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ABC and Disney Parks Announced Details for Holiday Specials



I don’t know about you, but it is a family tradition to watch the Disney holiday special each Christmas morning. As a kid, it felt magical to see what Disney was like on Christmas day. As I got older, I learned that what I was watching each year wasn’t happening live; it was all pre-recorded. At that moment, I made a new life goal: to watch the performances live. I can happily say that I have seen the Pentatonix perform at Hollywood Studios; it was magical. Anyway, enough about me and more about this year’s Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade.



Disney has released information regarding both holiday events. Here is what to expect for both holiday spectaculars.

Derek Hough and Julianne Hough return as hosts for ABC’s festive annual special “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” Sunday, Nov. 27 (8-10 p.m. ET), and will be joined by co-hosts, Freeform’s Sherry Cola (“Good Trouble”) and Marcus Scribner (“grown-ish”) as they host “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade,” Sunday, Dec. 25 (10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET/7-9 a.m. PT). “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” will air on ABC and stream next day on Hulu and Disney+. “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” will air on ABC, stream live on Hulu to all subscribers.

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I love that they are putting both events on streaming services; it allows fans to view the shows on their own time. I am not surprised that The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration will be available on Disney+. I wish they would do the same for the parade, but at least it will be on Hulu.

Here are some highlights of what we will see in the holiday specials.



The specials, filmed from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California, will feature showstopping musical performances of holiday classics and cheerful new hits, showcase heartwarming family stories, and offer sneak peeks at what’s new around The Walt Disney Company. Plus, Freeform’s Trevor Jackson (“grown-ish”) will join us for a magical musical performance aboard the newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Wish and a sneak peek at the highly anticipated upcoming major motion picture “Avatar: The Way of Water,” only in theaters on Dec. 16, 2022.

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Disney has released a list of the musical performances; let’s see who will be there!

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



  • Derek Hough and Julianne Hough – “Such a Night,” “My Favorite Things,” “I Gotta Feeling” medley
  • Becky G – “Frosty The Snowman” and “What Christmas Means to Me” with Chloe Flower and Ne-Yo
  • Black Eyed Peas – “A Cold Christmas” and “I Gotta Feeling”
  • Chloe Flower – “Carol of the Bells” and “What Christmas Means to Me” with Ne-Yo and Becky G
  • David Foster and Katharine McPhee – “Jingle Bell Rock”
  • Il Volo – “Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)”
  • Jordin Sparks – “Trapmas Medley”
  • Maren Morris – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
  • Meghan Trainor – “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Made You Look” medley
  • Ne-Yo – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” and “What Christmas Means to Me” with Chloe Flower and Becky G
  • Run DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”

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

  • Derek Hough and Julianne Hough – “Officially Christmas”
  • Black Eyed Peas – “Carol of the Bells”
  • Chloe Flower – “A Liberace Christmas”
  • David Foster and Katharine McPhee – “Blue Christmas” and “Grown Up Christmas List”
  • Maren Morris – “When You Wish Upon a Star”
  • Meghan Trainor – “My Kind of Present”
  • Ne-Yo – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • Il Volo – “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”

This is such a great lineup. I am most excited to see Meghan Trainor and Maren Morris, but I also love Derek and Julianne Hough. Who are you most excited to see?



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Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.




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