Every year, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort celebrate the true story of Christmas with the Candlelight Processionals. A large choir sings beautiful music, lights adorn the area, and a celebrity narrator retells the story of the birth of Jesus. It is a truly wonderful event and many Guests look forward to it and will even plan their vacations around the Processional, so they can experience it.
While both Resorts host the event, they are quite different from each other. Disney World holds the event nearly every night for almost a month, but Disneyland’s event only lasts for one weekend. Walt Disney World also releases its list of celebrity narrators weeks in advance, so people can plan. Since Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional only has seating for invited Guests, the narrator is typically kept a secret until a soundcheck is conducted right before the first show.
This year, however, Disney is doing something a bit different. Disneyland officials have told the choir that This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown will be narrating this year’s Candlelight Processional. Disney officials have also confirmed Brown’s appearance with various news outlets.
It is possible that Disney chose to announce the narrator early this year as a way to control the crowds that will gather near the Disneyland train station on Main Street, U.S.A. Typically, Guests will start to stand around hours early, so they can see who the narrator might be, but with Disney announcing Brown’s appearance early, Guests can decide whether or not they want to wait and watch before they even get to the theme park.
While Brown is most well-known for his role as Randall Pearson in This Is Us, he has had several major Disney roles. He narrates the popular Disney+ show One Day at Disney and voiced Lieutenant Mattias in Frozen II, alongside stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, and Josh Gad.
Marvel fans will know Brown from the groundbreaking film, Black Panther. In the film, Brown played N’Jobu, the brother of King T’Chaka and the father of Erik Killmonger — who went on a quest for revenge after his father was killed by T’Chaka.
Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional will take place this year on December 4 and 5. There will be two performances each day — the first one at 5:30 p.m. and the second one at 7:45 p.m. Again, it is important to note that seating will be provided only to invited Guests, but certain areas along Main Street U.S.A. will be available for Guests to stand and watch the performance. If you want to watch this year’s Processional, it is suggested that you claim your spot early in the day.