The 23 Best Christmas Movies on Disney+ Right Now
It’s been almost a year since Disney+ officially launched, and there’s more content on the streaming service than ever before. Though we’ve all loved reliving our childhood and rewatching our favorite Disney Princess movies, now that the holidays are right around the corner, only one thing matters: Christmas movies. Hallmark and Netflix both do really well in that department, but there are some holiday movies you can only find on Disney+, and if anyone’s trying to get into the spirit this year, here’s exactly where to start.
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1. The Ultimate Christmas Present
If you haven’t already seen this Disney Channel original movie, make it your priority to do so immediately. Starring Brenda Song and Hallee Hirsch, this movie is about two kids who wish they could have a snow day in California, and when they figure out how to make it happen, they have serious regrets.
It’s not Christmas, but there’s…snow. Would you rather I recommend Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, the Christmas short? That’s available on Disney+ too, but giving the OG a rewatch is probably the better plan.
3. Frozen II
As much as the original Frozen is a Christmas movie, so is Frozen II. It totally counts! And in a lot of ways, it’s actually a lot better than the first movie, in my opinion. The “Show Yourself” scene alone, man.
4. One Magic Christmas
This 1985 movie stars Mary Steenburgen, a grocery store worker who doesn’t have the Christmas spirit because her husband’s unemployed (a 2020 mood, TBH). Then, her daughter meets an angel, and they team up to keep her from being such a scrooge.
5. ‘Twas The Night
Add another Disney Channel original to the list! Bryan Cranston stars as a man who ends up taking Santa’s sleigh for a joyride with his nephew… which is something that Walter White would never, ever do.
6. A Christmas Carol
This story has been done a million ways a million different times, but if you’re tired of watching the Muppets or Mickey and Minnie take these roles, why not watch Jim Carrey do his thing? In this computer animated 2009 take on the classic tale, Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge and all three ghosts.
7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Time to reignite the flame you carried for Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a teenager. I know you’re all on Disney+ wallowing in ’90s nostalgia anyway, so why not revisit the JTT Christmas adventure? This movie is about a college kid who gets lured to his estranged family by the promise of a new car, which is about as logical as the average Hallmark Christmas movie.
8. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Probably the best, or most well-loved, Christmas movie on Disney+ is this classic take on Charles Dickens. Besides all your favorite muppets, the movie stars Michael Caine as Scrooge. It’s also the movie that gave us the song and expression “One More Sleep Till Christmas”—we stan an absolute legend!
9. The Sound of Music
This is a bit of a stretch, but “My Favorite Things” tends to end up on most Christmas music playlists anyway. Does anyone really know why that is? Is it just because there are snowflakes and presents mentioned in the lyrics? Let’s just go with it and revisit the classic musical this holiday season.
The best way to describe the Disney+ original Christmas movie is “Elf meets Anna Kendrick,” but there’s a little more to it than that. Anna plays Santa’s daughter, who goes on a mission to save Christmas and learns that maybe she is the one destined to wear the big red hat. One of the big lessons in Noelle is to have empathy and be a good judge of character, which is sort of sweet in its simplicity and not nearly as corny as you might think.
11. Beauty and The Beast: Enchanted Christmas
Did you know that there is a Christmas-themed straight-to-video sequel to Beauty and the Beast that actually takes place in the middle of Beauty and the Beast? (Should we call it a mid-quel, then, instead of a sequel? Whatever.) You have no excuse to skip it now.
12. The Nightmare Before Christmas
For all you Hot Topic fans out there, Tim Burton’s holiday mashup is available to stream. Some people think it’s more of a Halloween movie than a Christmas movie, but it’s really both. The soundtrack’s killer too.
13. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
At first I wasn’t sure why the first Narnia film shows up when you search for “Christmas” on Disney+, but then I remembered that the holiday is weirdly central to the fantasy epic’s plot. Father Christmas is a character and everything. Also, who doesn’t want to revisit James McAvoy’s breakout performance as Mr. Tumnus, right?
14. Home Alone
Need I say more? The sequels are also available on Disney+. Kevin McCallister manages to find the spirit of Christmas and fight off bad guys two years in a row. Watching Catherine O’Hara play Kevin’s mother in a post–Schitt’s Creek world is just a bonus.
15. The Santa Clause
Most modern Christmas films that try to bring the concept of Santa Claus into the real world, Noelle included, are inspired by The Santa Clause. It’s also, like, weirdly dark, considering Santa dies at the beginning of the movie—which forces Tim Allen’s character to take over the job thanks to some legalese. Come for a goofy story that still holds up, stay for David Krumholtz as Bernard the Elf. Like Home Alone, the two sequels are also available to stream in a marathon situation.
16. Miracle on 34th Street
Another classic that’s just sitting there on Disney+ ready to watch. The 1947 film is so easy to get swept up by and love. Even your teenage cousins can’t “okay, boomer” Kris Kringle.
17. Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Not all the Santa Paws/Santa Buddies films are on Disney+ yet, but this one is! If you want dog content for Christmas, this is the streaming option for you. I’d trust puppies to save the spirit of Christmas, wouldn’t you?
18. 12 Dates of Christmas
This list is incomplete without at least one romantic comedy. 12 Dates of Christmas is like Groundhog Day with a peppermint twist. Amy Smart stars as a woman who relives a rebound date over and over until she opens up to Christmas and love and everything good.
19. Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
Here’s another bit of ’90s nostalgia. Also a direct-to-video follow-up, this film is a parody of It’s a Wonderful Life starring the titular richest kid in America. Macauley Culkin is not in the sequel, but Michelle Trachtenberg is.
20. The Mistle-Tones: A Musical
Tia Mowry versus Tori Spelling in a Christmas sing-off? Yes, please. It’s like the Pitch Perfect holiday you always wanted.
This 2007 romantic comedy stars Christina Milian as a woman who gets transported into a utopia that’s literally inside a snow globe. She becomes obsessed with visiting her personal winter wonderland until things start to go wrong. Because, like, of course they do.
22. The Nutcracker & the Four Realms
Listen, this is a bonkers movie that got bad reviews and doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s a fun watch. Now that it’s streaming, you gotta check out the realms. It stars Renesmee from Twilight as Clara. Matthew Macfadyen, your second favorite Mr. Darcy, plays her sad dad. Speaking of Pride and Prejudice, Keira Knightley is actually incredible in this movie as the Sugar Plum Fairy. It takes a lot of turns that you wouldn’t expect, even if you think you know what The Nutcracker is all about.
23 Iron Man 3
Hear me out! You know those annoying guys who just love to tell you that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, nay, their favorite Christmas movie? Well, Iron Man 3 is also an action movie that happens to be set during the Christmas season. There are Christmas decorations everywhere, at least one Christmas party, and Tony Stark does a whole dance set to a “Jingle Bells” remix, so I’m starting a movement. Join me in “well, actually”-ing Iron Man 3 into the Christmas canon.
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