Walt Disney World® - Holidays Around the World at Epcot®
Start Date: November 24, 2006
End Date: December 30, 2006
Location: Epcot
Description: Epcot’s® World Showcase is home to international holiday lore and legends during the Holidays Around the World celebration. Not only can guests meet Santa Claus in the American Adventure showcase, but they also have the opportunity to hear storytellers detail the adventures of Pčre Noël in France, La Befana in Italy and other legends from around the world. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah holidays are also observed.

At nightfall, Mickey Mouse and his friends host a giant tree-lighting ceremony, complete with music and storytelling, in World Showcase Plaza. A dazzling synchronized light show -- "The Lights of Winter" -- illuminates a canopy adorning the World Showcase breezeway bridge. The Epcot evening spectacular of lights, lasers and fireworks, "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth," completes the celebration with a magical holiday finale. With the song "Let There Be Peace On Earth" at its center, this special musical tag features the voice of Walter Cronkite who offers a special message of peace and good will.

As an added bonus, guests with a long holiday shopping list will discover one-of-a-kind gifts with international flair throughout World Showcase.

Epcot Operating Hours
Future World
Nov. 24-30: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Dec. 1-24: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Dec. 25-30: 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 31: 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.

World Showcase
Nov. 24-30: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 1-24: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 25-30: 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 31: 9:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Nov. 1-23: 9 p.m.
Nov. 24-30: 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 1-30: 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 31: 7:30 p.m. & 11:40 p.m.

Note: times subject to change without notice. Please check with park on day of visit.

Walt Disney World® - Candlelight Processional at Epcot®
Start Date: November 24, 2006
End Date: December 30, 2006
Location: Epcot
Description: As part of Holidays Around the World, Epcot® presents a longtime Disney holiday tradition -- Candlelight Processional. The extremely popular nightly spectacle treats guests to a grand musical performance by a mass choir and 50-piece orchestra who are joined by celebrity narrators in retelling of the beloved story of Christmas.

Celebrity narrators scheduled to appear include (subject to change):

Nov. 24-26 David Robinson (former NBA player, San Antonio Spurs)
Nov. 27-29 John O'Hurley (Seinfeld's J. Peterman, and "Dancing With the Stars")
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Rita Moreno ("West Side Story")
Dec. 3-5 Chita Rivera (Broadway)
Dec. 6-8 Brian Dennehy ("First Blood")
Dec. 9-11 Stephen Curtis Chapman (Christian music's most-decorated artist)
Dec. 12-14 Maureen McGovern (Oscar-winning Broadway singer and recording artist)
Dec. 15-17 Kirk Cameron (TV's "Growing Pains")
Dec. 18-20 Lou Diamond Phillips ("La Bamba")
Dec. 21-23 Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire" and "A Few Good Men")
Dec. 24-26 Gary Sinise ("Forrest Gump" and TV's "CSI: NY")
Dec. 27-30 Marlee Matlin (TV's "The West Wing")

Presentations of Candlelight Processional are included with regular Epcot admission.