Disney Announces Celebrity Lineup for Holiday Specials


As some of you may have noticed on various social media outlets, there was lots of filming taking place at the Magic Kingdom last week for the upcoming Disney holiday specials that air on ABC.

This year’s holiday specials will once again be hosted from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California and the celebrity lineup has officially been announced. I’m not sure about any of you, but I really look forward to having these specials on my TV year after year while I’m in the kitchen making my family’s favorite holiday foods.

Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, and Ariana DeBose will be hosting The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, which will air on Sunday, November 28th from 7-9 p.m. ET/PT. Then, Derek and Julianne return to host the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade, from Walt Disney World Resort, alongside Freeform’s Trevor Jackson (grown-ish) and Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) from the Disneyland Resort on Saturday, December 25th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET/PT.

Viewers can look forward to exclusive sneak peeks including one from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, which opens March 1, 2022, at Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to that, viewers will see a trip onboard the all-new Disney Wish from Disney Cruise Line and special looks at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto and Steven Spielberg’s new film West Side Story.

Musical performances for “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” include:

  • Julianne Hough and Ariana DeBose – “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Holiday” medley
  • AFTR PRTY – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “Winter Wonderland” medley
  • Jimmie Allen – “Silent Night”
  • Kristin Chenoweth – “(Everyone’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag” and “Jingle Bell Rock” mash-up
  • Darren Criss – “Happy Holidays / The Holiday Season” medley
  • Brett Eldredge – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
  • NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot – “Hometown Christmas”
  • Norah Jones – “Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)” and “Blue Christmas” medley
  • Gwen Stefani – “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”
  • Sebastián Yatra – “Dos Oruguitas” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” medley

In addition to the parade, musical performances for “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” include the following:

  • Derek Hough and Julianne Hough – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
  • Jimmie Allen – “White Christmas”
  • Kristin Chenoweth – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” 
  • Darren Criss – “Christmas Dance”
  • Meg Donnelly – “Jingle Bell Rock”
  • Brett Eldredge – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • Norah Jones – “Run Rudolph Run”
  • Pentatonix – “I Saw Three Ships”
  • Gwen Stefani – “Cheer for the Elves”