• 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.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    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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My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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