A Complete Guide to EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays

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Festival of the holidays

Just around the corner is the start of the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort. One of the most magical things to experience around the holidays at Disney World is definitely the International Festival of the Holidays. This year, the festival will run from November 27 until December 30. During this celebration of cultures, guests can delight in sights, sounds, and tastes from all of the World Showcase nations. While 2020 may look a little different than past years, we have no doubt it will be just as magical. Let’s take a look at all of the experiences the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays has to offer.

festival of the holidays

photo credit: Disney Parks

Holiday Kitchens- Tis’ the season to enjoy delicious seasonal holiday cuisine from around the world at one of the Holiday Kitchens celebrating traditions from around the globe. This year’s Holiday Kitchens are:

  • American Holiday Table (American Adventure)
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)
  • Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)
  • Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
  • Holiday Hearth (World Showplace)
  • Holiday Sweets & Treats (Promenade Refreshments)
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (located between the Morocco and France pavilions)
  • Le Marche de Noel Holiday Kitchen (France)
  • Mele Kalikimaka (Showcase Plaza)
  • Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico)
  • Prost! (World Showplace)
  • Saphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco)
  • Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China)
  • Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)
  • Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)

cookie stroll

photo credit: Disney Parks

Holiday Cookie Stroll- Explore the World Showcase pavilions and stop for some delicious sweet treats along the way with the holiday cookie stroll! Don’t forget to grab a Festival Passport and collect a stamp at each of the 5 locations! The locations this year will be:

  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)
  • American Holiday Table (America)
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)
  • Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
  • L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen (between Morocco and France)

Holiday Promenades- Spot all your favorite Disney characters decked out in their holiday best during one of the special Holiday Promenades!

  • Santa Claus Promenade
  • Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour
  • Frozen Holiday Promenade

Epcot live entertainment

Live Entertainment- There will be plenty of festive live entertainment to get guests into the holiday spirit! This year’s line up is featuring:

  • Joyful! A Celebration of the Season (World Showplace)
  • Voices of Liberty- Voices of the Season (America Gardens Theater)
  • Las Posadas with Mariachi Cobre (America Gardens Theater)
  • JMMitors (Canada Pavilion)

Gingerbread Capital City- Come and marvel at an entire city built out of gingerbread and created by Disney chefs!


Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition- This year, guests can embark on a fun and festive interactive scavenger hunt around the world showcase featuring everyone’s favorite talking snowman- Olaf! Purchase your scavenger hunt map for $7.99 at one of the participating locations and help Olaf find his missing holiday traditions. Match the missing tradition on Olaf’s sleigh to the location on the sticker map. Once all of the missing traditions visit Disney Traders, Mouse Gear, or World Travelers to redeem a gift! (while supplies last)

Although Disney made the difficult decision to cancel the Candlelight Processional this year, it seems as though there will still be so many experiences to enjoy this year at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays. There is no place like Disney around Christmas!


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