The Orange County Register is reporting that Disneyland has officially canceled the Candlelight Processional this year. With the Disneyland Resort theme parks still closed and no clear reopening date, Disney is having to cancel holiday events.
The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional features dozens of choir groups that gather on a stage in front of Disneyland’s Main Street train station to bring the story of Christmas to life. The annual event is attended by hundreds of guests who fill a seating area set up each holiday season in Disneyland’s Town Square.
The Processional typically takes place on two weekend nights in early December with two performances each night. The 600-member choir parades down Main Street U.S.A. and is made up of Disney employees and members of local community choirs. They perform along with a live orchestra, handbell players and fanfare trumpeters. There is also a celebrity narrator who tells the story of the first Christmas between songs.
This event tends to be very crowded and busy. Foot traffic is usually jammed near the main entrance to the park. Backstage passageways behind the Main Street U.S.A. shops are typically opened during the Candlelight performances to ease congestion in the high-traffic area.
Due to the park closures and the new physical distancing protocols, Disney was unable to commit to the monthslong planning process for the Candlelight Processional. This cancelation comes after Disney World canceled the Epcot Candlelight Processional as well as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
At this point, we are just hoping Disneyland is open for the winter holidays.
Source: The Orange County Register
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