Candlelight Procession

Candlelight Procession A Christmastime tradition, beginning at Disneyland in 1958 with a concept developed by Dr. Charles C. Hirt of the University of Southern Californa School of Music. A guest narrator each year, with personalities including Dennis Morgan (in 1960, the first year they had a celebrity narrator)), Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Dean Jones, Jimmy Stewart, Howard Keel, Elliott Gould, Dick Van Dyke, and James Earl Jones, narrates the Christmas story as massed choirs holding candles parade down Main Street U.S.A. to fill the area in front of the train station. The centerpiece is a huge Christmas tree made of risers on which gathers a choir decked out in bright green robes.  A full orchestra provides the music for the inspiring presentation, usually presented on two separate nights. The Disneyland Candlelight Procession and Ceremony moved to a new home at the Fantasyland Theater in 1998, returning to Main Street in 2003, and beginning in 2012 it was presented multiple nights. With the opening of Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in 1971, a Florida version of the Candlelight Procession began a similar tradition. The procession moved to Epcot in 1994.