• On Jun 11, 2018
    Ethel from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi wonderful panel, I was wondering what time is best to see the candlelight processional? Does the sun have a factor in picking the time? Thank You and Have a magical day.

    Hi there, Ethel! I could talk for days about the incredible Candlelight Processional. It is my favorite Christmas activity anywhere, and it is a great way to kick off the holiday season - or pack it away for another year. It's just beautiful.

    This lovely retelling of the story of the Nativity takes place at Epcot three times most nights between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. The shows usually take place at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:15 PM. Because the daylight hours are shorter that time of year, the sun is usually beginning to set at least by the end of the 5 o'clock show, and it's "night time" for the other two shows. I will say that my family usually does the 5 o'clock show. The light from the setting sun isn't a bother, and you can still see the lit candles as the choir processes in. The lighting in the theater sets the same mood for any of the three shows, but I find when we go to the 5 o'clock show, we can grab a quick bite to eat afterwards, shop for some unique Christmas presents, and settle in for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (the night time show at Epcot). 

    If you are doing the dining package, you may want to be aware that they give you a dining time prior to the show. If you do the 5 o'clock show, you are actually going to be given a time for lunch, not dinner. I know that impacts the decision making process for some people. 

    I hope you enjoy this holiday event as much as I do! Thank you for your question, Ethel.

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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