The holidays are quickly approaching! Watching musical Christmas TV specials with family and friends is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. We’ve compiled a list of star-studded network specials which should help make your 2018 holiday season merry and bright. Get the details below.
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER – NOV. 28 (NBC)
The lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center premieres its 86th annual special from New York, New York on Nov. 28. Dazzling musical performances will be delivered by Diana Ross, John Legend, Darci Lynne Farmer, Pentatonix, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Brett Eldredge, People reports.
The 2018 Christmas tree is a beautiful Norway spruce from Wallkill, New York which stands 72-feet tall and 45-feet wide. Over 50,000 LED lights adorn the tree and a 900-lb. Swarovski star will top it. Millions of people tune into the broadcast each year. The 2018 “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” broadcast will air on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.
A LEGENDARY CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN AND CHRISSY – NOV. 28 (NBC)
John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigan, are celebrating his debut Christmas album A Legendary Christmas with their first network Christmas special. “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy” will follow NBC’s broadcast of the 86th annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special. The all-star performer list includes Darren Criss, Meghan Trainor, Jane Lynch, Stevie Wonder and more. The special airs Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on NBC.
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – NOV. 29 (ABC)
Disney’s magical holiday special will be hosted this year by Jordan Fisher, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Palmer. The two-hour entertainment extravaganza will be broadcast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland in California. The musical performance lineup boasts a bevy of superstars including Gwen Stefani, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldredge, Andrea Bocelli, Jordan Fisher, Becky G, Aloe Blacc and “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe. All artists will sing a variety of new and traditional holiday songs.
There will also be a breathtaking castle lighting from Disney Parks in Florida, California, Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The special airs on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on ABC.
VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW HOLIDAY SPECIAL – DEC. 2 (ABC)
An all-star list of music artists will perform on the runway as Victoria’s Secret top models walk in the annual fashion show, which is being dubbed a holiday special this year. Performers include Bebe Rexha, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini, Rita Ora and The Struts. The special airs on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on ABC.
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – DEC. 10 (ABC)
Reba McEntire returns to host and perform on the 2018 CMA Country Christmas special, which has become a beloved part of country music’s holiday celebration since it first aired in 2010. This year’s lineup of superstar performers includes Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, Brad Paisley, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, The Isaacs, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion and Lindsey Stirling. Guest performers often share heartwarming stories and fond Christmas memories during the spectacular music event. The CMA Country Christmas special will air Monday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
DARCI LYNNE FARMER: MY HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS - DEC. 11 (NBC)
Singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer was only 12-years-old when she stole everyone’s heart and won season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2018. Just two years later, the charismatic teen is headlining her own live holiday tour (see a video from a tour performance above). She's also starring in her first-ever televised Christmas special. Darci Lynne’s roster of musical celebrity performers on the NBC special includes Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling and Kristin Chenoweth. Furry friends joining her include Petunia, Katie the Cowgirl, Edna Doorknocker and Oskar the Mouse. The special airs on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on NBC.
A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY – DEC. 21 (CBS)
The beloved holiday special "A Home for the Holidays" is back for a milestone 20th anniversary. The heartwarming broadcast shares more inspiring, life-changing stories about families involved with adoption from foster care. Last year, Grammy and Tony-nominated artist Josh Groban hosted the special. This year’s host and musical performers are still TBA. Check back for updates. The two-hour all-star special airs Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. on CBS.
DISNEY PARKS MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE – DEC. 25 (ABC)
Jordan Fisher, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Palmer return to co-host "Disney’s Magical Christmas Day Parade.” Performers include Gwen Stefani, Maddie Poppe, Andrea Bocelli and his son, Matteo Bocelli, Aloe Back, Jordan Fisher and more. The festivities will air on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.
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