Coming to Disney+: “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special”

It’s never too early for a holiday gift, and this one is too good not to share! Disney+ has just announced a 45-minute special, High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special, coming to the streaming service on Friday, December 11. Not only will it feature the cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series delivering heartfelt renditions of favorite Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s songs (and sharing some of their favorite holiday memories), but it will also feature a sneak peek performance from the highly anticipated second season of the series.

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Series regulars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Mark St. Cyr ,and Kate Reinders will put their own spin on holiday classics, popular hits, and a medley of Hanukkah favorites. They’ll also reveal their favorite holiday traditions, recall some of the more unforgettable presents they’ve given or received, and share family photos and poignant New Year’s resolutions. The special will also include a performance by Bassett, who will debut an acoustic version of an original song he has written for the upcoming season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

For #HSMTMTS fans who enjoy opening their presents before the holidays (and we think we kinda, you know that feeling), you can get an early listen to the holiday songs performed by the cast in the special beginning Friday, November 20, when High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special: The Soundtrack arrives on all major music services and streaming platforms.

“The holidays remind us of the universal importance of family and loved ones,” said Tim Federle, executive producer and director of the special. “The cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is its own kind of family, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share their favorite holiday music and traditions with our viewers.”

Ashley Edens (Dancing with the Stars) executive produces alongside Federle, who is creator and executive producer of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (and who is a Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominee for the feature Ferdinand). The series has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike; High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes and recently received the 2020 GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.”

The special promises to be filled with all the spirit of the holiday season. And if you’re looking for that inimitable High School Musical: The Musical: The Series spirit, the first season is currently available on Disney+. Stream it now, and stay tuned to D23.com for more #HSMTMTS news as it’s announced.

Kristi is the Media and PR Director for The Kingdom Insider. She's a lifelong Disney fan and grew up spending her family vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. She resides in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6.