Each year at Christmastime, the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot fills with the sights and sounds of Christmas as Disney’s Candlelight Processional takes place. This amazing show features the Christmas story as told by a 50 piece orchestra, a mass choir, and a celebrity narrator. Much like The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, this holiday event is one of the highlights of visiting Disney at Christmastime.
The Candlelight Processional does not require additional admission and seating is first come, first serve. Because this event is very popular, the theater fills to capacity practically every night. So you must arrive early to ensure you get a seat; however, if you don’t want to arrive early, you have another option which I highly recommend. Disney also offers a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package. With this package you will receive a reservation at one of the many fabulous Epcot table service restaurants, reserved seating for the Candlelight Processional, and admission to a special viewing location for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
When my family visited Walt Disney World the week after Christmas a few years ago, we made sure to book the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package. We decided to have dinner at one of my favorite Epcot restaurants, The Garden Grill. After having a wonderful dinner with Chip, Dale, and friends, we headed over to the America Gardens Theatre. The theatre was already filled with guests when we arrived, but thanks to our dinner package, we were able to go straight to our reserved seats towards the front of the theatre.
The Candlelight Processional was wonderful! The orchestra and mass choir treated us to many holiday classics, as well as, a couple fabulous songs I did not already know. In between songs, a celebrity narrator told the story of Jesus’ birth. My family loved the show so much that we actually purchased a CD of the Candlelight Processional on the way out. I’ve already listened to it several times this holiday season.
I don’t recall our dinner package including a special viewing location for IllumiNations. I think that may have been added to the packages since our Christmas Disney vacation; However, I’m sure this added bonus makes the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package even better than before!
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