The best Christmas movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Now TV

It’s CHRISTMASSSS! (Yes, we’re excited too). It’s also the school holidays and we’ve rounded-up the best Christmas movies that you – and your kids – can watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Now TV to help cheer you up. So get the mulled wine and mince pies ready and tune in to these brilliant (and often extremely cheesy) Christmas movies.

Remember that even if you’re not signed up to one of these streaming services, it’s worth checking if they have one of your favourites available – each of them offers a free trial, so you can sign up for Christmas and cancel in January without ever paying a penny. Got a festive favourite that isn’t on this list? Check out our exhaustive guide to where to watch all of the best Christmas films[1].

Best Christmas movies on Netflix

Netflix[2] has the weakest selection of Christmas movies of the three big streaming services this year, though you’ll also find lots of non-festive favourites there[3] if none of these take your fancy.

If you’re not a member already, take advantage of the one-month free trial[4] to cover the festive period.

Jingle all the Way
1996
PG
Running time: 1hr 29m
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arthur Christmas
2011
U
Running time: 1h 37m
Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy

Scrooged
1988
PG
Running time: 1h 36m
Starring: Bill Murray

A Very Murray Christmas
2015
12
Running time: 56m
Starring: Bill Murray

Love Actually
2003
15
Running time: 2h 15m
Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightly… and a lot more

The Night Before
2015
15
Running time: 1h 41m
Starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie

Best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video’s[5] Christmas selection is pretty great this year, headed up by comedy classic Elf, and there are plenty of other festive films worth checking out. To watch them you’ll have to be a Prime member, but there’s a one-month free trial[6] to take you through to January. Plus, remember that you’ll also get free next-day delivery – ideal for any last-minute gift purchasing.

Elf
2003
PG
Running time: 1h 32m
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel

Christmas with the Coopers
2015
12
Running time: 1hr 47m
Starring: John Goodman

Nativity!
2009
U
Running time: 1hr 41m
Starring: Martin Freeman

Frosty the Snowman
1969
U
Running time: 25m
Starring: Jimmy Durante

Scrooged
1988
PG
Running time: 1h 36m
Starring: Bill Murray

White Christmas
1954
U
Running time: 2h
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye

Gremlins
1984
15
Running time: 1h 46m
Starring: Zach Gilligan

It’s a Wonderful Life
1946
U
Running time: 2h 10m
Starring: James Stewart

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
1989
PG
Running time: 1h 37m
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid

Best Christmas movies on Now TV

The best Christmas movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Now TV

Now TV’s Sky Movies bundle[7] has one of the best collections this Christmas, but it does cost GBP9.99 per month, making it a bit more expensive than its rivals.

You can try it out for 14 days for free[8] though, which should be enough time to take advantage.

We’ve picked out some of the best but there are lots more.

Frozen
2013
PG
Running time: 1h 42m
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

Scrooged
1988
PG
Running time: 1h 36m
Starring: Bill Murray

The Grinch
2000
PG
Running Time: 1h 40m
Starring: Jim Carrey

It’s a Wonderful Life
1946
U
Running Time: 2h 5m
Starring: James Stewart

Bad Santa
2003
15
Running Time: 1h 35m
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton

A Christmas Carol
2009
PG
Running time: 1h 36m
Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth

The Polar Express
2004
U
Running time: 1h 40m
Starring: Tom Hanks

Krampus
2015
15
Running time: 1h 38m
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette

Love Actually
2003
15
Running time: 2h 15m
Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightly… and a lot more

White Christmas
1954
U
Running time: 2h
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye

References

  1. ^ where to watch all of the best Christmas films (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ Netflix (www.netflix.com)
  3. ^ Best movies on Netflix (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ one-month free trial (www.netflix.com)
  5. ^ Amazon Prime Video’s (www.amazon.co.uk)
  6. ^ one-month free trial (www.amazon.co.uk)
  7. ^ Now TV’s Sky Movies bundle (watch.nowtv.com)
  8. ^ try it out for 14 days for free (www.nowtv.com)

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