EPCOT was abuzz today, as we welcomed back the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays for 2022. Most notably, Streaming the Magic was able to attend the first night of an event loved by generations, the Candlelight Processional.
A tradition for many families over the years at EPCOT, the Candlelight Processional is a telling of the religious story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator. Within the story, the Voices of Liberty Choir and an orchestra play holiday songs that uplift and bring Holiday joy to Guests.
As tonight is the first night, we were thrilled to learn that Simu Liu would be the narrator for opening night. Simu Liu is most well known for playing ‘Shang-Chi’, the title character from ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, a film from Marvel Studios released in 2021. Liu is scheduled to appear not only for opening night tonight, but for tomorrow night as well.
The rest of the Holiday season sees a variety of celebrities taking on the role of narrator in the Candlelight Processional. Many names are returning narrators, such as Neil Patrick Harris, who has narrated several times before. This years narrator schedule (as listed on the WDW website) is:
- Simu Liu
November 25 and 26, 2022
- Chita Rivera
November 27 through 29, 2022
- Raul Esparza
November 30 and December 1, 2022
- Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 and December 3, 2022
- Isabella Rossellini
December 4 through December 6, 2022
- Daymond John
December 7 through December 9, 2022
- Josh Gad
December 10 through December 12, 2022
- Gloria Estefan
December 13 and December 14, 2022
- Neil Patrick Harris
December 15 through December 18, 2022
- Mariska Hargitay
December 19 and December 20, 2022
- Cal Ripken Jr.
December 21 through December 23, 2022
- Marie Osmond
December 24 through December 26, 2022
- Courtney Vance
December 27 and December 28, 2022
- Angela Bassett
December 29 and December 30, 2022
Missed seeing Streaming the Magic go live this evening? We’ve got you covered, with the replay of our night at EPCOT, available here!
We are very excited to possibly catch this event at other dates this season! Who are you hoping to see narrate the Candlelight Processional this year? Let us know!
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