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2022 Guide to the Storytellers at Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays (including Santa)

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2022 Guide to the Storytellers at Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays (including Santa)

If you’ve ever dreamt of spending the holidays in another country, Epcot gives you a taste of what that is like courtesy of World Showcase Storytellers.

During the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (which typically runs from Thanksgiving to the end of December), you can find a range of international celebrations.

What makes the Festival of the Holidays so special is the chance to learn about how different cultures celebrate the holidays, including how they view Santa Claus and what he means to them.

The different Santas and other Storytellers are stationed in the World Showcase country pavilions, where they share their holiday traditions from around the world.

And if you’re hoping to see Santa during your Walt Disney World visit, Epcot is the best park to visit since you can see multiple Santas.

Plus, there’s special food and drinks, decorations, activities, the Candlelight Processional, and so much more.

Here are the Storytellers (including Santa) that you can find at Epcot during the holiday season.

  • The 2022 Festival of the Holidays runs from November 25 through December 30. Unless otherwise noted, you can meet Santas and Storytellers through the end of the festival. You can find showtimes for the performers in the My Disney Experience app. Be sure to double check showtimes when you’re visiting.

Santas in the World Showcase

These are the Santas you can find in Epcot during the holiday season.

Odyssey Pavilion

santa odyssey pavilion epcot

Instead of meeting in the American Adventure Pavilion, like he’s done in the past, this year Santa has found a new home inside the Odyssey Pavilion (between Test Track and Mexico).

You’ll be able to say hello to Santa here through December 24.

Santa will be available every day for 60 minute windows at the following times:

  • 11 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.

France Pavilion

You can visit with Père Noël in the France pavilion and rediscover the magic of Christmas through the letter of a delightful child.

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You can find Père Noël performing 15-minute shows Sundays through Saturdays:

  • 10 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.
  • 12:10 p.m.
  • 12:50 p.m.
  • 2:15 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m.

Norway Pavilion

barn santa norway epcot world showcase storyteller

In the Norway pavilion, a mischievous magical Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller.

You can find the Barn Santa performing 15-minute shows Sundays through Saturdays:

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:35 p.m.
  • 1:35 p.m.
  • 2:35 p.m.
  • 4:35 p.m.
  • 5:35 p.m.
  • 6:35 p.m.
  • 7:10 p.m.

United Kingdom Pavilion

father christmas world showcase storyteller epcot

Father Christmas makes an appearance in the United Kingdom pavilion and shares the traditions of the U.K. and good cheer.

You can find the Father Christmas performing 15-minute shows Sundays through Saturdays:

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:40 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 6 p.m.

World Showcase Storytellers

In addition to the Santa World Showcase Storytellers, these are the other storytellers (that aren’t Santas) available during the Festival of the Holidays.

Mexico Pavilion

In the Mexico Pavilion, the Las Posadas Celebration features dancers, piñatas, and the music of Mariachi Cobre.

Las Posadas Celebration world showcase storytellers

Performances are 25 minutes and happen Sundays through Thursdays.

  • 11:05 a.m.
  • 12:05 p.m.
  • 1:05 p.m.
  • 3:05 p.m.
  • 4:10 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m.

China Pavilion

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional Chinese folk music played by renowned musicians known as the Si-Zhu Trio.

si zhu trio world showcase storytellers epcot

You can catch 15-minute performances in the China Pavilion Mondays through Fridays.

  • 12 p.m.
  • 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

There is also the Chinese Lion Dancer is a colorful performance that brings good fortune and happiness in the Lunar New Year.

chinese lion dancer world showcase storyteller epcot

You can catch 15-minute performances in the China Pavilion Saturdays and Sundays.

  • 12 p.m.
  • 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

Italy Pavilion

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You can listen to the tale of La Befana, a kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping children on the eve of the Epiphany.

She performs Sundays through Saturdays in the Italy Pavilion. Shows are 15 minutes long.

  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1 p.m.
  • 2:40 p.m.
  • 3:35 p.m.
  • 4:20 p.m.
  • 5:05 p.m.
  • 5:45 p.m.

Japan Pavilion

The Daruma Storyteller tells the story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year.

daruma storyteller japan epcot festival of the holidays

Shows are 15 minutes and occur Sundays through Saturdays in the Japan Pavilion.

  • 11 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 2 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.

Between France and Morocco

Hanukkah Storyteller epcot

Between the France and Morocco pavilions is the Hanukkah Storyteller, where a storyteller recounts traveling abroad to explore the diverse music and traditions of Hanukkah around the world. 

This storyteller performs Sundays through Saturdays. Shows are 15 minutes long.

  • 10:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:40 p.m.
  • 1:15 p.m.
  • 2:45 p.m.
  • 3:45 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 6 p.m.

Canada Pavilion

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In the Canada Pavilion, Canadian Holiday Voyageurs explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North.

Shows are 20 minutes and happen Sundays through Saturdays.

  • 11:45 a.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.
  • 1:45 p.m.
  • 3:25 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 6:35 p.m.
  • Be sure to save the following graphic listing this year’s locations and schedules for all of the World Showcase Storytellers.
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