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Just announced: EPCOT Holiday storytellers are returning for the 2021 season!

If you’re one of those who begins making holiday plans the first week of autumn, we’ve got some amazing news for you!

Disney has just announced that EPCOT is bringing back holiday storytellers this year to take part in EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays (theĀ best festival at EPCOT all year long, in my humble opinion).

Storytellers at the International Festival of the Holidays bring a unique holiday joy to the event.

Not to be confused with the narrators of the Christmas Story during the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, the holiday storytellers are those who can be found at each of the 11 countries on the World Showcase: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada.

The storytellers wear vibrant costumes and tell stories about holiday celebrations that take place and traditions that are observed all across the globe, and their stories are amazing! The storytellers appear at different times throughout the day during the International Festival of the Holidays. Their times are usually listed in the EPCOT guide or near the entrances to each country’s pavilion.

In the past, Guests visiting the France pavilion have had the chance to meet Pere Noel and hear him share stories about the French celebrations and traditions observed for “Noel,” French for “Christmas.”

Credit: Becky Burkett

Guests in the United Kingdom pavilion have met Father Christmas and listened to his glad tidings and stories about the letters children write to him during this festive time of the year!

Credit: Becky Burkett

There’s so much to see, do and experience at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays. The festival runs from November 26 through December 30, 2021.

Try delicious holidays foods and treats at the festival’s Holiday Kitchens, hear beautiful holiday music, learn about different holiday customs and traditions in other countries and truly revel in savoring the moments during the most wonderful time of the year.

Have you ever been to the International Festival of the Holidays? What do you look forward to experiencing the most?

About Becky Burkett

I'm a Lone Star State native whose idea of joy includes any combination of the following: cold weather, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 2 boys, my 2 girls, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history and being at Disney World. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birds at the Enchanted Tiki Room, scoring the 999,999 at Buzz's Space Ranger Spin, or trying for the highest score in the toybox at Toy Story Mania! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!