Celebrities set for Epcot's Candlelight Processional

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The most star-studded holiday event at Central Florida's theme parks begins Friday complete with three Oscar-winning actresses and the most famous Daytime Emmy winner in its lineup.

The Candlelight Processional features celebrities narrating the Christmas story, plus a 50-piece orchestra and a choir made up of hundreds of cast members and community members. The Disney World event dates to 1971 and the first Magic Kingdom Christmas, but it moved to Epcot's America Gardens Theatre in 1994.

There are three performances nightly at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. through Dec. 30. It's included in regular theme-park admission. One-day, one-park admission is $85 general, $79 for ages 3-9.

The schedule for celebrity narrators is:

Nov. 25-27: Mira Sorvino, Academy Award-winning actress ("Mighty Aphrodite")

Nov. 28-Dec. 1: Gospel singer Michael W. Smith

Dec. 2-3: Geena Davis, Oscar winner for "The Accidental Tourist"

Dec. 4-6: Actor Edward James Olmos (Public shows only at 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 4)

Dec. 7-9: Actress-model-author Isabella Rossellini

Dec. 10-12: Actor Neil Patrick Harris (TV's "How I Met Your Mother")

Dec. 13-15: Actress Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos")

Dec. 16-18: Actress-dancer-singer Chita Rivera

Dec. 19-21: Country singer Trace Adkins ("Just Fishin'," "You're Gonna Miss This")

Dec. 22-24: Actress Susan Lucci (Emmy winner for "All My Children")

Dec. 25-27: Actor Blair Underwood ("L.A. Law," "The Event")

Dec. 28-30: Marlee Matlin, Oscar-winning actress ("Children of a Lesser God.")

Disney World offers meal packages for the Candlelight Processional that include guaranteed seating and meals at select Epcot restaurants. Package buyers also have access to a viewing area for the IllumiNations fireworks display at the end of the evening.

Meal packages price range from $32.99 to $64.99 per person in addition to regular admission to the theme park. For reservations, call 407-939-3463.

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