Disney’s Christmas Day Parade: How to Watch, Lineup, and More

You may not be celebrating Christmas at Disney World or Disneyland this year, but you can still spend the day with Mickey and friends. Disney’s Christmas Day parade tradition returns in 2020 with a star-studded lineup of performers. Here’s what you need to know about the 2021 Christmas parade and how to watch it. 

Disney’s Christmas Day parade airs at 10 a.m. on ABC 

A Toy Story float at the 2021 Disney Christmas Parade
A float at the 2021 Disney Christmas Parade | Chloe Rice/Disney via Getty Images

Disney’s Christmas Day parade has been a holiday tradition since 1983. Last year, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the parade was reimagined. But it’s back to normal this year, with floats spreading holiday cheer as they head dow​​n Main Street U.S.A. 

The 2021 Disney Christmas Day parade will air fr​​om 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST on ABC. You can also stream the parade the next day on Hulu. 

Derek Hough and Julianne Hough host from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Freeform’s Trevor Jackson, and Sherry Cola from Good Tr​​ouble host the parade from Disneyland in California.

Who is performing at the 2021 Disney Christmas Day Parade?

Members of Pentatonix at the 2021 Disney Christmas Parade
Members of Pentatonix at the 2021 Disney Christmas Parade | Richard Harbaugh/Disney via Getty Images

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In addition to the parade, the Christmas Day broadcast will feature a full lineup of musical acts performing some of your favorite holiday tunes. The lineup includes: 

  • Derek Hough and Julianne Hough performing “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
  • Jimmie Allen performing “White Christmas”
  • Kristin Chenoweth performing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
  • Darren Criss performing “Christmas Dance”
  • Meg Donnelly performing “Jingle Bell Rock”
  • Brett Eldredge performing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • Norah Jones performing “Run Rudolph Run”
  • Pentatonix performing “I Saw Three Ships”
  • Gwen Stefani performing “Cheer for the Elves”

After the parade, you can keep your Disney holiday going by streaming one of the many original holiday movies or specials on Disney+, such as the Home Alone reboot Home Sweet Home Alone, Once Upon a Snowman, Noelle, or the Lego Star Wars Holiday Special. The streaming service also has the original Home Alone, Jingle All the Way, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more holiday favorites. 

What else is on TV on Christmas morning? 

Black and white photo of the Bailey family from It's a Wonderful Life
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ | Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images

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Not a Disney fanatic? There’s plenty more festive programming to watch on Saturday morning after you open your presents. 

A marathon of the much-loved holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life will air on E! Scrooged and The Polar Express air back-to-back on AMC starting at 9:30 a.m. You can watch The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, and The Santa Clause 3 on Freeform. And over on TBS and TNT, A Christmas Story will be airing continuously throughout the day, while different versions of A Christmas Carol air on FX.  

If you’re more in the mood for a Christmas rom-com, Hallmark Channel and Lifetime will both be airing a selection of their original holiday movies.

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