Where to Stream Your Favorite Holiday Specials Online

Where to Stream Your Favorite Holiday Specials Online

T’is the season to binge-watch classic holiday movies. Whether your favorites are mainstream classics or more off the beaten Christmas path (looking at you, Die Hard fans), you can find them streaming somewhere on the internet.

We pulled some fan favorites and compiled them here to make your Christmas streaming stress free.

Home Alone

We’ve all been stuck at home this year, so Home Alone (1990) seems like the perfect 2020 Christmas Movie. A kid stuck in the house, fighting off intruders, with a healthy dose of slapstick comedy to cheer you up. And of course, a happy ending. Even if some of us can’t see our families for Christmas this year, we can live vicariously through Kevin McCallister.

Home Alone is streaming on Disney+.

White Christmas

A true classic, White Christmas (1954) features Christmas music staple Bing Crosby, alongside Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney dance their way through the holiday season. Mostly a vehicle for the hit song of the same name, White Christmas is the perfect sing-along, old hollywood Christmas movie.

White Christmas is streaming on Netflix.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Whether you’re a fan of the original 1966 cartoon or the 2000 Jim Carrey version, the Grinch is a cult classic holiday movie. The reclusive Grinch tries to ruin Christmas by stealing presents, but finds out that the true meaning of Christmas is connecting with family. While the original cartoon is not currently included in any streaming subscriptions, you can still rent the original Grinch on Amazon Video.

You can stream the 2000 version on Netflix.

Miracle on 34th Street

Another old-hollywood Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street (1947) is a holiday staple. When Santa gets taken to court in a case of mistaken identity, one little girl learns to really believe in the magic of Christmas. “Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.”

Miracle on 34th Street is available on Netflix.

The Santa Clause

Watching Santa fall off the roof may not seem like a strong introduction to a holiday trilogy, but The Santa Clause is one of the more popular Christmas movies among the millennial crowd. The trilogy might have trailed off after the original Santa Clause came out in 1994, but watching Tim Allen assume the role of Santa brings back a lot of childhood memories.

The Santa Clause and it’s companions are streaming on Disney+.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Often imitated but never duplicated, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) follows George Bailey (James Stewart) and Clarence the Angel as he learns that the world would not actually be better off without him. After a year like 2020, the message of gratitude and love are especially relevant.

You can watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Amazon Prime Video.

A Christmas Story

Is it really Christmas if you don’t want A Christmas Story? The 1983 film is pure nostalgia, a throwback to a time when you could give a child a BB Gun for Christmas. But truely, the look into the life of a kid at Christmas time speaks to all of us in different ways, and taught us all not to lick frozen flag poles.

A Christmas Story is streaming on Hulu.


“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” — and of course watching Will Farrell in Elf (2003). The innocence and humor of Buddy the Elf trying to make his way in New York City is highly quotable (“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”) and positively inspiring. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

Elf is streaming on Hulu.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

One for the grownups, Christmas Vacation (1989) shows Christmas the way it really is… an absolute disaster. Anyone who’s ever had their family over for Christmas can relate to Clark Griswold and his family as they desperately try to keep it together for the holidays. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is still a sweet movie, proving that Christmas is worth all the craziness.

You can rent or buy Christmas Vacation on Amazon Prime Video or Apple.

Charlie Brown Christmas

For the first time in 50 years, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) won’t be airing on network TV. Apple bought the rights to all the Peanuts specials last year, but don’t worry, you can still watch it without an AppleTV+ subscription! Apple announced that viewers will be able to stream A Charlie Brown Christmas for free from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is available for purchase from AppleTV.

While they aren’t currently available for streaming, it would be remiss not to mention the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. Rudolph, Frosty, Heatmiser and all their friends are available for purchase from AppleTV and Amazon.

And finally,

Die Hard

Now, in our humble opinion, Die Hard is not a Christmas movie! But if you enjoy watching action movies at Christmas time, Die Hard is streaming on Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max and Youtube.

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