Looking for ways to get in the holiday spirit this year? There are tons of holiday activities you and your family can do together, like baking cookies, seeing Christmas lights, etc. However, it’s pretty chilly outside… why not curl up on the couch and watch holiday movies together? With streaming services on your smartphone, tablet, or TV, it’s easier than ever to get cozy and put on a feel-good Christmas movie.
Here are our top 8 holiday movies and shows that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
This family-friendly comedy is about Kris Kringle’s daughter, Noelle and her brother, Nick. Nick is taking over as Santa Claus this Christmas, but he has majorly struggled to learn the ropes. Just as Nick is about to snap like a candy cane under the pressure, Noelle suggests taking a break and clear his head. However, he takes her advice a little too literally and doesn’t come back. Now it’s up to Noelle and Elf Polly to bring her brother back in time to save Christmas.
Home Alone is one of those classic holiday movies everyone should see. It's about Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who gets accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation. Kevin is excited to have the house to himself until two clumsy burglars try and break in, forcing him to get creative and find sneaky ways to defend the house. Released in 1990, this beloved holiday movie stands the test of time.
The Knight Before Christmas on Netflix
This new Netflix original stars High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, who plays a jaded high school science teacher. She’s always dreamed of her knight in shining armor but has given up hope that her fantasy will ever come true. However, when she runs into-literally-a man who claims to be a 14th-century knight, everything she thought she knew about love gets thrown out the window. This feel-good romantic comedy is the perfect movie to make you feel the warm-and-fuzzies.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Netflix
The Jim Carrey remake of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a goofy, heart-warming film that will make your heart grow three sizes. The grumpy, green, and furry Grinch lives on the outskirts of Whoville and dreads the Christmas season so much, he wants to ruin it for everyone in Whoville. When he meets six-year-old Cindy Lou Who in town one day, he has no idea his perspective on Christmas is about to change for the better. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of those holiday movies that's sure to warm your heart and remind you what the Christmas season is all about.
Christmas Vacation is another holiday staple that follows the comical lives of the Griswold family. With Christmas just a few weeks away, they’re feeling the pressure. But, no matter what, Clark Griswold is determined to have a “fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.” After uprooting a Christmas tree, creating a citywide power shortage, and being paid a not-so-friendly visit from the SWAT team, it’s one unfortunate but hilarious situation after another. Luckily, Clark’s wish for a fun family Christmas comes true in the end.
Buddy is a human who had no idea he was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves… until he finds out his biological father, who lives in New York City, is on the naughty list this year. He immediately leaves the North Pole to find his real dad and redeem him before it’s too late, spreading Christmas cheer to the cynical residents of New York along the way. It’s a bumpy ride for Buddy in the city, but he finds true love, a new family, and the Christmas spirit in the end.
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Albert on Hulu
If you’re looking for an animated, kid-friendly holiday movie, check out the movie Albert. Albert is a little Douglas fir tree who loves Christmas more than anything. He always wanted to be Empire City’s most famous Christmas tree, so he hits the road with his two best friends to follow his dreams. Though they run into some road bumps on the way, Albert and his friends learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Cookie Challenge on Hulu
Looking for a fun TV show to watch during the holidays instead of a movie? Check out the Christmas Cookie Challenge, where five bakers compete against each other to create the best Christmas cookies in the country. Each round focuses on a different theme, and the tasty treats are judged based on taste and creativity. Only one baker can take home the $10,000 prize, so the heat is on!
Now that you have some ideas, kick back with a cup of hot cocoa, relax, and enjoy the show! Happy holidays!