If your favorite way to celebrate the holidays is to cozy up on the couch watching your favorite Christmas movies, you are in the right place. We’ve got 32 shows to share with you.
As I was doing some research, I noticed that movie-makers use Christmas as the perfect setting for the most cheesy rom coms ever written. However, because it’s around the time of the Holidays (with a capital H), Hollywood producers can pass anything as treasured.
I know my ten-year-old and twelve-year-old sons would rather hide under their beds then watch another “kissy” movie. And to tell you the truth, while I appreciate a cheesy romantic comedy, most days I would probably join them.
We gathered our favorite this year’s family-friendly streaming entertainment options–movies or holiday-themed shows–and which app is hosting them this holiday season. When it comes to choosing your favorite app, there are three things to consider.
For more holiday happenings, check our 2020 Christmas & Holiday Guide. It’s chock full of Santa sightings, festivals, theater and musical performances, Christmas lights displays, and Christmas shopping tips.
Which App is Best?
If you are trying to determine which streaming app to use, here are a few tips in making that decision. Our family currently has subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. We subscribed to Netflix when our kids were tiny and haven’t regretted it since. We also have a Prime membership for our family’s basic shopping needs, so we take advantage of the use of Prime Video. We don’t have Prime FOR the streaming, but it is certainly a nice perk. As for Disney, it’s the least expensive and there are so many shows and movies on that service. We love it.
- Entertainment included: Beyond the holiday season, do you enjoy the shows and movies that are offered? As a homeschooling mama, we really do take advantage of what there is at our fingertips with documentaries and docuseries. Are there shows that we cannot live without? Which service includes those?
- Price: This is always a factor. Disney’s monthly rate is $7/month. That’s fabulous but only if you are planning on using it. If you don’t use it, then it’s $7 you are throwing away.
$5.99/month: Hulu (you can add on packages for up to $44.99)
You can bundle Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ for $12.99/month
$6.49-$12.99/month: Amazon Prime
- Overall worth of service: Like I said with Amazon Prime Video, we view it as a bonus. Do we plan on getting rid of Amazon Prime? Not likely, so we will continue to use their streaming service as a perk.
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Christmas Movies and Shows to Enjoy
MSP Film Society: The Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Society is bringing their annual tradition of screening Ronia: The Robber’s Daughter to us virtually this year. Note that this is in Swedish with English subtitles. Tickets are $15.
Netflix: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Home Alone, Klaus, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018), The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Trolls Holiday, The Christmas Chronicles, The Christmas Chronicles 2, Santa Claws, Sugar Rush Holidays, The Great British Baking Show Holiday
Amazon Prime: Home Alone, Home Alone Lost in New York, Rise of the Guardians, Elf, Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Carol, The Man Who Invented Christmas
Disney Plus: Frozen, Frozen 2, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3, Santa Buddies, Santa Paws 2, The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, The Mighty Ducks, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Hulu: A Very Brady Christmas, the only movie that my family can watch together without purchasing any cable add-ons.
Let us know if we missed a show you were hoping to see.