Who Is Hosting EPCOT’s 2022 Candlelight Processional?

EPCOT Candlelight Processional

One of EPCOT‘s most festive offerings is returning this holiday season! From November 25th through December 30th, the Candlelight Processional will be taking place nightly as part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. The processional is shown 3 times a night, 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:30 PM, in the America Gardens Theatre. One of the most exciting aspects of the Candlelight Processional are the celebrity hosts! Recently, Disney released the full list of this year’s hosts along with the dates they will be narrating. Read on to see who will be hosting EPCOT’s 2022 Candlelight Processional?

Simu Liu: November 25th, 26th

Are you a Marvel Fan? The star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be lending his voice to EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional on November 25th and 26th!

Simu Liu
In 2022, Simu Liu was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (Photo: The Hollywood Reporter).

Edward James Olmos – November 27th-29th

You can see this actor, who is known for Miami Vice, American Me, Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver, and Pixar’s Coco at the Candlelight Processional from November 27th through the 29th.

Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos voiced Chicharrón in Coco (Photo: Entertainment Tonight).

Raúl Esparza: November 30th, December 1st

Raúl Esparza is a Tony Award-nominated actor who is known for his roles in Taboo, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Company, and Law & Order SVU.

Raúl Esparza
Raúl Esparza’s debuted on Broadway in 2000 (Photo: Broadway.com).

Whoopi Goldberg: December 2nd, 3rd

The award-winning actress and talk-show host, known for staring in movies like Sister Act and hosting The View, will be leading the Candlelight Processional the first week in December.

Whoopi Goldberg with Mickey Mouse
Whoopi Goldberg has been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and the Disney Legend award (Photo: Disney).

Isabella Rossellini: December 4th, 5th, 6th

This Italian actress, filmmaker, author, model, and philanthropist can be seen hosting the Candlelight processional from December 4th-6th.

Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini voiced Ambassador Henrietta Selick in Incredibles 2 (Photo: Vanity Fair).

Daymond John: December 7th, 8th, 9th

Daymond John, who you have likely seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, will also be heading EPCOT’s holiday processional this year.

Daymond John
Daymond John founded FUBU (Photo: ABC News).

Josh Gad: December 10th, 11th, 12th

Josh Gad is no stranger to lending his voice to Disney! The man behind Frozen‘s funniest character, Olaf, will be hosting December 10th-12th.

Josh Gad
Josh Gad is also known for playing the role of Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon on Broadway (Photo: Broadway.com).

Gloria Estefan: December 13th, 14th

This awarding-winning, chart-topping singer is known for hits like “Conga”, “Get On Your Feet”, and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”. Look for Gloria Estefan at EPCOT on December 13th and 14th.

Gloria Estefan
Estefan recently visited Disney World to ride Cosmic Rewinds (Photo: Disney).

Neil Patrick Harris: December 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th

Known as Barney Stinson, Doogie Hower, Count Olaf, and overall Disney fanatic, Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting the processional for more nights than anyone else this year!

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Candlelight Processional many times before along with other Disney events like the Christmas parade (Photo: Disney).

Mariska Hargitay: December 19th, 20th

Law & Order SVU star, Mariska Hargitay, is going to be leading the Candlelight Processional December 19th and 20th.

Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay has been awarded an Emmy and Golden Globe during her career (Photo: E!).

Cal Ripken Jr: December 21st, 22nd, 23rd

Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr, also known as “The Iron Man”, will be hosting in the days leading up to Christmas.

Cal Ripken Jr
Cal Ripken Jr played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981-2001 (Photo: Insider).

Marie Osmond: December 24th, 25th, 26th

On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after the holiday, actress and singer Marie Osmond will be narrating the processional!

Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond’s family is full of entertainers including her brother Donny (Photo: Fox).

Courtney Vance: December 27th, 28th

Broadway and film actor Courtney Vance, known for roles in Six Degrees of SeparationLucky Guy, and The Hunt For Red October.

Courtney Vance
Courtney Vance with his wife Angela Bassett, family, and Goofy (Photo: Disney).

Angela Bassett: December 29th, 30th

Following her husband Courtney Vance, the multi-award winning actress Angela Bassett will be closing out this years Candlelight Processional!

Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett also narrated The Imagineering Story on Disney+ (Photo: The Hollywood Reporter).

Which celebrity host are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments

Written by

Emily Murray

Contributing Writer

For as long as Emily can remember, Disney has played a huge role in her life. Her infatuation with Disney resulted in many hours spent rewatching Toy Story and creating multiple powerpoints to convince her parents to book yet another vacation to the “Most Magical Place on Earth”. In 2015, Emily followed one of her dreams and moved to Orlando, Florida where she spent just over five years working for the mouse in three separate roles. Emily is passionate about writing and using words creatively and concisely. She loves to make others laugh and hopes to sprinkle a little bit of magic into everything she does.

One comment on “Who Is Hosting EPCOT’s 2022 Candlelight Processional?

  1. I visited the EPCOT Candlelight Processional a few years ago, and it was one of the most magical experiences of my life. The show was simply breathtaking, and the music was so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a truly special Christmas experience.

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