Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Gad, Angela Bassett among Candlelight Processional narrators

Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Gad and Angela Bassett. (Photos from Wikimedia Commons)

ORLANDO | “How I Met Your Mother” actor Neil Patrick Harris, “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett are among the celebrity narrators returning for the 2022 Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, running Nov. 25-Dec. 30.

New additions this year include the voice of Olaf from “Frozen,” Josh Gad; singing superstar Gloria Estefan; star of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi,” Simu Liu; and Broadway and television star Raúl Esparza.

“Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem,” Disney’s event page reads. “Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir.”

Each narrator will perform three shows — at 5:15, 7 and 8:30 p.m. — on their designated nights at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot, accompanied by the Voices of Liberty acapella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra and choirs comprised of Disney cast members as well as guest choirs from across Florida.

This year, there are 14 celebrities who will take the mantel as the narrator. The schedule is as follows:

  • Simu Liu (NEW) – Nov. 25-26
  • Chita Rivera – Nov. 27-29
  • Raul Esparza (NEW) – Nov. 30-Dec. 1
  • Whoopi Goldberg – Dec. 2-3
  • Isabella Rossellini – Dec. 4-6
  • Daymond John – Dec. 7-9
  • Josh Gad (NEW) – Dec. 10-12
  • Gloria Estefan (NEW) – Dec. 13-14
  • Neil Patrick Harris – Dec. 15-18
  • Mariska Hargitay (NEW) – Dec. 19-20
  • Cal Ripken Jr. – Dec. 21-23
  • Marie Osmond – Dec. 24-26
  • Courtney Vance – Dec. 27-28
  • Angela Bassett – Dec. 29-30

Keep in mind that events and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

Guests can secure a spot at the processional with a Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. There will be eight table service restaurants in Epcot that will be offering the dining packages during lunch and dinner. Each package will include an appetizer, entrée and dessert or one full buffet and beverage. This will also guarantee a seat per purchase to the show on the same day.

The restaurants that will be a part of the dining package are as follows:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Norway Pavilion
  • Biergarten Restaurant – Germany Pavilion
  • Coral Reef Restaurant – The Living Seas
  • Garden Grill Restaurant – The Land Pavilion
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse – Canada Pavilion
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (SAME DAY PACKAGE ONLY) – American Adventure Pavilion
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • Spice Road Table (SAME DAY PACKAGE ONLY) – Morocco Pavilion

Disney’s 2022 Candlelight Processional is a part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth at kicks off Nov. 25. For more information, go to

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