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Walt Disney World Resort: International Festival of the Holidays 2024
February 28, 2024

UPDATED FEBRUARY 2024. The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is on the horizon. Every Holiday Season EPCOT transforms with a spirited seasonal event inspired by cultures near and far.

EPCOT is one of the four parks of the Walt Disney World Resort and is widely known for its cultural and seasonal festivities.

The holidays are no different! You can enjoy flavors of the season, Candlelight Processional, special dining packages and more each November and December.

International Festival of the Holidays Details

Walt Disney World invites you to “An International Yuletide Extravaganza!” at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays.

The winter Festival of the Holidays typically runs from late November through December.

Some of the most notable highlights are:
  • Candlelight Processional
  • Special dining packages
  • Holiday Kitchens
  • Holiday Cookie Stroll
  • Merry experiences for everyone
For the full EPCOT Festival of the Holidays experience we suggest:

The International Festival of the Holidays is an annual event perfect for families, couples, friend trips, and everyone in between!

The main highlights include wandering your way through stunning holiday sights and tasting your way through international yuletide cuisines.

Of course, you’ll also find the can’t-miss attractions at EPCOT during your vacation.

Best EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Food

Keep kids of all ages satisfied and delighted while food sampling with a holiday twist!

Holiday Kitchens are open daily from 11:00 a.m. until park closing unless noted otherwise. And don’t forget that tickets and theme park reservations are required.

We are already working up an appetite daydreaming of all the amazing choices headed our way! We also listed more classic EPCOT snacks below. Keep reading for snacks and treats you can get year-round at EPCOT.

Best Experiences at the International Festival of the Holidays

Every year we send our team from Get Away Today to uncover the best of the best at the International Festival of the Holidays.

First, your family will be able to taste their way around EPCOT while learning about international holiday celebrations. Kids and adults alike will love exploring how each country celebrates the season.

Sample the Best Disney Holiday Cookies

Enjoy an array of sweet treats during the Holiday Cookie Stroll!

Purchase 5 cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations featured in your Festival Passport—and be sure to collect a matching stamp for each cookie purchased.

Last year we found these cookies on the list.
  1. Nochebuena Cocina: Alfajores – Vanilla Shortbread Cookie with Dulce de Leche and Coconut
  2. Yukon Holiday Kitchen: SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® Bar pieces
  3. L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen: Black and White Cookie (plant-based)
  4. American Holiday Table: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  5. Bavaria Holiday Kitchen: Linzer Cookie
  6. Holiday Hearth Desserts: Gingerbread Cookie
  7. Sunshine Seasons: M&M’s® Sugar Cookie
  8. Connections Café: Sugar Cookie

We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the cookie menu this season!

Holiday Traditions Expedition Scavenger Hunt

Set off on an adventure with Olaf for his Holiday Traditions Expedition Scavenger Hunt! It’s a fun way to explore the World Showcase with a specialty map in hand.

Just purchase your map and stickers from select festival merchandise locations and seek out the “tradition” that Olaf has found in each pavilion. Whether or not you complete the quest, you can redeem your map at Creations Shop, Disney Traders or World Traveler at International Gateway for a special festival holiday keepsake.

JOYFUL Musical Celebration

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season in the World Showcase Plaza presents uplifting Gospel and R&B songs celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa. You can also enjoy a sparkling boat tour through Living with the Land in World Nature, where the greenhouses will be decked out with twinkling holiday light displays.

Candlelight Processional

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir.

It’s an experience many people love to do year after year.

Best Snacks at EPCOT Year Round

There are so many favorite things to eat at Walt Disney World theme parks but EPCOT is truly a foodie’s dream. When the Disney dining plan and snack credits are in place, it’s the best place to spend your time!

Did some of your favorite things and sweet treats make our list?
  1. School Bread Sweet Roll filled with Custard and dipped in Coconut (Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe | World Showcase | Norway Pavilion)
  2. Fish and Chips (Yorkshire County Fish Shop | World Showcase | United Kingdom)
  3. Taco Trio (La Cantina de San Angel | World Showcase | Mexico)
  4. Traditional Poutine French Fries smothered in Gravy and topped with Cheese Curds (Refreshment Port | World Showcase | near Canada)
  5. Macaron Lime Raspberry plus one of every pastry on the menu (Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie | World Showcase | France Pavilion)
  6. Kakigōri Japanese shaved ice available in Rainbow, Strawberry, Melon, Cherry, Tangerine or Blue Raspberry (Kabuki Cafe | EPCOT’s World Showcase | Japan)
  7. Maple Popcorn (EPCOT’s World Showcase | Canada)
  8. Chicken Pot Stickers (Lotus Blossom Cafe | World Showcase | China)

Don’t miss Festival of Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort! This annual event brings beautiful festivities, delicious food and great entertainment together each year. Tell us your favorite things about the Festival of the Holidays and let us help you plan your Walt Disney World vacation now.

Walt Disney World Resort: International Festival of the Holidays

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