Performer line-up and more details for the upcoming Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration on ABC

Nov 03, 2017 in "Holidays at the Magic Kingdom"

Counting down to “25 Days of Christmas,” “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on Thursday, Nov. 30. Then, as part of “25 Days of Christmas,” “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” airs on Christmas morning, Monday, Dec. 25.

The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world's most popular recording artists, Disney character appearances, heartwarming wish-come-true moments and an unforgettable castle lighting extravaganza showcasing the incredible Disney castles around the world. Hough, who returns as host, will be joined by Lachey on the steps of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World to perform a spectacular opening number you won’t want to miss, on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.”

Read more about operational impacts to Walt Disney World during the production of the shows.

"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 30 (9–11 p.m. EST)

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 performs 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.”

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration"

Monday, Dec. 25 (10 a.m.– noon EST, 9-11 a.m. CST/MST/PST airtimes vary)

This Christmas, 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.”

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, ABC Entertainment and IMG.

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Article Posted: Nov 03, 2017 / 1:24pm EDT
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MagicHappens1971Nov 29, 2017

Its really interesting to see how many of these floats have been recycled or are still in their original form still in use.

MansionButler84Nov 29, 2017

Solve the Cipher Dessert Party confirmed!

GiveMeTheMusicNov 29, 2017

Maybe the snowglobe was accompanied by one of those serial killer letters with magazine clippings used to spell out "You're going on a cruise with Mickey"

MansionButler84Nov 29, 2017

That was what I watched for lol. Kept skipping the musical acts and feel-good pieces. Granted those feel-good pieces really did involve kids doing amazing things. I would’ve been confused getting a snow globe of the Castle to alert me that I’m getting a free cruise though.

DubmanNov 29, 2017

I feel old as well!! Highlights? Not many, but pretty cool preview of Toy Story Land..

MansionButler84Nov 29, 2017

It’s pretty dreadful. Bunch of teenie boppers I don’t recognize, but that’s Disney Channel. Raven’s still there though. She must be about 55 by now. I feel old.

RteetzNov 29, 2017

The Disney Channel special is on all devices through the DisneyNow app as well.

DubmanNov 29, 2017

Just noticed that the Disney Channel Holiday Special is now available On Demand on Spectrum Cable.. Used to be Time Warner for us.. Also, if you search Disney on the guide they also have videos on Happily Ever After and Rivers Of Light available on Demand as well.. Funny that it says original airdate is 12/1/17 but am watching now, commercial free! https://watch.spectrum.net/product/series/14781827/episodes Can't get direct link Also don't forget ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration Thursday, Nov 30th at 9:00 pm

RSoxNo1Nov 17, 2017

I'm sure the effect will be great for the people that live in my wall.

wdwmagicNov 17, 2017

New Made with Magic 3.0 Connected Ear Hat now available This will work with the ABC specials at home.

wdwmagicNov 17, 2017

More details on the upcoming ABC Primetime Special 'The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration'

HauntedPirateNov 07, 2017

Nah, those artists don't contribute to Disney's bottom line, and that's all that the former-live-Christmas-Parade-turned-90-minute-pre-recorded-infomercial is about these days.

MansionButler84Nov 07, 2017

Shooting is what I see as breaking news every third day on CNN. I am happy with filming.

wdwmagicNov 07, 2017

New music with 98 degrees and Dancing with the Stars.