December is the time of festive parties and fun seasonal activities. One of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit is by watching Christmas movies. We̵
Every movie in our list is available to watch, but on different streaming services. They may be available through a service you have already subscribed to or through another service such as rental or purchase. Since everyone has a unique combination of streaming services at their disposal, we have provided a general link to a site called JustWatch for each movie. This site lists every platform on which a movie can be streamed or rented, so you can easily find the viewing solution that works best for you.
After distinguishing himself as the worst student of the Post Academy, Jesper is sent to Smeerensburg, a small island above the Arctic Circle, to set up a post office. Here he comes face to face with the unfriendly inhabitants of the city, who do not talk to anyone or even write letters. Just as he is about to give up his mission, Jesper encounters a local teacher and a mysterious carpenter, and the three team up to bring friendship and laughter back to the city.
This horror comedy film is inspired by the ancient legend of Krampus, a pagan creature who punishes the non-believers of Christmas. A young boy who becomes disillusioned with Christmas accidentally summons the mischievous demon to his dysfunctional home, where a festive hell breaks loose.
3. Home alone
After accidentally abandoned on a family vacation for Christmas, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister tries to make the most of it. However, he soon finds out that he will have to defend his home against the attacks of half-incompetent burglars. This light-hearted film and its Rube Goldberg-ian antics have made it a popular family-friendly classic.
Aww, it’s so cute – just don’t feed it after midnight! This thrilling creature feature centers around Billy Peltzer, who gets a strange, albeit cute, pet named Gizmo at Christmas. But after accidentally breaking one of the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, Billy must deal with the horde of gremlins taking over his town.
5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Griswolds prepare for a family Christmas gathering, but things soon start to go wrong with Clark, his wife Ellen and their children. Clark tries to shake things off and focuses on the fun Christmas bonus he’s about to receive, but his bad luck only gets worse with the addition of nasty family members and other mishaps.
6. Jingle all the way
Nothing is more American than fighting with perfect strangers over toys during the Christmas shopping season. At times, the battle can get so intense that even the Terminator … that is, Howard Langston, can’t beat the crazy crowds. Howard is always busy at work and misses his son’s karate match. He tries to make up for it by giving his son the action figure he wants as a Christmas present, but it’s sold out everywhere. What effort will he go to to get his mitts to match the popular action figure?
7. Die hard
NYPD agent John McClane tries to reconcile with his estranged wife at her Christmas party, but his attention is quickly redirected after the entire building is shut down by a group of terrorists. McClane then realizes it’s up to him to save the day. Yippie!
Buddy – a normal-sized human – falls into Santa’s gift bag on Christmas Eve as a child and is teleported to the North Pole. Here he grows up and works as one of Santa’s toy makers. He’s happy as a shellfish until he feels like he doesn’t match. One day he decides to go to Manhattan to find his biological father, a workaholic publisher, and start a new life there. And even though his dad is put off by Buddy’s sweet optimism, we just love it!
9. A Christmas story
Check out this one – I dare you thrice! Christmas is fast approaching and all nine-year-old Ralphie wants is a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range air rifle. But to Ralphie’s dismay, his Christmas dream is rejected by his mother, his teacher, and even Santa, who all warn him, “You’ll blow your eyes out.” Does his Christmas wish come true after all?
10. The year without Santa
This stop-motion wonder from Rankin-Bass is a Christmas classic that pretty much everyone has seen, but it’s still worth revisiting. Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, Santa Claus decides to skip Christmas for a year in favor of a holiday. Mrs. Claus and two elves try to figure out where the cheer of the season went and what needs to be done to wake it up again.
The recently released Fat man follows a rowdy and, shall we say unorthodox, Santa fighting to save his dwindling business. Meanwhile, a precocious and (probably) evil 12-year-old named Billy has hired a hit man to take out uh … Santa after getting a lump of coal in his Christmas stocking.
12. The nightmare before Christmas
Is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? Nobody knows. All we know is that it’s great and some people love to watch it around Christmas, so it made our list. Tim Burton’s classic follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, who stumbles into Christmas Town and decides to kidnap Santa. He then tries to bring Christmas to Halloween Town to shake things up, but things just don’t quite go as planned.
13. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Last but not least is this beloved Christmas classic that has entertained families for decades. The light-hearted cartoon follows Charlie Brown, who complains about the materialism he sees during the Christmas season. Lucy suggests he should become the director of the upcoming school Christmas competition, an effort that comes with difficulties, especially when the Christmas tree falls. Charlie Brown, in turn, must go to Linus for help.
JustWatch currently has no listing for this movie, but the Peanuts properties were recently taken over by AppleTV +, so you can watch it there if you sign up for the service. However, you can watch it for free on the service from December 11 to 13.