Disney’s Magical Christmas Day Parade Special Performances

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If your family is like mine, Parades are an important part of your holiday experience. Macy’s is the Thanksgiving Day classic but Christmas Day…that belongs to Disney. The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade as we know it today has been a part of many holiday traditions since it began in 1983 and we are so excited that the tradition is continuing again this year!

Christmas day parade

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Derek and Julianne Hough, who will also host the Holiday special later this month will be joined by Freeform’s Sherry Cola and Marcus Scribner as hosts of this year’s parade. This means there will be aot of dancing and a lot of laughing going on as these celebrities fill our TV screens this Christmas from Disney Parks around the world (and even at sea)! The Parade will air on ABC and steam live on Hulu on Christmas morning (December 25) at 10:00 am EST.

Christmas parade

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In addition to the parade, joining the hosts this year, is a star studded line up of music and dance performances that will bring cheer to Christmas morning and help you rock around the Christmas tree. Guest performances include:

  • 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)”

The parade is typically identical to the one seen at Magic Kingdom during this time of year, though the musical performances aren’t part of the parade itself. We can’t wait to settle in on our sofas after the presents are all opened and our traditional Christmas breakfast has been eaten to spend some time in our happy place, even if it is only on TV.

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.