Holidays Around the World is a seasonal event that takes place between Thanksgiving and New Years in Epcot's World Showcase. Events vary from year to year, but they typically include the following:

  • Candelight Processional: Performed multiple times per night, it is a retelling of the Christmas Story by a celebrity host and a choir. It is held in the American Gardens theater at the America Adventure Pavilion. The show moved to EPCOT in 1994. Previously it was performed at the Magic Kingdom.
  • Peace on Earth tag for IllumiNations: An additional "tag" for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
  • Joyful!: R&B Group D'Vine Voices play daily in Future World

Each country around World Showcase highlights the traditions of that culture with storytellers, in 2015 this included:

  • American Adventure: American Music Machine
  • American Adventure: Meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
  • American Adventure: Learn the traditions of Hanukkah
  • American Adventure: Learn the traditions of Kwanzaa
  • American Adventure: Voices of Liberty, "Dickens Carolers"
  • Canada: The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs perform daily
  • China: Chinese Lion Dancers
  • France: Learn about Pere Noel and the Christmas season through a child's letter
  • Germany: Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and her first Nutcracker
  • Italy: Meet the nice witch La Befana who gives gifts to good children on the eve of the Epiphany
  • Japan: Learn about the Daruma doll and other Japanese customs
  • Mexico: Mariachis and Dancers
  • Morocco: Moroccan Entertainment
  • Norway: Storyteller Sigrid teaches guests about Julenissen, the Christmas Gnome
  • United Kingdom: Father Christmas shares stories that date back to the 15th century

Historical Notes