Not enough holiday cheer on TV? We have a complete guide to streaming Christmas movies right here for you!
So, maybe there isn’t enough Christmas and holiday programming on TV for your liking. We get it. You can’t be stuck at the mercy of broadcasters and cable networks all the time, not when there are so many Christmas movies to watch, right?
Well, because we’re a little crazy, we’re working on an index of every Christmas movie and other piece of seasonally appropriate holiday-themed film available on various streaming services. Just bookmark this page, scroll on through the alphabetical list, hit the links, and it can be Christmas whenever you need it to be! And if you spot some stuff that we missed, just let us know in the comments and we’ll see about getting it all added for you.
So, here’s how this works. We’ve got our own top picks right up at the top here, but you don’t have to take our word for it. After that, we have the complete list of everything out there!
Bad Santa (2003)
Naughty boys and girls get lumps of coal at Christmastime, but what does a naughty Santa get? Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa packs extra holiday glutton, binging on sex and drugs, all while plotting to loot merchandise with Santa’s unforgettable mischievous little helper, played by Tony Cox.
Holiday season pessimists be wary: What looks like a middle finger to Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and the endless stream of ABC Family fluff may have more heart to it than it lets on.
The Holiday (2006)
What is it about Christmas and romance that goes hand in hand? Maybe it’s the eggnog or the entrancing peacefulness of falling snow. Whatever the reason, the holidays are a wonderful time to get in touch with your sensitive side. In other words the holidays are a good time to watch The Holiday.
The Holiday is a conventional, yet enchanting romantic comedy about two women, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet (their characters technically have name but just call them Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) who decide to swap homes for their Christmas holiday. Winslet heads to Los Angeles and Diaz heads to Surrey, England. While in their new lives, each woman learns to love their new surroundings and perhaps also some new dudes.
You know what you need? A movie about Santa’s opposite number. The mythical creature who rounds up naughty children during the Christmas season is the focus of this flick from director Michael Dougherty (who we will always love for Trick r’ Treat).
Krampus isn’t exactly a holiday classic, but it sure is a lot of fun, with some clever scares that will have you adding extra fortification to your eggnog. It’s PG-13, so the horror is almost family friendly. Almost.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppet Christmas Carol is not only an excellent (possibly even the best) Muppet movie, it’s also a remarkable adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, and one that deserves to stand alongside Alastair Sim or Albert Finney or any of the more “traditional” versions.
Michael Caine is magnificent as Scrooge, playing the role absolutely straight despite the fact that virtually all of his co-stars are made of felt. Throw in some songs guaranteed to make you misty-eyed for good measure, and you’ve got an absolute classic for the ages.
White Christmas (1954)
There is no overstating how powerful an impact Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” single had on the American boys fighting in World War II. Giving the G.I.s a taste of home and peace during the darkest moments of their life, it remains still the quintessential Christmas melody in American life. So even if it was technically part of a fine Christmas movie already, Holiday Inn (1942) to be exact, doesn’t mean Hollywood couldn’t return to that well again.
And so they did with White Christmas (1954), a heartstring-tugging comedy that directly acknowledges the song’s role in World War II by recasting Crosby as a war vet who has toured the country with Danny Kaye, but now wants to spend Christmas in the snow with a lovely sister act (Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen). Along the way, they perform some of the most memorable and beloved musical numbers in classic Hollywood history. Cheers to that.
And here’s the complete list, just in case you don’t like our choices!
12 Dates of Christmas (2011)
Abominable Christmas (2012)
About a Boy (2002)
American Rodeo: A Cowboy Christmas (2016)
Angels in the Snow (2015)
All American Christmas Carol (2013)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Bad Santa (2003)
Back to Christmas (2014)
Beyond Christmas (1940)
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988)
Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)
Bob the Builder: Christmas to Remember (2001)
Bob the Builder: Snowed Under / The Bobblesberg Winter Games (2004)
Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
Bob’s Broken Sleigh (2015)
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special (2014)
Caillou’s Holiday Movie (2003)
Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)
The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas (2012)
Christmas, Again (2014)