Here come the carolers; check out all the best titles to stream while you wait for jolly old Saint Nick!
By Zak Price
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Well, it’s that time of the year again; whether your Christmas traditions consist more of sipping eggnog (no judgements here), exploring new ways to wrap gifts, or spending quality time with loved ones, everybody needs some downtime during the holiday season. In the spirit of giving, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the best Christmas titles available to watch right now on all your favorite streaming platforms. So, if you’re asking yourself:
Then look no further, here are some of the best movies and shows to watch this holiday season broken down by streaming service!
Make sure to check out our recent post if you’d like to know where to find your favorite free-to-watch Christmas content.
Movies that take place during the Christmas season are some of the most widely available, easily adaptable, and remake-friendly stories out there (get Scrooged). However, the same cannot be said for more episodic forms of media. When it comes to TV series with established worlds and characters that aren’t specifically written to fit into a holiday-centric narrative at conception, it is no small task to get such characters out of their routines and into one that is just as familiar to audiences as it is unfamiliar to the characters. That being said, here are a few examples of TV episodes where characters bring their own–let’s say–charm to the holiday season.
Warning: watching these episodes could result in winding up on the naughty list.
These absurd holiday specials are all great in their own ways, but if you’re looking for more self-contained jolly tales, read on to know more about the best Christmas movies available to stream this December!
Very funny!! Never stopped laughing, and neither did my mom. A good way to celebrate every holiday in one day. - @madison_hirn
The epitome of Christmas vibes. Everything about this movie is perfection. The class, vintage clothing, dancing! A romantic and visually aesthetic film. - @vickirosie
Very dry, subdued, and subtly classy, not unlike its star. Bill Murray plays a caricatured version of himself that's slightly reminiscent of his characters in Groundhog Day and Scrooged (indeed, there are some subtle references to those movies tucked in here too)... While the whole thing is familiar, it's also an unmistakably unique holiday special. - @queer-giraffe
See our Best Christmas Movies & Shows on Netflix list for more available titles.
If you don’t watch this classic movie at least once every year on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day you’re not really having a great Christmas! Lol. - @tvandmoviefanatic
This one has always been my favorite holiday guilty pleasure! It’s a version that seems to clearly understand that you’ve seen the first one so many times you could recite it forwards and backwards in your sleep and tries something new. And it’s the version I’ll share with my family every Christmas to come. - @dorian_black_7262
See our Best Christmas Movies & Shows on HBO Max list for more available titles.
A childhood classic that I can always rely on to make my Christmas/Halloween feel complete. The two holidays are married so perfectly in this movie it’s like they were meant to be together, I can feel the love for both. The music is fantastic and obviously any spooky kid will/have loved this movie. It’s popular for a reason and that reason is cause it’s iconic! - @garbagehands
Would not be Christmas unless I watch this and a few other holiday movies I love. Each time, I get teary and choked up watching this because it’s just so magical and the little girl inside of me responds. - @catpriestess
Always watch this movie on Christmas with family! Grew up with it! Part of our family's tradition now!! A wonderful, gem of a movie. CLASSIC!!! - @didi_mell Honorable mentions: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York & Home Alone 3.
See our Best Christmas Movies & Shows on Disney+ list for more available titles.
One of the best Christmas movies I have ever seen. And Madea is extremely hilarious as usual. - @zyon_gary
Such a magnificently done film. So deeply touching, yet jovial, and wrought with encouragement and sweetness. - @lissa_5614
One of the best adaptations of Dickens' eternal tale. Bill Murray is at a high here, and all the supporting cast is fantastic. If you don't cry at the end scene, you may not be human. :) - @myles_becker
See our Best Christmas Movies & Shows on Prime Video list for more available titles.
It's always been one of my favorite Christmas stories and you've gotta love it as a period-accurate grungy retelling. Plus new imaginative insights into classic characters that give the story a new depth. - @leviangelos
Absolutely amazing. This movie deserves multiple Oscars. I understand the movie more bc I know a lot about Diana but it may be confusing to those that don’t know a lot about her. - @howaboutyoumsrafferty
Who doesn’t love a cheesy 2000s remake? - @trason_danos
See our Best Christmas Movies & Shows on Hulu list for more available titles.
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