The 72 Best Holiday Movies You Can Stream Right Now
O come, all ye Christmas lovers who are scouring the internet for holiday movies to watch this season. Whether you’re searching for a kid-friendly classic to enjoy with the family or a festive rom-com to give you all the feels (oh hey, Serendipity), it never hurts to have a variety of options. So, after you’ve finished baking those holiday cookies and trimming the tree, get your most festive pajamas and prepare to be entertained with these 72 holiday movies, from Home Alone to Four Christmases.
1. ‘Elf’ (2003)
Who’s in it: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, James Caan
What it’s about: A man who was raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop ventures out to New York City in search of his real father. But when they finally reunite, chaos and hilarity ensue.
2. ‘Noelle’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader
What it’s about: Santa's daughter must take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the Santa role, decides he doesn’t want the job. Who knew Santa had kids?
4. ‘Mixed Nuts’ (1994)
Who’s in it: Steve Martin, Caroline Aaron, Rob Reiner, Juliette Lewis
What it’s about: On Christmas Eve, Philip, who runs a crisis hotline, learns that he and his team are getting evicted from their office. Things get even more complicated when he has to deal with a coworker who has feelings for him, a dancing crossdresser and a penniless mother-to-be.
5. ‘A Christmas Detour’ (2015)
Who’s in it: Candace Cameron-Bure, Sarah Strange, David Lewis, Marcus Rosner
What it’s about: Paige Summerlind is stoked to see her fiancé and future in-laws for the holidays. But when her flight gets detoured, she meets a bitter bartender who has lost all hope in finding love. That quickly changes after they start to bond—and Paige begins to have second thoughts about her upcoming wedding.
6. ‘Let It Snow’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Isabela Merced, Kiernan Shipka, Mitchell Hope, Odeya Rush, Shameik Moore
What it’s about: Based on the book by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow follows a group of high school seniors whose lives intersect after a snowstorm hits their small town on Christmas Eve. Mysterious encounters, budding romances and impromptu parties ensue.
7. ‘Black Nativity’ (2013)
Who’s in it: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige
What it’s about: Based on Langston Hughes' play of the same name, the musical drama film follows a young teenager who travels to New York City to spend the holidays with his estranged family.
8. ‘HOLIDAY IN THE WILD’ (2019)
Who's in it: Kristin Davis, Rob Lowe
What it's about: After her husband suddenly ends their relationship, Kate Conrad goes to Africa for a solo safari. She meets Derek Holliston and works with him to rescue a baby elephant, and when she extends her stay throughout the holidays, she realizes she might be falling for her new partner in crime.
10. ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ (1970)
Who’s in it: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn
What it’s about: Through the narration of a mailman, this film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. He tells the tale of a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (yes, those Kringles). When Kris grows up, he wants to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown but is faced with obstacles that make the task (almost) impossible.
11. ‘Fred Claus’ (2007)
Who’s in it: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, John Michael Higgins
What it’s about: Meet Fred Claus, the troublemaking brother of Santa Claus. When his crimes finally catch up to him, Santa bails him out and has him work at the North Pole to pay off his debts, but this only creates more chaos for St. Nick.
12. ‘The Polar Express’ (2004)
Who’s in it: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye
What it’s about: Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book, a young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. After meeting some friends along the way (and the big man himself), he quickly learns that the magic of Christmas comes to those who believe.
13. ‘Home Alone’ (1990)
Who’s in it: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara
What it’s about: After 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family vacation to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. When he’s accidentally left (you guessed it) home alone by his family the next day, he’s happy to have the house to himself. However, it’s not long before he must protect his family’s house from a pair of evil (and clumsy) burglars.
14. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993)
Who’s in it: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey
What it’s about: Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, has become bored with the spooky holiday (we can’t relate). One day he stumbles into Christmas Town and becomes so infatuated with the idea of Christmas that he decides to create his own version.
15. ‘I'll Be Home For Christmas’ (1998)
Who’s in it: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam Lavorgna
What it’s about: In this delightfully cheesy holiday film, one teenager gets himself into a pickle when he’s kidnapped by some high school bullies while on his way home for Christmas.
16. ‘Jingle All the Way’ (1996)
Who’s in it: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson
What it’s about: A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them (of course), and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one. A friendly reminder to get your shopping done early.
17. ‘GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER’ (2000)
Who’s in it? Elmo Shropshire, Michele Lee, Susan Blu, Alex Doduk
What’s it about? Jake is already having a rough Christmas Eve, but when his grandmother gets lost in the cold it takes a turn for the worse. While looking for her, he’s discovered that she’s been the victim of a hit-and-run. Soon enough, he realizes that the one and only Santa Claus might be responsible.
18. ‘Love Actually’ (2003)
What it’s about: Even if you’ve already watched it a dozen times, this classic rom-com never gets old. Love Actually follows eight different couples as they navigate the holiday chaos before Christmas.
19. ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000)
Who’s in it: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski
What it’s about: Carrey stars as the bitter and antisocial Grinch who absolutely hates Christmas. When he embarks on a mission to stop the festivities by stealing holiday gifts and decor, he discovers that there’s more to the popular holiday than toys, trees and colorful decorations.
20. ‘The Knight Before Christmas’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Harry Jarvis
What it’s about: When a medieval knight, Sir Cole, is magically transported to modern-day Ohio during the holidays, he meets and quickly befriends a science teacher named Brooke. After Brooke spends time helping him navigate this new world, Sir Cole falls for her and feels less inclined to return home.
21. ‘Klaus’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
What it’s about: When postman Jesper is given an ultimatum to either start a post office in the Arctic Circle or be cut off from the family’s fortune, he’s ready to quit. However, after he meets teacher Alva, the duo soon forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious carpenter who lives in a cabin full of handmade toys. Together, they bring the holiday spirit to a dreary town that needs it most.
22. ‘A Bride for Christmas’ (2012)
Who’s in it: Arielle Kebbel, Andrew Walker, Sage Brocklebank
What it’s about: In this Christmas version of She’s All That, Jessie is convinced that she may have finally found the one after calling off three previous engagements. But little does she know that her charming new partner is with her as part of a bet to get engaged by Christmas.
23. ‘Coming Home for Christmas’ (2017)
Who’s in it: Danica McKellar, Neal Bledose, Andrew Francis, Lindsay Maxwell
What it’s about: McKellar (aka Winnie from The Wonder Years) stars as Lizzie Richfield, who finds herself in a complicated love triangle after she lands a job as a house manager for the Ashford Estate. Even worse, planning a Christmas Eve gala for the owners (aka the most dysfunctional family ever) proves to be a big challenge.
24. ‘Ernest Saves Christmas’ (1988)
Who’s in it: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark
What it’s about: It’s a Christmas emergency: Santa Claus needs a successor and the accident-prone Ernest is just the man to help him out. Or not.
25. ‘The Princess Switch’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
What it’s about: Think The Parent Trap, but with a modern-day twist and a bit of holiday cheer. Hudgens stars as the talented baker, Stacy DeNovo, and her royal doppelgänger, Margaret Delacourt. When the two discover that they look exactly alike, they come up with a clever plan to trade places during the holidays.
26. ‘A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Laura Marano, Gregg Sulkin, Isabella Gomez
What it’s about: There’s a mean stepmother and a couple of evil stepsisters in this Netflix film about an aspiring singer who works as an elf at a Christmas tree lot. One day, she suddenly has a change of luck.
27. ‘Christmas Cupid’ (2010)
Who’s in it: Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, Chad Michael Murray
What it’s about: A Los Angeles publicist is forced to reconsider her life choices when she is visited by the ghosts of her ex-boyfriends on the eve of Christmas.
28. ‘Angela’s Christmas’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Lucy O'Connell, Ruth Negga, Malachy McCourt
What it’s about: The Irish-Canadian short film is just 30 minutes long, but it packs more than enough humor and poignant scenes. Based on Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, the movie follows little Angela, who’s greatest desire is to help everyone else enjoy the holiday.
29. ‘This Christmas’ (2007)
What it’s about: Join the Whitfields as they gather together to celebrate Christmas for the first time in over four years (cue the epic one-liners and awkward family moments).
30. ‘One Christmas Wish’ (2015)
Who’s in it: Amber Riley, Matreya Fedor, Priscilla Faia
What it’s about: Feeling a bit lonely around the holidays, a young college student places an ad out in the paper to find a family to celebrate Christmas with. Oh, and did we mention it’s also a musical?
31. ‘Almost Christmas’ (2016)
Who’s in it: Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, Mo’Nique
What it’s about: Almost Christmas centers on a dysfunctional family that celebrates their first Christmas together after the family matriarch’s unfortunate passing.
32. ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ (1982)
Who’s in it: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
What’s it about: Set one year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City—and the same burglars are still out to get him.
33. ‘Christmas in the Smokies’ (2015)
Who’s in it: Sarah Lancaster, Alan Powell, Jill Wagner
What it’s about: During the holiday season, Shelby Haygood is determined to save her family’s berry farm, going as far as to seek the help of her dreamy country star ex-boyfriend in the process.
34. ‘His and Her Christmas’ (2005)
Who’s in it: Dina Meyer, David Sutcliffe, Alexia Fast
What it’s about: A bitter feud turns into a sweet romance when two rival star journalists meet each other for the first time. Meyer and Sutcliffe star as the main couple, Liz Madison and Tom Lane.
35. ‘Santa Claws’ (2014)
Who’s in it: Ezra James Colbert, Nicola Lambo, John P. Fowler (voices)
What it’s about: In this silly yet adorable film, Santa has an allergic reaction to a gift sack of stowaway cats. To save Christmas, the kitties have to figure out a way to deliver all of his presents on their own.
36. ‘Puppy Star Christmas’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Kaitlyn Maher, Mackenzie Sol, Makenzie Moss, David DeLuise
What it’s about: You can enjoy a festive film and get your puppy fix with this adorable classic. After discovering that a rival team plans to ruin Christmas, a group of dogs travels to the North Pole and attempts to save the world’s holiday spirit.
37. ‘The Christmas Project’ (2016)
Who’s in it: Jacob Buster, Anson Bagley, Caitlin E.J. Meyer, Caroline Labrum
What it’s about: A writer recalls his most memorable Christmas as a child: when he and his brothers were forced to deliver presents to their bullies. But as the siblings try to get even, they eventually learn the importance of kindness.
38. ‘Holiday Rush’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Romany Malco, Sonequa Martin-Green, La La Anthony
What it’s about: After spoiling his kids with pricey holiday gifts, DJ Rush Williams finds himself between a rock and a hard place when he suddenly loses his job. In order to keep pursuing his passion, he realizes that he’ll have to sacrifice his family’s luxurious lifestyle for something much simpler.
39. ‘Frozen’ (2013)
Who’s in it: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
What it’s about: Yes, we absolutely consider this a Christmas movie (even though we watch it all year round). The popular Disney flick follows Anna and her pals to save their home from the infinite winter caused by the queen, who just so happens to be her sister. Plus, there’s also a sequel you can watch right after.
40. ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ (2015)
Who’s in it: Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky
What it’s about: In the movie, a young lawyer, Kate, tries to get an old inn appraised and sold. But things get rather complicated when she learns that the ghost of a handsome man, Daniel, has been haunting the bed and breakfast every year around Christmas time.
41. ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman
What it’s about: When she receives the gift of a locked egg box on Christmas Eve, Clara embarks on a magical journey to try and retrieve its key. This family-friendly film will definitely be a hit with the kids.
42. ‘Jack Frost’ (1998)
Who’s in it: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy
What it’s about: A father who can't keep his promises to his son dies in a car accident. But one year later, he's back as, um, a snowman. Now that they can do all the things they've missed when Jack was human, can he make things right with his son before he's gone forever?
43. ‘White Christmas’ (1954)
Who’s in it: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
What it’s about: For a real-deal Christmas classic, look no further than the one filmed specifically around Bing Crosby’s hall-of-fame holiday tune. It’s about a song-and-dance duo that takes their show on the road to Vermont. Plus, it stars George Clooney’s aunt, Rosemary Clooney.
44. ‘Christmas in Conway’ (2013)
Who’s in it: Andy Garcia, Mary-Louise Parker, Mandy Moore
What it’s about: For Christmas, Duncan wants to give his hospital-bound wife a gift that she’ll never forget, and he comes up with a brilliant idea—a Ferris wheel ride in their own backyard. Garcia plays Duncan, Parker plays his wife Suzy and Moore plays her hospice nurse, Natalie.
45. ‘A Christmas Carol’ (2009)
Who’s in it: Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara (voices)
What it’s about: A grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge is not happy when he is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who take him through his past to reveal that his miserable way of living is, in fact, no way to live at all.
46. ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ (2017)
Who’s in it: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce
What it’s about: If you’re a huge fan of The Christmas Carol, then here’s your chance to get to know the man who created the classic tale. The Man Who Invented Christmas follows Charles Dickens and the journey that led to the making of his popular novella.
47. ‘A Christmas Prince’ (2017)
Who’s in it: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Sarah Douglas, Honor Kneafsey
What it’s about: Amber Moore, an aspiring young journalist, is sent to Aldovia to report on a charming Prince who's about to become king. But what she gets is way more than a scoop.
48. ‘The Snowman’ (1982)
Who’s in it: Raymond Briggs
What it’s about: No, Frosty isn’t the only snowman in town. This gentle adventure tale is based on the book by Raymond Briggs and follows a boy who builds a snowman—that comes to life—after the family pet passes away. This one has very little dialogue and a short running time (just 26 minutes), which makes it ideal to watch with the younger kiddies.
49. ‘Arthur Christmas’ (2011)
Who’s in it: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent
What it’s about: Ever wonder how Santa delivers presents to every single child in just one night? According to this film, he does so with a high-tech operation in the North Pole. Unfortunately, this year, Santa missed one child (yikes) and he enlists the help of his clumsy son Arthur to make things right.
50. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946)
Who’s in it: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
What it’s about: When George Bailey wishes aloud that he had never been born, an angel appears to show him exactly how life would be without him.
52. ‘The Holiday Calendar’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ron Cephas Jones
What it’s about: Abby Sutton, a struggling photographer, inherits an Advent calendar from her grandfather and discovers that it has magical qualities—and that it just might lead her to Mr. Right.
53. ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis
What it’s about: Sister-brother duo Kate and Teddy are determined to catch Santa Claus on camera. However, their mission soon turns into a wild adventure that involves Santa’s loyal Elves. (FYI, part two will be available to stream on Nov. 25!)
54. ‘Serendipity’ (2001)
Who’s in it: Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Eugene Levy
What it’s about: Jonathan and Sara are attracted to each other from the moment they first meet, but after experiencing what seems to be a bad omen, they separate in hopes that fate will eventually bring them back together. (FYI, Cusack and Beckinsale have the best chemistry.)
56. ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ (2004)
Who’s in it: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
What it’s about: With their daughter away, the Krank family decides to opt out of Christmas altogether (to their neighbor’s dismay). But when she decides to come home, chaos ensues as they try to figure out how to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.
57. ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ (1992)
Who’s in it: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
What it’s about: Another adaptation of A Christmas Carol, this time reimagined by a set of beloved characters—aka the Muppets. This feature-length film also includes original songs, so be prepared for them to be stuck in your (and your family’s) head all day.
58. ‘National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation’ (1989)
Who’s in it: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis
What it’s about: In the third edition of the National Lampoon series, the Griswold family’s plan for a Christmas vacation quickly turn into a chaotic disaster. This one's worth a watch for the barrel of laughs, plus in order to inspire us to go all out with the Christmas decorations.
59. ‘Christmas at Graceland’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown, Tamara Austin
What it’s about: When Laurel crosses paths with her old flame, a music promoter who’s now spearheading Graceland’s Christmas Show, she revisits her own musical past in hopes of continuing her singing career.
60. ‘A Cinderella Christmas’ (2016)
Who’s in it: Emma Rigby, Peter Porte, Sarah Stouffer
What it’s about: The only thing better than a fairy tale remake is a Christmas fairy tale remake. After Angie dances with Nikolaus at the Christmasquerade Ball, she suddenly leaves, and Nicholas has no choice but to find her with the help of a single clue.
61. ‘Santa Girl’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Jennifer Stone, Devon Werkheiser
What it’s about: Santa Claus' only daughter is being forced to marry Jack Frost, a guy she has never met, before she takes up the family business. But before her time runs out, she decides to experience the real world and attend college with her loyal elf, Cassie Claus.
62. ‘The Santa Clause’ (1994)
Who’s in it: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd
What it’s about: It’s Tim Allen (again) at his finest. When he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, he’s transported to the North Pole to assume the role before the following Christmas arrives, much to the delight of his son.
63. ‘Christmas Belle’ (2013)
Who’s in it: Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Famiglietti
What it’s about: Right before Christmas, Belle travels on business to handle the estate sale of a mansion. Her client, Hunter, isn’t the easiest person to work with, but as they spend more time together, Belle learns that there’s a lot more to him than his tough demeanor.
64. ‘Christmas with a View’ (2018)
Who’s in it: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Vivica A. Fox
What it’s about: Clara, a ski resort restaurant manager, is initially put off by her new celebrity boss and head chef, Shane. But as they spend more time together, they start to develop feelings for one another.
65. ‘The Last Holiday’ (2006)
Who’s in it: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt
What it’s about: Latifah is the shy and soft-spoken Georgia Byrd, who, after learning that she has a terminal illness, decides to make the most out of the time she has left. In the process, she strikes up a romance with her co-worker and longtime crush, Sean Williams.
66. ‘The Family Stone’ (2005)
Who’s in it: Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams
What it’s about: The movie follows Meredith Morton, an uptight, conservative businesswoman who struggles to bond with her boyfriend’s relatives during the holiday season.
67. ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947)
Who’s in it: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart
What it’s about: Kris Kringle steps in to replace a drunken Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and people love him—that is, until he starts going around town claiming to be the real deal. A young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is, in fact, real.
68. ‘A Christmas Story’ (1983)
Who’s in it: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
What it’s about: A young boy named Ralphie attempts (and fails numerous times) to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Heartwarmingly nostalgic and seriously funny, there’s a reason TBS plays this film commercial-free for 24 hours straight every Christmas.
69. ‘Nothing Like the Holidays’ (2008)
Who’s in it: John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodriguez
What it’s about: The Rodriguez family gather together to celebrate Christmas with their parents, but it turns out to be far from smooth—especially when the family matriarch, Anna, announces that she plans to divorce her husband.
70. ‘A Very Merry Mix Up’ (2013)
Who’s in it: Alicia Witt, Mark Wiebe, Scott Gibson
What it’s about: When Alice sets out to meet her future in-laws for the first time, things go haywire when she loses her luggage and breaks her phone. As a result, she ends up at the wrong home—only realizing her mistake after she successfully bonds with the entire family (and their bachelor son).
71. ‘Cup Of Cheer’ (2020)
Who’s in it: Storm Steenson, Alexander Oliver, Liam Marshall
What it’s about: Imagine the cheesiest, most predictable holiday romance movie—but with a comedic twist. In this Canadian film, a journalist named Mary visits a small town for the holidays and falls for the most unlikely person.
72. ‘One Magic Christmas’
Who’s in it: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton
What it’s about: A guardian angel must help a young mother, Ginny Grainger, understand the true meaning of Christmas, with the help of her six-year-old daughter, Abbie.