Boyz II Men, Alessia Cara, Gavin DeGraw and More Join a Stellar List of Musical Artists Taking Over the Happiest Place on Earth

By Steve Dove | Nov 10th, 2016

Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms. The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world's most popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and heartwarming wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration," will air THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. "Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration" will air FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST), on Disney Channel. "The Disney Parks' Magical Christmas Celebration" will air SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

Previously announced performers include Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Carson, Jordan Fisher, Forever in Your Mind, China Anne McClain, Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart.

The holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, Disney|ABC Television Group and IMG.

The multi-platform programming schedule is:

THANKSGIVING – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 
"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on the ABC Television Network (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join "Descendants 2" star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

Musical performances include:

  • Boyz II Men, joined by JoJo, will sing a holiday favorite from the steps of Cinderella Castle
  • Alessia Cara will sing "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's animated feature film, "Moana" (in theaters November 23) for the very first time on broadcast television.
  • Kelly Clarkson will perform "Underneath the Tree" and "Stronger."
  • Flo Rida performs two of his smash hits.
  • Zara Larsson sings a holiday classic from a stunning location at Walt Disney World.
  • From Disney's Hollywood Studios, OneRepublic performs one of their hit songs.
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks will perform "Baby It's Cold Outside," "Ugly Christmas Sweater" and "Marshmallow World," all from their new album, "Christmas Together," out November 11 (Pearl Records, Inc.).

Additional performances to be announced.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
"Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on Disney Channel (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20.

Musical performances include:

  • "Jolly to the Core," performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.
  • "Silent Night," performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson.
  • Kelly Clarkson performing a song from her 2013 holiday album "Wrapped in Red." 
  • "Descendants 2" star China Anne McClain performing "This Christmas."
  • Forever In Your Mind performing "Celebrate."
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their new album, "Christmas Together," out November 11 (Pearl Records, Inc.).

CHRISTMAS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 
"The Disney Parks' Magical Christmas Celebration" will air on the ABC Television Network (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrate the joy of the holiday season as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:

  • Alessia Cara will perform a holiday favorite.
  • Sofia Carson performs "Silent Night" featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel and also hosts from backstage.
  • Kelly Clarkson performing "I'll Be Home for Christmas."
  • In front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World, Gavin DeGraw sings a Christmas classic.
  • "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" performed by Jordan Fisher who will also make his Broadway debut in "Hamilton" on November 22.
  • OneRepublic performs from Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their new album, "Christmas Together," out November 11 (Pearl Records, Inc.).

Additional performances to be announced.

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