Disney Parks and ABC Announce Two Exciting Holiday Specials for 2021

by | Nov 19, 2021 | Disneyland Parks, DLR News, WDW Blog, WDW News

The most wonderful time of the year gets even more wonderful with two Disney holiday specials in 2021, coming live from Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

If you’re not able to visit a Disney Park this holiday season, fear not! Thanks to ABC and Disney Parks, you’ll be able to share in the magic of the holidays from the comfort of your own home.

ABC and Disney Parks just announced two 2021 Disney holiday specials hosted from Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

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The two holiday specials are “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” and “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade.” In addition to showing off the holiday season at WDW Resort and Disneyland Resort, the specials will offer sneak peeks at some exciting future happenings at the parks, including a look at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a glimpse of the Disney Wish, and scenes from new movies Encanto and West Side Story.

Looking for more Disney holiday specials? Tap here for the complete list of every Christmas movie and show on Disney+ in 2021.

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration”

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What

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” will be hosted by Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, and Ariana DeBose.

Who

There will be a plethora of musical performances in this holiday special, including the following:

  • Julianne Hough and Ariana DeBose will perform a medley of “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” and “Holiday.”
  • AFTR PRTY will perform a medley of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “Winter Wonderland.”
  • Jimmie Allen will perform “Silent Night.”
  • Kristin Chenoweth will perform a mash-up of “(Everyone’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”
  • Darren Criss (is this a Glee reunion?) will perform a medley of “Happy Holidays” and “This Holiday Season.”
  • Brett Eldredge will perform “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
  • NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot will perform “Hometown Christmas.”
  • Norah Jones will perform a medley of “Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)” and “Blue Christmas”
  • Gwen Stefani will perform “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and “Jingle Bells.”
  • Sebastian Yatra will perform a medley of “Dos Oruguitas” (from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto) and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

When

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” holiday special will air on ABC on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 7-9 PM ET/PT. It’ll be available for streaming on Hulu starting on Nov. 29.

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade”

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What

Derek and Julianne Hough will return to host the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade.”

Who

Musical performers for this Christmas Day extravaganza include the following:

  • Derek and Julianne Hough will perform “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”
  • Jimmie Allen will perform “White Christmas.”
  • Kristen Chenoweth will perform “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
  • Darren Criss will perform “Christmas Dance.”
  • Meg Donnelly will perform “Jingle Bell Rock.”
  • Brett Eldredge will perform “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
  • Norah Jones will perform “Run Rudolph Run.”
  • Pentatonix will perform “I Saw Three Ships.”
  • Gwen Stefani will perform “Cheer for the Elves.”

When

“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” holiday special will air on ABC on Saturday, Dec. 25, from 10 AM to 12 PM ET/PT. If you miss it, you can stream it the next day on Hulu.

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Written by Catherine Hiles

Written by Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.

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