We love FREE Christmas movies on Amazon Prime Instant Video!
I always have to watch Christmas movies this time of year!
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can take advantage of a good selection of free Christmas movies available on Prime Video!
Please note that at the time of our post (November 30, 2020) we found these to be free on Prime. However, this can change at any time, without warning.
This means when you click through the links below to Amazon.com, you might find that these selections are no longer free to watch. Free Christmas movies with Amazon Prime rotate from time to time.
I included the times for each movie in case you want to put something on for the kiddos but you only have a limited amount of time.
Free Christmas Movies with Amazon Prime
#1 – It’s a Wonderful Life (PG) – 2 hours, 10 minutes
THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE OF ALL TIME. I stinkin’ love this movie (one of my daughters is nicknamed “Zuzu” because of this movie). Of course, I already own the movie on Blu-ray, but it’s nice to know there’s a streaming version available, too. This is a must-see for me every Christmas season. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
#2 – Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (NR) – 53 minutes
Description from Amazon: “When a Christmas Eve talent contest is announced, Emmet Otter joins a jug band and his Ma decides to sing a song as they risk it all to make each other’s dreams come true.” Directed by Jim Henson.
#3 – The Ultimate Gift (PG) – 1 hour, 57 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive “the ultimate gift,” with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.” Starring Abigail Breslin, Drew Fuller, and James Garner.
#4 – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (NR) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
Hallmark movie alert! Description from Amazon: “Jen, a corporate analyst and single mother, tackles Christmas with a business-like approach until her uncle (comedy legend Henry Winkler) arrives with a handsome stranger in tow.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#5 – The Spirit of Christmas (PG) – 1 hour, 31 minutes
Description from Amazon: “12 days before Christmas, Kate is trying to close the sale of a historic inn, only to find Daniel, the ghost of a man who died a century ago, and he needs her help to unravel the mystery of his annual holiday haunting.”
#6 – The Snowy Day (TV-Y) – 38 minutes
Based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. Peter goes on a magical, snowy walk to his Nana’s house to bring home their Christmas Eve dinner.
#7 – A Heartland Christmas Special (NR) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
Description from Amazon: “It’s a week before Christmas and holiday preparations are in high gear at Heartland with Lou determined to make everything perfect, but when an avalanche traps a herd of horses, Amy, Ty, Jack and Tim band together to lead the rescue mission.” (I’m assuming this is from a TV show?)
#8 – One Special Night (PG) – 1 hour, 27 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Julie Andrews and James Garner portray two strangers who take refuge in a small cabin during a stormy winter night and, despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, they are undeniably drawn to one another in this holiday classic that demonstrates once again the charisma that has made them two of the world’s most beloved stars.”
#9 – The Christmas Toy (NR) – 50 minutes
Description from Amazon: “It’s Christmas Eve and the playroom is alive with excitement for the new toys that will arrive the next day. Balthazar, the old and wise bear, explains to the other toys that they must welcome the newcomers even though each of them may be replaced as one of the children’s new favorite toys.”
#10 – Jeff Dunham: Very Special Christmas Special (18+) – 1 hour, 25 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Jeff Dunham invites Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, José Jalapeño and Achmed the Dead Terrorist to join him on his first holiday special. Unfortunately, his suitcase posse doesn’t quite share the same Christmas spirit -and the result is a one-of-a-kind live event unlike any Yuletide celebration you’ve ever seen!”
#11 – Angels in the Snow (NR) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Charles and Judith take their kids to their remote cabin for Christmas where tensions between them threaten to boil over, but when another family gets stranded by a storm, they all learn a lesson about sticking together.”
#12 – VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy (NR) – 45 minutes
Description from Amazon: “In this Veggie-version of a holiday classic, Junior Asparagus stars as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who finds the true meaning of Christmas when he stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus.
A story of hope, love and forgiveness, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere!” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#13 – The Heart of Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 26 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Austin and Julie Locke are devastated when they learn that their young son, Dax, has been diagnosed with cancer. But with courage, determination, and faith, they decide to give Dax a one last Christmas, even if it has to be in October. When the community sees the holiday decorations and learns the heartbreaking truth, what happens next is a miraculous outpouring of caring and support.” Tearjerker alert! Starring Candace Cameron Bure. (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#14 – VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving (NR) – 47 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A Story of Joyful Giving! Find out as the Veggies discover the true joy of giving to others — at Christmas time and throughout the year! Also includes I Can Be Your Friend Sing Along! 10 Great Silly Songs presented karaoke style.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#15 – VeggieTales: It’s A Meaningful Life (NR) – 50 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Stewart Green (Larry the Cucumber) is just an average guy from a small town–or so he thinks. Football coach, father and friend, Stewart believes he’s anything but special and always wonders “what if” things had been different? But when he meets a mysterious train conductor who can turn back time, Stewart gets a chance to have the life he’s always wanted.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#16 – Throwback Holiday (16+) – 1 hour, 20 minutes
Description from Amazon: “In high school Jacqueline was the “it” girl who dated the “it” boy, whom she eventually married. Now she’s in a quarter-life crisis, an unfulfilled life, and a doomed marriage with spoiled kids to boot. After a chance encounter with a handsome former classmate, Jacqueline rethinks her life. For a fleeting moment, she wishes to go back to high school for a do-over…And she does!”
#17 – Love Actually (R) – 2 hours, 15 minutes
I love this movie! With eight different storylines, you’ll no doubt find one that resonates with you. Description from Amazon: “From the makers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill comes the ultimate romantic comedy about love’s delightful twists and turns, starring some of Hollywood’s brightest stars.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#18 – Christmas Story (PG) – 1 hour, 20 minutes
Description from Amazon: “This touching fantasy tale reimagines the origins of Santa Claus as a young orphan named Nikolas, who decides to show his gratitude to the villagers who raised him by starting the Christmas tradition of gift-giving.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#19 – Borrowed Hearts (13+) – 1 hour, 31 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A struggling single mother who dreams of earning enough money for a down payment on a home agrees that, for a fee, she and her seven year old will pose as the family of her bachelor boss in order to help him impress a traditional-minded industrialist interested in acquiring the company.
All goes according to plan until the spirit of the holiday season causes real love to blossom.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#20 – Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (NR) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
This movie stars the lead actors from Dukes of Hazzard. Description from Amazon: “When the local cannery in Willow Creek, Alaska shuts down putting many of the residents out of work and throwing the town into a depression, one wealthy ex-resident comes up with a plan to revive the community. He hires two of his oldest friends, feuding brothers Ray and Pete, to drive a semi-truck full of Christmas presents and one huge surprise from sunny California up to his hometown. Along the way, the estranged brothers will need to work out their differences in order to escape a massive blizzard and get their cargo to the distressed people of Willow Creek.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#21 – If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie (NR) – 43 minutes
My girls watched this movie this morning – it’s really cute! Description from Amazon: “If it’s holiday time in Mouse’s house then, that means Christmas cookies (including a special one for Santa, of course), caroling…and one nearly-destroyed holiday pageant.
Can Mouse and his animal friends save the show, without getting utterly distracted along the way? It’s a wild ride as Mouse and his friends embody the friendship and caring at the heart of the holiday season.”
#22 – Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You (G) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
A new Christmas movie for kids! This one is based on the iconic Christmas song and tells the tale of little Mariah (of course) who wishes for a little puppy for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a “scraggly rascal.” Hijinks ensue.
#23 – Christmas for a Dollar (PG) – 1 hour, 41 minutes
Description from Amazon: “As all of America is caught in the grip of the Great Depression, the Kamp family is struggling to get by, especially after Mrs. Kamp’s untimely death. Now little Ruthie, with her mother gone and her father overwhelmed by doctor bills resulting from her brother’s polio, expects another Christmas without presents or festivities.
But when her father brings home one dollar in change and lets the children use it to buy special gifts for each other, the Kamps come to find that money isn’t what fills Christmas with joy, love, and miracles.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#24 – Journey to the Christmas Star (PG) – 1 hour, 16 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A courageous girl sets out on a hazardous journey to find the Christmas Star in order to free the kingdom from a curse and bring back a long lost princess, but some mighty foes try to stop her.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#25 – A Child’s Christmas in Wales (7+) – 55 minutes
Description from Amazon: “It’s Christmas Eve! Thomas, a young boy, is both excited and disappointed because it’s raining instead of snowing. His grandfather gives him a snow globe and starts recounting his own childhood Christmas memories. When Thomas finally falls asleep, his grandfather opens the bedroom window and sees falling snowflakes.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#26 – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas (NR) – 58 minutes
Description from Amazon: “‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard, the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard.”
#27 – A Hobo’s Christmas (13+) – 1 hour, 33 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A hobo (Barnard Hughes) hops a freight to Salt Lake City to be with his estranged son and grandchildren after realizing he doesn’t have many Christmases left.”
#28 – Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace (NR) – 1 hour, 27 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Second chances start when a hardened criminal crosses paths with a precocious little girl who is helped by an angel to change hearts during the holiday season.”
#29 – The First Silent Night (TV-PG) – 54 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Join renowned actor Simon Callow as he uncovers the moving origins of the song Silent Night that has been two hundred years in the making. A story that begins in humble circumstances, ends with the world’s most popular carol. Simon journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well as the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favourite carol had its origins.”
#30 – VeggieTales: The Star of Christmas (NR) – 49 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Cavis Appythart and Millward Phelps (Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber) are putting the finishing touches on their first Christmas Spectacular musical – “The Princess and the Plumber.” With stage great Effie Pickering in the lead role and more electric lights than 1880’s London could ever hope to illuminate, Cavis is sure his show will “teach London how to love!” But when word gets out that little Edmund Gilbert’s (Junior Asparagus) Christmas pageant, featuring the unveiling of a beloved and priceless artifact, is scheduled for the same night, will our two playwrights turn to desperate measures? Find out as the artists at Big Idea take you on an exciting holiday adventure all the way to a new understanding of the one Christmas story that really can teach us to love each other!” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#31 – The Christmas Candle (PG) – 1 hour, 40 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Legend has it every 25 years an angel touches a single candle, and whomever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end when a progressive young minister arrives. Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. From bestselling author, Max Lucado.”
#32 – Home for the Holidays (PG-13) – 1 hour, 43 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Claudia Larson is heading home for yet another chaotic and exasperating family Thanksgiving. But a new visitor offers some interesting possibilities. If they can duck the flying turkeys, this romance may just have a chance.” Starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., and Anne Bancroft.
#33 – Christmas Angel (PG) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Nell must take her hometown playhouse to a multiplex, against her own wishes. She hopes a crash course in Christmas will give the new owner, Connor, a change of heart. Stars Jerrika Hinton and Christian Vincent.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#34 – Paper Angels (13+) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “An abused wife leaves her alcoholic husband and moves with her children to another town. There their lives become entwined with another family in trouble. Starring Matthew Settle and Josie Bissett.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#35 –An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas (TV-Y) – 48 minutes
Description from Amazon: “It’s Christmas, 1955 in Daytona Beach, FL, and middle child Maryellen longs to stand out amidst the hustle and bustle of her big family. When Benji, a family friend afflicted with polio comes to stay with them, Maryellen is intent on making the holiday special. After her plans for a big celebration fall through, she discovers the best gifts are often simple, meaningful gestures of friendship.”
#36 – Rosemont (16+) – 1 hour, 33 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Caught in a blizzard five days before Christmas, pregnant 23-year-old Lisa, and her new friend Brad, a professional snowboarder, take shelter at The Rosemont. After losing her daughter and granddaughter, the cantankerous owner Josephine has let it fall into disrepair. But now, stranded by the blizzard, with Lisa giving birth, everyone comes together to provide what they all need most – a family.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#37 – A Bride for Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 27 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A single man tries to win a bet by getting a woman recovering from a broken engagement to marry him by Christmas.”
#38 – Pete’s Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “An overlooked middle child finds himself in the unexpected spotlight when he realizes his family’s terrible Christmas day keeps repeating. As the only one experiencing the day over and over, he decides to use his unique gift to give the holidays a makeover – and his family a Christmas they will never forget.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#39 – Christmas Do-Over (16+) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Kevin tries to be involved with his son and ex-wife’s family for Christmas. During dinner, he thought his Christmas day couldn’t be more screwed; his son suddenly wishes it was Christmas every day. After that, it was a regular Groundhog’s Day. Kevin learns new dance moves and can actually sing but don’t let the caroling fool you.”
#40 – Christmas in the Smokies (NR) – 1 hour, 27 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Christmas in the Smokies is a modern Christmas classic set in the Smoky Mountains. It tells the story of a family’s journey to save their historic berry farm against all odds during one fateful holiday season.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#41 – Surviving Christmas (PG-13) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.” Starring Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, and Christina Applegate.
#42 – A Christmas Tree Miracle (TV-G) – 1 hour, 42 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A dysfunctional family is reminded of the true meaning of Christmas as they learn that miracles do come true…if you believe! A warm-hearted holiday tale for the whole family.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#43 – A New Husband for Christmas (13+) – 1 hour, 43 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Stan and Kelly Stevenson seem to be more committed to growing apart rather than growing together. Their friends are caught in the middle of divorce conversations during one of the most joyous seasons of the year.”
#44 – The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland (NR) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
Description from Amazon: “When a famous model returns to her small town just before the holidays, she reconnects with her childhood pal who now has a young daughter and a farm. Sparks soon fly between the two and she begins to learn that true love and beauty come from within. The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, though they’ll discover that miracles can happen with determination and faith.”
#45 – Christmas in Mississippi (7+) – 1 hour, 33 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Photographer Holly Logan (Jana Kramer) returns to her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi for Christmas. The town is resurrecting their traditional holiday light show and now Holly must spend the next few days with the man who broke her heart.”
#46 – The Yummy Gummy Search For Santa (NR) – 50 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Gummy Bear, along with his madman, Cat, Bat and Chameleon, are struggling to save Christmas and Santa Claus. It’s Christmas Eve, Gummy Bear and his friends, the cat Calla, the Vampire Bat and Harry the Chameleon, learn from the elves that Santa Claus is gone! So they decide to go to the North Pole to find out what’s going on and save Christmas.” (PS – It includes the “I Am a Gummy Bear” song, for those of you who have been oh-so-delightfully introduced to that by your children.)
#47 – A Christmas Kiss II (7+) – 1 hour, 28 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Jenna Kingston didn’t expect to be swept off her feet, but when a handsome stranger encounters her in the elevator and notices the mistletoe hanging above them, sparks fly as he leans in for a kiss. There’s just one problem: this man is Cooper Montgomery, a playboy who happens to be part owner of the company for which Jenna works.”
#48 – Santa & Pete (NR) – 1 hour, 26 minutes
Description from Amazon: “It’s the first Christmas without Grandma and a difficult time for the family, until Grandpa (James Earl Jones) decides to share a story with his ten-year-old grandson Terence.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#49 – Christmas Recipe for Romance (NR) – 1 hour, 28 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Abby enters into a cooking contest in hopes of winning the cash prize to save her family-run Inn. The only problem is that she’s a bit of a disaster in the kitchen. But when a Christmas miracle has renowned chef Jason Corwin as a guest at the Inn, she recruits him to help and the kitchen isn’t the only thing that is heating up.”
#50 – Snowbound for Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 23 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Rachel is excited about her new job as a marketing exec at a real estate development firm. Eager to impress Adrian, her boss, Rachel lands a spot on a big project. Before the presentation, a snowstorm traps her and Adrian at a resort where they realize there is more to their relationship than just business.”
#51 – Christmas Miracle (NR) – 1 hour, 31 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A group of strangers is forced to seek refuge in an abandoned church after a major snowstorm hits. Over the course of the evening, these strangers rely on one another to make do during these very difficult times.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#52 – Noel (PG) – 1 hour, 36 minutes
How have I never heard of this movie before? Description from Amazon: “Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.” Starring Penélope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin and Robin Williams. (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#53 – By God’s Grace (NR) – 1 hour, 26 minutes
Description from Amazon: “In the tradition of a classic ‘A Christmas Carol,’ this film offers many lessons on the importance of giving and the cause and effect our choices have on others.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#54 – A Very Corgi Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 30 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Laura Bradley, a single mom meets a fellow single dad Ben, who enlists her help in taking care of a cute corgi puppy he plants to give to his daughter at Christmas. Through all the chaos, Lauren gets the chance to finally experience the holiday spirit.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#55 – Christmas in the Heartland (NR) – 1 hour, 51 minutes
Description from Amazon:“Kara and Jessie strike up an unlikely friendship when seated next to each other on a plane headed to the heartland. With both girls visiting family they’ve never met, they devise a plan to switch places for Christmas.” (Because that always goes well.) (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#56 – Christmas on the Bayou (NR) – 1 hour, 27 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A divorced workaholic executive goes back to her hometown to spend Christmas with her son and mother. Through a rekindled romance and a small miracle, she discovers where her heart truly belongs.” Starring Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, and Randy Travis.
#57 – The Christmas Lodge (G) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary finds herself at the now run-down lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project.”
#58 – Christmas in the Clouds (PG) – 1 hour, 37 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A surprise visit to the Sky Mountain Resort by a major travel guide sparks mayhem, romance and comedy in this critically praised holiday feature.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#59 – The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon (PG) – 1 hour, 32 minutes
Description from Amazon: “The newly crowned King of Denmark, Edvard, and his wife Queen Paige Morgan find time to fly to Belavia, a remote protectorate of Denmark, for their honeymoon. What better way to spend the Christmas holidays than at a ski resort? But as they take a tour of Belavia’s beauty, they learn that the evil Prime Minister Polonius has given orders to bulldoze the forests and drill for oil.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
#60 – Christmas Belle (NR) – 1 hour, 27 minutes
Description from Amazon: “It’s almost Christmas, and Belle has to leave her California hometown behind to head up north on business. The auction house Belle works for must catalog the estate sale of a large mansion. Her client, Hunter Lowell, is rumored to have a sharp tongue and a hot temper. Belle gets to work, and while the job is a dream, the client is not.”
#61 – Santa Who? (NR) – 1 hour, 32 minutes
Description from Amazon: “In this heart-warming Christmas tale, the real Santa Claus (Leslie Nielsen) tumbles out of his sleigh and develops amnesia. He soon comes across a jaded TV reporter who is his only hope for getting his memory back in time to save the holiday.”
#62 – Back to Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 25 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Facing the holidays by herself, heartbroken Ali gets transported back in time one year for a second chance at keeping her relationship together.”
#63 – All Good Things (13+) – 1 hour, 41 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Two big-city teenage sisters are sent to their grandparents’ farm for Christmas break against their wishes. While there, the sisters connect to their roots and help save the farm from foreclosure.”
#64 – Falling for Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 25 minutes
Description from Amazon: “When champion figure skater Claire becomes injured she is sent to a rehabilitation center in the snowy mountains where she meets and falls for a local ice fisherman who shows her there is more to life than competition.” The reviews say this is very wholesome, family-friendly, and unexpectedly funny!
#65 – A Country Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 31 minutes
Description from Amazon: “When a disgruntled politician leads a global campaign to ban the myth of Santa Claus, the world joins his movement, causing Santa Claus to lose his magical powers. Two children from a small farming community learn about Santa’s predicament and attempt to help Chris Cringle regain his powers after he becomes stranded in their barn while making his final rounds around the world.”
#66 – Crazy for Christmas (7+) – 1 hour, 28 minutes
Description from Amazon: “On Christmas Eve, Shannon McManus (Andrea Roth) is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric client (Howard Hesseman) who is giving away large sums of money with the secret hope of reuniting with his long lost daughter.”
#67 – A Prince for Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 26 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Wanting to escape an arranged marriage, a European prince flees to the United States. There, he meets a struggling young waitress who may just be his one true love.”
#68 – Merry Kissmas (NR) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A woman engaged to marry a self-centered film and stage director/choreographer falls for a caterer whom she kisses, as does he for her.”
#69 – Saving Christmas (PG) – 1 hour, 19 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Kirk Cameron provides a biblical basis for our favorite time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season.” (This is free with ads through IMDb TV.)
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There are truly so many pop culture options to choose from this holiday season while you remain socially distant, which makes this uncertain time a little more calming. Check out, below, 17 of the best Christmas movies on HBO, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video you can watch right now. The first on my list will be that legendary Lifetime movie starring the One Tree Hill cast called Christmas Contract (which, yes, is streaming on Amazon Prime Video).
It's been a stressful year, but at least you can count on Hollywood to come through with the holiday cheer. After all, what's more relaxing than watching an overworked woman fall in love with a Christmas-tree farmer? So decompress withAll the Jingle Ladies, our guide to the best holiday movies.
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What’s the best part about the holidays? That’s up for debate, and we know that everyone’s got an opinion. Sure, you could make a case for toasty warm holiday beverages — I’m talking to you, peppermint hot chocolate — or the fact that you can make an entire wishlist of items you’ve been lusting over all year and actually ask people to get those items for you (or, y’know, drop some not-so-subtle hints). But really, the general consensus is that the best part about the holiday season is getting all wrapped up and cozy in a plaid blanket and watching Christmas movies!
Even if you’ve seen some of these flicks more times than you can count, that’s precisely what makes ‘em so enjoyable. Year after year, they just become more feel-good. You can press play and instantly be transported to a simpler time — one that’s filled with iconic one-liners, memorable scenes, and soundtracks that stay with you. Whether you’re the type who’s got large family gatherings to attend or you’re just keeping it lowkey at home with a couple of loved ones, carving out some time to watch all your favorite Christmas movies is an absolute must. You can do it solo or with a big group, and that’s what we love so much.
Not sure where to find Christmas movies that you can stream? Don’t fret! Below, check out some of the best ones you can watch right now through Amazon Prime Video.
The ultimate holiday rom-com. Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) are both tired of love (same, TBH), and with the holidays coming around, they're in need of a change in scenery. They find each other online and decide to swap homes for the holiday. Iris goes to L.A., and Amanda goes to London, hoping to enjoy some relaxing alone time. Neither one of them planned on falling in love.
Just in case you haven't seen this movie one billion times, let's recap: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) accidentally gets left at home when his family heads to the airport to spend Christmas in Paris. Now he's got to figure out how to survive Christmas alone, especially since their house caught the eye of the "sticky bandits."
3Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
This time around, the McCallisters are going to Florida for the holidays. Everything's set, and Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) makes it to the airport with his family without a hitch. He gets on a plane and settles into his seat comfortably. Only problem is, he lands in New York. Luckily, he's got his dad's personal bag with him and cleverly uses his credit card to survive while they look for him. But then, as it turns out, the sticky bandits are also in New York (bc, of course) and looking for some payback.
How does this one still make us LOL every year? Buddy (Will Ferrell) was an orphan who accidentally made his way onto Santa's sled on Christmas night. He winds up in the North Pole, and they decide to raise him as an elf. But when he grows up, he realizes he doesn't exactly fit in. So he decides to go off to New York and find his real parents in the hopes of learning his true destiny. But not everything is candy canes and Christmas trees in the big city.
5Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Everyone's favorite Christmas #mood. The green, grumpy Grinch (Jim Carrey) lives in a cave on Mount Crumpet with his dog Max, completely unbothered. But as Christmas Day draws near, he grows increasingly annoyed by the citizens of Whoville, so he hatches a plan to steal the holiday joy away from the citizens by taking their presents. But his plan gets ruined when he meets little Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen).
6Rise of the Guardians
In this underrated animated movie, Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) are known as the immortal Guardians. It's their duty to protect the world's children by spreading love and magic. But a dark force named Pitch Black (Jude Law) has gained strength by making children lose their belief in the Guardians. It's up to a sprite named Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to help save them and the kids.
You've read the book a million times, but how many have you watched the movie? On Christmas Eve, a young boy boards a mysterious train set for the North Pole called the Polar Express. On the ride, he and the other children discover magic, friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
8It's a Wonderful Life
The most classic Christmas movie of them all. George Bailey (James Stewart) is struggling with life, especially since it's Christmas and he's finding it hard to keep up with bills and provide for his family. On Christmas Eve, he decides he wants to end it all and jump off a bridge. But an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) comes to his rescue, and shows him what the town he lives in would be like if he hadn't been around to do all the good deeds he's done.
9Miracle on 34th Street
In this equally memorable classic, Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for the role of Santa Claus at the Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. He becomes so good at his job that he becomes a regular at the department store on 34th Street. But when he tells customers and his boss that he actually is Santa, they start to think he's crazy, and he winds up having to defend his mental health and credentials in court.
10The Santa Clause
'90s babies, WYA? While delivering presents to Scott Calvin's (Tim Allen) house on Christmas Eve, Santa slips off his roof and dies. Following the instructions St. Nick left, Scott puts on the red suit, gets on the sleigh with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd), and winds up saving Christmas—as you do. But when the reindeer bring him to the North Pole, Scott finds out that this isn't a one-night-only deal, and that he's going to have to be the new Santa, whether he likes it or not.
11Disney's A Christmas Carol
This animated movie is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic about a selfish and greedy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge. He treated everyone around him poorly, and didn't really have a sense of compassion, even during the holidays. So on Christmas Eve, three spirits pay him a visit to try and teach him a lesson.
12The Man Who Invented Christmas
For more of a moving watch, this biographical movie tells the story of author Charles Dickens, the man who wrote "A Christmas Carol." It follows how the writer—who was down on his luck after three unsuccessful novels—created Ebenezer Scrooge and changed Christmas forever.
13While You Were Sleeping
We've never met a Christmas rom-com we didn't like. In this '90s classic, Lucy Moderatz (Sandra Bullock) is a train worker who's crushing hard on a handsome commuter. One day, she saves him from an oncoming train, but he still winds up in a coma. When the nurse mistakenly identifies her as his fiancée, she goes on with the charade and spends Christmas with his family. She grows attached to them, especially to Peter's brother Jack (Bill Pullman). Now she has to figure out how she's going to tell them the truth without breaking their hearts, and her own.
Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying Love Actually is one of the most-talked-about holiday movies. This anthology of love stories set during the holidays follows nine different characters and explores the complexities of their relationships—from a middle school crush to a years-long marriage.
In this comedy, Walter Meyer (Danny Glover) lost the love of his life last year, so he decided it would be a good idea to get his whole family together again for the holidays. But with all the strained relationships and all chaos that ensues, he thinks it might not have been such a great plan after all.
Kate (Emilia Clarke) works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop in London, but she definitely doesn't have the holiday spirit. She's frustrated by life and has lost any sense of optimism—that is, until she meets Tom (Henry Golding). Suddenly she finds fun and passion within herself again. But there's something her newfound love hasn't been telling her.
17The Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloweentown's king Jack Skellington is bored of his annual tradition of scaring people. When he accidentally finds out about Christmastown, he discovers the world of colorful lights, presents, and joy. So he hatches a plan to take over Christmas by kidnapping the man in the red suit. But not everything works out the way he wanted it to.
Santa Claus's job is to deliver presents to every kid on Earth on Christmas eve, and he's able to accomplish the huge task thanks to a super high-tech operation he runs in the North Pole. But sometimes technology doesn't deliver 100%. When a glitch in the system makes Santa miss one c*hild, his son Arthur makes it his mission to get her present to her.
Every year for "Holiday Con," Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner Marcus (Tony Cox) meet up to pose as a mall Santa and one of his elves to try to steal from stores on Christmas Eve. But this year, Willie's alcoholism and depression have caught up with him, and his behavior's caught the attention of security. Things take a turn for the better when he meets and develops a weird friendship with a little kid (Brett Kelly).
This holiday comedy-horror follows the family of young Max (Emjay Anthony), who loses his Christmas spirit because of his dysfunctional family. What no one in the Engel household realizes is that because of all their bickering and the gray cloud they've put over their supposed celebrations, they've awakened an evil demon from European folklore called the Krampus. Now they have to work together to survive.
21Office Christmas Party
Company CEO Carol (Jennifer Aniston) threatens to close her brother Clay's (T.J. Miller) branch of the company. To try and save it, he decides to throw a massive office Christmas party, and win over a big client. But things get waaaay out of hand.
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Christmas, Again (2014)
Plenty of people love Christmas and the holidays. That’s why the phenomenon of the Christmas movie exists! Then there are those who view the approach of Christmas with a tired sigh “Christmas, again??” This movie is for those kind of people.
Christmas, Again is a 2014 indie movie written, directed, and produced by Charles Poekel that made its American debut at the Sundance film festival. The film follows the ironically named Noel, who is a heartbroken Christmas tree salesman who moves to New York City to leave his past and Christmas, itself behind. Noel lives in a trailer, works the night shift and almost succumbs to his boredom and depression…until he meets someone. Christmas, Again is a fascinating mashup of a traditional Christmas movie and mumblecore.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Now if you could only watch one Christmas movie every holiday season, it’s gotta be this one, right? It’s a Wonderful Life has been a winter staple ever since…shortly after its 1946 release. The film infamously took a little while for audiences to catch on they they were in the presence of a classic. And now it lives on Amazon for the time being as the go-to spot for holiday cheer.
If you haven’t watched this movie in a while, it can be surprising just how tenuously tied the whole thing is to Christmas. Though the story of George Bailey begins on Christmas Eve 1945, the movie takes audiences throughout the entirety of his life, Christmas Carol-style. But of course, in the end the angels have gotten their wings and Christmas is in full thrall. Certainly, It’s a Wonderful Life will be all over the traditional TV calendar, but it’s nice to know that it’s on streaming as well for those who just can’t wait.
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Best Christmas Movies On Amazon Prime
With dozens of Christmas movies available to stream on Amazon Prime, it can be hard to know what to pick. Here's the best Christmas movies on Prime.
Amazon prime has dozens of Christmas movies for your streaming pleasure, but which ones are the best? Christmas season is full of tradition, from presents and decorations and family get-togethers to movies. From timeless classics to modern Christmas rom-coms, there's lots to choose from, and Amazin Prime has a great selection.
So, this Christmas, get the family together for some cookies and hot cocoa or eggnog and settle in for one of these great uplifting holiday tales on Amazon Prime.
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It's A Wonderful Life
When a down-on-his-luck George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) doesn't see the point in continuing to live his life, his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), intervenes, taking it upon himself to prove to George that he truly does have a wonderful life.
Thanks to a clerical error resulting in the movie's rights expiring in the 70s, It's a Wonderful Life's frequent TV airings made it a Christmas viewing staple for millions of households. So it's only fitting it's now available to stream for free on Amazon Prime. Its always timely and uplifting message is also fitting for the season, making it one of the greatest Christmas classics.
When Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) decides he wants to leave show business, he opens a new "Holiday Inn" which is only open on holidays. The music and dances are themed around all different holidays, so Christmas is really only a small part of the overall movie. Despite the lack of Christmas focus, the song "White Christmas" was originally written for Holiday Inn, even if the movie White Christmas (also starring Crosby and featuring the song) is far more associated with the Christmas classic.
Miracle on 34th Street (1955)
It's not 1947 original Miracle on 34th Street, or the popular 1994 remake, but the made-for-TV version available on Amazon Prime is seen by many as a worthy contender and is at the very least a more than serviceable telling of the same story (it's actually strikingly similar to the original in most regards).
When a department store Santa Clause named Kris Kringle (Thomas Mitchell) is institutionalized for claiming to be the actual Santa, a lawyer decides to quit his job at a law firm to take his case and argue to the court that Kris is, in fact, the real Santa.
Babes in Toyland (1986)
A made-for-TV remake of the 1961 film, Lisa Piper (Drew Barrymore), was forced to grow up too fast and take care of her siblings and doesn't have time to be interested in toys. During a snowstorm, she's transported to Toyland, where she breaks up the marriage of the evil Barnaby Barnacle (Richard Mulligan) to Mary Contrary (Jill Schoelen) so she can be reunited with her true love, Jack Nimble (Keanu Reeves), and tries to stop Barnaby from taking over Toyland.
When Ashley Matthews (Kari Hawker-Diaz) takes a new job from her neighbor, Nick (Bruce Davison), he makes her promise to tell anyone that he's an anonymous Christmas do-gooder. Her work catches the attention of a writer, Will (K.C. Clyde), and as the two grow closer, and Will becomes more inquisitive, it becomes harder and harder for her to protect her promise to Nick.
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Love at the Christmas Table
Sam (Dustin Milligan) and Kat (Danica McKellar) have grown up together as best friends, attending a family Christmas party where they've sat at the same children's table for 30 years. When Sam realizes he's in love with Kat, he needs to find a way to tell her, and the usual made-for-TV Christmas movie relationship shenanigans ensue.
A Christmas Tree Miracle
When David (Kevin Sizemore) loses his job, his family is taken in by a local Christmas tree farmer. Through the experience, the family comes closer together as they learn to get along, and, of course, discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Falling For Christmas
Also known as A Snow Capped Christmas, Falling for Christmas is about Claire Benson (Leah Renee), an injured figure skater who goes to a rehab facility in the mountains to recover from a recent injury in the weeks before Christmas. While there, she meets Luke (Niall Matter), a single father and hockey player who's career was ended by injury. While they initially butt heads, Luke and Claire celebrate a number of Canadian winter traditions together as they fall in love and help each other return to the ice.
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With Amazon monopolizing nearly every facet of our lives, some days it can feel like we’re living in the dystopian Pottersville of It’s a Wonderful Life. Unfortunately, this also means that Bezosville offers many of the best titles of the Christmas movie canon… including It’s a Wonderful Life and many other yearly must-watches. Sigh. (Wait 'til we break it to you that they've also got an excellent batch of comedies and classics on tap as well.)
Scrolling the app, it's obvious that there are plenty festive titles to last you all fall long, from much-loved classics to modern comedies (yes, Elf is on the list folks). We've sorted out the fluff and narrowed the list to the 15 best. Just try to keep the love-thy-neighbor spirit of George Bailey alive this Christmas by saving your gift-buying for small and local businesses.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Creating a live-action adaptation of a beloved animated Dr. Seuss Christmas tale requires a lot of guts. (Also, a huge prosthetics budget.) Nonetheless, Ron Howard’s 2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas nearly stole the thunder of the 1977 original. Featuring a transformative performance by Jim Carrey as the Grinch, this comedy is sure to gift the whole family with laughs.
The Night Before
Here’s the perfect movie to watch while wrapping presents after the kids have gone to bed. Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as Isaac, Chris, and Ethan—three longtime best friends who celebrate each Christmas Eve together. However, after realizing that the nearing arrival of Isaac’s first child will mean this year is their last go-around with the tradition, the trio becomes determined to make it count. As you might guess from the lineup, plenty of R-rated holiday hilarity ensures.
Office Christmas Party
Starring current comedy heavyweights like Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Anniston, and Jason Bateman, the workplace comedy follows a down-and-out regional manager who, upon hearing that his branch is set for closure, makes a Hail Mary pass to impress a wealthy client with a killer Christmas party.
The Family Stone
If your family is a bit less cookie-cutter than the typical Hallmark bunch, then The Family Stone is the perfect yearly reminder that you're not alone. This star-studded family dramedy follows the Stone family as they host their children for a turbulent Christmas vacation. With high-maintenance significant others in town, hidden cancer diagnoses circulating, and plenty more drama, the Stones are reminded that there’s no place like home for the holidays.
The Best Man Holiday
With a cast including the likes of Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, and Sanaa Lathan, The Best Man Holiday is a festive sequel to the hit dramedy The Best Man. Following a group of old college friends as they come together for the holidays, the film explores how easily reuniting and reminiscing can turn into rehashing best-forgotten personal histories.
The Polar Express
If you’re skeptical of Santa or motion capture animation, The Polar Express’s hyper-realistic visuals will make you a believer. Whether you’ll become a fan of either is, of course, up to you. (See: Unsettling animated Tom Hanks.) This retelling of the iconic children’s storybook tells of one boy’s Christmas Eve trip on a train to the North Pole.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
What was once an off-beat Tim Burton stop-motion film has since become a Christmas classic. Not only is the story of Jack Skellington, crossing over from Halloween Town to Christmas Town, a gorgeous and heartwarming one; it’s the perfect watch as you cross over from spooky season.
As Jim Carrey so perfectly demonstrated in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, comedy heavyweights and Christmas movies go together like Santa’s milk and cookies. Somehow, Will Ferrell’s antics as Buddy the Elf never seem to lose their naive charm, even as we find ourselves mouthing along to, “Santa! I know him!” A perfect common ground to make little ones and grown-ups giggle, no one’s above the hilarity of watching a grown man in an elf costume do a split on an escalator.
Nothing guarantees heartwarming hijinx quite like the work of the iconic John Hughes. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, a young boy who thinks that his wish for his family to disappear has come true and finds himself home alone on Christmas. Accidentally left behind from his family’s holiday vacation, Kevin also becomes the accidental sole defender of his family’s estate against two burglars.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Another John Hughes Christmas comedy, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold of the Griswold family. And if you’ve forgotten, they seem cursed to have the most mishap-ridden Christmas in history.
A Christmas on Miracle Lake
Some Christmas movies start off devastatingly sad, but this one takes it to a new level. A boy returns to the pond where he used to play hockey with his now-deceased friend (!!), but when he comes back to visit at night, the pond magically becomes a hockey rink. How morbidly sweet.
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life is THE holiday classic. Following George Bailey and his tough run of financial luck, the sometimes-dark classic is all about finding good, even in the most difficult of times. Also, you learn what happens every time a bell rings.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, and Jonathan Pryce star in a new kind of story about Charles Dickens (Stevens). Dickens has had a dip in success in the two years following the success of Oliver Twist. He works to write A Christmas Carol, and in doing so, he fantasizes and “meets” the characters he creates. Trippy? Sure. Magically heartwarming? Absolutely.
The Miracle on 34th Street
This 1947 classic stars Maureen O’Hara and a young Natalie Wood as mother and daughter Doris and Susan Walker. The two find themselves hosting a man, Kris, who claims to be Santa Claus. Susan has been raised to be a skeptic about Santa Claus, but her house guest wins her over. The rest of the adults might not believe, but Kris has Susan on his side.
Jack Frost (1979)
Decades can pass and trends may change, but stop-motion holiday movies are forever. A groundhog named Pardon-Me Pete narrates the story about a winter sprite Jack Frost, who falls in love with a human named Elisa. He gets permission from Father Winter to become a human, but when Elisa is in trouble, he gives up his human condition to save her life. A take: There’s more romance in stop-motion than in live action romances.
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