traditions from around the globe.

To participate, you’ll need to purchase the scavenger hunt map from participating locations and find all of the spots where Olaf is hiding. When you return with a completed map, you’ll receive a prize.  

Holiday Attraction Overlays

Select attractions in EPCOT also traditionally get decked out for the season! Disney hasn’t revealed what attraction overlays will be part of the 2024 celebrations, but the following attractions have featured special holiday additions in the past:

      • Living With The Land
      • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
      • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
      • Spaceship Earth Nighttime Light Show

Posts by Jenna Saxton

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Jenna is a contributing writer at WDW Magazine and stay at home mom. When she's not chasing her toddler around the parks, you can find her out for a run or curled up with a book. She has contributed to multiple Disney and travel blogs including Eat Sleep Cruise, 365 Atlanta Traveler, Disney Food Blog, and AllEars.
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Jenna Saxton

Jenna is a contributing writer at WDW Magazine and stay at home mom. When she's not chasing her toddler around the parks, you can find her out for a run or curled up with a book. She has contributed to multiple Disney and travel blogs including Eat Sleep Cruise, 365 Atlanta Traveler, Disney Food Blog, and AllEars.
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