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Review: The Holiday Storytellers at Epcot

By Dave Shute


The Holiday Storytellers are one of the major components of Epcot’s holiday season celebrations–the others are the Holiday Kitchens, the Candlelight Processional and a holiday adaptation of Illuminations.

The overall celebration is called The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving itself in 2018, for the first time) until December 30.

During the season, characters depicting a traditional figure from each of the nations of the World Showcase relates how a holiday (Christmas mostly, but also Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or New Years) is traditionally celebrated in their country.

These characters are the Holiday Storytellers.


The holiday storytellers are one of the best marriages of kid appeal and cultural education at Epcot, and seeing at least a few of them should be part of every Epcot holiday season visit.

None is so compelling (except maybe the couple above, in the American Pavilion) that you need to make sure your family sees them, but all are worth for waiting an extra 15 minutes or so if they are about to perform in a pavilion where you are already near.

Younger kids will most likely want to see storytellers from within or near to their own tradition, while older kids will have fun seeing a mix of storytellers from several traditions.

The times of the storytelling sessions are listed in Epcot’s Times Guide.

The schedule typically makes it hard to see them all in one day. I don’t think this matters much, because while the storytellers are a wonderful part of the holidays at Epcot, no one among them is so powerful as to be required viewing. Be sure to see some; no need to see all.


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