Storytellers from Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays are sharing their country’s traditions, stories, and songs with guests. Children and adults are captivated by these animated storytellers as they tell tales about what the holidays are like in their part of the world.
Canadian Holiday Voyagers in Canada
This musical tour brings the history and holiday traditions of the Great White North alive.
Father Christmas in the U.K.
Father Christmas rings in the new year and invites guests to sing along while sharing tidbits about English holiday traditions and history.
Père Noël in France
This French Santa tells the story of a young girl’s Christmas letter written to him and shares the traditions of how the children of France celebrate the holidays.
Hanukkah Storyteller Between Morocco and France
Learn about the celebration of Hanukkah, its food, traditions, and music.
Daruma Storyteller in Japan
An animated Japanese storyteller shares the story of the Daruma Doll and talks about the traditions of the New Year.
La Befana in Italy
This kind-hearted witch visits sleeping children on the heart of the Epiphany. Join her as she sings and tells stories of Italian holiday traditions.
Chinese Lion Dancer in China
It’s hard to not be impressed by the energetic Chinese Lion Dancers. A narrator tells of the good fortune the Dancing Lion brings to spectators as it welcomes the Chinese New Year.
Mischievous Magical Barn Santa in Norway
This Mischievous Barn Santa will make you laugh as he teases poor Sigrid the storyteller who cannot see him as a non-believer. Songs and silliness ensue as the Norwegian holiday traditions are told through songs and stories.
Las Posadas Celebration in Mexico
Storytelling, dancing, and the music of Mariachi Cobre come together in this telling of Mexican holiday traditions.
You can meet a traditional Santa over in the Odyssey building through December 24th.
Joyful! A Celebration of the Season is a gospel and rhythm and blues ensemble playing holiday music in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa. You can catch them over at the entrance to World Showcase playing at set times throughout the day.
If you want to catch all the storytellers you will have to plan ahead of time. Guest services can provide you with a current list of showtimes as they are not listed in the festival guide. You may have to do some back and forth to catch them all but I do believe it is well worth it. The storytellers are very animated and are really captivating. I learned quite a bit listening to them and enjoyed all the shows thoroughly.
Have you ever seen any of the storytellers perform? Which country was your favorite? I think I really enjoyed the Chinese Lion Dancer was really cute and I loved watching how the kids reacted.
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