Full List of EPCOT Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators in 2021

by | Nov 9, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW News

At long last (and not much time to spare), we have the full list of the 2021 Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators at the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays.

The 2021 Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is indeed happening, and it’s going to feature a whole host of famous faces. Disney announced on Tuesday the full list of EPCOT 2021 Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators, which includes several big-name A-listers.

Who Are the 2021 Celebrity Narrators at the Candlelight Processional?

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The 2018 EPCOT Candlelight Processional featured Alfonso Ribeiro as a celebrity narrator. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Just like there are 12 days of Christmas (at least according to the song—probably quite a lot more than that these days), there will be 12 Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators at the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

This year’s list of narrators is a veritable who’s-who that includes actors, singers, and game show hosts … oh my! Here’s everyone who’ll be sharing a Christmas tale during the beloved event in 2021.

  • Auli’i Cravalho (Nov. 26–28)
    • Voice of Moana, Ariel from 2019’s The Little Mermaid Live!
  • Chita Rivera (Nov. 29–Dec. 1)
    • Anita from West Side Story
  • Jodi Benson (Dec. 2–4)
    • Disney Legend and voice of Ariel from The Little Mermaid
  • Alton Fitzgerald White (Dec. 5–7)
    • Originated the role of Mufasa in The Lion King on Broadway
  • Bart Millard (Dec. 8–10)
    • Singer from MercyMe
  • Lisa Ling (Dec. 11–13)
    • Host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN
  • Andy Garcia (Dec. 14–16)
    • Actor known for roles in The Untouchables and Ocean’s Eleven
  • Ana Gasteyer (Dec. 17–19)
    • Former Saturday Night Live cast member
  • Courtney B. Vance (Dec. 20–22)
    • Actor known for roles in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Lovecraft Country
  • Steven Curtis Chapman (Dec. 23–25)
    • Five-time Grammy award-winner
  • Blair Underwood (Dec. 26–28)
    • Actor known for roles in LA Law and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
  • Pat Sajak (Dec. 29–30)
    • Host of Wheel of Fortune

Is Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the 2021 Candlelight Processional?

Alas, Neil Patrick Harris is not a celebrity narrator for the Candlelight Processional this year. Bummer, we know. Here, have some spiked eggnog; that’ll cheer ya right up!

EPCOT Candlelight Processional Returns for 2021

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

Celebrity narration is just one of the highlights of the Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. In years past, famous names taking part in the event have included Neil Patrick Harris, John Stamos, and Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg.

If you’ve never been, the Candlelight Processional takes place at the America Gardens Theatre in EPCOT. This year’s performance will see the Voices of Liberty creating a living Christmas tree on stage and feature a choir of Disney Cast Members.

The role of the celebrity narrator is to share a traditional Christmas story with the audience, putting a perfect button on a day filled with delicious food and much merrymaking.

The 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Candlelight Processional begins Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 30. Make note of your favorites and be sure to be there or be a tinsel-covered square.


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Written by Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.

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