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[11/02/17 - 10:04 AM]
Disney Parks and ABC Celebrate the Holidays with Two Holiday Specials Featuring Star-Studded Music Performances
"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres Thursday, November 30 at 9:00/8:00c.

[via press release from ABC]

DISNEY PARKS AND ABC CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH TWO HOLIDAY SPECIALS FEATURING STAR-STUDDED MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey to Host ABC's Primetime and Christmas Day Specials; Jesse Palmer to Co-Host

Performers to Include Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele, 98° and Broadway's Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs of 'Aladdin'

Counting down to "25 Days of Christmas," "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on THURSDAY, NOV. 30 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST). Then, as part of "25 Days of Christmas," "Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration" airs on Christmas morning, MONDAY, DEC. 25 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check local listings). The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world's most popular recording artists, Disney character appearances, heartwarming wish-come-true moments and an unforgettable castle lighting extravaganza showcasing the incredible Disney castles around the world. Hough, who returns as host, will be joined by Lachey on the steps of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World to perform a spectacular opening number you won't want to miss, on "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration."

"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" (Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app) - Join Emmy(R) Award winner Julianne Hough and multiplatinum recording artist and television personality, Nick Lachey, as they host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host, Jesse Palmer, to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing incredible music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments including an extraordinary castle lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the world - traveling the globe from Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and Anaheim, California, to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Musical performances include:

· Ciara performs a joyful Christmas medley from Cinderella Castle.

· Grammy Award-winning country artist Darius Rucker sings "Winter Wonderland."

· Multiplatinum-selling group Fifth Harmony sings "Can You See," from "The Star" soundtrack, plus "The Christmas Song."

· Fitz and the Tantrums performs their platinum-certified hit, "HandClap," in addition to their original Christmas song, "Santa Stole My Lady."

· Multi-Grammy-nominated trio, Hanson, will light up the night singing "Finally It's Christmas," from their recently released Christmas album.

· In Real Life, the only boy band in history voted together by America, will sing "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

· Multiplatinum powerhouse Jason Derulo performs "This Christmas."

· Emmy-nominated actress and singer Lea Michele joins the festivities with "Baby It's Cold Outside."

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration" (Monday, Dec. 25, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app) - This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street, U.S.A. and beyond. Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the Christmas Day celebration will be brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas Day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:

· Ciara sings "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

· Darius Rucker decks the halls with a holiday song from his Christmas album, "Home for The Holidays."

· Fifth Harmony takes us on a magical "Sleigh Ride."

· Fitz and the Tantrums perform the popular Christmas hit "Last Christmas."

· Jason Derulo sings "Silent Night" from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort.

· Lea Michele sings the holiday favorite "Let It Snow."

· 98° heats things up with their new song, "Season of Love," from "Let It Snow," their first full-length Christmas album in 18 years.

· Broadway's Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs, of the stage hit "Aladdin," soar down to Disney's Hollywood Studios for a romantic performance of the Oscar(R)-winning classic "A Whole New World."

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, ABC Entertainment and IMG.

About ABC Entertainment

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, with new shows including fall's No. 1 new drama, "The Good Doctor"; as well as "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" and "The Mayor"; and current hits such as groundbreaking dramas "Designated Survivor," "Quantico," "Scandal" "How to Get Away with Murder," "Grey's Anatomy," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Once Upon a Time." The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy(R) Award-winning "Modern Family" and trailblazing comedy favorites "black-ish," "American Housewife," "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Goldbergs," "The Middle" and "Speechless"; hit game shows "$100,000 Pyramid," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth"; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank," iconic "The Bachelor" franchise, long-running hits "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," and the return of "American Idol"; "General Hospital," which has aired for over 50 years on the network, along with daytime talk show "The Chew"; and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The network also boasts some of television's most prestigious awards shows, including "The Oscars(R)," "The CMA Awards," "The American Music Awards" and "The Billboard Music Awards."

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of six of the world's leading family vacation destinations - Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island; and Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world's most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.





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