You always know when the brief Thanksgiving holiday is over when ABC presents The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration. Though they will probably make mention of things we should be thankful for, this special is much more about Christmas whether you are ready for it or not.
Thinly disguised as a vacation promo, this yearly special is actually pretty entertaining with lots of musical performances. This year’s special is hosted by Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunton, and Jesse Palmer presenting from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California. During the prime-time special, viewers will be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California.
Musical performances include the following:
- Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World Resort, including a new festive reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming).”
- Portugal. The Man performs “Happy Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” from Disneyland Resort.
- Pentatonix will sing a cappella renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
- Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer perform an all-new original holiday song from Disneyland Resort.
- Ally Brooke sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort.
- Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) performs “Santa Baby” from Walt Disney World Resort.
- Matthew Morrison performs a medley from Walt Disney World Resort of “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the upcoming album “Disney Dreamin’ with Matthew Morrison” and the classic “Let it Snow.”
- Lindsey Stirling pulls all the strings for “Carol of the Bells” from Walt Disney World Resort.
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration airs November 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Check out what else will be shown this holiday week here.
Main Image: Shaggy, Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunton and Sting pose with Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse (Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World Resort)
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