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Dec 20, 2013 11:07 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
This day in Disney history part 2! ;)
Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort:  "Fifty-five years ago today, on December 20, 1958, a tradition began at Disneyland park that continues to this day, both here at the Disneyland Resort and at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort. The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional is a Disney Parks holiday mainstay, in which celebrity narrators join choirs comprised of local choral groups and Disney cast members to celebrate the Christmas story. Over the years, celebrity narrators have included stars like Cary Grant, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and James Earl Jones."

To mark this special anniversary, I'd like to again share a photo that was first posted on the Disney Parks Blog by Heather Hust Rivera way back on December 7, 2009.

To describe it in Heather’s words:

"Candlelight started in 1958 at Disneyland park, but the first photo we have of the ceremony is from 1959. The colors are so vivid, and Main Street, U.S.A., looks much like it does today. It seems as if the photo was just taken yesterday. However, if you look a little more closely, you’ll notice that the members of the choir are sporting various looks from the ’50s. Look at the people in the crowd along Main Street and see how well-dressed they are."

Taken directily from the Disney Parks Blog

Have YOU had the chance to enjoy the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional? What did you think of it?

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I haven't yet! 😒 Hopefully, next year. Pics always look so beautiful.  - erinten  539.9 #382 11:26AM
My daughter and I were able to see it last year from the front row and it was amazing. Kurt Russell was the narrator. Thank you Duchess! - ShariRenee  8577.6 #9 11:26AM
Thank you for this!  My first Candlelight was this year.  I had an added bonus, with my daughter singing in the CM choir.  It is a must for anyone who has not seen this.  It was one of the most beautiful events I have ever seen.  I had a few awesome MWers make it even more memorable for us.   - snowwannab  751.3 #253 12:07PM
That is so wonderful!!! You must be bursting with pride!! 😊😊 - missariel33  2115.5 #72 12:17PM
What a beautiful photo!!  We've been once a few years ago.  It was amazing and I loved every minute.  I didn't realize they've been doing it for so long, thanks for the info! - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 1:48PM

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