When we think of the holiday season, we envision homes with sparkly displays of décor and dazzling lights, mouthwatering desserts and mounds of brightly wrapped presents. But the highlight of the season for many sentimentalists is, hands down — the movies! Beginning in November, long before you’ve stuffed and roasted your Turkey, the holiday roundup of films makes its way to our screens. This year, the festive lineup kicks off with offerings on your favorite streaming and cable services that will not disappoint. Get your tissues ready and enjoy heartwarming classics streaming on HULU, such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. Grab some popcorn, get comfy on the couch, and join in on the fun for the whole family with favorites on Disney + like, Home Alone and The Santa Clause and animated classics like, A Rugrats Hanukkah on Paramount+. We’ve pulled together just a small sampling from the hundreds of holiday offerings on streaming and cable services that you can watch in the comfort of your own home. So, get cozy and read on for some popular holiday movies this season:
Hallmark Channel: If romance on tap is what you desire, then The Hallmark Channel provides it 365 days out of the year. But with the holiday season almost in full swing, you’ll have even more to swoon over with all the dreamy holiday-themed romance stories that will warm your heart and put you in a great mood even on the gloomiest winter day.
Dec. 3 Eight Gifts of Hanukkah
Dec. 5 A Hometown Holiday
Dec. 10 A Dickens of a Holiday
Dec. 11 A Royal Queens Christmas
Dec. 18 The Christmas House 2: Deck the Halls
Dec. 20 Christmas in Rome
Dec. 23 If I Only Had Christmas
Dec. 25 Crashing Through the Snow
HULU: HULU’s eclectic lineup of holiday offerings gets better every year and, best of all, they put us in the holiday mood with a curated mix of best-loved classics and some new movies that are guaranteed to entertain you and put a smile on your face.
Streaming Now: Christmas With the Cranks, A Very Brady Christmas (oh Marcia!), Jingle All the Way, The Holiday (get your tissues ready!), The Man Who Invented Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street (both 1994 and 1947 versions!), Prancer and Deck the Halls
Netflix: These are just a few of the newer releases on Netflix, but this streaming service will have plenty of Christmas specials and programming to share throughout the month. You can catch Christmas queen Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You and the heartwarming Christmas Wedding Planner streaming now.
Dec. 3 Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
Dec. 6 David and the Elves
Dec. 16 A California Christmas: City Lights
Dec. 22 Grumpy Christmas
Dec. 24 1000 Miles from Christmas
HBO/Max: Grab your popcorn and hot chocolate and settle in for some festive family viewing. If you get a thrill watching movies that are premiering in theaters right now, then you’ll be even more excited watching them from the comfort of your own couch or easy chair. HBO features same-day theater releases along with many other options filled with drama, romance and comedy throughout the month of December.
Playing Now: Elf, The Polar Express, Jack Frost, A Christmas Story
Dec. 20 King Richard, (the Venus and Serena Williams story) same day in theaters
Dec. 22 Matrix 4, (the long-awaited next chapter for Neo), same day in theaters.
Disney+: Disney+ has a fabulous and fun lineup of movies featuring family-friendly fare that will warm your heart. Stuff your virtual holiday stocking with these festive flicks that range from beloved old favorites and some new offerings that are sure to entertain both young and old.
Playing Now: Marvel’s Hawkeye Series, Frozen 1 and 2 , Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jingle All the Way 1 and 2
Dec. 3 Ice Age and Christmas…Again?!
Dec. 10 Mickey & Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas
Dec. 17 Home Alone 4 and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
Freeform: Don’t miss this popular cable network’s “25 Days of Christmas” lineup that includes best-loved classics like Home Alone, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You’re sure to find something here to enjoy. Here’s a small sampling of what’s in store for you on Freeform:
Dec. 3 The Little Drummer Boy, Home Alone 1 and 2
Dec. 5 The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frosty the Snowman
Dec. 7 How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jingle All the Way
Dec. 9 The Santa Clause 1 and 2, The Grinch
Dec. 11 Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot
Dec. 17 Love Actually, Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Dec. 20 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Home Alone: Lost in New York
Dec. 25 Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Arthur Christmas
At Home for the Holidays
The holidays are all about sharing special times at home with family and friends. At NP, Inc., we know how important it is to make great holiday memories that last a lifetime, especially in your new home. With mortgage rates still at all-time lows, now is the perfect time to gift yourself with your dream home for the holidays. And we’ll be happy to help you find the right loan product to suit your needs. To find out more, reach out to one of our loan specialists at www.usmtg.com. We’ll find you the perfect loan tailor-made to fit your budget.
by Susan Sherman for NP, Inc.