Disney Parks and ABC have announced two enchanting holiday specials, The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on Thursday, November 30 from 9:00 PM – 11: 00 PM ET. Join Emmy Award winner Julianne Hough and multiplatinum recording artist and television personality, Nick Lachey, as they host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
They join co-host, Jesse Palmer, to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic 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.
Musical performances include:
- Ciara performs a joyful Christmas medley from Cinderella Castle.
- Grammy Award-winning country artist Darius Rucker sings “Winter Wonderland.”
- Multiplatinum-selling group Fifth Harmony sings “Can You See,” from “The Star” soundtrack, plus “The Christmas Song.”
- Fitz and the Tantrums perform their platinum-certified hit, “HandClap,” in addition to their original Christmas song, “Santa Stole My Lady.”
- Multi-Grammy-nominated trio Hanson will light up the night singing “Finally It’s Christmas,” from their recently released Christmas album.
- In Real Life, the only boy band in history voted together by America, will sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
- Multiplatinum powerhouse Jason Derulo performs “This Christmas.”
- Emmy-nominated actress and singer Lea Michele joins the festivities with “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
More performances will be announced in the next few weeks.
“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” airs on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT/MT/PT. Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street, U.S.A. and beyond.
Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the Christmas Day celebration will be brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas Day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
Musical performances include:
- Ciara sings “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Darius Rucker decks the halls with a holiday song from his Christmas album, “Home for The Holidays.”
- Fifth Harmony takes us on a magical “Sleigh Ride.”
- Fitz and the Tantrums perform the popular Christmas hit “Last Christmas.”
- Jason Derulo sings “Silent Night” from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort.
- Lea Michele sings the holiday favorite “Let It Snow.”
- 98° heats things up with their new song, “Season of Love,” from “Let It Snow,” their first full-length Christmas album in 18 years.
- Broadway’s Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs, of the stage hit “Aladdin,” soar down to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a romantic performance of the Oscar®-winning classic “A Whole New World.”
Again, more performances will be announced in the next few weeks.
Be sure to check your local listings for up-to-date air times and enjoy the holidays with some magical Disney moments.