Where to Stream Old and New Favorite Christmas Movies this Season
It’s the best time of the year, and we don’t care what you say. We must take advantage.
Let’s. Watch. All. Of. The. Christmas. Movies.
Streaming services like Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix have the most and best Christmas movies, like Elf (of course), all three versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and classics like A Christmas Story and Home Alone. And I would be remiss not to mention how to watch your favorite Hallmark Christmas movies, because if you’re like me, you started watching those back in October.
So grab your hot cocoa, your fuzzy, warm blanket, and let’s start watching all of the cheerful, happy Christmas movies while we can. This great time of the year only comes once.
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Disney+ has lots of your favorite Christmas movies
First and foremost, Disney+ is the king of Christmas movies. Disney+ has the highest number of popular Christmas movies than any other streaming service with Home Alone and Home Alone 2 (two classics we all love).
There’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Santa Clause with Tim Allen (the movie that makes us all want our dads to secretly be Santa Clause), Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and much more.
Disney+ also has holiday originals like Once Upon a Snowman, a cute short film featuring Olaf from Frozen, who’s trying to find his sense of self. And The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, which is a TV short where Rey goes on an adventure to the past with BB-8 to gain a deeper knowledge of the Force. You’ll get the joy of watching Chewbacca making snow angels and a Christmas party on the Millennium Falcon. I know you Star Wars fans can’t pass that up.
Disney+ is already perfect for families, so just add it to the list of perfect for the holidays, as well.
Hulu has Elf in its library … enough said
Hulu has the second most of your favorite Christmas movies, including Elf. Every scene in that movie is just gold, and for some reason, we all like to watch Will Ferrell in an elf suit dominate in a snowball fight and eat candied spaghetti every single year.
Hulu also has movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and Die Hard. I’ve never seen Die Hard, but if it gets you in the Christmas mood, then don’t let anyone kill your Christmas spirit and tell you it’s not a Christmas movie.
Hulu also has the hilarious movie A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, Christmas originals, and Christmas movies for your kids.
Hulu has a convenient Holidays tab at the top of its home screen where you can find all of your Christmas movies and TV shows in one place. You’ll find the Christmas originals, cooking and competition shows (like Holiday Gingerbread Showdown), family movies, and iconic holiday episodes.
Netflix has a lot of excellent Christmas originals
Although Netflix has more on-demand content than both Disney and Hulu, Netflix only has three of your favorite Christmas movies. But Netflix has a lot of great originals, so you literally won’t run out of Christmas movies to watch this month.
First of all, Netflix has two of the three versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas: the cute new animated version and the Jim Carrey version. You’ll have to rent the old animated version through YouTube. And you can also stream This Christmas on Netflix.
I do have to tell you about a new original that came out on Netflix this year called Holidate. This hilarious romcom features Luke Bracey from Point Break and Emma Roberts from We’re the Millers. I have to say, the hilarious relationship of these two being each other’s date only for the holidays is worth your time.
Another great movie that won’t waste your time is Klaus. It’s about the worst postman who ends up working in a random town in the North where he discovers Santa Claus is hiding out. And this movie just has a cute way of showing you how “traditions” of Santa came about, like the letters to Santa and the making of the sled. Adults and children will absolutely love this movie.
Hallmark Movies Now satisfies your Christmas craving
Now for the Hallmark fans … Hallmark Movies Now will give you access to all of the Christmas movies that give you the most cheer, happiness, and fulfilled heart. With this app, you can watch all of the new 2020 movies and TV shows on-demand, or you can also watch the Hallmark channels live.
Even though I have to admit all of the Hallmark Christmas movies are the same … like a woman is on a business trip to Christmas town, the woman meets man, the woman doesn’t celebrate Christmas because of her past, a man changes the woman’s mind, and they end up falling in love … by the end of the week. But hey, these movies give you that Christmas cheer we all undeniably want leading up to the holiday season.
Honorable mentions for other Christmas movie favorites
There are a couple of streaming services we have to mention that have one or two of your favorite Christmas movies that you can’t get anywhere else.
fuboTV has Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life in its on-demand library, and it also has Scrooged and The Polar Express, two of which you can’t find on another streaming service. So if you can’t watch these, your dad and your kids might be disappointed.
AppleTV+ will be the only streaming service with A Charlie Brown Christmas in its library. So if your mom is like mine, she’s going to order AppleTV+ for the month of December just to watch Snoopy in this classic cartoon movie.
And lastly, there are a few great Christmas movies that some of us have to watch every holiday season that we actually can’t get on a streaming service, but they’re available to rent on YouTube. These movies include National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (the funniest Christmas movie out there), Love Actually (a great British film with nine Christmas stories intertwined together), and The Night Before (with the hilarious Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
Christmas movie recap
Now that you know where to find your favorite Christmas movies, you’ll have to decide if you want Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix (like the rest of us), and maybe even Hallmark Movies Now, fuboTV, and AppleTV+ (depending on your Christmas needs).
We wish we could tell you that you only need one streaming service to have access to most of the great Christmas movies, but if you have kids or you love Disney Christmas movies … get Disney+.
If you agree that Elf is the best Christmas movie or if you want to watch A Christmas Story before the marathon on TBS on Christmas Day, get Hulu.
If you love How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and you want lots of Christmas movies to put on in the background while you work this month, get Netflix.
And definitely get Hallmark Movies Now if you want an endless amount of happiness on your screen (and I also suggest turning these happy movies on in the background while you work, as well). It really just makes work more fun.
We hope you all have the happiest of holidays and enjoy watching all of these holiday movies with your loved ones.