Your Complete Streaming Guide For All the Best Holiday Movies
Now that you’ve decked the halls and found the perfect gifts, it’s time to kick back and watch a few dozen holiday movies. Hankering for Love Actually? Don’t worry, us too. How about Christmas Vacation? We can't get through a holiday season without the Griswolds, either.
We assume you don’t have all the classics on DVD, so lucky for all of us, tons of seasonal favorites are streaming on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO Go, and other platforms (phew!). With so many festive flicks to choose from, we've rounded up a list of our favorites and where to stream them. Happy bingeing!
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It's the 26th anniversary of this family classic! If you've somehow not seen this holiday gem, Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old who becomes the man of the house when his family accidently leaves him behind for Christmas. When two burglars try to break in, he sets up a maze of booby traps to welcome them.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
Between Hugh Grant's dance moves and Olivia Olson's rendition of "All I Want for Christmas Is You," we could watch this movie again and again. The all-star cast (which includes Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, and so many more) explores the complexities of love leading up to the holidays.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
Son of a Nutcracker! Elf is one of the most hilarious and heartwarming holiday flicks ever. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the Elf, a very large non-elf human who leaves his home of the North Pole to meet his real father in New York City. There, he eats spaghetti and maple syrup, meets Zooey Deschanel's adorable Jovie, and spreads lots of Christmas cheer.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The 2000 version of the classic tale stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch, a green outsider who lives on the outskirts of Whoville. His one plan? To ruin Christmas for all of the town's residents. Can Cindy Lou Who save the day? And yes, that is Taylor Momsen from Gossip Girl!
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang try to find the true meaning of Christmas in the 1965 classic.
Where to Stream: Abc.com
THE SANTA CLAUSE
It's a Wonderful Life
Is it possible to get through the holidays without watching the 1946 classic, It's a Wonderful Life? Hardworking George Bailey is on the brink of suicide when a guardian angel arrives just in time to show him what life would be like if he never existed.
Where to Stream: Amazon Video (to buy only)
A CHRISTMAS STORY
The 1983 seasonal comedy became an instant classic thanks to Ralphie and his holiday shenanigans. He tries to convince everyone he knows (but especially his parents) that he needs a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.
A department store Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) and his little helper attempt to pull off a heist at their workplace on Christmas Eve, but their plans are thwarted by the pesky store manager and an awkward kid who thinks they're really from the North Pole.
A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS
The Sofia Coppola-directed musical comedy stars Bill Murray as he hosts a holiday special on TV. He worries that none of his famous friends will show up for the taping thanks to a terrible storm in New York City. Look out for killer cameos from George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, and so many more.
Where to Stream: Netflix