It’s that time of year when it’s way too dark and cold outside to do anything but curl up with some hot chocolate, or eggnog, and settle in to watch the best Christmas movies online, for free, if possible.
Considering the current circumstances, for most of us it may mean we have a bit more free time on our hands, and what better way to spend it than enjoy a few nice Christmas movies and get into the jolly spirit?
Christmas has come to represent different things to people over the years, and the movies here reflect that in kind. This is why I’ve made sure to include Christmas movies for each and every taste.
Prepare your holiday snacks and get cozy with one of these 21 Christmas movies.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES TO WATCH THIS YEAR
HOME ALONE (1990)
This John Hughes classic proves itself to be a must-watch year after year. Young Kevin McAllister’s (Macaulay Culkin) must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)
Dr. Seuss’s Christmas tale comes to life with an all-star cast, special effects and laugh-out-loud comedy. A bitter and hateful Grinch becomes increasingly irritated at the thought of the nearby village planning their big Christmas celebrations. To ruin their holiday, he disguises himself as Santa Claus (and his dog to look like a reindeer) and travels to the village to raid it of all of the presents, trees and decorations.
As a toddler, Buddy was mysteriously transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa’s elves. Now, he’s on a mission to find his real dad — Walter Hobbs — in New York City. Did I mention Walter is on the naughty list? As you can imagine, things don’t go well.
Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, has become bored with the spooky holiday (we can’t relate). One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and becomes so infatuated with the idea of Christmas that he decides to try and create his own version.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009)
Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.
LET IT SNOW (2019)
Based on the young adult novel of the same name, a huge snowstorm hits a small Midwestern town on Christmas Eve, bringing a group of high school students closer than ever.
LAST CHRISTMAS (2019)
The log line for the Universal Pictures film reads, “As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart…and you gotta have faith.” Enough said.
HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK (1982)
One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City – and the same criminals are not far behind.
THE PRINCESS SWITCH (2018)
Competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia, a Chicago baker bumps into the prince’s fiancée–who looks just like her. They switch lives for two days.
THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS (2010)
Magic dogs and an elf team up with two children to rescue Santa who has lost his memory.
JACK FROST (1998)
A father who can’t keep his promises dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever.
A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY (2015)
High school students investigate a mysterious homicide that occurred the prior holiday season, a couple notices their young son is acting strangely after a snowy forest trip to cut down a traditional tree and one family are stalked through a winter wonderland by Krampus, the Xmas demon. Meanwhile at the North Pole, Santa is fending off zombie elves.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (1995)
During one seemingly ordinary Christmas shift, Lucy witnesses the object of her desire falling off the platform, and in one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions, she saves him from certain death, only to be mistaken for his fiancée at the hospital. As Lucy enjoys the unexpected stroke of good luck, unable to tell the truth to his welcoming family, unforeseen romantic affairs further complicate matters. Now, the comatose patient’s suspicious brother, Jack, thinks he’s onto something. Will Lucy face the consequences of what happened while the beautiful stranger was sleeping?
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2018)
A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.
BAD SANTA (2003)
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.
When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) gets disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Meanwhile, this lack of festive spirit unleashes the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for one another if they hope to survive.
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011)
This movie reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” The answer: Santa’s (Jim Broadbent’s) exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of this movie is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur (James McAvoy), with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
BETTER WATCH OUT (2017)
When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she’s caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no normal home invasion.
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