High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cast performances bring holiday cheer to series fans.

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Positive Messages

This musical special highlights the cast's impressive talents, respects diversity by including Hanukkah and secular songs along with Christmas ones, and celebrating the different family traditions of the actors.

Positive Role Models

These are impressive performers who talk about loving what they do and using it to bring joy to others. Most recall the importance of family and holiday traditions. Racial diversity exists among the cast, which reminds viewers of the general acceptance that accompanies shared passions. 


The special includes a sneak peek at season two of the series.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special features cast members of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series sharing favorite holiday memories and sentiments in between their performances of holiday songs. The show lets fans get a sense of the stars' personal sides and enjoy their renditions of festive music. This makes it far more a draw for viewers of the series than it is for anyone else, but those who happen upon it by chance will enjoy the impressive performances nonetheless. This special also includes a promo for the upcoming season of the series, which will delight fans as well.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byEGW August 11, 2021

Vary good Christmas Special!

I think this is a very good Christmas Special for a show! I love it! The music is so good!
There are two LGBTQ+ actors from the show that sing a song together b... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 11, 2020


I have been wait for this special ever since it has been announced and it was REALLY REALLY worth the wait! All they talk about is what they do during Christmas... Continue reading

What's the story?

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL is a collection of holiday musical performances and unscripted reflections on the season by the cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Cast members -- including Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, and Olivia Rodrigo -- tell stories about family traditions from their childhoods, most memorable holidays from the past, and hopes for this year’s festivities. Musical performances include solos, duets, and a quartet with Christmas classics, a Hanukkah medley, and an original holiday song from one of the cast members. 

Is it any good?

Even with no prior knowledge of these talented actors and actresses, this music-filled seasonal special has appeal if you’re just looking to hear some great musical performances. With an eclectic mix of songs and performance styles, the cast puts on a top-notch music show that may just make them some new fans along the way. They’re certainly gifted enough to inspire viewers’ wanting to hear more from them.

For fans of the series, though, the real magic happens. The Holiday Special provides one of those treasured glimpses at the cast's private lives, including comical photos from their childhoods, heartfelt sentiments about family, and seasonal memories that remind us that their celebrity status isn't all there is to them. Add to that an original new song from a cast member and a sneak peek at the upcoming second season of the series, and this special will be on every High School Musical: The Musical: The Series fan's wish list. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what this show aims to accomplish. Is it geared toward existing fans of the series, potential new fans, or both? Were you encouraged to watch it because you know the series? How does what we see on TV or hear from our favorite celebrities influence our desires?

  • Did this show do well representing different holidays and seasonal traditions? Does it reflect well society at large with regard to the holidays? What kinds of traditions cross cultural or religious boundaries?

  • How do the cast members' various paths to success compare? How does their status now suggest they've had to persevere through challenges to get where they are?

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