Disney launched its series of holiday specials with The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration, which aired last night (Nov. 29) on ABC.
Sarah Hyland and Jordan Fisher co-hosted the spectacular evening which was filled with sensational holiday sights and songs. Tinkerbell lit up castles at Disney Theme Parks all over the world including Florida, California, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. A huge lineup of musical guests hit the stage to perform Christmas classics and ring in the 2018 holiday season for Disney Theme Parks around the world.
Check out our picks for the seven best musical moments from “The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration” below.
7. Becky G “Santa Baby”
Becky G injected the perfect blend of sweetness and sass into the flirty Christmas song “Santa Baby.” The three-time Latin Grammy Award winner was dressed in red and surrounded by drummers, who were dressed in silver and delivered a cool musical break. Following the performance, Fisher reminded Becky G that they are both Radio Disney Awards Next Big Thing winners. She won the award in 2014 and Fisher followed two years later, scoring his in 2016.
6. Gwen Stefani “Feliz Navidad”
Gwen Stefani revved up the crowd with an electric performance of “Feliz Navidad.” The iconic rocker and famed fashion maven looked lovely in a bright orange dress and matching heels. She was surrounded by backup dancers and the audience sang along to the cherished Christmas tune.
5. Maddie Poppe “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Indie/pop/folk singer Maddie Poppe stole hearts across America when she was crowned the season 16 winner of “American Idol.” She blended beautifully with Disney’s holiday theme in a checked red-and-black skirt, a black top and a silver sequined jacket. She put a lovely, indie spin on one of the most treasured Christmas classics of all time “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
4. Andrea Bocelli “White Christmas”
Andrea Bocelli appears twice on our ranking. Here, it’s for his delivery of a breathtaking rendition of “White Christmas.” Dressed In white and seated behind a white piano, Bocelli was accompanied by an exquisite string section as he sang the popular holiday hit, both in English and Italian. His world-class vocals shined through with every note - é bellissimo!
3. Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Brett Eldredge teamed with Meghan Trainor for a spirited duet of the 1944 hit “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Part of the widespread appeal of the song is the coy call and response nature of the lyrics and they did a wonderful job with it. They had great onstage chemistry and their vocals blended well together. Plus, the jazzy vibe of the song made a fun show closer.
2. Andrea and Matteo Bocelli “Fall on Me”
Andrea Bocelli and his son, Matteo, arguably delivered the most touching performance of the night with their duet for “Fall on Me.” Once again, Bocelli was backed by a gorgeous string orchestra. The father-and-son duo delivered a stirring version of their first collaborative recording, which is featured on Andrea’s chart-topping album Si. Fisher asked the pair what kinds of family holiday traditions they share, and Andrea told him they attend mass and eat dinner together – notably without TV or radio.
1. Sarah Hyland and Jordan Fisher “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”
The pair of bubbly co-hosts opened the show together with an upbeat duet of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” Viewers may not have realized the “Modern Family” actress is a great singer, while many probably know Fisher is both an actor and recording artist.
They were fun, totally on-point with dance moves and were even backed by a whole team of dancers and iconic Disney couple Mickey and Minnie Mouse. It was the perfect way to launch the evening and earns our No. 1 ranking for best musical performances of the night.