Holidays Around the World to Become Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in 2017

Holidays Around the World to Become Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in 2017
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Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 to December 30, 2017.

Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.

Delight in stirring live musical productions; savor seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens; and take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase!

New for 2017 is Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree. Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree, and they need your help! To get started, simply purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway. As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale! Maps are $6.99 plus tax, and are available throughout Holidays Around the World at Epcot while supplies last.

The Holiday Kitchens will return this year as well, including:

  • American Holiday Table
    From the tender roast turkey to the tasty pork tenderloin, memories of grandma’s kitchen will come flooding back when you visit this salute to the great flavors of America.
  • Feast of the Three Kings
    Dine like royalty as you enjoy scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the Caribbean at this holiday kiosk inspired by the story of the Magi. While you nibble, learn about the celebration of Three Kings’ Day, El Día De Los Reyes Magos!
  • Holiday Sweets and Treats
    From decadent desserts to savory snacks and merry libations, you’ll be in full swing of the season at this festively-appointed holiday kiosk. Enjoy the view here at Showcase Plaza, meet up with friends or just take a moment to unwind.
  • Mexico
    Watch mariachi dancers celebrating a Feliz Navidad, while imbibing on the zippy spices of Mexican cuisine. The carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas will have you singing, “olé!”

The Candlelight Processional (along with dining packages for it), the IllumiNations holiday finale, and “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration” will all return as well despite the name change.


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  • Epcot is becoming one big Festival. ????
    I have to admit, I do enjoy them.
    Wonder what’s up for the Easter Bunny next spring???
    Or does Easter conflict with Flower & Garden???
    WhY take the food booths down. Just change the theming.
    It’s all great fun.

    • What a creative comment! Such creativity leads me to believe you’re the one who came up with the name change. Such display of creativity can only come from a very special individual

  • I’m noticing the dates are earlier this year. Usually they start this the Friday after Thanksgiving. Does that mean the “Peace on Earth” addition to Illuminations will be earlier too? The Candlelight processional is still starting on that Friday. If this is earlier this year it will be nice to be able to take in more of the storytellers.

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts
    Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
    Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
    Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

    What’s next?
    Epcot International Festival of the Summer Sun
    Epcot International Festival of the Snow Bird

    That about covers it year-round…

  • Another festival. Yea. Not. Nothing else to do at Epcot but get drunk. But, makes Disney money. I guess that’s the only thing that matters.

  • Sorry but I kinda agree with Disney Pete and the article. It is a re branding… that’s all. All of this has basically been there the last few years. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy Epcot Christmas festivities. But majority of this is not new.

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