Candlelight Processional

Sunday, 4 Dec 2005 | Disneyland, Family

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On Saturday, Toni and I took my dad to the Candlelight Processional at Disneyland. The Candlelight Processional is a yearly event where an orchestra accompanies a huge choir which files in carrying candles and performs Christmas Carols and the Christmas story is read by a celebrity guest. This year we were delighted to see Dick Van Dyke as the guest reader. I have always loved and admired him on television and in movies. He seems like such a genuinely warm person. His voice was so nice for this event.

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There were two performances on Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 and 8:00 pm. We attended the 5:30 performance, waiting to get a good vantage point for about 3 hours ahead. There were lots of white chairs set up for guests who pre-purchased dinner packages. We had to stand to view, but it was worth it for the quality of the hour long show. The orchestra and choir are really something to see and hear. Part of the choir created a Christmas Tree at the Main Street U.S.A. train station.

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There was a handbell choir and a solo guitarist. The artists invited the crowd to join in singing Silent Night. It was so nice to hear all the voices around you singing the familiar tune. For the finale, they performed Handel's Hallelujah Chorus while everyone stood as is customarily done. We had a wonderful time. I recommend the Candlelight Processional highly to anyone who enjoys Christmas carols and the Christmas message of the Christ Child. It's truly an entertaining and moving experience.


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