Best Holiday Movies: What and Where to Stream this Season

December 5, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a Christmas movie. 

Watching a Christmas movie is something I’ve always loved to do all December long, and it’s the perfect holiday date idea for couples looking for some inspo. However, with endless Christmas movies to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one to watch. 

Aside from tuning into Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas and the Hallmark channel, here are movies that I make sure to stream during the month of December, broken down by genre and where you can watch them. 

My Favorite Holiday Classics

Home Alone

This is probably the most classic holiday movie there is and my husband and I have already watched it this holiday season. This will give you all the holiday feels and make you wish you could be a kid again on Christmas vacation, but maybe without the whole being left alone to fend for yourself while burglars terrorize you thing. Regardless, this is full of entertainment, laughs, and chaos and the perfect way to spend a December night in. 

Where To Watch: Apple TV, Disney Plus, and Prime Video 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

While many people consider the original Home Alone one of the best Christmas movies of all time, I do still love the sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. There’s something about New York City during Christmas time that always makes me feel extra festive, and this is another movie that’s super nostalgic to many of us 90s kids. 

Where To Watch: Apple TV, Disney Plus, and Prime Video 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

When it comes to classic Christmas movies, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer takes the cake. Rudolph, which was released in 1964 as a TV special, is one of my all-time favorite comfort movies–there’s something about the stop-motion puppetry that makes me so nostalgic.  

Where To Watch: Prime Video or catch it live/record on Freeform this season on December 3, 4, 21, 22, 24, or the 25th

Frosty The Snowman 

Okay, this may be a bit of a kid’s movie but in my book, it’s a classic that must be watched each holiday season. I don’t know why this just is one of those easy-to-watch, happy movies that gives you all that nostalgia for being a kid during the holidays/winter season when you cared most about getting a snow day and making snow forts with your friends. Plus, I always thought Frosty was a cutie.  

Where To Watch: Apple TV and Prime Video 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Another classic that makes you feel nostalgia for simpler days, aka, the holiday prior to social media and cell phones where the main focus was being present and in the moment spent with family. This one is full of laughs and ridiculous moments but makes you appreciate holiday family traditions and gives you your fix of holiday cheer.  

Where To Watch: HBO Max and Prime Video 

My Favorite Drama/Romance Holiday Movies

The Holiday

Starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, this film tells the story of two recently heartbroken women who decide at the last minute to exchange homes with each other for the holidays. The women do so in hopes to escape reality and more importantly, their romantic lives, during the holidays. But as the old adage goes, when these women are least expecting it they find love. This is a cute lighthearted film that still elicits much of that desirable fuzzy holiday feel. 

Where To Watch: Prime Video and Apple TV

Family Stone

Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and plenty more famous names, this film is filled with drama, lol moments, and plain awkward cringe moments which makes a good holiday movie. This is the type of film that I appreciate during the holidays as it delves into the messiness and chaos that can ensue during large family gatherings. 

Where To Watch: Disney Plus and Prime Video 

The Holidate

One of Netflix’s best drama holiday originals, this film stars Emma Roberts as a single millennial girl trying to make it through another holiday without the sole focus of her family being on her relationship status or lack thereof. This is great for most twenty-somethings to watch and appreciate this holiday season. 

Where To Watch: Netflix 

A Bad Mom’s Christmas 

This cast is too funny not to watch this holiday season. Starring Mila Kunis, Kathyrn Hahn, and Kristen Bell, this sequel is just as good and just as funny as the first time these moms got together on the big screen. This time, they are taking back the holidays which proves to be more of a challenge when their mothers show up just in time for the holidays. 

Where To Watch: Netflix and Prime Video 

Midnight At The Magnolia 

Okay, this one is probably the most Hallmark-esque of the list but it’s cute, lighthearted, and will for sure give you holiday vibes, especially with it taking place in Chicago which feels like a city that goes all out for the holidays. Two radio star co-hosts fake a relationship for the ratings but find it much more of a challenge than they anticipated.  

Where To Watch: Netflix 

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?