Celebrate the Season with Three Disney Holiday Specials

It’s that magical time of year and Disney has wrapped up not one, but three holiday specials to put fans in a festive mood. Airing this November and December, these holiday shows will feature an impressive lineup of celebrities performing Christmas favorites. So get ready to fall in love with the season all over again.

What’s happening:

  • D23 and the Disney Parks Blog have announced three Disney holiday specials airing in November and December:
  • The festive programing will be broadcast on either ABC or Disney Channel and fans can also access the specials through the ABC or DisneyNOW apps.

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration:

  • Airs Thursday, November 29 at 9–11 pm EST on ABC and on the ABC app.
  • Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland host this magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
  • Jesse Palmer returns as Disneyland host for this star-studded prime-time celebration chock full of musical performances, special appearances and, of course, Disney holiday magic.
  • Delight in the incredible castle-lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the globe:
    • Florida
    • California
    • Paris
    • Shanghai
    • Hong Kong
  • Musical performances include:
    • Superstar Gwen Stefani lights up the night with “Feliz Navidad”
    • Singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor performs a medley of her hits
    • CMA 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
    • Andrea Bocelli and son, Matteo Bocelli, 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”
    • Artist Aloe Blacc performs his debut single, “I Got Your Christmas Right Here,” from his first-ever holiday album, Christmas Funk
    • 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 Presents a 25 Days of Christmas Holiday Party 

  • Airs Friday, November 23, in the DisneyNOW app
  • Airs Saturday, December 1, from 8–8:30 pm EST on Disney Channel
  • Jordan Fisher joins Disney Channel’s Coop & Cami Ask the World stars Ruby Rose Turner and Dakota Lotus for this festive half-hour special.
  • Star-studded musical performances and special appearances by:
    • Disney Channel stars Booboo Stewart (Disney’s Descendants 3)
    • Kylee Russell (Disney Channel Original Movie ZOMBIES)
    • Sadie Stanley (Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible)
    • Sean Giambrone (Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible, ABC’s The Goldbergs)
  • Viewers can go behind the scenes of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy with Stanley and Giambrone before Lightning and the Cars-themed experience races into Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in spring 2019.
  • Musical performances include:
    • 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

  • Tuesday, December 25, from 10 am–12 pm EST, 9–11 am CST/MST/PST on ABC and on the ABC app*
  • Who doesn’t love a Disney Christmas Parade? Hosts Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland share a magical holiday tradition—the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade—with families around the globe.
  • Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the celebration 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.
  • Joining the festivities as parade correspondents are Freeform’s grown-ish actor Trevor Jackson and star of Freeform’s upcoming series Good Trouble, Cierra Ramirez.
  • Musical performances include the following:
    • 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”
    • Andrea Bocelli and 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.
    • 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

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade airs as part of Disney|ABC’s company-wide 25 Days of Christmas programming event—and it’s a tradition that we’ve long held dear. Stay tuned for more details as they’re announced!

*Airtimes vary, check listings.