Traveling to Walt Disney World for the holidays season? Grab your 5 Best Tips for Visiting Epcot Festival of the Holidays with Your Family. This post is sponsored by Walt Disney World. All festive holiday opinions are my own. #EpcotHolidays
5 Best Tips for Visiting Epcot Festival of the Holidays with Your Family
The 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is filled with food, fun, and flair as your family experiences the best of the holidays around the world. Ready to explore with your crew? Grab your holiday passport and come see my 5 Best Tips for Visiting Epcot Festival of the Holidays with your family. There’s definitely holiday magic to be found for everyone!
Enjoy Delicious Holiday Kitchen Eats
New this year to the holiday festivities at Epcot are a delicious sampling of the best holiday themed eats found around the World Showcase. Taste delicious holiday food from around the world at the 8 Holiday Kitchens.
From New Year Celebration Soba to Three Kings Bread to the delicious Crespelle di Mele we got in Italy, you can definitely enjoy a taste the holidays!
Experience Festive Holiday Entertainment
Immerse yourself in holiday culture as the countries celebrate their favorite holidays with traditional storytelling, music, and dance. Some of our family favorites include:
- Chinese Lion Dancers in China
- Sigrid Meets Julenissen the Christmas Gnome Storytelling in Norway
- Mexico’s Las Posadas Celebration featuring Mariachi band, traditional dancers and pinatas
- Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at American Adventure
- Margret Almer and the Bavarian Band with traditional yodeling in Germany
Pose for Beautiful One-of-a-Kind Holiday Photo Ops
Disney surely knows how to make the holidays merry, with beautiful decorations and the tallest twinkling Christmas trees. Be sure to bring your camera and take advantage of the many exclusive photo ops in Epcot during the holiday season.
Explore the Holidays, Just for Kids
What I love about the holidays at Walt Disney World is that every moment is an opportunity for a kid-friendly learning experience. Not only are your kids having fun, but exploring the different ways that cultures celebrate the holidays. Check out the best of the holidays geared just for kids:
- Festival of the Holidays Holiday Passport – Let your kids take the reigns of your Epcot Holidays sleigh as they explore each country, add stickers and check off your adventures!
- Kidcot Fun Stops – Each country around the World Showcase has it’s own kid-friendly location where your child can create, make, and take a personalized souvenir.
- Festive Center Crafts – Don’t forget to stop a the Festive Center to make your own little merry masterpiece craft too!
- Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Grab your map and stickers and go on a hide-and-seek adventure to find Chip ‘n’ Dale as they collect ornaments around the world. Complete your map and turn it in at Disney Traders or World Traveler for a festive limited edition button set (while supplies last).
- Kid-Friendly Food – The Holiday Kitchens aren’t only for adults! Each country has dishes designed for kids’ taste buds in mind.
Make A Timeless Family Tradition – Candlelight Processional
Disney bucket list. If there’s one show I recommend that every family see at least once in their lifetime, it’s the Epcot Candlelight Processional. There’s not a year that goes by that I’m not wiping a few tears as I watch. It’s beautiful, moving, and awestruck all in just 1-hour. It’s the timeless Christmas story narrated by one of the many famous celebrities. It’s a full orchestra playing your favorite Christmas tunes. It’s a huge choir of voices singing like angels. It’s a Christmas production unlike anything out there. And it’s a family tradition we make a point of experiencing again and again…because it’s THAT amazing.
This year, we got to see Trace Adkins narrate the Christmas story. Grab my best tips for experiencing the Epcot Candlelight Processional (including how to snag those guaranteed seat badges).
The holidays just aren’t the same without a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. Come experience the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays going on now through December 30th for your dose of holiday magic. And put the Epcot Candlelight Processional on your Disney bucket list.
Amy Orvin says
This would be a great place to visit any time of the year. But, I imagine, it’s even better at Christmas. Great tips.
We have visited twice during the holidays but did not do the processional. I think my husband and I would enjoy it, not sure about my kids. What we loved was visiting the Epcot resorts and seeing the beautiful decorations and gingerbread houses!
Dandi D says
Looks like such a fun time and I wish we lived closer!