A dizzying array of new Christmas movies airs each year, but nothing captures the warmth of the holiday season quite like the classics. Luckily, you can stream the following classic Christmas movies right now!
girls in toyland
The children’s song that inspired the plot of girls in toyland it’s basically nonsense, and doesn’t really have much to do with Christmas.
Still, Laurel and Hardy’s (1934) and Annette Funicello’s (1961) versions of the toy-based story present a family comedy that has made them holiday favorites. Adults marvel at the bizarre storytelling and surreal imagery, while children enjoy the hilarious characters.
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The 1934 version (also known as March of the Wooden Soldiers) is available to buy ($4.99+) and rent ($2.99+) on Amazon, free with ads on Freevee, Tubi and Pluto TV, and free on Hoopla through many local libraries.
You can watch the 1961 version on Disney+ ($7.99+ per month), or with a digital purchase ($9.99+) and rental ($3.99) on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.
The desire to be left alone at Christmas is pretty universal, and it’s all 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) wants when his suburban home is invaded by his loud and obnoxious extended family.
Of course, after he’s accidentally left behind when his entire family goes on vacation, his relief soon turns to dread. Not only does he have to take care of himself, but Kevin also has to deal with a couple of burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) trying to break into his house.
Home alone features a parade of slapstick violence that would kill real crooks many times over. But it’s also sweet and funny, delivering one of the best performances of all time in cinema by a child actor.
you can stream Home alone on Disney+ ($7.99+ per month), or with a digital purchase ($9.99) and rental ($3.99) on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and other outlets.
It took the manic energy of Jim Carrey to successfully capture Dr. Seuss’s Christmas-hating green grouch in live action. This version eventually headlined the 1966 animated television special starring Boris Karloff.
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Carrey really throws himself into the role. As he plots to sabotage Christmas for the entire town of Whoville, the old Grinch’s heart finally grows three sizes, thanks to the Christmas spirit. This version of the Grinch, however, remains weird and obnoxious, even after embracing Christmas. It is this decentered energy that has been appreciated over time.
How the Grinch stole Christmas airs on HBO Max and is available for digital purchase ($8.99+) and rental ($3.99+) on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and other outlets.
It’s a wonderful life
Perhaps the first film to establish itself as a Christmas viewing tradition, Frank Capra’s 1946 fable stars James Stewart as despondent banker George Bailey, who catches a glimpse of what the world would be like without him as he contemplates throwing himself off a bridge.
Sounds pretty depressing, but, true to its title, It’s a wonderful life it’s a celebration of generosity and selflessness, and a reminder that even when life is hard, it’s still wonderful.
It’s a wonderful life is streaming on Amazon Prime ($14.99 per month after a 30-day free trial). You can also watch it for free with ads on Tubi and Plex, or free through local libraries on Hoopla.
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miracle on 34th street
Is Santa Claus real? A court rules on the issue in this family holiday classic, which stars Edmund Gwenn (who won an Oscar for his performance) as a Macy’s department store Santa in New York City.
This particular Santa claims he’s the genuine article and finally a judge has to weigh in when management tries to commit poor Kris Kringle. Thanks to some kind-hearted adults (and a little Christmas magic), a little girl’s faith in Santa Claus is reinforced, along with the spirit of the season.
miracle on 34th street streams on Amazon Prime ($14.99 per month after a 30-day free trial), Disney+ ($7.99+ per month), Peacock Premium ($4.99 per month), and AMC+ ($8.99 per month after a free trial). free of 7 days).
Of the many, many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ beloved novel, A Christmas Carol, the version that features the Muppets is surprisingly one of the closest to the source material. Though it features a cast of mostly anthropomorphic animal puppets (and whatever Gonzo is), it’s a classic for a reason.
Michael Caine plays Christmas-hating Ebenezer Scrooge and brings some gravitas to the role alongside Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets in supporting roles. It may not be the best of the Muppet movies, but it’s a great way to introduce little ones to the characters. The well-known Christmas story is the perfect entry into the strange little world of his.
The Muppets Christmas Carol streams on Disney+ ($7.99+ per month). You can also stream it with a digital purchase ($7.99) or rental ($3.99) at Amazon, Vudu, Redbox, and other outlets.
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A movie with the word “nightmare” in the title doesn’t seem like a Christmas favorite. However, this stop-motion animated film, produced and conceptualized by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, has become a staple of both Christmas and Halloween.
The plot follows a Christmas-loving demon named Jack Skellington. Despite the sometimes macabre images of him, the nightmare before christmas it is warm and optimistic at its core. Danny Elfman’s memorable songs and Burton’s creative designs unite depressed goths and light-hearted extroverts.
the nightmare before christmas streams on Disney+ ($7.99+ per month). You can also watch the movie with a digital purchase ($9.99) or rental ($3.99) on iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, and other outlets.
This dark comedy starring Denis Leary as a fugitive in hiding with a feuding upper-class couple (Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis) was a box office flop. However, since its release, it has become a party favorite, thanks to its perfect balance of cynicism and sentiment.
He’s foul-mouthed and sarcastic, but, in the end, he embraces the joy of the holiday season. With a bit of adultery, drunkenness and blackmail on the side.
The reference streams for free on Hoopla through many local libraries, or with a digital purchase ($17.99) or rental ($3.99) on Amazon, Google Play, Redbox, and other outlets.
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the santa claus
Tim Allen launched a franchise with this comedy about a grumpy suburban dad who accidentally causes the death of Santa Claus. He then magically enlists to become the new Santa. Despite his somewhat hideous setup, the santa claus is a sweet story in the style of a sitcom.
The career-focused, divorced father is forced to change his priorities and reconnect with his young son, while proving to the world that Santa Claus is still relevant. Also, Tim Allen gets fat and grows a huge white beard.
the santa claus streams on Disney+ ($7.99+ per month) and as a digital purchase ($9.99+) or rental ($3.99) on iTunes, Microsoft, Redbox, and other outlets.
A showcase of Irving Berlin’s iconic song, this classic musical stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a pair of army buddies who launch a successful musical act after World War II. They also fall in love with a pair of singing sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen).
The four spend the holidays performing at a Vermont inn owned by the men’s former commanding officer. With values that still resonate today (along with that ever-present desire for snow at Christmas), this film celebrates the true spirit of the season.
white Christmas it streams on Netflix ($6.99+ per month), or as a digital buy ($9.99) and rental ($1.99+) on Amazon, Redbox, YouTube, and other outlets.
Traveling far from your home country this season and still want to stream your Christmas favourites? If you run into geo-restrictions on region-specific content, consider using a VPN. It’s actually quite easy. We recommend using ExpressVPN. Just download and install it, connect to a server located in your home country, and you should have access to your normal streaming content.