The weather outside is getting colder and darker, which means two things: Winter is here and the holidays are around the corner. It’s the season of getting cozy on the couch under a plush blanket, curled up with your partner for a movie night. Your partner is in the mood for all the holly and jolly, but you don’t like Christmas movies. So how do you decide on what to watch? Take a look at the holiday movies we’ve collected here from different streaming services that you just might enjoy.
‘Catering Christmas’ (2022)
If you love Hallmark romantic comedies, then you can’t skip this movie. Great American Family has finally topped Hallmark with the premiere of “Catering Christmas.” Meet Molly Frost (Merritt Patterson), a new business owner who is struggling to get her catering business off the ground. Then she lands New Hampshire’s biggest event of the year and meets Carson (Daniel Lissing). Together, they learn about his family’s charity and how to incorporate the holiday-giving spirit into everyday life.
Enjoy “Catering Christmas” with your loved one, streaming on Philo and Hulu.
‘The Grinch’ (2018)
You have much in common with the Grinch if you don’t like Christmas movies. Steal some tricks from the most recent adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ popular holiday tale “The Grinch.” The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a lonely and grumpy creature who lives at the top of Mt. Crumpit. His plan to steal Christmas from the Whos goes awry when he meets Cindy-Lou Who (Cameron Seely), a young Who girl with enough generosity to counteract the Grinch’s cynicism.
This version of “The Grinch” is available to stream on Hulu Premium.
‘Four Christmases’ (2008)
If you’re looking for a rom-com with more com, then look no further. “Four Christmases” follows Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughn) as they go from excited about going on vacation to Fiji to irritable when they have no choice but to stay in town and visit the four sets of parents. As they go to each of the four distinctive households, they learn more about each other and themselves.
Enjoy slapstick jokes and plenty of relatably awkward moments when you watch “Four Christmases,” available on Max.
‘The Santa Clause’ (1994)
For something more sentimental that reminds you of childhood, “The Santa Clause” is a fantastic choice. Back in the day, this movie made you believe in magic, so enjoy it again this year. After Scott (Tim Allen) accidentally scares Santa into falling off the roof, he finds that he’s bound by magic to become the next Santa Claus. His relationship with his ex-wife, Laura (Wendy Crewson), becomes strained when she shares her disbelief of Santa Claus with their son Charlie (Eric Lloyd).
All three “The Santa Clause” movies are available to stream on Disney Plus. Plus, check out the new miniseries “The Santa Clauses.”
‘Die Hard’ (1988)
There’s a big debate about whether or not “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie, but we firmly believe “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie that must be watched yearly. Holly McClane (Bonnie Bedelia) and a group of co-workers are taken hostage at the Nakatomi building in L.A. during the company Christmas party. To ensure his wife’s safety, NYPD officer John (Bruce Willis) takes matters into his own hands.
Make it a double feature, as both “Die Hard” one and two are streaming on Sling TV Premium and Hulu Premium.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947)
For the classic lovers, we recommend “Miracle on 34th Street,” and not the 1994 remake. We mean the original from 1947. Doris (Maureen O’Hara) is a single mother who hires a man to play Santa at Macy’s. However, his sanity is questioned when he claims to be the real Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn). People’s beliefs are challenged, and luckily for Kris, miracles do happen.
Both the ’47 and ’94 versions of “Miracle on 34th Street” are available on Disney Plus. We won’t judge which one you choose.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946)
The last Christmas movie on this list is another well-loved classic film. While the overall ending is joyous, there’s a sense of melancholy underlying the entire plotline. George (James Stewart) owns a struggling business, and after a particularly bad day, he contemplates whether or not his wife and four children would’ve been better off had he never been born. However, his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), takes George on a journey, showing him what it truly would have been like without him.
Find joy in all the small things (and big!) this holiday season by watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This film is available on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.