The holidays are upon us, which means either happy family reunions or dreaded family reunions. Either way, you’ll need some party fun to throw in the background while the turkey burns in the oven and your uncle drinks all the eggnog. So to help you navigate the holiday season, here are 10 Christmas movies you can stream live right now. You’re welcome.
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It’s a wonderful life
It’s a wonderful life is a cold classic and arguably the perfect archetype for what a good Christmas movie should be. (Don’t worry, we also have a lot of schlocky Christmas movies on this list). George Bailey’s Journey is one for the ages and the film doesn’t shy away from the more difficult aspects of life like most contemporary holiday films. In addition, there was a super friends episode where Phoebe discovers It’s a wonderful life. What more can you ask for? Watch it on Amazon.
The nightmare before Christmas
The Beauty of Tim Burton The nightmare before Christmas is that it allows you to connect Halloween and the holiday season all in one. Leave it to Burton to perfectly combine both sweetness and spookiness into one delicious feature. Fortunately, this is the rare movie that can be enjoyed by all ages. Children, parents and grandparents are therefore welcome. Watch it on Disney +.
Kurt Russell is such a great Santa that one wonders why the job was given to Tim Allen in the first place. According to Netflix data, 20 million households watched this movie in its first week of release in 2018. Not too shabby. Obviously, the streamer was impressed as he just released a sequel this week. There is your dual vacation functionality here. Watch it on Netflix.
The Polar Express
Yes, the entertainment is a bit wobbly and makes you feel like you’ve fallen into the strange valley. But that doesn’t completely contradict what it’s an otherwise heartwarming story of a young boy boarding a magical train bound for the North Pole. Plus, Tom Hanks is in it and he’s the physical Hollywood embodiment of the Christmas spirit. Watch it on fuboTV.
Miracle on 34th Street
All of you young whippersnappers need to get over your fear of the old movies. (The same goes for anyone who doesn’t want to read the subtitles). Miracle on 34th Street is an easy introduction to an earlier era of wonderful cinema. Little Susan Walker doesn’t know whether Santa Claus exists or not, so Gentleman Kris Kringle helps her find the truth. It will make you feel like a child again. Watch it on Disney +.
No matter if Die hard is a summer blockbuster, the whole plot revolves around Christmas. We claim it as a holiday movie and we don’t care what other people think. Die hard is easily one of the three best action movies ever made and is the perfect entertainment to pair with your holiday ham. Watch it on Crackle.
Alone at home
Who would win in a fight: Thanos or Kevin McCallister with 24 hours to prepare his Jigsaw-esque house bomb? The world might never know. But we do know that Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern don’t stand a chance against this evil genius wonder. Watch it on Disney +.
How the Grinch stole Christmas
Jim Carey in full Jim Carey for the holidays. You must adore it. As Hollywood studios insist on relaunching intellectual property that audiences have shown they don’t care about (sorry, Peter Pan), The Grinch continues to roll as a hit for Universal. Watch it on Netflix.
Love in fact
Screenwriter Richard Curtis is a romcom titan with an Oscar nomination to his name, which makes Love in fact something of a, uh, special entry among his filmography. But we know this movie has its strong supporters, so go ahead, crazy kids. Watch it on Amazon.
Netflix’s recent steamy romantic comedy Holidate is a decidedly unsafe type of original for work, so we doubt you’d want to return that bad boy with all of your extended family. But if you’re all very close and don’t mind the naughty toilet humor, you can enjoy a year of vacation with this one. Watch it on Netflix.
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