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Epcot Holidays Around the World

November 25, 2011–December 30, 2011

International holiday traditions unfold throughout World Showcase Nov. 26-Dec. 30 when storytellers portraying cultural icons of the season – such as France’s Pere Noel, Italy’s LaBefana and America’s Santa Claus – spread messages of goodwill.  And to cap off the day, Epcot’s kaleidoscope of lasers, lights, fireworks and music – “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” – takes on a spirited holiday finale.


Holiday Storytellers

Cherish the colorful legends and lore of the holiday season from all over the world. Come listen to the wondrous stories of France's "Père Noël," Italy's "La Befana" and, of course, Santa Claus at Epcot® World Showcase. Please see the Entertainment Schedule for show times.

Here are some highlights:

The most celebrated holiday in all of China is Chinese New Year! Watch the agile Monkey King weave his tall tale with twists and turns, as well as the Dragon Legend Acrobats as they bring their New Year's Lion to life.

La Befana is Italy's good Christmas witch. She comes down the chimney of the bambinos, or children, and leaves them treats. Come hear her sweet story of how they love to celebrate the Epiphany in Italy!

The American Adventure
Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa's ear, and take your picture sitting on his knee. Even Mrs. Claus will be on hand to help with your wishes!

Celebrated in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, Ramadan is a time for worship and contemplation. Taarji, our storytelling drummer, shares the meaning of Ramadan and the nightly celebration that occurs when the fast is broken.

Père Noël awaits your visit as he unfolds the story of little Babette and her wishes at Christmas time. Share your wishes with Père Noël, too! Celebrate and enjoy the foods that make up le réveillon, the Christmas Eve feast.

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat

Join Mickey as he gathers his friends at this special time of year to celebrate the holiday with an array of traditions. Tap your toes to international holiday music, and feel the peace and goodwill as the final tradition — lighting the tree — brings us all together.

Daily at 6:00 p.m.

IllumiNations Reflections of Earth

Witness a thrilling nighttime kaleidoscope as the sky erupts with over 1,000 laser bursts and the extraordinary Earth Globe floats across the lagoon. Treasure the spirit of the season as this special musical finale features the song "Let There Be Peace on Earth" with a special message of holiday good will.




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