Best Christmas Movies to Stream During the Holidays

The weather is getting cold, and relatives are arriving for the holidays. Now is the perfect time to make a cup of hot chocolate, put on a festive Christmas movie and get into the holiday spirit.

This curated list of new films and time-tested classics includes Christmas movies available on all of the major streaming platforms.

Best Christmas Movies on Netflix

Netflix is still the most popular streaming service, with a catalog of all-time Christmas favorites and new gems.

  • Falling for Christmas: A hotel heiress (Lindsay Lohan) suffers amnesia after a ski accident. A kind single father takes her in while she recovers, leading to a love triangle involving her influencer fiancé.
  • Klaus: A modern animated gem that retells the story of St. Nicholas through the unlikely friendship between a postal worker and a reclusive toymaker (voiced by J.K. Simmons) in a distant, snowy village.
  • Love, Actually: Multiple love stories come together at Christmastime. This classic holiday romance stars Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Kiera Knightly, Alan Rickman and many other now-famous faces.
  • Midnight at the Magnolia: Two lifelong friends fake a romantic relationship to boost their radio show’s ratings, only to discover genuine feelings for each other amidst the holiday chaos.
  • White Christmas: A classic musical where a pair of GIs turned entertainers team up to save their former general’s failing inn by putting on a spectacular Christmas show, it’s filled with romance, comedy and unforgettable musical numbers.

Best Christmas Movies on Prime Video

You can stream Christmas classics and modern retellings of old holiday tales on Amazon Prime.

  • It’s a Wonderful Life: George Bailey discovers his profound impact on his community when an angel shows him a world in which he never existed. This quintessential Christmas film features the themes of love, community and giving.
  • Last Christmas: A heartwarming tale of an aspiring singer (Emilia Clarke) who finds renewed hope and love after meeting a mysterious and charming man during the holiday season in London.
  • Scrooged: A modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, following a cynical TV executive (Bill Murray) who undergoes a transformation after three spectral visits on Christmas Eve.
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas: Another Dickens-inspired Christmas movie about the author himself as he finds inspiration for the iconic characters in A Christmas Carol and experiences his own holiday journey.
  • This Is Christmas: A London man realizes how little he knows the people who share his train commute, despite sitting next to them every day. In a bold move, he invites all the train’s passengers to a Christmas party to rekindle the holiday spirit.

Best Christmas Movies on Disney+ and Hulu

Disney owns Hulu, and the company is merging it with its main streaming service, Disney+, early next year. Until then, you can use your bundled Disney+ and Hulu membership to stream these holiday movies:

  • Jingle All the Way: A workaholic dad (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leaves his Christmas shopping to the last minute and tries to get a Turbo-Man action figure for his son. Unfortunately, the local store is sold out, so he goes to great lengths to find the toy and discovers the real meaning of Christmas along the way.
  • Home Alone: Self-absorbed Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) gets left behind on his family’s big Christmas trip. Kevin is excited to be home alone at first, but he learns the value of family and community when two criminals (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) try to rob the house.
  • Miracle on 34th Street: A kindhearted old man named Kris Kringle gets a job as a department store Santa. He claims that he’s the real Santa Claus, leading to a court case to determine his identity. The original 1947 film and its 1994 remake are both available on Hulu.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Intrigued after learning about Christmas, the pumpkin king Jack Skellington kidnaps Santa Claus and takes over the role, to mixed results.
  • The Polar Express: An animated film by Robert Zemeckis that follows a young boy on a magical train ride to the North Pole, where he hopes to find out if Santa Claus is real. Tom Hanks stars as the train conductor.

Best Christmas Movies on Max

Warner Bros. Discovery rebranded HBO Max to Max earlier this year. Despite concerns about movies leaving the platform, it still has an excellent Christmas catalog.

  • A Christmas Story: A young boy named Ralphie Parker struggles through the holiday season dreaming of his perfect Christmas present, a Red Ryder air rifle.
  • A Christmas Story Christmas: Peter Billingsley returns as Ralphie Parker, now an adult trying to re-create his ideal Christmas experience for his own children.
  • Elf: Buddy (Will Ferrell) is a human raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop. He returns to New York City for the holidays in search of his biological father, eager to spread Christmas cheer.
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: The Griswold family tries to create the perfect Christmas celebration. As you might expect for the Griswolds, things don’t go as planned.
  • Serendipity: Two people (John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) meet while Christmas shopping and share a romantic night. Years later, fate tries to rekindle their romance.

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This story was originally published December 13, 2023, 5:00 AM.

source: star-telegram

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