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15 Must-Watch Holiday Movies

Morgan Keegan


It's December, which means it's completely appropriate to binge-watch holiday movies!

Here are some of our must-watch movies this year.

1. Elf (2003)

Have some great laughs with this family comedy about a human being who was made to believe he was an elf traveling to New York City in search of his real parents.

Watch with a premium subscription on Hulu, Starz, Sling TV, fuboTV, Amazon Prime.

Watch for $3.99 on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.


2. Home Alone (1990)

Do you have a huge family where it almost feels like it's impossible to keep track of everyone? Then this movie was made for you. Kevin gets left at his house when the family leaves for a family vacation and finds himself home alone for the holidays.

Watch for free with a subscription on Disney+.

Watch for $3.99 on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes.


3. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

This movie is a classic about a man who works as Santa Claus for Macy's in New York City.

Watch for $3.99 on Youtube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.


4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas  (1966)

All three versions of this movie are amazing. You can't pick just one to watch – so you'll just have to watch all three!

Watch this version for $3.99 on YouTube.


5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

While this movie has a harsh beginning in which the main character believes that he has so many problems that he should end it all, there's a quick turnaround when his guardian angel shows up to show him what his town would be like if he never existed.

Watch for free with an Amazon Prime Membership.

Wach for $2.99 on YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.


6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This absolutely heartwarming classic is a great reminder that your flaws make you special, don't try to hide them.

Watch for $9.99 on Vudu.


7. Love Actually (2003)

A holiday rom-com on its own may not be extremely inventive, but one that follows five different couples? Yes, please!

Watch for $3.99 on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon Prime.


8. The Polar Express (2004)

Who doesn’t want to go on a Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole? This is a classic movie to watch on Christmas Eve and fall into the magic of it all. 

Watch with a premium subscription on SlingTV, fuboTV, and Philo.

Watch for $3.99 on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon Prime.


9. The Holiday (2006)

A rom-com based on house swapping only to fall in love is a great snowy day watch.

Watch with a premium subscription on Hulu and SlingTV.

Watch for $2.99 on Vudu and Amazon Prime.

Watch for $3.99 on YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play.


10. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Sometimes trying to plan the perfect Holiday can feel like everything that could possibly go wrong, does. Enjoy a laugh with this film where everything doesn't go according to plan.

Watch with a premium subscription on fuboTV and Amazon Prime. 

Watch with a subscription on Philo.

Watch for $3.99 on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu.


11. A Christmas Story (1983)

We've all dreamed of our ideal Christmas present as a child, relive that memory–with hopefully more twists and turns–with this holiday classic.

Watch with premium subscriptions on Hulu and Sling.

Watch for $3.99 on YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Prime. 


12. Klaus (2019)

If you're looking for a great movie that doesn't follow the traditional holiday film plotline, this movie is a must-watch!

Watch with a subscription on Netflix.


13. Happiest Season (2020)

This movie is a newbie to the holiday movie scene and is already becoming a must-watch!

Watch with a subscription on Hulu.


14. Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017)

Elsa and Anna don't have many holiday traditions, and Olaf is determined to find them some in this adorable short film.

Watch with a premium subscription to Hulu.

Watch with a subscription to Disney+.

Watch for $9.99 on YouTube.


15. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

If you want a spooky holiday-themed movie to watch, this is the one to go with!

Watchwith subscription to Disney+.

Watch for $2.99 on iTunes and Amazon Prime.

Watch for $3.99 on YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu.


Thank you to our Facebook group members for submitting ideas for this post! Look out for more polls where you can submit your ideas in our group College Parent Insiders. Happy watching!

Morgan Keegan is a Graphic Design Specialist and Content Creator for CollegiateParent. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, Journalism, and Communications. She grew up in Bronx, NY and enjoys painting, hanging out with her three cats, and taking care of her many plants.

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