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Mariah Carey's first Christmas gift: a TV special with Ariana Grande

Los Angeles, California – On the (not quite) first day of Christmas, Mariah gave to me: a special on Apple TV.

Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special is coming to Apple TV+ on December 4 (archive image).
Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special is coming to Apple TV+ on December 4 (archive image).  © imago images / The Photo Access

That's right: Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special is coming on December 4 to Apple TV+, the streaming platform announced Wednesday. Also set to appear in the star-studded program are Ariana Grande, Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Misty Copeland, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Executive produced by the Queen of Christmas herself, the holiday extravaganza will feature a merry mix of musical performances, dance numbers, and animated displays.

"Let's get festive!" Carey tweeted Wednesday, along with a sparkly promotional poster featuring the Grammy winner smiling in the center of a giant evergreen wreath.

It's not too early to ring in the holiday season with Mariah

Ariana Grande is on the star-studded guest list for Mariah Carey's Christmas special.
Ariana Grande is on the star-studded guest list for Mariah Carey's Christmas special.  © imago images / Runway Manhattan

In tandem with the special, Apple will also debut "Oh Santa!," a new single and music video featuring Carey, Grande, and Hudson. The pop power collab will lead a companion soundtrack including tracks from Dogg and Dupri, as well as a reimagined version of the Yuletide classic Sleigh Ride.

Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special is one of multiple holiday shows the All I Want for Christmas Is You hit maker has staged over the years. Past winter TV celebrations starring Carey include YouTube Premium's The Keys of Christmas, Funny or Die's Mariah Carey's Holiday Sketchtacular, the Hallmark Channel's Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas, and more.

As usual, Carey (50) wasted no time ringing in the Christmas season this year by uploading a post-Halloween video of herself wearing a red flannel onesie and cheering to the tune of All I Want for Christmas Is You in her own personal winter wonderland, complete with fake snow and frosted evergreens.

"It's time!" a title card reads. "But let's get through Thanksgiving first."

And after the election, the singer shared a viral clip of a euphoric crowd dancing to her No. 1 holiday hit at a gas station in Los Angeles after former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris defeated President Trump and Vice President Pence earlier this month.

"Wish come truuueee!" Carey tweeted in approval.

Cover photo: imago images / The Photo Access

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