This year has been incredibly challenging for all of us across the globe and the holiday season is no exception. While the holidays may look different for many of us this year, we are so thankful for the technology that allows us to video chat with loved ones and the endless streaming services (literally endless, is it just us or is there a new one popping up every month?) that provides us comfort and entertainment.
We’ve compiled the ultimate holiday streaming guides for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ and more!
Netflix Holiday Guide
Best Holiday Original: Klaus
Did you know one of the Netflix original holiday movies was nominated for an Oscar this year? That’s right! Klaus, the heartwarming Santa Claus origin story earned an Oscar nomination in 2020 for Animated Feature Film! Likewiser Levi S describes the film as “Absolutely GORGEOUS animation, just beautiful to look at. Adorable new take on Santa’s story, my mum was crying through the whole thing.”
Best Classic: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Arguably one of the best Christmas movies of all time is now streaming on Netflix! Yup, How the Grinch Stole Christmas was added this month and has been in the Top 10 Movies on Netflix U.S. ever since. Likewiser Justine says it’s “a must-see holiday movie for all ages. I watch this every year and I’m 25, it’s still hilarious!” Here’s to never growing out of our holiday favorites!
Best Holiday Romance: Dash & Lily
If cheesy holiday rom-coms are your cup of cocoa, Netflix always delivers! From the iconic A Christmas Prince trilogy to unexpected star-studded casts there is enough content to last you all 25 days of Christmas. This year the star holiday rom-com is Dash & Lily, a limited series about a whirlwind teen romance over the holidays. Likewiser Cam N says “What a great mini series for the holiday. Witty and clever writing with a diverse cast. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”
Best Family Friendly: The Christmas Chronicles Part Two
Speaking of star-studded casts, there is one Netflix original holiday franchise that is a step above the rest. Hollywood legends Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn star as Santa and Mrs. Clause in The Christmas Chronicles & the new 2020 release The Christmas Chronicles Part Two. This is the perfect holiday movie night for little ones and families of all ages that will soon become a new yearly tradition! Likewiser Jose S says, “One of my favorite Christmas movies in a long time!!”
Another must-watch Netflix holiday movie with the family is the new 2020 release, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. This whimsical holiday fantasy about an eccentric toymaker and his granddaughter is filled with magic and music! EGOT winner John Legend is a music producer on the film! Likewiser Sherri A says, “Oh I LOVED LOVED this movie. It’s a musical and a fantastic story all in one. Great family Christmas movie to watch!”
Check out our full list of Netflix’s holiday content here!
Disney+ Holiday Guide
Best Holiday Original: Noelle
Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick stars as Santa’s daughter in the Disney+ original, Noelle alongside the hilarious SNL alum, Bill Hader. Likewiser Natasha S says “A really cute new Christmas classic! I always love Anna Kendrick and this just gets you in the Christmas spirit!”
Best Classic: Home Alone
Did Christmas even happen if you didn’t watch Home Alone? All 3 Home Alone films are streaming now on Disney+! Likewiser Amanda D says “Classic holiday movie that is as great today as it was when it first came out. Great for the whole family.” Other must-watch holiday classics include Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause films, the original Miracle of 34th Street and I’ll Be Home for Christmas!
Best Holiday Romance: 12 Dates of Christmas
With a classic Groundhogs Day style rom-com troupe, 12 Dates of Christmas is sure to be a hit for the true romantic comedy fans. Likewiser Tonette D had her own Groundhog experience with this cute rom-com, “Sweet and thoughtful romance. Watched it twice in one sitting.”
Best Family Friendly: Godmothered
Isla Fisher and Jillian Bell star in this new magical Disney+ holiday treat! Godmothered is the heartwarming and hilarious story of a young fairy godmother in-training determined to prove herself by coming to the aid of a young girl who turns out to be a grown up Isla Fisher. Likewiser Wolfyboi says “I loved this movie. Great for kids and has a great message, totally recommend it.” Another Disney+ family friendly honorable mention is A Christmas Carol!
Check out our full list of Disney+’s holiday content here!
Prime Video Holiday Guide
Best Holiday Original: The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show
Album of the Year Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves’ Christmas special on Prime Video is a must watch for fans of her music. The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show has many musical guests like Camila Cabello, Zooey Deschanel, Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, James Corden and more! And if that weren’t enough, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy acts as narrator! Likewiser Becca S described the special as “whimsical and charming- I loved every minute of this!”
Best Classic: It’s a Wonderful Life
Perhaps the most beloved holiday movie of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life is streaming on Prime Video. Generation after generation have loved this heartwarming and moving tale of community, friendship and family. Likewiser Michael F says, “In my opinion this is the best Christmas movie of all time… The ending makes me cry. And I never cry.”
Best Holiday Romance: The Christmas Contract
Hilarie Burton stars in this Lifetime holiday rom-com The Christmas Contract streaming on Prime Video. It has the tried and true recipe of many successful and cheesy holiday rom-coms before it, bringing a stranger home for the holidays to pose as your significant other. Fans of One Tree Hill are going to love this mini-reunion with a handful of stars from the iconic high school drama series sprinkled throughout the film. Likewiser Maria H says, “Very cute movie! Uplifting!”
Check out our full list of Prime Video’s holiday content here!
Hulu Holiday Guide
Best Holiday Original: Happiest Season
The first LGBTQ+ holiday rom-com, Hulu’s Happiest Season, is here and it’s a must-watch this year! Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, who you may know as the star of the beloved San Junipero episode of Black Mirror, star in this hilarious film. Hollywood icons Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen also star and Schitt’s Creek fans will be happy to know Daniel Levy is the ultimate scene stealer. Likewiser Cari N says, “I honestly loved this movie. Such a wonderful story of love and the struggle of being yourself rather than what others think you should be… Great cast and wonderful acting.”
Best Classic: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Yes, we wouldn’t necessarily classify this 2017 film, The Man Who Invented Christmas a holiday classic, but the story of A Christmas Carol sure is! Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens stars as author Charles Dickens who is finding inspiration for his beloved characters like Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in his everyday life. Likewiser Meredith L describes the film as “a fun and new take on the classic tale of A Christmas Carol. Loved seeing it from the imagined perspective of the author Charles Dickens.”
Best Holiday Romance: This Christmas
If you’re looking for a fun rom-com this year, look no further than This Christmas, which is streaming on both Hulu and Netflix! Idris Elba, Regina King, Lauren London and many more round out this comedy ensemble filled with laughter and music! Likewiser Kim L says, “I love the family togetherness, plus it was very funny!”
Check out our full list of Hulu’s holiday content here!
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