Celebrity Performers Prepare For Tonight’s ‘Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’ Premiere

Julianne Hough and Derek Hough
Julianne Hough and Derek Hough Credit: Pinterest

The holidays are here, and Disney is ready to celebrate with its “Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration”, premiering tonight on ABC! The event is being hosted by singers and crowd-favorites Ariana DeBose (who is also starring as Anita in the upcoming ‘West Side Story’ movie) and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ siblings Julianne and Derek Hough (who have already hosted or participated in several Disney events).


Ariana DeBose and Julianne Hough hosting the Disney Holiday Celebration Credit: ABC Network Twitter

The lineup for tonight’s performance includes several notable celebrities, ranging from Darren Criss (the singer and actor best known for Glee and his role as Harry Potter in ‘The Very Potter Musical’), to Gwen Stefani, Chance the Rapper, and Jimmie Allen (who will sing “Silent Night”)! Kristen Chenoweth, Switchfoot, NeedtoBreathe, Brett Eldredge, and AFTR PRTY (including Joey Fatone) will also be making appearances. Kristen Chenoweth will be singing a mix of “(Everyone’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag” and “Jingle Bell Rock”, Switchfoot and NeedtoBreathe will sing “Hometown Christmas” together, Brett Eldredge will perform “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, and AFR PRTY will sing a medley of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “Winter Wonderland”.

The songs that presenters Ariana and Julianne will be singing are “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and a “Holiday” medley. Norah Jones is also scheduled to perform “Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)” and “Blue Christmas”, while Sebastián Yatra will sing “Dos Oruguitas” (from the new Disney movie ‘Encanto’) and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”!

The performers have already taken to Twitter to share their excitement about the performance, which is airing on ABC at 4 pm PST and 7 pm EST. Gwen confirmed in the Tweet below that she will be singing “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”, and it looks like she’ll be donning classic Christmas clothes alongside her signature red lipstick.


Credit: Gwen Stefani Twitter


Credit: Gwen Stefani Twitter

Darren Criss shared his excitement about the event as well, since he will be performing a unique medley of “Happy Holidays” and “The Holiday Season”. As Darren put it below, the title of the event might be “a lot of words, but it’s going to be a lot of fun”! Fans of Darren will be particularly interested to see if he’ll perform some of the Christmas songs from his new solo album “A Very Darren Crissmas”. The actor also sang “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade this weekend.

We can see from the trailer for the event below that this Disney Holiday Celebration will be just as glitzy and festive an extravaganza as Disney Guests would expect! If you are unable to watch the premiere tonight, no worries; it will be available on Hulu starting tomorrow!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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