EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays: A Complete Guide

by | Nov 9, 2023 | EPCOT, WDW Blog

Here’s your comprehensive guide to the 2023 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 2023! This year, the holiday festival is scheduled to run from November 24th to December 30th, 2023. 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.

2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Click or tap the link to go to the section you’d like to read:

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The 2023 festival officially starts on November 24th and runs all the way through December 30th, 2023.

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 2023 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.

What’s New at the 2023 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!

2023 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)

The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays begins on November 24. Here is every single item available at this year’s Festival of the Holidays.

1. Bavaria Holiday Kitchen

epcot festival of the holidays menus

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Bavaria Kitchen Food:

  • Pork Schnitzel with mushroom sauce, spätzle, and braised red cabbage
  • Cheese Fondue in a bread bowl with steamed baby vegetables and marble potatoes
  • Linzer Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Bavaria Kitchen Drinks:

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider
  • The Tank Brewing Co. Prost! Festbier
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Bitburger (New) 
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine
  • Beer Flight

2. American Holiday Table

American Holiday Table Food:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce
  • Blackened Catfish with Hoppin’ John and comeback sauce
  • Gingerbread Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

American Holiday Table Drinks:

  • Crooked Can Brewing Company Bah HOPbug IPA (New)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Eggnog White Porter
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Stout
  • Beer Flight

3. L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen

festival of the holidays menus

Photo Courtesy of Disney

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen Food:

  • Pastrami on Rye with house-made pickles and deli mustard
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke
  • Potato Latkes (Plant-based)
  • Rugalach: Pastry filled with raspberry jam, walnuts, and cinnamon (New)
  • Black and White Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen Drinks:

  • Brooklyn Brewery Winter IPA
  • Frozen New York Whiskey Sour featuring Manifest Whiskey and Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

4. Yukon Holiday Kitchen

Yukon Holiday Kitchen Food:

  • Seared Salmon with butternut squash purée, maple-bourbon glaze, and fennel-arugula salad (New)
  • Beef Bourguignon with crushed potatoes
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces (Cookie Stroll Item)

Yukon Holiday Kitchen Drinks:

  • Frozen Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Banana Porter
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Maple Cookie Blonde Ale
  • Collective Arts Coffee Maple Porter
  • Regional Icewine
  • Regional Red Wine
  • Frozen Joffrey’s Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky
  • Beer Flight

5. Holiday Sweets & Treats

Holiday Sweets & Treats Food:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and peppermint candy

Holiday Sweets & Treats Drinks:

  • Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale
  • Brew Hub Sugar Plum Red Ale (New)
  • Left Hand Brewing Co. Chai Milk Stout (New)
  • Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee with assorted liqueurs (Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur, or Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and whipped cream vodka
  • Beer Flight

6. Swirled Showcase

Swirled Showcase Food:

  • Mickey-shaped Liquid Nitro Cake
  • Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone: Vanilla, apple-cinnamon, and salted caramel
  • Cream Soda Float with vanilla soft-serve
  • Fanta Grape Float with vanilla soft-serve

Photo by Abby Richardson

Swirled Showcase Drinks:

  • Frozen Apple Pie (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Toasted Coconut Porter
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Toasted Coconut Porter Float with salted caramel soft-serve
  • Berry Fizz Fragolino Red Sparkling Wine Float with vanilla soft-serve

7. Bubbles & Brine

Bubbles & Brine Food:

  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with prosecco cocktail sauce and grilled lemon  
  • Jonah Crab Claw Cocktail with stone-ground mustard sauce  

Bubbles & Brine Drinks:

  • Moët & Chandon Impérial
  • Veuve Clicquot Rosé
  • Dom Pérignon

8. Wine & Wedge

Wine & Wedge Food:

  • Assorted Artisanal Cheeses and Accompaniments  
  • Boursin Fig & Balsamic Soufflé with fig tapenade  
  • Southern Pimento Cheese with bread-and-butter pickled vegetables and grilled bread  
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Assorted artisanal cheeses and accompaniments paired with Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Hartley Apple Brandy, and Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port  

Wine & Wedge Drinks:

  • Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese  
  • Hartley Apple Brandy
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port  
  • Flight

9. Char & Chop

Char & Chop Food:

  • Roasted Porchetta with lemon-parsley salsa verde and shaved fennel salad  
  • Grilled IMPOSSIBLE Spicy Sausage with herbed polenta, puttanesca sauce, and ricotta  
  • Meat Assorti: Trio of shaved meats with baby arugula, pickled mustard seeds, truffle oil, and grilled ciabatta  

Photo by Abby Richardson

Char & Chop Drinks:

  • Krombacher Pilsner  
  • North Coast Laguna Baja Vienna Lager  
  • Motorworks Brewing Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter  
  • GoGi ‘Birdie’ Pinot Noir
  • Bloody Mary with Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix and Kurvball Barbecue Whiskey
  • Beer Flight

10. Nochebuena Cocina

Nochebuena Cocina Food:

  • Tamale with chorizo, plant-based cotija cheese and spicy red chile sauce (Plant-based)
  • Pernil: Mojo pork with tostones and ketchup-mayonnaise
  • Spiced Chocolate Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Nochebuena Cocina Drinks:

  • Ponche Navideño: Mexican Christmas punch with apples, pears, guava, oranges, dried hibiscus, brown sugar, tamarind, cinnamon sticks, and clove (Non-alcoholic beverage) (New)
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Horchata Beer

11. Holiday Hearth Desserts

epcot festival of the holidays menus

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Holiday Hearth Desserts Food:

  • Mint Chocolate Mousse Wreath (New)
  • Apple Caramel Crumb Cake (New)
  • Chocolate-covered Toffee Brittle (New)
  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie
  • Mouse Crunch made with M&M’S chocolate candies
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Holiday Hearth Desserts Drinks:

  • Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Frozen Caramel Hot Chocolate with TWIX cookie bar pieces and whipped cream (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New)
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Jack Frost IPA (New)
  • BrewDog It’s a Beaut Stout (New)
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Milk & Cookies Imperial Milk Stout
  • Peppermint Cocoa: Hot cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee with peppermint schnapps
  • Beer Flight

12. Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina Food:

  • Grilled Kebabs with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli
    • Lamb Kefta
    • Chermoula Chicken
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with hummus, chermoula, and zhoug dips (Plant-based)

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina Drinks:

  • Bold Rock Orchard Frost Hard Cider (New)
  • Gulf Stream Brewing Company Holiday Snakebite (New)
  • Woodchuck Winter Chill Hard Cider
  • Fig Cocktail with fig vodka and white cranberry juice
  • Hard Cider Flight

13. Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen Food:

  • Crème de Saumon Fumé en Brioche à l’Aneth, Concombre: Cream of smoked salmon in house-made dill brioche bread with cucumber (New)
  • Rôti de Jambon Sauce Moutarde à l’Ancienne, Patate Douce Rôties: Roasted ham with mushrooms, pearl onions, bacon, mustard sauce, and roasted sweet potatoes
  • Bûche de Noël au Pain D’Épices, Ganache Chocolat au Lait et Noisettes: Gingerbread Christmas log with milk chocolate and hazelnut ganache (New)

Crème de Saumon Fumé en Brioche à l’Aneth, Concombre. Photo by Abby Richardson

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen Drinks:

  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose La Vanille Vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream
  • Le Joyeux de Noël: Vodka, Grey Goose Vodka, cold brew coffee, sea salt caramel toffee, and peppermint (New)
  • Blood Orange Mimosa: Pol Remy Sparkling Wine, orange juice, and blood orange (New)

Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini. Photo by Abby Richardson.

14. Tuscany Holiday Kitchen

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen Food:

  • Montanara: Fried house-made pizza dough with pomodoro sauce, parmesan, and fresh basil (New)
  • Farfalle Salmone Affumicato: Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon and cream sauce (New)
  • Torta Caprese: Flourless chocolate torta with chocolate sauce and vanilla cream (New)
  • Dolce Pizza: Fried house-made pizza dough with sugar and cinnamon (New)

Photo by Abby Richardson

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen Drinks:

  • Prosecco
  • Moscato
  • Chianti
  • Italian Sangria (Red or White)
  • Italian Margarita with tequila and limoncello
  • Peroni Pilsner

15. Shanghai Holiday Kitchen

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen Food:

  • Chicken Skewer with creamy peanut sauce
  • Beef and Noodle Soup Bowl with slow-braised beef shank, green onion, and house-made chili oil
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls with citrus sauce

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen Drinks:

  • Bubble Tea: Classic milk tea with black and white boba pearls
  • Brew Hub Year of the Dragon – Dragon Fruit Lager
  • Butterfly Lantern with butterfly pea blossom gin, vodka, prickly pear, lychee, soda water, and boba (New)
  • Kung Fu Master with vodka, triple sec, mango, orange juice, and soda water
  • The Lucky Mo with citrus vodka, peach schnapps, piña colada mix, orange juice, and soda water

16. Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen

epcot festival of the holidays menus

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen Food:

  • Sushi Tree: Sushi roll with krab meat and cream cheese topped with Aonori seaweed, Ikura salmon roe, and spicy mayonnaise
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodles in a hot dashi soup with yuzu, shrimp tempura, and chopped green onion
  • Sweet Potato Mochi Cake: Gooey sweet potato mochi cake with purple sweet potato cream, strawberry, black sugary syrup, and sesame seeds (New)

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen Drinks:

  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Cranberry and yuzu cream drink featuring Japanese calpico soft drink and popping strawberry boba pearls (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Japanese Christmas Punch: Shōchū, plum wine, cranberry, and lemon
  • Choya Sparkling Plum Wine (New)
  • Sapporo Premium Beer

17. Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen Food:

  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Giant tostada with chipotle black bean purée, ground chorizo, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema Mexicana, and pickled onions (New)
  • Tamale de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with mole negro, queso cotija, crema Mexicana, and pickled onions (New)
  • Dulce de Leche Churro sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

Photo by Abby Richardson

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen Drinks:

  • Apple Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila, apple purée, black tea-cinnamon cordial, and Nixta Corn Liqueur topped with whipped cream and holiday salt (New)
  • Horchata Margarita: Cinnamon-infused Ilegal Mezcal, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Agua de Horchata, and cinnamon-horchata rum
  • Holiday Cerveza: Mexican Artisanal Craft Lager with black currant liqueur (New)

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2023 Menu Extras

In addition to the marketplaces all around EPCOT, the funnel cake booth and Joffrey’s drinks add some fun variety to the fest.

Funnel Cake Booth

Photo Courtesy of Disney

Located at the American Adventure Pavilion

  • Holiday Cinnamon Celebration Funnel Cake topped with powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon cookie crunch, cream cheese whipped cream, and gold dust inspired by the culinary treasures of the Kingdom of Rosas in Disney’s all-new animated musical film, “Wish”

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

At four locations throughout EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2023

  • Horchata Cold Brew: A holly jolly blend of Joffrey’s Shakin’ Jamaican Cold Brew and horchata topped with whipped cream and cinnamon (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (Spirited version available with Creamy Spiced Rum)

Connections Café

  • Holiday Sugar Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Connections Eatery

  • So Many Wishes: Pomegranate-green tea, hibiscus, lemon, and a dash of stardust (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Coquito Milk Shake (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Coquito Milk Shake with Bacardí Superior Rum

Beverages – Available at Connections Eatery Only

  • Yucatan Sunset Margarita: Teremana Blanco Tequila, Passion Fruit Syrup, Bol’s Triple Sec 30 proof Liqueur, with Lime and Orange Juices

Refreshment Port

Refreshment Port Food:

  • Turkey Poutine: Sweet potato fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions

Refreshment Port Drinks:

  • Gingerbread Milk Shake (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Eggnog (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Keel Farms Hard Pumpkin Cider (New)
  • Pasek Cellars Cranberry Wine
  • Gingerbread Milk Shake with Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Firenog: Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Refreshment Outpost

Refreshment Outpost Food:

  • Peanut stew with sweet potatoes, mustard greens, and roasted peanuts (Plant-based)
  • DOLE Whip Raspberry

Refreshment Outpost Drinks:

  • Ciderboys Caramel Apple Hard Cider (New)
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Ale (New)
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Gingerbread White Stout (New)
  • Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cocktail featuring Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka (New)

Sunshine Seasons

  • Jingle Sugar Cookie made with M&M’S chocolate candies (Cookie Stroll Item)

Activities at the 2023 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

Holiday Cookie Stroll

The popular cookie challenge is back again! Disney has confirmed the return of the Holiday Cookie Stroll which involves purchasing five cookies from pre-selected cookie stroll locations around the park to receive a free treat at the end. The official cookie stroll locations and redemption locations can be found on the Festival Passport.

chocolate crinkle cookie - 2021 epcot holiday cookie stroll - epcot festival of the holidays - salerno

Photo by Maria Salerno

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 2023! 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.

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Photo by Rich Ramos

The full line-up of celebrity narrators and dates is:

  • Chrissy Metz (NEW): Nov. 24-25
  • Luis Fonsi (NEW): Nov. 26-27
  • Ann-Margret (NEW): Nov. 28-29
  • Simu Liu: Nov. 30-Dec. 2
  • John Stamos: Dec. 3-5
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Dec. 6-8
  • Marlee Matlin: Dec. 9-11
  • Brendan Fraser (NEW): Dec. 12-14
  • Eva Longoria (NEW): Dec. 15-16
  • Joey McIntyre (NEW): Dec. 17-18
  • Sterling K. Brown (NEW): Dec. 19-20
  • Jordan Fisher (NEW): Dec. 21-23
  • Steven Curtis Chapman: Dec. 24-26
  • Audra McDonald (NEW): Dec. 27-28
  • Lisa Ling: Dec. 29-30

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.

La Befana at the Italy Pavilion Reynolds

Holiday Storyteller: La Befana at the Italy pavilion. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Santa at the Odyssey Pavilion

Santa Claus will be visiting guests at the Odyssey pavilion from November 24th to December 24th! You’ll be able to stop by for a photo op to meet him during this time.

Photo Courtesy of Disney

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.

Photo Courtesy of Disney

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 2023 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

2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Merchandise

Disney has shared a first look at some of the merchandise that will be coming to this year’s festival! The collection will include pieces such as the Festival of the Holidays Spirit Jersey, made with soft, faux shearling with lots of golden touches.

Photo Courtesy of Disney

For your kitchen, you can keep cookies on hand with this adorable EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Cookie Stroll Cookie Jar, the perfect place to keep your holiday-inspired treats.

Photo Courtesy of Disney

For hot cocoa and tea, you can also enjoy picks like the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Mug and Corkcicle Tumbler, both featuring World Showcase icons and touches of gold for the holidays.

Photo Courtesy of Disney

These and more will be available to shop throughout the park during the festival, at locations such as Creations Shop in World Celebration.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

All things Disney, delivered weekly to your inbox.

Latest Posts

Posts by Jenna Saxton


Authored by
Jenna Saxton

    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop