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Performers announced for three upcoming Disney Parks/ABC holiday specials

by Banks Lee

Music Superstar Kelly Clarkson to Perform on Disney/ABC Television Holiday Specials

Music Superstar Kelly Clarkson to Perform on Disney/ABC Television Holiday Specials

Disney is kicking off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California.

The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other digital platforms. The holiday specials will include performances by some popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

Julianne and Derek Hough are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning. Julianne, who will also act as executive producer on the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, and Derek are longtime “Dancing With the Stars” fan favorites and siblings.

Stars of “Descendants 2,” the sequel to the global hit “Descendants,” will host and perform holiday songs in “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Disney Channel on Nov. 25. Hollywood Records recording artists Forever In Your Mind and Sofia Carson will also perform holiday songs.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks join the festivities, performing on all three holiday specials. The artists will light up the night singing duets from their newly released album, “Christmas Together,” plus solo performances, all from the steps of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

Kelly Clarkson will also perform on all three holiday specials. From iconic locations across the Walt Disney World Resort, the singer, songwriter and author will perform songs from her 2013 Christmas record, “Wrapped in Red,” in addition to one of her most popular hit songs.

On each of the specials, ABC and Disney Channel stars will also grant wishes to families throughout the Disney theme parks, part of Disney’s “Share the Joy” campaign, inspiring families to spread goodwill this holiday season by giving back and volunteering to help others.

The multi-platform programming schedule is:

THANKSGIVING – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on ABC (8–10 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join “Descendants 2” star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

Musical performances include:
• Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together”
• Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree” and more

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

“Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on Disney Channel (8–9 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Dec. 20.

Musical performances include:
• “Jolly to the Core,” performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart
• “Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain performing “This Christmas”
• “Silent Night,” performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson
• Forever In Your Mind performing “Celebrate”
• Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their newly released album, “Christmas Together”
• Kelly Clarkson will also be performing a song

ABC stars and Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Isaak Presley, of “Stuck in the Middle,” and “Bizaardvark” stars Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu will join Carson and Boyce in surprising families from around the country, who are dedicated to various philanthropic efforts, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

CHRISTMAS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

“The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” will air on ABC (9–11 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas Day Parade, musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:
• Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together”
• Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree”
• Sofia Carson performs “Silent Night,” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel, and also hosts from backstage
• “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)” performed by Jordan Fisher, who will also make his Broadway debut in “Hamilton” on Nov. 22

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

Click here to see when these specials are filmed at Walt Disney World, and watch our playlist below for looks at previous years from the Christmas Day special taping.

Playlist: Disney Christmas Special Taping

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