In the mood for a festive film? Here are the best holiday movies on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+!
Happy weekend! Since we have less than 3 weeks until Christmas, I am all about holiday movies right now. I love watching everything – from the super corny/borderline terrible ones to the feel good classics that never get old. And since all of us are watching everything on streaming services instead of DVDs (or VHS tapes!) now, I thought it would be helpful to round up the best holiday movies on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+! There are also a few favorites you can rent from Amazon Prime at the bottom, too. I mean, it’s not the holiday season without a viewing of Love Actually, right? 😉
Best Holiday Movies on Netflix
If you haven’t seen this classic, change that RIGHT NOW. It’s delightful and sweet and you’ll fall in love with Bing Crosby!
Adam and I watched this a few weekends ago and we were so impressed. It’s an animated movie with some major talent in the voiceover cast and lovely lessons for kids. Definitely a new favorite that we’ll watch again next year!
The Christmas Chronicles
We also loved this new-ish holiday movie – I mean, Kurt Russell as Santa?! And Reese Witherspoon’s daughter from Big Little Lies plays the main character, and she is adorable. Not the best movie in the world, but a fun holiday flick!
The Princess Switch
I don’t know who decided Vanessa Hudgens should be the new darling of holiday movies, but I am HERE FOR IT. This movie is terribly cheesy and perfect for a cozy night in with a big glass of wine.
The Knight Before Christmas
I haven’t watched this one yet, but it’s the newest Vanessa Hudgens holiday movie. Apparently a Knight time travels and meets Vanessa Hudgens in 2019? Sounds awful and great.
A Christmas Prince Series
It all started with A Christmas Prince, but you can also watch A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. Based on the first one, I’d recommend watching these with your girlfriends… and maybe finding a drinking game to play while you’re at it 😂
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I personally like the classic animated version way better, but the live action version with Jim Carey is available on Netflix!
Christmas with the Kranks
I’ve never seen this one, but a bunch of you said it’s a favorite! Starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dan Aykroyd.
Let it Snow
This movie is based on a bestselling YA novel about a group of high school seniors in a small midwestern town when a snowstorm hits on Christmas Eve. I loved little baby Kiernan Shipka when she was on Mad Men, so I’m actually kind of curious to see how she is in this movie! A few of you said it was cute!
The Holiday Calendar
I watched this last year when I was in the mood for a cheesy movie and I thought it was cute! It’s about a photographer who inherits an antique Advent calendar… and of course there’s romance mixed in. DUH.
Holiday in the Wild
When Kristen Davis (from Sex & The City) finds out her husband wants a divorce, she decides to go on their 2nd honeymoon to Africa herself. She meets Rob Lowe, they save an elephant, and – I don’t want to give it away, but I’m sure you can guess what happens 😂I’m not even sure this one falls in the “so bad, it’s good” category, but if you like Rob Lowe and have always wanted to go to Africa, it’s kind of enjoyable?
Best Holiday Movies on Hulu
It’s A Wonderful Life
If you’ve never seen this movie, please watch it this Christmas. It’s a classic for a reason!
I watch The Holiday every year and I never get sick of it! It always makes me laugh how bad Cameron Diaz in contrast to how INCREDIBLE Kate Winslet is in this film – but it doesn’t even matter. It’s adorable and heartwarming and I love it.
The Santa Clause
This is another favorite of mine! I have distinct memories of watching this Tim Allen movie when I was younger – and Adam and I can both recite a lot of the lines by heart 😂 So good!
Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
While the Jim Carey version doesn’t excite me, this animated version brings me right back to my childhood! If you have kids, or nieces/nephews, you have to watch this with them!
A Christmas Story
I’ll admit, A Christmas Story isn’t at the top of my personal list – but I can’t deny that there are some iconic moments. When Schwartz gets his tongue stuck on the frozen pole, Ralphie’s bunny onesie, the leg lamp… it’s pretty funny.
Same Time, Next Christmas
I just watched this new Lea Michele movie last week and it was definitely one of those “so bad, it’s good” movies. Basically, Lea has been going to Hawaii with her family every Christmas since she was very young, and that’s where she met and fell in love with Jeff (played by Charles Michael Davis from Younger!). After a family tragedy, Jeff stopped going to Hawaii – but then he shows up again! Sparks fly! But there are other significant others involved! Will they ever get together?! 😜
No Sleep Til Christmas
I haven’t seen this yet, but one of you said it’s “corny but good” – and clearly, I’m here for that. It also stars Dave Annable from Brothers & Sisters (remember that show?).
The Night Before
I haven’t seen this yet, but it sounds like it’s a silly comedy about Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie behaving badly on Christmas Eve.
Best Holiday Movies on Disney+
Out of all the new holiday movies out there, this is definitely the most fun! Anna Kendrick is adorable, Bill Hader is hilarious, and Billy Eichner is in it, too!! I loved every minute of it, and then watched it again with Adam a few days later. Highly recommend!
I mean… duh. This childhood classic has stood the test of time in a major way.
Home Alone 2
Unpopular opinion, but I like Home Alone 2 even better than the first one! Maybe it’s because I lived in New York and I love seeing Central Park and the Upper West Side? No matter which one you like best, we can all agree that they’re both great.
The Santa Clause
In case you don’t have Hulu, you can watch this on Disney+, too!
Miracle on 34th Street
I haven’t seen this movie in YEARS, so I’m really excited to watch it again this Christmas!
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Remember when Michael Caine was Scrooge in a version of The Christmas Carol with the muppets?? That happened! Definitely rewatching this over the next few weeks.
And just in case you don’t mind paying a small rental fee, you can rent a lot of favorites through Amazon Prime! Here are the best ones:
Did I miss any of your favorites?
Let us know in the comments!!