Alright you movie watchers. Here are some good movies to watch over the Holidays—at least in my streaming collection. Some are old familiar friends and others are brand new; straight out the can. Just click on the pic to see the trailer. We hope you enjoy. Happy hunting!
1. Miracle On Christmas – During the Christmas holiday, Mary (Erin Bethea) experiences emotional trials that cause her to question her faith until a visitor (Brett Varvel) arrives and her husband (Jason Burkey) receives an unexpected miracle. This film speaks the heart and soul of Christmas. And the music isn’t bad either. Hint: The visitor’s nickname is Harry—which is short for Harold—but isn’t spelled the way you think! If you need a refill of the true spirit of Christmas; this is the movie to watch. 87 min|2020|Children & Family. Can be seen on Prime Video.
2. A California Christmas – With his carefree lifestyle on the line, a wealthy charmer poses as a ranch hand to get a hardworking farmer to sell her family’s land before Christmas. But when he sees what they are going through stops faking it and tries to make the best ranch hand he can. And in the process of being real. realizes there are just some things money and charm cannot buy. And some things you do hear through the grapevine. 1h 47min |2020|PG-13. Can be seen on Netflix.
3. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a Disney fantasy adventure film directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston based on a screenplay by Ashleigh Powell. On Christmas Eve in Victorian London, Clara receives an egg-shaped box from her father, which she is unable to unlock, together with a note saying “Everything you need is inside”. Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land. 1h 40m|2018|PG. Can be seen on the Disney Channel.
4. A Princess for Christmas – Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) is an antique store worker in Buffalo, New York who becomes the legal guardian of her niece Maddie (Leilah de Meza) and nephew Milo (Travis Turner) after the loss of her sister and brother-in-law. Maddie is a fun-loving girl and Milo is a rebel and troublemaking teenager. After Jules gets fired by Arthur due to financial problems and the children’s babysitter Mrs. Kelly quits following Maddie’s pranks. Paisley Winterbottom (Miles Richardson) the butler of the children’s wealthy grandfather, duke Edward (Roger Moore) appears with an invitation for Milo and Maddie to spend the Christmas holidays with his employer in the country of Castlebury. Jules initially refuses, but decides to go for the children’s sake when Paisley claims that the Duke is ill. 1h 45m |2011|TV-G. Can be seen on Tubi.
5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Ultimate Edition – No matter how old our kids get they still love the original rendition of this classic film and we still own the original VHS tape! There’s nothing like a good old fashion cartoon. The Grinch tries to ruin the Christmas for the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. This timely classic comes to life in an all new Ultimate Edition, now with two newly remastered specials: The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat and Halloween is Grinch Night. 1hr 15m|2018|All. Can be rented or purchased on Amazon Prime.
6.The Polar Express – When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. While riding the Polar Express into his great adventure, he also learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.100 m |2004|G. Can be seen on Hulu, AMC+ and Amazon Prime.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas – In this special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers. After Linus tells Charlie Brown about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown cheers up, and the Peanuts gang unites to celebrate the Christmas season. A Charlie Brown Christmas received high ratings and acclaim from critics. It has been honored with an Emmy and a Peabody Award, There is just no Christmas without Charlie Brown and the gang. You must see Snoopy’s decorating prowess. 25 m|1965|TV-G. You can stream ad-free and in HD on Apple TV+ or pick up the DVD on Amazon,
8. A Cinderella Christmas – Angie works hard to run her uncle’s events business while her cousin Candace takes the credit. When Angie takes a night off to have fun at the Christmas Masquerade Ball, the mask and gown allow her to let loose, and she quickly catches the eye of Nicholas, a wealthy local bachelor. But then Angie has to go before revealing her identity, leaving Nicholas searching for his mystery woman in this modern take on the classic fairytale. 1hr33m|2016|Unrated. Can be seen on Tubi, Pluto, Peacock, Vulu, Amazon Prime and Hulu with a subscription—all the other aforementioned streaming services are free.
9. A Christmas Tree Miracle – A warm-hearted Christmas tale to remind us that in the holiday season, the best gifts in life are the simple ones, and that miracles do happen, if you believe. The story centers on the George family. Bothered by the upcoming Christmas holiday, father David (Kevin Sizemore) is focused on work, mother Julie (Claudia Esposito) is frazzled by the season and teens Nick (Barrett Carnahan) and Natalie (Emily Capehart) are focused on their ever-growing Christmas lists. It’s only 6 year old Nina (Siomha Kenney) who truly has any Christmas spirit. When David loses his land developer job right before the holidays, the family’s finances cascade out of control until an eccentric tree farmer named Henry (Terry Kiser) offers them a place to stay and a new chance at their lives. 1hr 42 mi|2013|TV-G. Can be seen on Prime Video and YouTube.
10.The Muppet Christmas Carol – Our beloved Muppets walk us through this Dickens tale, as Gonzo narrates and Rizzo the Rat tags along; through the cobblestone streets of a Victorian London. Both shadow Ebenezer Scrooge in his daily business affairs, and ghostly activities at home. After being forewarned by his deceased business partners, Marley and Marley; Ebenezer is visited by three ghosts—Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future who terrify him so much he forever changes his evil, greedy ways. Mixed with many comedic moments such as the accountant’s “heat wave” episode when Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) asks for more coal because they were freezing their assets off. This is Muppet humor at it’s best, with Michael Caine at the helm as Scrooge; being able to maintain a serious role in the midst of such madcap comedy. 85 m|1992|G. Disney+ is the exclusive home of The Muppet Christmas Carol. So if you want to see it, you will have to stream it from there because it is not on regular TV this year. Or, if you are like me—you can watch your own video.
11. Miracle on 34th Street – A 90’s remake of the 1947 film, six-year-old Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus, a trait she perhaps learned from her mother, Dorey (Elizabeth Perkins). When tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at Macy’s, Dorey enlists a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) who claims to be Santa himself. His assertions are met with scoffs and threats of institutionalization, but a young lawyer, along with Susan and Dorey, comes to his defense. 1h 54m|1994|PG. Can be seen on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and Amazon Prime from 3.99. Is also on Disney Plus.
12. All I Want for Christmas Is You (also known as Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You) is a direct-to-video computer-animated Christmas film based on the song by Mariah Carey and the book by Carey herself and Colleen Madden. The film stars the voices of Mariah Carey, Breanna Yde, and Henry Winkler. This movie features Mariah Carey’s music and narration in a loving story about little Mariah’s (Breanna Yde) Christmas wish for a puppy. 91 m|2017|G.
13. Home Alone. This Christmas family comedy classic is one you can’t miss. An eight-year-old troublemaker, Kevin, must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. And he does a hilarious job of protecting his house. 1hr 43 m|1990|PG. Can be seen on Disney + or VHS if you have one.
14. The Christmas Chronicles is an American Christmas comedy film about two children, Kate and Teddy, who notice Santa Claus in their home and jump into his sleigh with his reindeer; however, the sleigh eventually malfunctions and crashes, and the Christmas presents are lost. As Christmas morning approaches, it is up to the children and Santa to save Christmas by correctly delivering all presents. Kurt Russell gives Santa Claus a real makeover. 1 hr 44m|2018|PG. Can be seen on Netflix.
15. A Christmas Prince – Just before Christmas, an aspiring young American magazine journalist, Amber Moore, is sent to the foreign nation of Aldovia to cover a press conference given by Prince Richard, who is set to take the throne following his father’s recent death. Richard has been portrayed in the press as an irresponsible playboy and he is also rumored to be planning to abdicate. Amber hopes her work in Aldovia will lead to a big break and she heads to the royal family’s palace for the press conference, but the prince fails to appear. Rather than leave with the press pack, Amber decides to snoop around the palace and while doing so is mistaken for young Princess Emily’s new American tutor, Martha Anderson. Amber plays along and assumes Martha’s identity in order to investigate the rumors of abdication. 1hr 32m|2017|TV-PG. Can be seen on Netflix.
There are hundreds of Christmas movies to watch. These are just a few of our favorites. Merry Christmas!