Here's my review of 2009 Candlelight Processional
I arrived at the park on Saturday around 11am. Already all the bench seating was taken. I overheard a cast member saying that the policy for holding seats was that each person can only hold one seat. So for a party of 2, one person must stay there to hold a seat. For a party of 3, two people must stay, etc.
On the right side of the hub, near City Hall, people started lining up in the streets a little before 3pm. Lots of people laying down blankets.
On the left side of the hub, near Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, people had to wait until the 3:30 parade moved out of the area before they could start camping in the streets.
Around 4pm, Jon Voight came out and did a quick rehearsal. Walking up to the podium and getting familiar with the stage. Afterwards he came down to the right side of the hub and walked the entire length around the roped off area, greeting, shaking hands, and taking photos with all the people who had been waiting. Everyone in my area commented how this was a nice of him.
The Candlelight processional started at 5:30 with the cast member choir and the rest of the choirs moving down Main Street. They slowly filled in areas on stage. Jon Voight read the Christmas Story from the book of Luke.
It was a really great program. Seeing the trumpeters on the top of Main Street Railway was awesome!
Jon Voight ended the night thanking the choir, conductor, and everyone else who put the program together. Finally he pointed up to Heaven and thanked his mother. He asked her to say "Hi" to Walt, and to thank him for all of this, and to also wish him a Happy Birthday.
This ended the first performance. Afterwards, cast members cleared out the entire hub area including the benches and the streets. They started a line extending down Main Street towards the castle for people who wanted to see the second show. Around 7:20pm they started letting people back in to the section, first to the benches, and then to the streets.
They started the 2nd show at 8pm. Nothing significant was different between the two shows.
Here are my photos from the entire Candlelight Processional.
Also, if you have friends or family who were up on stage, let me know and I can look through my photos and see if I can find them for you.