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Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: Focus on Canada and the UK

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is a new celebration for 2017 and it blends the ideas from Epcot’s past Holidays Around the World with the newer festivals that include food kiosks and seasonal traditions from different parts of the globe.  In our last post we focused on the celebration in the France pavilion.  Now we are taking a closer look at the Canada and United Kingdom pavilions.

Festival of the Holidays

Be sure to check your park map and times guides to see all the special entertainment that will be happening during your visit.

Festival of the Holidays

As you wander thought World Showcase, it is just so pretty and serene.  The holiday decorations are not over-the-top – they just fit so well with the World Showcase surroundings.

Festival of the Holidays

The “Holiday Kitchens” that are open during the festival are a lot of fun and bring new flavors to each pavilion.  In Canada, they have the Yukon Holiday Kitchen.

Festival of the Holidays

Here you can try some holiday tastes from our Northern neighbors. Seafood and French-Canadian flavors are highlighted.

Festival of the Holidays

We enjoyed the Seared Salmon (with a Crown Royal Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant) and the Traditional French Canadian Toutier with Canadian Ketchup.  Delicious!

Festival of the Holidays

It is hard to pass up a wine flight, so we also tried the ice wine flight – which gave us a taste of each of the ice wine selections – Cabernet Franc, Neige Apple, and Riesling.

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More beautiful poinsettias line the pathway as you walk into the United Kingdom pavilion.

Festival of the Holidays

I just loved this giant tea service display.  We have these holiday dishes at home (although a lot smaller!) so it was fun to see this.

Festival of the Holidays

Care for a spot of tea?  So pretty!

Festival of the Holidays

Epcot’s World Showcase is just a beautiful place to spend part of the holiday season, The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is not-to-be-missed!  We have explored France and now Canada/UK on the blog – next we will take a look at some of the other special places in Epcot during the holiday season.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: Focus on France

There is never a dull moment at Epcot, where it seems that as soon as one wonderful festival ends, another begins!  One of our favorite times to visit Walt Disney World is during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

Festival of the Holidays

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is a new celebration for 2017 and it blends the ideas from Epcot’s past Holidays Around the World with the newer festivals that include food kiosks and seasonal traditions from different parts of the globe.

As you enter Epcot’s main gate,  Mickey, Minnie, Thumper and Flower topiaries greet you.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Stitch is also around, making trouble with some Christmas lights…

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

It is hard not to feel festive with all of the wonderful decorations that fill the entire park.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Be sure to check your park map and times guides so you don’t miss a moment of fun entertainment as your day unfolds.

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As we make our way into the France pavilion, Belle may just be there to say “hello” – and she is decked out in her holiday dress!  So pretty!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

France looks even more special with these enormous Christmas ornament dioramas…

These whimsical scenes depict the Eiffel Tower…

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the Arc de Triomphe…

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

and scrumptious French holiday pastries like Buche de Noel (a cake shaped like a Yule Log).

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

We love the storytellers who teach guests about the holiday traditions from the different counties. It is so much fun to wander from pavilion to pavilion and caching these shows.  Be sure to check your times guides so you see as many as possible.  In France, Pere Noel (Father Christmas) tells stories that enthrall children and adults.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

The new festival brings the very popular holiday kitchens to the country pavilions.  In France, you will find the Alsace Holiday Kitchen – where you can sample a few seasonal dishes.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Our favorite treat was the Holiday Kir (sparkling wine with cranberry syrup).   Cheers!

festivaloftheholidays2017-12We could spend all day here in the France pavilion!  But there is more to see…  and we will visit the UK and Canada in the next post.

A look at the wonderful Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Have you explored the wonderful Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail? There are so many places at Walt Disney World where you can celebrate the season.  You could spend a full vacation enjoying holiday decoration, treats and fun – without even stepping into one of the Parks.  The trail is open until January 7, 2018  – Monday through Thursday 12 noon to 10pm and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays it is open from 10am to 10pm.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

 

You begin your tour of the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail near the play fountain outside the Once Upon a Toy store.  There you will begin your adventure – and you can enjoy the 25 beautifully themed Holiday trees.  Each of them is inspired by a Disney character or film.

I won’t spoil them all, but here is a peek at some of these special trees.

Of course, we have to start with Mickey and Minnie! It is so cute and colorful.  I love the polka-dot bow at the top of the tree – soooo Minnie!

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Beauty and the Beast. The roses and stained glass ornaments are gorgeous.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Frozen.  Definitely a tree that makes you think of a Winter Wonderland.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Snow White.  Wildflowers, forest animals and poison apples… perfect!

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Fantasia.  Brooms, buckets and dancing mushrooms…magical!

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Disney Villains.  All rested up after Halloween, the Villains get into the holiday spirit too!

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Robin Hood (We don’t see much love for Robin Hood – so I like seeing this fun tribute)

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Dumbo.  The circus theme makes for a beautiful, bright Christmas tree.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

The Jungle Book.  Watch out… I think there may be a snake in that tree!

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

Mary Poppins.  What can I say?  Practically perfect in every way…

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Aren’t these trees so much fun?  I wish I had space in my house for a Disney-themed tree or two!  There are even more on the Disney Springs Christmas Trail if you can believe it.  Which one is your favorite?