By Jessica Nunes
With Christmas time finally upon us, one of the many ways to get you, your friends and your family in the spirit is to watch some favorite holiday films. Thanks to major streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime, you can watch all your favorite Christmas films anywhere, anytime.
Netflix has a variety of movies to watch for Christmas; however, most of their films would be considered part of the “Hallmark” or “rom-com” genres. Check out movies such as “The Princess Switch,” “A Christmas Prince,” “The Knight Before Christmas” and “Christmas Wedding Planner.”
Hulu is also a great place to watch some of the best holiday movies. This streaming service offers many different holiday films, including ones from the Hallmark Channel, not to mention Lifetime Holiday specials, animation films and a few classic ‘80s and ‘90s movies. A Hallmark movie you could watch this year is “Naughty & Nice,” starring Hilarie Burton. Some Lifetime holiday movies on Hulu are “The Spirit of Christmas” and “Christmas in the Heartland.” Some popular animation movies anyone would love are “Prancer” and “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.” Finally, a ‘90s Christmas movie you could watch is “Home for the Holidays,” starring Robert Downey Jr. Additionally, one of my favorite Christmas movies is “The March Sisters at Christmas.” This film is a loosely-based replica of the film “Little Women,” directed by Greta Gerwig.
Disney Plus is another excellent way to watch Christmas movies this year. With all of your childhood favorites in one place, there is a range of new movies and classics to watch. New favorites consists of “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure“ and “A Christmas Carol.“ Some old favorites are “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas“ and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Amazon Prime Video offers a wide array, too, from classic films such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,””Polar Express” and “Home Alone” to newer (but no less beloved) favorites like “Love Actually,” “Four Christmases” and “The Holiday.”
Don’t have a subscription to any of these services? Don’t worry—the cable network Freeform is screening movies in their 25 Days of Christmas special. In addition to cable services, the Northwest University Library offers a wide variety of movies for students and faculty to checkout.
No matter what Christmas movie you pick, you are guaranteed to laugh, cry and walk away with some holiday cheer.