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Meet the Holiday Storytellers at the EPCOT® International Festival of the Holidays

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We all have treasured holiday traditions, whether it’s decorating a tree with keepsake ornaments, music we love or special treats we crave (Grandma’s fruitcake, anyone?). But how do people from different cultures celebrate the season? What are their traditions and what are the stories behind them?

During the EPCOT® International Festival of the Holidays, running from November 25th to December 30th, the Holiday Storytellers at the World Showcase at EPCOT® take Guests on a “trip around the world” to discover the many ways people create joy for their friends and families during this festive winter season.

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The Storytellers bring beloved traditions such as Christmas, Lunar New Year, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to life with stories enhanced by music, dance and performers in colorful costumes.

“The Holiday Storytellers truly capture the spirit of the season,” says Dominique Marmolejo, Show Writer for Disney Live Entertainment. “It’s a wonderful way to discover new things and find new ways to honor the traditions you already celebrate.” You may even decide to incorporate some of the elements into your own traditions!

The Storytellers’ performances take place several times a day in their respective countries. Here is a sample of some of the experiences you won’t want to miss. Be sure to look for specially identified areas in each country and check the My Disney Experience app for these and other showtimes at each country’s pavilion.

Mexico Pavilion

Feliz Navidad! Experience the joy and pageantry of the tradition called Las Posadas with dancers, piñatas and the music of Mariachi Cobre.

United Kingdom Pavilion

Ring in the season with Father Christmas and join in the good cheer and traditions of the United Kingdom.

Japan Pavilion

Have you ever heard of the Daruma doll? Learn about the fascinating story of this symbolic doll and how the New Year is celebrated in Japan.

Japan

Italy Pavilion

This charming tale of witchery may surprise you, as you learn the story of La Befana, a kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping children on the Eve of the Epiphany.

Norway Pavilion

Get ready to laugh as you watch Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller, encounter a mischievous Barn Santa.

Santa and kids

Canada Pavilion

Take a musical tour of the Great White North with the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs. They’ll introduce you to holiday customs from the various regions of Canada.

France Pavilion

Let the magic of Christmas surround you as you visit with Père Noël and feel the enchantment through a child’s letter.

France

Between Morocco and France Pavilion

Listen to a Hanukkah Storyteller recount Hanukkah celebrations around the world.

Showcase Plaza Stage

Be uplifted by the spirit of “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season,” a stirring musical performance honoring both Christmas and Kwanzaa.

Odyssey Events Pavilion

What would a celebration of holiday traditions be without an appearance by Santa Claus?

Santa

Each pavilion also offers holiday treats and beverages from its respective country. “You hear the stories and music, see the dancing and colorful costumes, and even taste the experience. It adds a whole new layer of richness to our appreciation of the season,” Marmolejo says.


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