Christmas movies for the holiday season

Love watching Christmas movies during the holiday season?

Me too!

For me it’s an absolute must!! Watching Christmas movies is one of my favourite (and low key) ways to ring in the holidays.

Very rarely do I wrap presents or bake treats without a Christmas movie, the fireplace channel, and/or a favourite candle lit in the background.

If not a movie then a Christmas playlist at the very least!!

From Mickey’s Christmas Carol to It’s a Wonderful Life, the Christmas movies featured in the below lists are movies that I try to watch every year… with a few new ones that I haven’t had a chance to see yet.

Regardless, any of the below movies would pair wonderfully with holiday treats and a favourite hot beverage.

Apple TV

If you don’t already have Apple TV, you can use this promotion (by December 2nd) and get 2 moths of free streaming.

I decided wait until December so I can watch Christmas movies and then get another month of access for the dreary days of January.

Animated Movies

  1. Charlie Brown (may be) a blockhead, but he did get a nice tree
  2. This remake of The Grinch is absolutely adorable
  3. The tale of the most famous reindeer of all
  4. How Santa Claus supposedly came to be

Live Action Movies

  1. When I was little, my dance studio would put on a Christmas production based on The Grinch. This movie is guaranteed a spot on my movie list each holiday season.
  2. I have lost count on how many times I’ve seen Elf
  3. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn? Four Christmases just doesn’t disappoint.
  4. Because life is wonderful… especially around Christmas time
  5. I don’t do musicals, but I actually enjoyed Meet Me in St. Louis
  6. Office Christmas Party? It’s called balance.
  7. Spirited should be interesting. What could go wrong with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds?
  8. I absolutely LOVE The Holiday!! Christmas and an unlikely romance in the British countryside? Always!!!
  9. Set in Victorian London, the story of how Charles Dickens came up with one of my favourite Christmas stories
  10. I am afraid to admit that I have not yet seen The Polar Express. Don’t worry, it is on my list for this year.
  11. May all your Christmases be white

Disney +

I admittedly only subscribe to Disney + for November and December just so I can watch Christmas movies.

Particularly the classic animated ones from my childhood!

Animated Movies

  1. In my books, 101 Dalmatians qualifies as a Christmas movie
  2. Join Belle as Mrs. Potts tells the story of a Christmas that almost didn’t happen
  3. I’ve always loved how Lady and the Tramp begins with a Christmas gift
  4. A Christmas Carol retold by Mickey and his pals
  5. A triage of Christmas shorts as Mickey and Minnie gather everyone for Christmas
  6. Santa joins Mickey, Minnie and friends as they unlock the true joys of Christmas
  7. Tag along with Olaf as he discovers Christmas traditions. This movie is beyond adorable!
  8. Join Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood during the holiday season

Live Action Movies

  1. The wonders of Mother Goose with a touch of Christmas cheer
  2. Miracle on 34th Street may be my favourite Christmas movie
  3. A Christmas Carol retold by Kermit and his friends
  4. A beautiful, reimagined movie of my favourite Christmas ballet


There are definitely some gems on Netflix that add to the holiday season.

The below list includes a fair share of hallmark-type movies. Admit it though, they pair really well with wrapping gifts and baking treats!

Animated Movies

  1. My aunt actually messaged me from France, to tell me that I needed to watch Klaus. It really is an adorable Christmas tale.

Live Action Movies

  1. A Christmas story, set in Northern Europe, told by the wonderful Maggie Smith. Elves, reindeer, and a talking mouse? Obviously.
  2. If you’re missing Europe as much as I am, add this festive Scottish movie to your list
  3. I’ll usually play A Christmas Prince in the background while baking or wrapping presents. The second and third aren’t actually terrible, as far as sequels go, but I probably wouldn’t make time to sit down and watch them again.
  4. Cute and heartwarming, Christmas Inheritance is a sweet romance that is also perfect to have playing in the background
  5. A Christmas Wedding Planner takes me back to my winter bridesmaid days. It is light, romantic and very Hallmark-like.
  6. Christmas With a View is a very likely (yet lovely) romance in the snowy mountainside
  7. A light-hearted romantic comedy, Single All The Way brings back many happy childhood Christmas memories with my aunties, uncles, and guncles!
  8. The Princess Switch takes you to the idyllic Christmas season in Belgravia. I’m not sure if I would recommend siting down for the second and third sequels, but they’re fine if you’re busy in the kitchen.

Which Christmas movies are your favourites? I’d love to read about them in the comments below.



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