We’ve watched our fair share of holiday and Christmas movies, shows and specials over the last few weeks. I thought I’d share a huge round-up of some of our faves (that we’ve watched and that are on our “to watch” list) that the whole family enjoyed!
Below you’ll find everything from holiday classics, to holiday episodes of our son’s favorite shows, to holiday decorating and musical specials. I broke it down by streaming platform, so you can see what’s available on the app(s) you have.
This is only a FRACTION of the holiday content that’s out there, but if you’re looking for something fun to watch this holiday break, hopefully it will be a good starting point!
Holiday Specials & Shorts:
- Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
- Disney Holiday Singalong
- Disney Magical Holiday Celebration
- From Our Family To Yours
- Prep & Landing
- Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Holiday Episodes of Disney Junior Shows:
- Bluey: Verandah Santa
- The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special
- Elena of Avalor: Snow Place Like Home
- Muppet Babies: A Very Muppet Babies Christmas
If you go to the “Disney” Section on Disney+, there is a section featuring all the Disney Jr. holiday episodes!
- Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
- Home Alone (1-3)
- Jingle All The Way
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
- Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol
- The Muppets Christmas Carol
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Nutcracker & The Four Realms
- The Santa Clause (1-3)
- How the Grinch Stole Chrsitmas
- Jingle Jangle (If there is ONE holiday movie you watch this year, it should be this one. IN-CREDIBLE.)
- Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
- The Holiday Movies That Made Us (Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf)
- The Movies That Made Us (Home Alone)
- Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas
- Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas
- Motown Magic: Christmas Everyday
- Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers
- Super Monsters Save Christmas
- Trash Truck Christmas
- The Grinch (To buy/rent only)
- The Nutcracker (1993 NYC Ballet version, to buy/rent only)
- Daniel’s Winter Wonderland
- The Snowy Day
- Wild Kratz: A Creature Christmas
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- Jack Frost
- Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
- A Sesame Street Christmas Carol
- Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
- Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
- The Grinch Musical
- Annie Live
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- Buddy vs Christmas
- Candy Land
- Christmas Cookie Challenge
- Holiday Baking Championship
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown
- Holiday Wars
- Christmas with the Kranks
- Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
- The Holiday (Ok, not necessarily a family movie, but it’s my all-time personal fave, and our son does love the magical tent scene!)
We watch a LOT of parades, rides, behind the scenes features and holiday light shows on YouTube. And also some classics that I loved from my childhood. Here’s the links for some of them!
- Frosty the Snowman
- Once Upon a Christmastime Disney Parade
- Christmas Fantasy Parade
- It’s A Small World Holiday Lights + Projection Show
- It’s A Small World Holiday Ride
- Cinderella Castle Christmas Projection
- A Frozen Holiday Wish Castle Lighting
- Haunted Mansion Holiday Ride-along
- The Grinch Christmas House Projection Show
- Jingle Jangle Behind the Scenes
- Jingle Jangle Set Tour
Since I know I’m missing a ton here, leave your faves (and how you watch them) below!! I’ll continue to add to this list if we discover other ones we love!
Jamie O. says
Muppet Family Christmas!! It’s a favorite of my family and it was such a treat when my husband and I discovered he loved it too growing up! We watched it on YouTube the other night. Not the same as watching it on our VHS copy with the 80s commercials, but it gets the job done!
Hulu has quite a few Christmas specials too! Elf, Arthur Christmas, Ice Age Christmas, Cat in the Hat Christmas (and like a bazillion other things!) are all streaming free on Hulu right now.
Hana Toupin says
Klaus is so good! We watched for the first time this year and cannot stop! It’s on netflix
Gina Moore says
With a 4 year old and a 2 year old I’m so grateful for this list! I have been searching Christmas and barely any of these come up! 🙂
The Snowman is on Amazon, too, and it’s so relaxing to watch! Thanks for the Rec of Jingle Jangle – we’ll watch this today! We also love Klaus on Netflix.
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We watched A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix this year, and it was good! I had low expectations, and it’s deeper and more adventurous than I thought it’d be. It has kind of a Narnia feel. I didn’t watch the preview, though my 9yr old said it gave way too many spoilers. So, beware!
Trolls Holiday in Harmony released this year and is now available for free on Peacock/NBC.
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Thomas Alford says
This year, we watched A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix basket random, and it was fantastic! I had low expectations, and it’s deeper and more daring than I expected.