The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – EPCOT Celebrates Christmas

EPCOT goes all in for Christmas at WDW. The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is just amazing. EPCOT gets all dressed up for the holidays and throws a big party. In fact, Dad thinks EPCOT may be the most Christmasified of all the Disney Parks. (Yes, Dad likes to make up words.)

The holiday decorations in France at EPCOTThe Christmas decorations at EPCOT are amazing – Photo by WDW Shutterbug

Uncle Walt loved Christmas. He went all out to have a huge Christmas celebration at Disneyland and that tradition has been kept alive through the years. I think Uncle Walt would have loved Christmas at WDW and especially at EPCOT.

Dad’s Christmas at Walt Disney World page

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

the fireworks going on behind the EPCOT Christmas TreeA Christmas Tree and Fireworks, does it get any better? – Photo by WDW Shutterbug

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is a great celebration of the season of joy and love. All day long the celebration goes on and it ends with a big bang.

The day includes special holiday shows, storytellers telling the story of the holidays around the world, incredible concerts and the best fireworks show ever.

EPCOT gets all dress up in it’s holiday finest with Christmas decorations everywhere.

Here’s what’s included in The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays…

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season in EPCOT – Photo by Cliff Wang

Do you like Christmas music? Duh. Who doesn’t. Around our house we play Christmas music year round.

One of the most “joyful” shows during Christmas in EPCOT is Joyful! A Celebration of the Season. This show is performed on the fountain stage in Future World several times a day.

Here, listen to the opening of the show.

The Voices of Liberty signing The First Noel – Video by DisneyParks

Don’t miss this!

Dad’s Voices of Liberty Page

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

The holiday section of IllumiNations:Reflections of Earth is awesone – Photo by Disney Photo Snapper.

Dad absolutely loves fireworks, but for some reason, I’m not a big fan of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. I can’t explain it. BUT…

That all changes during The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth during the holiday season is nothing short of SPECTACULAR!!!!

Disney adds an extra “Peace on Earth” section to the regular show at the end and it’s something special. The sky truly lights up to brighter than daylight at the end.

This is Dad’s favorite fireworks show at WDW. That’s saying something.

Dad’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth page

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

Much like at the other festivals, there is a fun, low-cost scavenger hunt guests can participate in around World Showcase. You can buy a mat at select gift shops, then hunt for hidden ornaments – marking the ones you find on your map with stickers.

Once your map is complete, return to where you bought it and recieve a surprise!

Dad’s Bottom Line

Christmas at Walt Disney World is just about the best thing anywhere. EPCOT maybe the best place to experience it. The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is a must-see.

Trust me!


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