Grace VanderWaal, Ingrid Michaelson, Portugal. The Man, More Performing On ABC’s Christmas Morning Special

ABC confirms performers for the December 25 special.

Portugal. The Man by Maclay Heriot | Atlantic Records publicity photo

ABC’s annual Disney Parks holiday special has become a tradition on Christmas morning, and that tradition will not come to an end this year.

ABC officially announced details for the special, entitled “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade.”

Airing from 10AM-12PM ET on December 25, the special will feature Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunting and Jesse Palmer as hosts. Marsai Martin and JD McCrary will appear as co-hosts.

In addition to musical performances from acts like Grace VanderWaal, Ingrid Michaelson, Ally Brooke, Pentatonix and Portugal. The Man, the special will feature a look at new Disney Parks features. Examples include Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland), the Avengers Campus (Disney California Adventureland), and the new Disney Skyliner gondola system (Walt Disney World).

Musical performance synopsis:

Seventeen-time GRAMMY Award-winning Sting performs “Soul Cake” off his platinum-selling album “If On A Winter’s Night…” from Walt Disney World Resort.
Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings his new Caribbean-flavored original song “Christmas with Friends” from Walt Disney World Resort
Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort.
Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Grace VanderWaal sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Disneyland Resort.
GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “White Christmas” and “Feel it Still” from Disneyland Resort.
International pop star Ally Brooke performs “Christmas Through Your Eyes” from Walt Disney World Resort.
The cast of the new Disney+ original “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” performs a high-energy medley from Disneyland Resort.

Written by Brian Cantor

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