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From It & # 39; s a Wonderful to Elf and many in between, there are tons of Christmas movies to stream with your family this December.

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While family members will be much harder to get together in 2020, that doesn't mean we can't keep up some worn-out holiday traditions like settling on the couch with hot cocoa to watch Christmas movies. Even if you are not physically in the room with them, you can have a collective, shared experience thanks to technologies such as watch parties with integrated apps or zooms or other virtual meetups – directly via the Internet.

And if you are lucky enough to be in the same place with your family, you can spend time with loved ones and appreciate the fact that you are able to be close to them when so many people cannot be with them . (So ​​as not to get too juicy, but 2020 has definitely allowed a lot of people to be thoughtful and grateful, even if it wasn't necessarily in their nature. When everything is terrible, it's okay to focus on the good things !)

If you don't have a physical copy of your favorite Christmas movie, you can likely stream it somewhere online, be it as part of one of your existing streaming subscriptions or as a rental on Amazon. We've compiled a list of some of our favorites below, including worn classics and some newer choices.



If your favorites aren't on this list, they're likely available on a variety of other streaming services. You can also borrow them through Amazon Prime, Redbox, or some other way.

"It's a wonderful life" (1946)

Available on: Amazon Prime

What could be nicer than starting with this 1946 Frank Capra Christmas classic that IndieWire dubbed the # 1 Christmas movie of all time. (Sorry if that's a spoiler for you, but come on – what else could it be?) Yeah, the plot sucks – suicidal family man George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) is so overwhelmed with his problems that it is Needs Intervention A Guardian Angel shows him what life in his hometown of Bedford Falls would be like without him, so he can see how important he is to the lives of so many people and how much he needs to stick around.

As Anne Thompson wrote on our list, the movie has been relevant in pop culture for so many years because it really lasts. "It's more noir fantasy than Capracorn, more disturbing than healthy, and less grumpy sentimental treacle than deeply moving," Thompson wrote. “Although many people really love this film, it wasn't a hit when it was released and it cornered Capra. The Italian émigré's ability to draw the hearts of moviegoers has unfortunately led him to be underestimated among the cognoscenti of cinema becomes. "

"Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)

Available on: Disney +

Another Christmas classic from the 1940s, the original version of this film, follows a man who represents the man who plays Santa in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – but who is suspected of being mentally ill if he does Manhattan Place insists on customers in midtown of the department store that he's the real Santa (going by the name of Kris Kringle doesn't help). But when a lawsuit puts his identity into question, it is up to nine-year-old devotee Susan (Natalie Wood) to convince her skeptical single mother (Maureen O’Hara) that Kris is the real deal.

Jenna Marotta wrote on IndieWire's Best Christmas Movies list: “Skeptics traditionally make for bad Christmas party guests, but this winter standard examines various facets of distrust and questions our judicial system, consumer culture, and treatment of the insane alongside Santa Claus' identity. The film is also noteworthy because seven decades ago it was rare to see a single mother with a high performing job on screen – Maureen O & # 39; Hara plays the events director of Macy & # 39; s who run her St. Nick department store (Best) hires (and then almost fires) actor Edmund Gwenn) who may be real. "

"Babes in Toyland" (1961)

Available on: Disney +

Allegedly Annette Funicello's favorite of all her films, the 1961 musical was based on Victor Herbert's 1903 operetta of the same name and played the actress as nursery rhyme heroine Mary Contrary, who wants to marry her sweetheart Tom Piper (Tommy Sands). But her walk to the altar could be canceled thanks to the vicious Barnaby who wants to ruin the wedding and force Mary to marry him instead. But the vicious Barnaby (Ray Bolger) hires thugs to mess things up and force Mary to marry him instead.

Note: This is not to be confused with the 1934 Laurel and Hardy version or the 1986 TV version featuring Drew Barrymore, Pat Morita, and Keanu Reeves.

Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin, 1990. TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved, courtesy of the Everett Collection.

"Home Alone" (1990)

Available on: Disney +

Wanna feel old Macaulay Culkin will turn 40 in 2020 – but the Gen Xers and Millennials who grew up on this Christmas classic have already come to terms with the fact that they are no longer that young. But the fact remains that this movie starring Culkin as an eight-year-old who is accidentally left behind when his entire extended family goes on vacation to Paris – and then has to fend off the burglars who explored his house to rob it, the family was gone – has been a holiday classic since its debut 30 years ago.

Wrote Dry on the list of Best Christmas Movies: "Inspired by the superior comedic talents of Catherine O'Hara as Kevin's mad mother and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the half-baked burglars that eight-year-old" Home Alone "outwitted" is a Christmas classics for the whole family. "

The other cinematic sequels of the film are also available on the streaming service, so you can turn your movie night into a movie marathon when you want to see more of Kevin McCallister's hijinks.

"The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992)

Available on: Disney +

We'll leave it to IndieWires Jude Dry to explain exactly why this 1990s film became a Christmas classic along with so many other revered films: “The great Michael Caine plays Scrooge with all the gravitas of a Shakespearean actor in this joyous remake of Charles Dickens classic, except that its scene partners are all puppets. Caine understood the comedic ways of contrasting his grumpy Scrooge with a group of screeching muppets, and he was right. Director Brian Henson brilliantly cast Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat as storytellers for odd couples, delivering a smart and approachable joy ride to a film that ushered a generation of kids into the Christmas classic. "

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993)

Available on: Disney +

In a way, Tim Burton's scary Christmas classic is the perfect 2020 Christmas movie as it follows leggy Jack Skellington as he tries to get Halloween Town residents excited about Christmas – and time has passed so strangely this year that it is there is plenty of people decorated for Christmas before a modified form of trick or treating took place on Halloween. The stop-motion animation feature includes a score by Danny Elfman (who also provided Jack's singing voice) and also lands on IndieWire's Top 20 Vacation Movies list.

Marotta wrote, “Although Jack and his co-stars resemble a closet full of worn, slightly eerie toys, the stop-motion musical was a daunting undertaking that required 230 sets of models and recordings of 110,000 unique frames. The Nightmare Before Christmas was the first film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects and remains one of the most cherished titles in Burton's canon. "

"Santa Claus" (1994)

Available on: Disney +

As with many of the films on this list, the basic premise of Santa Claus is unsettling. Tim Allen accidentally kills Santa Claus and then has to assume his identity? Strange! And terrifying when it is re-cut as a horror film. But it's true – Allen plays a divorced father who, after a mishap on Christmas Eve, is magically taken to the North Pole with his son, where he has been told that he must take Santa's place before Christmas. Scott tries to write it off as a crazy dream, but when he begins to put on weight and grow a white beard, he realizes the experience probably wasn't a dream after all.

As with "Home Alone", the other sequels to "Santa Clause" are available on Disney + for marathon purposes (or for another movie night).

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"Elf" (2003)

Available on: Starz

You may be able to quote several lines from "Elf" even if you haven't seen the movie. This is because the comedy came out at the height of Will Ferrell's popularity and very quickly found its way into the pop culture lexicon. Ferrell plays Buddy, a person who grew up as an elf on the North Pole and sets out to find his birth father (and so happens to spread the Christmas spirit to a group of cynical New Yorkers. Wrote William Earl on IndieWire's list of The Top 20 Christmas films of all time: "The unsuspecting Buddy the Elf experiences New York City through the eyes of a 6" 3 "child. Funny set pieces like revolving doors, maple syrup and telephones are a prime example of the comedian infectious charm."

"Happiest season"

Available on: Hulu

"Happiest Season" may not have received widespread recognition – IndieWires Jude Dry wrote that "there is a lackluster script that offers little surprise or joy". But the rom-com about a woman (Kristen Stewart) who suggests going home with her friend (Mackenzie Davis) for Christmas only to find out that her friend isn't with her family yet has an appealing cast (Dan Levy and Aubrey Plaza in particular) and is filled with the same familiar tropes that make all of these TV Christmas movies so great to watch. If you burned out with the joy of being on vacation, you could certainly make it a lot worse.

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