Star-Studded Disney Holiday Specials to Air on ABC and the Disney Channel This Year
Halloween is officially over so now it is full-throttle ahead to the holiday season! For us, Disney-lovers that means Main Street U.S.A. decorated to the nines with cheerful holiday decorations, Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World transforming into a “Frozen” castle, and Disney Cruise Line ships turning into winter wonderlands. It also means star-studded Disney holiday specials will be coming to your living room in just a matter of weeks!
To learn more about the star-studded lineups your favorite Disney holiday specials will feature this year along with when and where to watch them, keep on reading below:
“Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party”
Those with the DisneyNOW app are in luck as the “Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party” kicks off just on the app on Friday, November 23, 2018. Then the special comes to your tv on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8 to 8:30pm EST. “The 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party” will be hosted by Jordan Fisher and Disney Channel’s “Coop & Cami Ask the World” stars Ruby Rose Turner and Dakota Lotus. The holiday special features visits from your favorite Disney Channel stars including 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 also take viewers behind the scenes of the new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Spring 2019. The new experience invites guests to experience firsthand the world of Pixar’s “Cars” films and come face-to-face with Lightning McQueen.
Scheduled musical appearances during the special includes:
- Gwen Stefani sings the holiday classic “Let It Snow.”
- Brett Eldredge performs “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.”
- Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” star Asher Angel rocks out to “Last Christmas.”
- Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES” star Meg Donnelly brings tropical cheer with her performance of “Mele Kalikimaka.”
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration”
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” will premiere on ABC and the ABC app on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 9pm EDT. The two-hour event will feature Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort and be hosted by singer, songwriter and “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” host Jordan Fisher and “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland. Jesse Palmer will also join in the holiday-time magic as this ABC special kicks off the holiday season with a star-studded prime-time celebration showcasing incredible musical performances, special appearances and Disney magical moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the world – traveling the globe from Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Anaheim, California, to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The following music performances are also scheduled during the special:
- Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning superstar, Gwen Stefani lights up the night with “Feliz Navidad.”
- GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter Meghan Trainor performs a medley of her hits.
- CMA Award-winning country artist Brett Eldredge, joined by Meghan Trainor, sing the classic holiday duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from Eldredge’s album “Glow.”
- Andrea Bocelli shares his unmistakable voice, singing a Christmas classic; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform their beautiful new duet, “Fall on Me” from Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”
- Jordan Fisher performs his Christmas hit, “Come December.”
- GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Aloe Blacc performs his debut single, “I Got Your Christmas Right Here,” from his first-ever holiday album, “Christmas Funk,” out Nov. 9.
- American Idol winner Maddie Poppe sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
- Chart-topping, breakout music group Why Don’t We performs a medley of the classic “Silent Night” and their original holiday song “Hey Good Lookin.”
“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade”
Probably the crown jewel of Disney holiday specials is the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade”. The parade will on Christmas morning on ABC and the ABC app.
This year’s parade special co-hosted by Jordan Fisher, Sarah Hyland, and Jesse Palmer and will be more magical than ever before! Viewers will be gifted the adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Also in attendance will be Trevor Jackson from FreeForm’s “grown-ish” and Cierra Ramirez from the upcoming FreeForm series “Good Trouble”.
Viewers will also be treated to musical specials from the following celebrities:
- Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”
- Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
- Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”
- Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”
- Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his first holiday album, “Christmas Funk,” out Nov. 9.
- Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.
- American Idol winner Maddie Poppe celebrates the season with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
- Disney’s dynamic a cappella group DCappella performs the popular Christmas hit “Last Christmas.”
- Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album, “A Why Don’t We Christmas.”
Which Disney holiday special are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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