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These are the best Christmas movies on Netflix and Co.

Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ are also shining with a Christmas glow, treating us to movies that will get us in the festive spirit before Christmas Eve. Here are NextPit’s picks for the best Christmas movies on the major streaming platforms.

You’ve just trudged home through the snow with your Christmas tree under your arm, stirred the extra-large amount of mulled wine, and are about to ceremoniously decorate the tree. What do you do then to take the pre-Christmas spirit to the extreme? That’s right, you watch a nice Christmas movie with your loved ones.

Sure, thanks to Netflix and the like, there’s an overabundance of Christmas-themed flicks to do just that. But that’s exactly why it takes someone to curate the best movies for you and give you an all-around happy package. That’s why I’ve watched heaps of trailers, pored over best lists, and memorized Rotten Tomatoes’ Top 65 – only to throw all the recommendations to the wind and present to you here now a very, very subjective list of our favorite Christmas movies.

Where can you watch the movies?

You’ll find movies that you can usually stream on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney+. After all, it does us all no good if I suggest the most wonderful Christmas movie, and we can’t stream it anywhere, right? So don’t be surprised if, for example, a classic like It’s A Wonderful Life isn’t mentioned – you just can’t stream it at the moment, unfortunately, only rent or buy it*.

Some movies are available on one of the mentioned platforms, but not always in every country. In these cases, I’ll give you alternatives on how else you can get the movie.

PS: If you haven’t signed up for any of the streaming services, you can frequently take a trial month first. Click here for the subscriptions:

But enough blabbering: here are what we think are the best Christmas movies you can stream this year. Shimmy through the whole article, or jump straight to the movie you want to see to find out which platform you can watch it on:

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Up for some Christmas spirit? Then let’s do it / © Roman Samborskyi /

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Does anything really need to be said about this John Hughes classic from…. Wait a minute, that’s how I started with the last movie too. Home Alone was not only the absolute hit in 1990 but also spawned a franchise that received its sixth movie in 2021.

So long before leading man Macaulay Culkin (did anyone ever get that name right without copy/pasting?) took refuge in drugs and alcohol, here he is finding that his family has forgotten him at home (alone). Okay, you probably know the story anyway, right? Anyway, it’s one of those movies you can watch again and again, especially at Christmas. Currently, you can do that if you drop by Disney+. The fun goes 103 minutes and is rated for kids older than 12 years.

Die Hard

Oh, how I love the old Muppets movies! This one dates back to 1992, so it’s almost 30 years old. The original is even older, as the story is based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens from 1843. The old miser Scrooge is played by a human actor, but most of the other roles are played by the Henson puppets Kermit, Miss Piggy, and many more.

Also inspired by Dickens’ Christmas story: Antoine’s A very techie Christmas story

Scrooge is also chastened by the three ghosts in this version, which has no age restrictions and is therefore completely family-friendly. So the Muppet version of this classic is definitely based on the original, although the whole Muppet gang makes for a delightful amount of chaos, as you can imagine. You can also find this beautiful but with 82 minutes quite short film at Disney+.

The Christmas Chronicles – Netflix

The Christmas Chronicles is from 2018, so it’s still pretty fresh. It premiered on Netflix at the time and – surprise, surprise – can therefore still be found on the streaming platform today. Reviews have been somewhat split on this film. There are those who can not do anything with it at all, while others were enthusiastic.

Since Netflix cannot avoid its share of really crappy Christmas productions, this is certainly still one of the more recommendable. Basically, the movie is worth it just to see Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, who is clearly cooler than most movie Santa’s before him. If you like the 94-minute flick, you can even find a second installment on Netflix, directed by the legendary Chris Columbus.

With that, we’re through with our very subjective top ten best Christmas movies you can currently find on the major streaming platforms. Care to let us know in the comments which are your top movies for Christmas? I would love to hear!

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