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Candlelight Ceremony & Procession

The Candlelight Processional is on of the oldest traditions at Disneyland, going all the way back to 1958. Each Walt Disney Company cast members vie for a spot in the choir for the few performances each year. If selected they'll participate in a special telling of the Christmas story on Main Street. As they march down Main Street (the processional part) to their Christmas-tree inspired riser in front of Main Street Station a full orchestra plays. Once in place, they will accompany a celebrity narrator in telling the Christmas story and singing classic carols.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Next Event Scheduled: TBD for 2011. Likely to be December 3 and 4, 2011.
  • Frequency: Annually, generally the first weekend of December
  • Location: In Town Square at the train station end of Main Street.
  • Event Began: December 1958
  • Park Admission Required: Yes.
  • Admission Requirements: Information at this time is that there will be no dining packages offered this. No details have yet been released on any other guaranteed seating opportunities.
 
Event Information - Hide Section
Tom Skerritt was the narrator for 2010. Narrator's are generally not announced until a month or so before the event. In 2010 there were no dining or guaranteed seating offers with no word on whether this might change in 2011.
History and Trivia - Hide Section

The Event's History: The Candlelight Processional was the brainchild of Charles Hirt (1912-2001), the legendary choir instructor at the University of Southern California School of Music and it has been on the Disneyland calendar every year since. Though the annual performances moved to the Fantasyland Theater from 1998 through 2002, the essence of it has remained unchanged. In 1971 the tradition grew to include Walt Disney World, first at Magic Kingdom and then moving to Epcot in 1994.

Other Trivia:

Your narrators:
   1958 - Dennis Morgan
   1959 - No narrator
   1960 - Dennis Morgan
   1961 - Dennis Morgan
   1962 - Dennis Morgan, Gale Storm
   1963 - Dennis Morgan
   1964 - Dennis Morgan
   1965 - Dick Van Dyke
   1966 - Dennis Morgan
   1967 - Gregory Peck, Dean Jones
   1968 - Henry Fonda, Rock Hudson
   1969 - Cary Grant
   1970 - Charlton Heston, Dean Jones
   1971 - John Wayne, Steve Forrest
   1972 - Rock Hudson
   1973 - Cary Grant
   1974 - Cary Grant
   1975 - Jimmy Stewart
   1976 - Rock Hudson
   1977 - Buddy Ebsen, Ed Asner
   1978 - Cary Grant
   1979 - Elliott Gould, Joseph Cotten
   1980 - Michael Landon
   1981 - Ed Asner, Jason Robards
   1982 - Pat Boone, Shirley Boone
   1983 - Darren McGavin
   1984 - Joseph Campanella
   1985 - Kevin Dobson
   1986 - Craig T. Nelson, Elliott Gould
   1987 - Howard Keel
   1988 - Joseph Campanella
   1989 - John Forsythe
   1990 - James Earl Jones
   1991 - Robert Urich
   1992 - George Kennedy
   1993 - Michael York
   1994 - Peter Graves
   1995 - David Ogden Stiers
   1996 - Mary Hart
   1997 - Joseph Campanella
   1998 - Richard Crenna, Edward James Olmos
   1999 - Olympia Dukakis
   2000 - John Tesh, Barry Bostwick
   2001 - David Ogden Stiers
   2002 - Mickey Rooney, Stephen Collins
   2003 - Marie Osmond, Louis Gossett Jr.
   2004 - Marie Osmond
   2005 - Dick Van Dyke
   2006 - Andy Garcia, Hector Elizondo
   2007 - Jane Seymour 
   2008 - John Stamos
   2009 - Jon Voight
   2010 - Tom Skerritt



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