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Disney Announces ABC, Disney Channel 2018 Holiday Special Details

Whether you are able to make it on property for the holidays or not, chances are you may be interested in putting a little Disney Parks into your Christmas celebrations. Disney has released details for some park-focused holiday specials to be broadcast on ABC and Disney Channel, both of which are owned, of course, by The Walt Disney Company.

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration”

ABC Television Network/ABC app: Thursday, November 29th — 9-11 pm EST

Hosted by Jordan Fisher (singer/songwriter and host of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors) and Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), and joined by Disneyland host Jesse Palmer, this Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort event will feature musical numbers, celebrity appearances, and a tree-lighting ceremony including Disney Parks in the US, Paris, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Musical performances for the night, as announced by Disney:

  • 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.”

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“Disney Parks Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party”

DisneyNow app: Friday, November 23rd
Disney Channel: Saturday, December 1st — 8-8:30 EST

Hosted by Jordan Fisher with the addition of Ruby Rose Turner and Dakota Lotus from Coop & Cami Ask the World, this event will feature Disney Channel stars and musical performances. Expect appearances by Booboo Stewart (Descendants 3), Kylee Russell (ZOMBIES), Sadie Stanley (Kim Possible) and Sean Giambrone (Kim PossibleThe Goldbergs).

Stanley and Giambrone will host a segment on Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, the new Cars experience set to debut at Walt Disney World in spring 2019.

Musical performances for the show, as announced by Disney:

  • 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.”

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade”

ABC Television Network/ABC app: Tuesday, December 25th — 10 am- 12 pm EST, 9-11 am CST/MST/PST

Also hosted by Jordan Fisher, Sarah Hyland, and Jesse Palmer, Disney promises this event “will be merrier than ever before, bringing together the adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.”

Serving as parade correspondents are Freeform celebrities Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) and Cierra Ramirez (Good Trouble).

Musical performances for the day, as announced by Disney:

  • 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
  • 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.

Source/Images: Disney Parks Blog

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