Disney to celebrate Christmas with three holiday specials on ABC, Disney Channel

by Brittani Tuttle

The most wonderful time of year is taking over ABC and Disney Channel with star-studded holiday specials as the Disney Cruise Line and Disney Parks transform into winter wonderlands.

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Celebrate the magic of the holidays with the Disney Parks, ABC, and Disney Channel.

During the specials, viewers will get exclusive looks at upcoming attractions and experiences coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, as well as catch fun musical performances.

The fun begins with ABC’s “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 9-11 p.m. EST; and “Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party” on Friday, Nov. 23 in the DisneyNOW app before it airs on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:00-8:30 p.m. on Disney Channel. Then, as part of ABC’s programming event, “25 Days of Christmas,” the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” will air Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. EST.

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” – Nov. 29, 9-11 p.m. EST on ABC

Singer, songwriter and “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” host Jordan Fisher and “Modern Family”’s Sarah Hyland will host this magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

Joined by Disneyland host Jesse Palmer, this holiday kickoff event will feature musical performances and magical Disney moments, including a castle lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the world – traveling from Florida and California to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Musical performances include:

  • Gwen Stefani – “Feliz Navidad”
  • Meghan Trainor – a medley of singer’s hits
  • Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
  • Andrea Bocelli – singing holiday classics; later joined by son Matteo Bocelli for “Fall on Me” from Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
  • Jordan Fisher – “Come December”
  • Aloe Blacc – “I Got Your Christmas Right Here”
  • Maddie Poppe – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  • Why Don’t We – “Silent Night” medley; “Hey Good Lookin’”

Plus, catch a special interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda about the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” in theaters Dec. 19.

“Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party” – Nov. 23 in the DisneyNOW app, Dec. 1 at 8:00 p.m. on Disney Channel

Hosted by Jordan Fisher and Disney Channel stars Ruby Rose Turner and Dakota Lotus (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”), this half-hour special will feature musical performances and appearances by Disney Channel stars Booboo Stewart (Disney’s “Descendants 3”), Kylee Russell (Disney Channel Original Movie “ZOMBIES”), Sadie Stanley (Disney Channel Original Movie “Kim Possible”), and Sean Giambrone (Disney Channel Original Movie “Kim Possible,” ABC’s “The Goldbergs”).

Stanley and Giambrone will take viewers behind-the-scenes of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019. This new experience will bring guests face-to-face with Lightning himself.

Musical performances include:

  • Gwen Stefani – “Let It Snow”
  • Brett Eldredge – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
  • Asher Angel, star of Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” – “Last Christmas”
  • Meg Donnelly, from Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES” – “Mele Kalikimaka”

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” – Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. EST on ABC

This holiday season, the Disney Parks will celebrate as hosts Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland share in this holiday tradition with families around the world. Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, this Christmas Day celebration will feature the Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, celebrity guests and family stories to celebrate the time of year.

Joining as parade correspondents are Freeforms “Grown-ish” actor Trevor Jackson and star of Freeform’s upcoming series “Good Trouble,” Cierra Ramirez.

Musical performances include:

  • Gwen Stefani – “Winter Wonderland”
  • Brett Eldredge – “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • Andrea Bocelli – “Ave Maria”; later joined by son Matteo Bocelli for “White Christmas”
  • Jordan Fisher – “This Christmas”
  • Aloe Blacc – “Tell Your Mama”
  • Olivia Holt – singing a holiday tune
  • Maddie Poppe – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
  • DCappella – “Last Christmas”
  • Why Don’t We – “Kiss You This Christmas”

Be sure to stay tuned to our website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channel for updates on our coverage as these holiday specials are filmed at the Disney Parks.


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