There aren’t necessarily a lot of super-notable Christmas programming traditions in the United States, but the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade is one of them! The event is happening starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern (check your local listings elsewhere) on ABC, and it’s going to be a celebration of all things Christmas and all things Disney, coupled with a number of notable performances as well. Think of this as a great way to kick off the day after waking up and opening presents. (Side note: Is Christmas one of the few days of the year where the best part of it is right when you first get up?)
Check out some official details about the parade below, courtesy of course of ABC:
This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the season as hosts Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland share this magical holiday tradition with families around the globe. Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the Christmas Day celebration will be merrier than ever before, bringing together the adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Joining the festivities as parade correspondents are Freeform’s “grown-ish” actor Trevor Jackson and star of Freeform’s upcoming series “Good Trouble,” Cierra Ramirez.
Musical performances include the following:
-Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”
Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”
Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”
Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his first holiday album, “Christmas Funk,” out Nov. 9.
Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.
American Idol winner Maddie Poppe celebrates the season with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Disney’s dynamic a cappella group DCappella performs the popular Christmas hit “Last Christmas.”
Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album, “A Why Don’t We Christmas.”
Clearly, there’s going to be a lot going on with this special, and that’s probably welcome given that this is an opportunity to be exposed to a lot of fun music and also everything that Disney Parks have to offer. For some people out there, this is going to be nostalgic. Meanwhile, for younger viewers this may be aspirational and potentially giving them a taste of the Disney world (pun intended); it’s a Christmas celebration, but it’s certainly also some great advertising for the House of Mouse as a whole.
What are you the most excited to see when it comes to the Disney Parks Christmas Event this year? Be sure to share some of your thoughts right now in the comments. (Photo: ABC.)