It’s that time of the year when all the streaming giants are releasing an endless supply of seasonal offerings to get us into the Christmas spirit. From Netflix’s Family Switch to Prime Video’s Candy Cane Lane, there’s no shortage of new heartwarming and hilarious titles to keep us busy over the next few weeks. 

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On top of checking out the new releases, Christmas is also the perfect time to revisit some holiday favourites. Whether you’re into heartwarming classics or prefer Christmas cheer with a side of action, here are our top 10 picks for movies you need to stream this December. 

Die Hard (1988) 

According to some, Die Hard isn’t technically a Christmas movie, but John Mclane would probably have yippee-ki-yay to say to that.

This holiday classic starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, and the late great Alan Rickman follows a New York City cop who ends up in Los Angeles at his estranged wife’s office Christmas party. When a group of terrorists crash the party and take all the attendants hostage, it’s up to McClane to save them and (hopefully) rescue his failing marriage. 

Home Alone (1990)

No other movie embraces the spirit of Christmas like the original Home Alone does. This timeless classic starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, and Catherine O’Hara, follows a young Kevin McCallister whose family accidentally leaves him behind for the holidays. The young boy has to fend for himself, buy the correct toothbrush, and stop two dangerous burglars from entering his family home. 

For more than three decades, this movie has been a Christmas staple for the whole family to enjoy during the holidays. It’s a heartwarming and hilarious feature you need to watch at least once (per year). 

Klaus (2019)

When Klaus had its Netflix premiere in 2019, it was met with critical acclaim for its heartwarming portrayal of Santa Claus’s origin story. Directed by Sergio Pablos, this charming title won several accolades, including an Oscar nomination. The film is set in 18th-century Norway and follows the unlikely friendship between a postman and a reclusive toymaker. 

Elf (2003)

You can’t go through Christmas without streaming Elf at least once. In this Will Ferrell hilarious classic, a young man named Buddy was raised in the North Pole as one of Santa’s helpers. When he heads to New York to find his real father, he adds a bit of Christmas cheer into everyone’s life, whether they want it or not. 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

There have been many adaptations of Charles Dickens’s timeless tale, A Christmas Carol. But none are as charming and hilariously playful as The Muppet Christmas Carol. This iteration of the story features  Michael Caine as the miser Ebenezer Scrooge and actual muppets as iconic characters and the three ghosts. 

This is one you shouldn’t miss from your yearly watchlist. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Based on the Dr. Seuss children’s book of the same name, this heartwarming comedy stars Jim Carey as the titular Grinch. In the city of Whoville, everyone loves the festive season apart from the outcast Grinch. One year, little Cindy Lou tries to rehabilitate the green monster and introduce him back into Whoville society. 

Sir Anthony Hopkins narrates the movie and features performances from Taylor Momsen, Christine Baranski, and Jeffrey Tambor. 

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

With an A-lister cast led by Kurt Russell, this magical Netflix movie should be on everyone’s holiday streaming list. The film starts with two siblings who come up with a (not so) brilliant plant to capture Santa Claus. Unsurprisingly, their scheme goes awry and they are now forced to help save Christmas. 

Once you’ve finished streaming the first movie, make sure you check out its two adventurous sequels. 

Love, Actually (2003) 

This romantic comedy follows no less than eight storylines, each with characters dealing with different facets of love in the city of London. From a rockstar recording a new hit Christmas song to a best man in love with the bride, to the jeweler connecting them all, this movie has a little bit of everything blended for a perfect evening.

The film’s impressive ensemble cast includes Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Violent Night (2022)

Last year’s Violent Night is very similar to the Die Hard franchise. We have a group of criminals who break into a wealthy family home to steal a fortune and an unlikely hero who ends up saving the day from the sidelines. But there’s a twist – Our unlikely hero is the real Santa Claus, who was caught in the action after falling asleep on the job. 

The movie offers a funny and witty homage to classic Christmas movies like Home Alone and action flicks like Die Hard

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

No Christmas movie list would be complete without It’s a Wonderful Life, a timeless classic that’s as poignant and enjoyable today as it was 80 years ago when it first came out. The movie follows a family man at his wit’s ends who wishes he was never born. When he makes that wish an angel appears and shows him what the world would look like for his family without him. 

Lori C
Lori C

Lori C. is an entertainment writer who studied Film and Television at University. She watches and reviews films and series from most genres, but some of her favourites include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, and True Blood.

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