Christmas is a favorite time of the year for many people. The 2019 Festival of the Holidays begins November 29 and continues through December 30th. The festival allows guest to enjoy special treats and holiday festivities from around the world. The highlight event for many guests looking to enjoy the Festival of the Holidays.
Lets dive into all that the Festival of the Holidays has to offer guest. If you have experienced the iconic Food and Wine festival, you can get a sense of what this holiday festival will have to offer. A party at Epcot would not be complete with a generous offerings of delicious foods from around the World. Its important to remember that there is so
Entertainment offerings at Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays.
Storytellers and Holiday Entertainment
International Storytellers provide guests with stories of winter traditions from their native countries. Many of the stories contain some version of Santa Clause, however some countries will recount different stories. These traditions are usually presented with entertaining performances.
The story’s are told daily during the event.
Mexico: Las Posadas Celebration
Norway: A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa
China: Chinese Lion Dance
Germany: Chilli Da Mar – NEW this year
Italy: La Befana
The American Adventure: Santa and Mrs. Clause
Japan: Daruma Storyteller
Morocco: Festivity in Morocco
Frnace: Pere Noel
United Kingdom: Father Christmas
Canada: Canadian Holiday Voyageurs
The Candlelight Processional at the America’s Theater, is an endearing, tradition that many guest love at Disney World. Many guest make special trips to Disney World, just to enjoy the Candlelight Processional.
Celebrity Narrators will take guests through the Christmas story with a live orchestra and choir. Performances will occur nightly between November 29 through December 30 at 5:00PM, 6:45PM and 8:45PM.
If you are looking to guarantee your seat for the Candlelight Proccessinal look into the Cnadlelight Processional Dining Package.
Chip and Dale Christmas Spree
Disney World won’t give us everything for free. Pick up your map and stickers from Pin Central, Disney Traders or the World Traveler for $6.99 plus tax.
During this adventure you will head around the World helping Chip and Dale locate ornaments for their Christmas tree. Once you the ornaments from the different countries you will mark them off your map with the stickers. After you have all located all the ornaments, head over to Disney Traders or World Traveler and receive a festive surprise from Chip and Dale
You can’t enjoy Epcot without eating food. Just like the other festivals at Epcot, the Festival of the Holidays has numerous kitchens around the World. These kitchens are providing guest with delicious treats.
Seared Salmon with Crown Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant
Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup
Maple Buche de Noel: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble
Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie
Unibroue Ephemere Strawberry and Rhubarb
Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
Ice Wine Flight
Frozen Coffee with Tape 357 Whisky
American Holiday Table Kitchen
Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce
Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole
Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
Red and Green Chocolate Chip Cookie
American Heritage Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Wondermade Marshmallows
Orange Blossom Brewing Cranberry Kringle Pilsner
Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout
Holiday Beer Flight
Coca Candy Cane: American Heritage Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps
Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab with Whole Wheat Pita, Cucumber, Olives, Tomatoes, Mint Yogurt Sauce and Harissa-cilantro Dressing
Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Glaze
“Sfenj” Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon Sugar, Toasted Almonds and Chocolate Sauce
Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparkling Wine, Orange Liqueur and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
Walnut Spiced Coffee with Walnut Liquer and topped with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream
Le Marche De Noel (France)
Napoleon de Saumon Fume, Brioche a L’aneth: Smoked Salmon Napoleon in a Bill Brioche
Bouchee a la Reine Traditionnelle: Turkey and Mushrooms in a Veloute Cream Sauce served in a Light Puff Pastry
Buche de Noel au Chocolat “Christmas Log”: Chocolate Cake with Dark Choclate Caramel Ganache
Spiced Rum Punch Slush: Spiced Rum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P. Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Chateau La Grand Moulin, Blaye, Cotes de Bordeaux
Holiday Kir: Sparkling wine with Monin Cranberry Syrup
Willm, Brut Blanc de Blanc Sparkling wine
Pork and Vegetable Egg Roll
Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie
Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
Spicy Mala Chicken with Steamed Rice and Fortune Cookie
Chese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Frest Steamed baby vegetables and Marble Potatoes
Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream
Peppermint Sugar Cookie
Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider
Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider
Schofferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen
Gluhwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine
Cavatappi ai Quattro Formaggi: Baked Four-cheese Pasta, Parmesan Crumble and Truffle Essence
Mozzarella in Carozza: Golden-crusted Fried Mozzarella Sandwich with Tomato Sauce
Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters and a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle with Chocolate Caramel sauce
Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake
Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
Feast of the Three Kings
Pastelon: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives
Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce
Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco
Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds
Green and White Sugar Cookie
Coquito: Tropical Eggnog
M.I.A Beer Company Trey Reyes Mango Golden
Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Run Floater
Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard
Potato Knish with Herb Sour Cream
Chicken and Matzo Bell Soup
Black and White Cookie
Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
Blue Cosmo Cocktail
Holiday Sweet & Treats
Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy
Holiday Tree Sugar Cookies
Holiday Cooke Stroll Completer Cookie- Red and Green Mickey Sugar Cookie
TG Lee Eggnog
Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea
Shipyard Eggnog White Porter
Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials
Firenog: TG Lee Eggnog with Firebal Cinnamon Whisky
Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea and Butterscotch Schnapps
Las Posadas (Mexico)
Enchilada de Pollo con Mole: Chipotle Chicken in a Corn Tortilla topped Mole Negro and garnished with Shredded Oaxaca Cheese and Sesame Seeds
Tamal de Camaron: Corn Tamal stuffed with Guajillo-marinated Shrimp topped with Mole Rojo and Shredded Cotija Cheese
Arroz Con Leche: Rice Pudding with Cranberries
Cerveza Mexicana Artesanal: Allende Mexican Craft Ale served with a Floater of Kahlua
Noche Buena Margarita: Libelula Joven Tequila, Cranberry and Lime Juices and Agave Nectar topped with Lime Foam and Sprinkles
La Posada Margarita: Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Horchata-Cinnamon Liqueur, and Agua de Horchata topped with Cinnamon
Shi Wasu (Japan)
New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Chicken and Spinach
Holiday Green Tea “Yule Log”: Delicate Spongecake rolled with Whipped Cream Filling
Ichigo Milk Boba: Popping Strawberry Boba Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico
Sapporo Draft Beet
Cinnamon Apple Cider: Plum Wine, Orange Juice with Lemonade and Apples
Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nghts
Enjoy an evening tour of Living with the Lands and view special holiday light displays located throughout the greenhouses after the sun sets each day.
Voices of Liberty
The Dickens Carolers bring the season alive with a variety of cappella holiday melodies.
Holiday Cookie Stroll
This is probably one of our favorite things to do around the World Showcase. Head around the world and retreat yourself to 5 select holiday cookies. Make sure you get your passport stamped with each purchase. After you have sampled all 5 cookies you will be able to enjoy a free 6th cookie.
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Christmas is getting closer and the stresses of finishing your Christmas shopping is increasing. Christmas shopping in your family is becoming more difficult as we all seem to have everything we need. Do you know have somebody like that in your family? Or are people bugging you for gift ideas. I know for me, coming up with Christmas Gift Ideas is difficult. After a recent trip through the shops of Main Street, I realized the amount of gifts right in front of me.
Is there a person on your Christmas shopping list who loves Disney? Chances are there is at least one person on your list who enjoys Disney to some extent. There are so much Disney related merchandise it can be overwhelming trying to know what to get that Disney person on your Christmas list.
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Here are the top Disney Gift Ideas for that Disney fanatic on your Christmas shopping list.
Most people probably aren’t to thrilled about getting clothes for Christmas. This is not the case for your Disney fanatic. Most Disney fan will tell you they do not have enough Disney clothing.
Shirts are the most common purchase, but there are many other clothing options. Shorts, Pants, Jackets, Socks, Shoes, etc. One of my favorite non shirt items I have gotten from Disney World are a pair of flip flops. I forgot to pack flip flops for the pool on a trip to Disney, so I bought myself a pair and I always find myself wearing them all the time.
For the ladies on your list, Jewelry is always an excellent gift idea. There is a wide variety of jewelry you can gift. If you have ever walked into a store at Disney World, you will have seen jewelry of some sorts available for sale. Disney has a large collection of jewelry available including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. You can purchase jewelry that screams Disney World. Or you can find jewelry that have only subtle touches of Disney, giving you an elegant piece but also has the Disney touch to.
A lot of designers have teamed with Disney World and have created unique collections such as Pandora or Alex n’ Ani. If you are looking for Jewelry, make sure you head over to Disney Springs. There are lots of jewelry options at Disney Springs.
An excellent gift idea for the girls will be to purchase a charm bracket. This will let the girls add charms to their bracelet every time they visit Disney World.
Do you know people that are preparing for an upcoming trip to Disney World or who are new annual passholders? You can get them a specialty MagicBand.
MagicBands probably won’t be a good gift idea for Disney fans who have already been going for years as they probably already have a dozen magicBands. However if you can get a limited edition MagicBand you will probably be alright.
The price of Magic Bands begins at $14.99 and goes up. The average price for specialty Magic Bands ranges around $24.99
Any person that spends any time at Disney World will need a backpack or bag to carry items around while exploring Disney World. Having a backpack is a great way to carry the essentials for a trip to Disney World. When picking out a backpack make sure you get them a Disney themed backpack. There are 100s of designs to choose from.
Want to take the backpack a step further, go ahead and fill it up with all the essentials needed for a day at the parks.
Do your kids love playing games, why not get them a game depicting their favorite Disney characters. Many of our favorite classic games, have a Disney twist and make for an Christmas gift.
OK, most people don’t like getting gift cards for Christmas. They aren’t very fun. But they are however a good idea for people who are planning a trip to Disney. With the costs of visiting Disney World so expensive people will be grateful to have gift cards to use throughout the parks and resorts.
If you are going to go and purchase Gift cards, make sure you check out Sam’s Club or similar store and get discounts on your gift cards. Here you save a few dollars on the Gift cards. At Sam’s club you can buy $75 dollar worth of gift cards for $71.98 plus tax.
Mickey Ears/Mickey Ear Hats
Your little girls heading to Disney World will love having Mickey Ears to wear on their next adventure to Disney World. Disney has a large variety of different Mickey Ears to choose from. So you can’t go wrong with purchasing Mickey Ears.
Mickey Ear hats are a perfect alternative to the mickey ears for little boys. Mickey Ear hats, are very similar to the Mickey Ears we see all over the parks. They just have a solid hat on which the ears will be on. These can easily be customized with the child’s name on it.
If you know people that are planning a trip to Disney World, or would like to take a trip to Disney World. Why not go ahead and purchase park tickets for them. If you purchase the tickets online, just select “This Order will be a Gift”
For those us that have annual passes, a renewal would be a awesome gift. Disney makes it possible check out how to give an annual pass.
Disney Trading Pins
Trading Pins are a popular collector items for Disney Fans and can be a great stocking stuffer. There are hundreds of different pins to choose from. Disney World is always changing and creating new pins, so it will be easy to get trading pins they don’t have in their collection. Pins will range in price from $8 to $30.
In addition to the the pins themselves you can get lanyards and organizing binders. There are endless options when it comes to designs on the lanyards. Don’t worry your Pin collector will not be mad for getting more lanyards. They will need them as they expand their collection.
Kitchen and Home Accessories
Getting one or two accessories for the person on your Christmas list will suffice the average person. However we all have that one friend who has Disney everywhere in their house. Or maybe they are a camper, and need accessories for their RV. Disney World has a large collection of Kitchen and Home Accessories.
Walk into a store at Disney World and you can find almost everything you need for a kitchen. You will be able to find everything you need for your kitchen except for the appliances themselves. That’s what your silhouette is for.
Some of the most common kitchen accessories are:
Mickey Shaped Cutters
Cookware. You can find all sorts of different cookware throughout Disney World
While home accessories are not as common and popular as kitchen accessories there still a large selection. Disney makes it easy to bring Disney into you home.
Picture frames, clocks and blankets are probably the top 3 Disney home accessories people will have.
What is one Disney themed Christmas Gift you would want to have this year for Christmas?
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Christmas is a favorite time of year for most people. We all love driving around the neighborhoods looking at the Christmas lights and decorations. Who doesn’t love all the smells of Christmas as well? Christmas is our favorite holiday of the year. Christmas at Disney brings a whole new level to the holiday festivities.
Spending time at Disney World during Christmas is one of your favorite times of the year. Because there is so much for you to do at Disney World during Christmas. There are Christmas events around the Parks, Resorts and Disney Springs. If you are staying on property or off property there will be activities for you. Best part is a lot of the activities can be done without heading into the parks. That’s a bonus because you will not have to spend extra money on a ticket.
However, one of the best Christmas activities at Disney World during Christmas is the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This party along with the Candlelight Processional have probably been two of my favorite activities around Disney World.
Beginning on November 8th, Christmas will arrive at Disney World with Merry festivities for everybody in the family.
Christmas at the Parks
Just like every other holiday, Disney pulls out everything for the Holidays and turns Disney into a Christmas wonderland. If you are visiting the parks during November or December you will need to make sure you check them out in the evening. The parks are gorgeous when all the Christmas lights light up.
This year Animal Kingdom will see it’s largest display of Holiday decorations in nearly two decades.
Guests will have the opportunity to dance with Chip ‘n Dale at the Hoopla Dance Party with DJ-led.
The Tree of Life will come alive with a series of wintry tales backed by a heartwarming holiday musical. Causing the tree to shimmer and sparkle throughout the night
In Discovery Island, guest will be immersed in the holiday season. Life size animal puppets will mingle with villagers. As the sun sets rooftop luminaries shaped as animals will light up around Discovery Island.
Guests will be able to experience an out-of-this world holiday experience at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Whimsical holiday decorations will be displayed at Pongu.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns this year beginning on Nov 8th for 23 select nights throughout November and December. During the Party guests will be able to have their photos taken with the characters dressed in their Christmas gear and enjoy complimentary treats throughout the park.
Notably, this year Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will debut during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. In addition to this new firework show, guests attending the party will be able to enjoy Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Shows.
Queen Elsa will transform Cinderella’s Castle with glistening ice during the Frozen Holiday Wish stage show.
Experience the Holidays around the world at Epcot’s International Festival of Holidays. Which occurs between November 29 and December 30. Guest will have the chance to enjoy special holiday treats from various countries around the world. We will also be able to capture special holiday entertainment from around the world.
Annual Passholders make sure you take advantage and get your new Chip and Dale passholder magnets.
Santa and Mrs. Clause will be making an appearance at The American Adventures pavilion.
One of our favorite holiday festivities The Candlelight Processional at the America’s Theater. Celebrity Narrators will take guests through the Christmas story with a live orchestra and choir. Performances will occur nightly between November 29 through December 30 at 5:00PM, 6:45PM and 8:45PM.
List of Celebrity Narrators
Ming-Na Wen: Nov 29 to Dec 1
Neil Patrick Harris: Dec 2 to Dec 5
Whoopi Goldberg: Dec 6 to Dec 7
Isabella Rossellini: Dec 8 to Dec 10
Chita Rivera: Dec 11 to Dec 12
Gary Sinise: Dec 13 to Dec 15
Pat Sakai: Dec 16 to Dec 18
Warwick Davis: Dec 19 to Dec 21
Steven Curtis Chapman: Dec 22 to Dec 24
Edward James Olmos: Dec 25 to Dec 26
Marlee Matlin: Dec 27 to Dec 28
Lisa Ling: Dec 29 to Dec 30
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM spectacular will treat guest to iconic music, fireworks, special effects and projections giving a one of a kind experience at the Chinese Theater.
Olaf will relieve a special holiday finale: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along
For guests who are looking to enjoy Christmas at Disney without breaking the bank, there are many activities and sights for you to enjoy at the resorts and Disney Springs.
Christmas at Disney Springs
Disney Springs is the perfect place to begin all your holiday shopping. Here you can find a wide variety of shopping options where you can find gifts for everybody on your Christmas list.
One of our favorite things to do at Disney Springs is visit the Christmas Tree Trail. Visitors can take a stroll down the trail and enjoy many custom-decorated holiday trees. Each tree is dedicated to a different Disney theme. The Christmas Tree Trail will be open from Nov 8, 2019 to Jan 5, 2020
Christmas Tree Trail Tree Themes
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Prince & The Frog
In addition to Christmas Tree Trail, your kids can join in on Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt. Guests will be able to discover where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.
After you have taken a stroll through Disney Springs and are ready for some air conditioning. Head over to Disney’s Grand Floridiann Resort and Spa and checkout a life-size holiday gingerbread house. This is an excellent place to pick up a tasty treat to finish off the night.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort will be home to a life-size edible carousel. Or you can stroll around the Holiday village at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
What is your favorite holiday experience at Disney World? We always look forward to the Candlelight processional.
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