Mark Your Calendars For Disney Parks Holiday TV Specials Nov. 24 & 25, Dec. 25

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks will officially kick off the holiday season on television earlier than ever this year, with three musical holiday specials set to air Nov. 24 & 25 and Dec. 25.

Shot at both the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California, each of the three shows will feature special musical performances and celebrity appearances.

Here’s the schedule:

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on ABC on Nov. 24, from 8-10 p.m. EST. Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough will serve as hosts for this two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort, which will also feature “Descendants 2” star Sofia Carson, a duet by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, and a performance by Kelly Clarkson.

“Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Disney Channel on Nov. 25 from 8-9 p.m. EST. Musical performers include Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart, “Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain, Trisha Yearwood with Garth Brooks, and Kelly Clarkson. ABC stars and Disney Channel stars will also surprise philanthropic families around the country with once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort.

“The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on the ABC on Dec. 25, from 9-11 a.m. EST. Join holiday hosts Julianne and Derek Hough for a magical ride down Main Street and beyond for a celebration that brings together the beloved Christmas day parade with magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories. Musical performers on tap are Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Carson and Jordan Fisher.

Additional performances will be announced for each of the three holiday specials over the next few weeks.


  • They were already recorded the week of Nov 9th.

  • Has anyone answered yet if these are being pre recorded or if they are live performances?

  • Are these live or recorded? Will be at Disney World on Nov. 24th and 25th.

  • Will there be special tickets required to attend the MK on these days?

  • Is Epcot decorated between November 18th and Thanksgiving Day we’re looking to spend one day at the parks and that would be our time to visit when I’ve contacted the travel company for Disney they were unable to answer the question any help would be appreciated

  • Will be there be any way for us Disney fans across the oceans to watch these specials?

  • Is this live on Thanksgiving day in Florida?

  • Hi, Are these INSTEAD of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade? Also is there any chance these can be viewed online by the UK citizens/guests? 🙂

  • All the filming is taking place in early November.

  • Any chance these might be put on Hulu after they’re aired? I’d love to see them but we “cut the cord”

  • Hi Jennifer. Are these live tapings? We will be at the MK on the 25th and wondered if anything was going on Black Friday. Thanks

  • So this will actually be filmed in Disneyland this year? My family and I were excited to see Disneyland in all its Diamond Celebration glory on Christmas Day and ended up disappointed that the California parks weren’t featured at all.

  • Hi Jennifer-Do you know what the taping schedule is for the Walt Disney World Segments for the November 24TH and 25TH Celebrations will be? We will be in Walt Disney World then and I want to surprise my daughter.

  • Hi Jennifer – What the taping schedule for the Disneyland segments? I’d like to be there when this is taped. Thank you!

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