Disney’s Three Holiday Specials With “Descendants 2” Stars & More 2016

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Disney Parks and the Disney/ABC Television Group have announced some really cool entertainment coming our way this holiday season! There will be three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California that will include Descendants 2 stars Cameron Boyce, China Anne McClain, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart; Kelly Clarkson; Jordan Fisher; Forever In Your Mind and more.

Read more in this press release below from Disney Channel:

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DISNEY PARKS AND DISNEY|ABC TELEVISION GROUP BRING AUDIENCES MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT IN THREE HOLIDAY SPECIALS
FEATURING STAR-STUDDED PERFORMANCES

 — Julianne Hough and Derek Hough to Host ABC’s Thanksgiving and Christmas Specials –

— Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and Kelly Clarkson to Perform on All Three Holiday Specials —

— Stars of Highly Anticipated “Descendants 2” to Host and Perform on Disney Channel Special with Performances by Hollywood Records Recording Artists —

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.

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Julianne Hough (“Grease: Live”) and Derek Hough (“Hairspray Live”) are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), and “The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings). Julianne, who will also act as executive producer on the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, and Derek are longtime “Dancing With the Stars” fan favorites with multiple Emmy Awards and mirror ball trophies between them.

Stars of “Descendants 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” will host and perform holiday songs in “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Disney Channel on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST). Hollywood Records recording artists Forever In Your Mind and Sofia Carson will also perform holiday songs.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks join the festivities, performing on all three holiday specials. The multi Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning artists will light up the night singing duets from their newly released album, “Christmas Together” (Pearl Records, Inc.), plus solo performances, all from the steps of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

Multi Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will also perform on all three holiday specials. From iconic locations across the Walt Disney World Resort, the talented singer, songwriter and author will perform songs from her 2013 Christmas record, “Wrapped in Red,” in addition to one of her most popular hit songs.

On each of the specials, ABC and Disney Channel stars will also grant wishes to families throughout the Disney theme parks, part of Disney’s “Share the Joy” campaign, inspiring families to spread goodwill this holiday season by giving back and volunteering to help others.

“Disney Channel Holiday Hits,” an album featuring holiday songs performed during “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” will be released from Walt Disney Records on Friday, November 18. The album features four songs: “Jolly to the Core,” a holiday rendition of “Rotten to the Core” from “Descendants” (performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart); “Silent Night” (performed by Sofia Carson); “This Christmas” (performed by China Anne McClain) and “Celebrate,” an original song from Forever In Your Mind.

The holiday specials are being produced by 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:

  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree” and “Stronger.”

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.
  • “Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain performing “This Christmas.”
  • “Silent Night,” performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson.
  • Forever In Your Mind performing “Celebrate.”
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson will also be performing a song.

ABC stars and Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Isaak Presley, of “Stuck in the Middle,” and “Bizaardvark” stars Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu will join Carson and Boyce in surprising families from around the country, who are dedicated to various philanthropic efforts, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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 celebrates 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:

  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree.”
  • Sofia Carson performs “Silent Night,” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel, and also hosts from backstage.
  • “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.

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

Updated on November 18th: More details from Disney Channel about Sofia being featured:

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MULTI-TALENTED ACTRESS AND RECORDING ARTIST SOFIA CARSON WILL BE
SHOWCASED ACROSS MULTIPLE DISNEY|ABC TELEVISION GROUP PLATFORMS THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Actress and recording artist Sofia Carson whose performances in the Disney Channel Original Movies “Descendants” and “Adventures in Babysitting” catapulted her to stardom and helped supercharge her career as a popular recording artist (Republic Records/Hollywood Records), will be showcased in several holiday telecasts on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms.

Known to audiences around the world for her role as “Evie,” the daughter of the Evil Queen in “Descendants,” Carson will co-host and perform in music-driven holiday specials on the ABC Television Network and Disney Channel. She also stars in Warner Bros’ “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits,” debuting on both Freeform and then airing later on Disney Channel.

Carson has a big year ahead reprising her role as “Evie” in the highly anticipated “Descendants 2” and releasing new music. She will ring in 2017 by hosting Disney Channel’s “New Year’s Evie,” a programming event that will feature a marathon of the popular animated short-form series “Descendants: Wicked World” and an encore airing of “Descendants.”

On the music front, Carson performed a retro-soul version of the “Descendants” hit song “Rotten to the Core,” which was featured on the No. 1 soundtrack. Her music video for the song has more than 75 million views to date. In 2016, her first solo song “Love Is the Name” climbed to the Top 40 radio charts, hit No. 1 at Radio Disney and has accumulated over 52 million views for the music video.

Carson was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, raised in Miami and is of Colombian descent. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French and is working toward her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and international relations at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Additional details on the programming and events that Carson will be featured in follow:

THANKSGIVING – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
“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. Sofia Carson joins Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough for the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. Kicking off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, the celebration will showcase extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments. Musical performances include Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, JoJo, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, OneRepublic, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – DISNEY CHANNEL
“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. Sofia Carson and her “Descendants 2” cast mates Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart will host and perform “Jolly to the Core,” a holiday rendition of “Rotten to the Core” from “Descendants.” Carson will also be featured in a solo performance of “Silent Night.” Additional musical guests include Kelly Clarkson, China Anne McClain, Forever In Your Mind, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 – FREEFORM
“A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits” makes its television premiere on Freeform (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST) as part of their “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event. If a dream is a wish your heart makes, then auto mechanic Tessa Golding’s (Sofia Carson) wish is to be a singer and dancer. When her fame-hungry stepmother (Jennifer Tilly) and stepsisters (Amy Louise Wilson and Jazzara Jaslyn) drag her to a swanky resort so the sisters can audition for pop star Reed West’s upcoming musical, Tessa decides to disguise herself and turn into Bella Snow: British singing sensation! She wins the role, but can she juggle playing two different people, her spoiled family’s demands and her budding friendship with Reed all at the same time? With a heart that big and the talent to back it up, anything is possible if you just dream it. “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits” will air on Disney Channel in January 2017.

CHRISTMAS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 – ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
“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 celebrates 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 heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Sofia Carson will perform “Silent Night” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel. Additional musical performances include Mariah Carey, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw, Jordan Fisher, OneRepublic, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.

NEW YEAR’S EVIE – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 – DISNEY CHANNEL
Sofia Carson will host “New Year’s Evie,” an all-day programming event on Disney Channel (10:00 a.m. – 10:05 p.m. EST) to ring in 2017. The programming event will begin with a “Descendants: Wicked World” marathon followed by an encore airing of “Descendants” (8:00 p.m. – 10:05 p.m. EST).

Updated on November 20th: New promo:

Updated on November 21: Another new promo:

Photo credit: Disney Channel

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