Entertainment Editor

Epcot is your No. 1 place to celebrate all of this season’s holidays. And after experiencing it myself, you can take my word for it.

Walt Disney World Resort hosted a special media event at Epcot on Monday to share an inside look at this year’s International Festival of the Holidays.

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First, we ate. There are so many offerings at this year’s festival, it’s hard to know where to begin. I suggest starting right from the very beginning of the World Showcase. Whether you take a left to Mexico or a right to Canada, you can’t go wrong. Just be sure to pick up your very own Festival Passport so you can mark your journey around the world.

Some notable eats at the 2018 festival include:

Mexico: “Arroz Con Leche,” rice pudding with cranberries

Norway: traditional holiday rice cream

China: Celebration Barbecue Pork, with steamed rice and a fortune cookie

Outpost: Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel, with soft-serve ice cream and chocolate sauce

America: Slow-roasted Turkey, with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce

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Then, we drank. Epcot has a variety of seasonal beverage offerings throughout the holiday season, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Try the Eggnog Shake at the Refreshment Port — you can even spice it up with some Bailey’s, if you’d like. Or give the Cinnamon Apple Cider a taste over in the Japan Pavilion.

While you’re tasting your way around the world, don’t forget to grab a traditional hot chocolate. You’ll need it to wash down some cookies while participating in the Holiday Cookie Stroll.

This all-new feature at the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is fun for all ages. Purchase a cookie jar and purchase a collection of cookies from multiple specialty stops. Track your stops along the way in your Festival Passport, and receive a complimentary completer cookie.

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Epcot Holidays cookie jar

Also fun for the whole family, Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree. You and your group can help Chip and Dale collect ornaments for their Christmas Tree by scouting the park for hints and clues, and by using your scavenger hunt map. Maps (stickers included) may be purchased at Pin Central, Disney Traders, World Traveler and select Holiday Markets, and then redeemed for a prize.

Chip and Dale presented their Christmas Tree Spree at the media event, in their best holiday attire. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse also made a special appearance. These characters, along with many others, are available throughout Epcot all season long. The Disney Character Greetings make for great memories — and even holiday cards!

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The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays runs now through Dec. 30. For more information, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/holiday-festival/.

Up next: Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts. This festival will run Jan. 18 through Feb. 25, 2019.