Disney has decked its castles with boughs of holly as Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida present the 28th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” TV special that will air December 25 on ABC. With Regis Philbin’s recent retirement, this year’s hosts of the telecast are Nick Cannon and Mario Lopez, with co-host Maria Menounos.
In addition to the annual parade down Main Street USA, a number of popular recording artists perform holiday tunes, including four-time GRAMMY Award winning singer Christina Aguilera, teen sensation Justin Bieber, Academy Award-winning actress and multi-platinum singer Jennifer Hudson, singer/songwriter and producer Cee Lo Green, platinum-record rockers OneRepublic, “American Idol” Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, and the McClain Sisters, featuring “A.N.T. Farm” star China Ann McClain, among others.
In addition to being on TV, this year’s parade brings the online world into the mix with interactions via Twitter, Facebook, and even a mobile app.
For the first time, viewers can utilize Shazam, the world’s leading mobile discovery provider, throughout the telecast. When the Shazam logo to appear on-screen, the mobile app will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes content, interactive Disney fun and holiday surprises. Viewers also can enter for a chance to win a Disney Parks dream vacation from Shazam. The Shazam smartphone app is available for free download from the iTunes App Store and Android Market.
The 2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade will air on Christmas Day on ABC at the following scheduled times.
(Airtime varies per city/time zone – check local listings)
In addition, the program will air in Canada on the CBC network, and in 177 countries worldwide on the American Forces Network (AFN).
But you don’t have to wait until Christmas to catch a glimpse of the stars in action. Check out the Disney-provided photos below to get a preview of the entertainment:
Television, radio and film personality Nick Cannon will host from Disneyland Resort in California, while actor, best-selling author and entertainment journalist Mario Lopez will host from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.