Christmas at Epcot – You need to book early

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If you wish to see Orlando at Christmas you will need to book early as these weeks get booked up way in advance.

If you are planning a holiday over or near the Christmas period, do go and see the Walt Disney World, Epcot Theme Park. There they have a world showcase situated round a vast lake. Countries from around the world are represented and staffed by the people from that country. They exhibit their traditional wares and some have rides or shows to give examples of life in their country. They all have restaurants or snack bars which serve food typical of that country. The restaurants get very quickly booked up so it would be wise to book one when you arrive at the park.

An absolute “must see” is the firework, laser and music show at 9 o clock each evening all through the year. The fireworks and lasers are synchronised with the music to give an outstanding spectacle. It lasts approximately 20 minutes and at Christmas, they have an extra display at the end to mark the festive season. You can view this display from any where around the lake.

Another particular Christmas attraction is the Candlelight Processional. This is a carol concert featuring a massed choir and celebrity narrators who tell the Christmas story through story and song. It is an exceptional spectacular event and wonderful singing. Stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Isabella Rossellini and Brad Garrett have all performed as narrators in the past. The singing is so uplifting and inspirational that you will leave with your soul just a little happier. You can line up for seats or just watch from the periphery. The shows start after dark and run for 30 minutes three times a night.

The countries also celebrate the season with their own versions of the Christmas story. In Mexico the Three Kings tell the story of their journey to see the Christ child, in Norway you can meet the story teller Sigrid and in china they have an agile Monkey King who tells tales of celebrating Chinese New Year. Over in the German pavilion you will hear, Helga tell the story of the first Nutcracker. In Italy they have a Christmas witch who tells of the epiphany she experienced 2000 years ago.

In France Pere Noel’s letter from a little girl, Babette, recreates the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child. In the United Kingdom spend a moment with a jolly Santa Claus, as he makes traditions from Christmas past just as much fun today.

All of this is of course interspersed with the most amazing display of lights all round Epcot.

So do give this wonderful experience a go, you will love it and so will the children.

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