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New Details Revealed for Disney Parks Holiday Specials Coming to ABC This Year

We love celebrating the holiday season with specials from Disney Parks we can watch right from home! This year, specials are eating Thanksgiving weekend as well as on Christmas Day, and we’ve got all the details from the Disney Park Blog.

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“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” will air Sunday November 28, 2021 at 7 pm EST on ABC. This special will be hosted by Derek Hough, Julianne Hough and Ariana DeBose.

Both Derek and Julianne Hough will then return to the host the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” from the Walt Disney World Resort while Trevor Jackson and Sherry Cola will be covering the parade from the Disneyland Resort. The parade will run December 25, 2021 at 10 am EST and will be streamed the following day on Hulu.

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Both the Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas day specials will include heartfelt moments and exclusive previews of events and attractions coming soon from the Walt Disney Company, with behind the scenes looks at the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the Disney Wish, ‘Encanto’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios and more.

Throughout the specials, viewers will also be able to learn more about “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as they see tributes to the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Per the Disney Parks Blog, live musical performances for “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” are set to include:

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
In addition to the parade, musical performances for “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” include 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”

We will be back with more coverage on upcoming holiday specials both in the theme parks and for you to stream from home as we have them. Happy holidays!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."