Everyone has their own special holiday traditions that make this time of year extra special. Whether it be your family gathering around the table on Christmas Eve for a special dinner, waiting until Christmas Day to open presents, or gathering for a special Hanukkah celebration, the holidays are a special time for many. And for some people, watching the Disney Christmas Day television special is something that they absolutely can’t miss.
Disney films their holiday special at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland weeks before they actually air on television and celebrities like Gwen Stefanie were recently spotted singing some holiday favorites at the Parks. Disney has recently revealed that this year, they will have not one, but two, Christmas specials airing on television for Guests to enjoy!
Disney Parks Blog shared more information on the two holiday specials, including some special announcements and sneak peeks that would be coming our way.
Both holiday specials will sparkle with holiday cheer, offering heartwarming moments and exclusive sneak peeks at what’s new around The Walt Disney Company. Viewers can look forward to a sneak peek at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, opening March 1, 2022, at Walt Disney World Resort; a trip on board 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.” As part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, commemorating 50 years of Walt Disney World Resort, every touch of holiday magic will be an extra special, EARidescent treat.
The first television special will be called The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and it will air on November 28 from 7 p.m. ET until 9 p.m. Here is the list of musical acts that will be a part of the celebration.
- 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
As is tradition, Disney will air its Christmas Day parade on December 25. The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade will include the performances from the Magical Holiday Celebration and will also feature 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”
Disney’s Magical Christmas Day Parade special will air at 10 a.m. ET. Both television specials will be available on Hulu the day after they air.