Picking the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus is tough because there are so many of them to enjoy!
The holiday season is a time for togetherness and shared experiences, and there are few things that bring us all together quite like the movies. Disney Plus has something for everyone — young and old — to appreciate.
Here is our pick of best Christmas movies on Disney Plus. And, if you're in the mood for even more festive films we also have a best Netflix Christmas movies guide. Plus, the best Hallmark Christmas movies, the Hallmark Christmas movies 2021 full schedule, and the Lifetime Christmas movies 2021 full schedule!
Home Alone is just about the perfect Christmas movie! Macaulay Culkin simply aces it as Kevin McCallister, who is somehow left to fend for himself over the holiday season. Come on parents, forgetting to take one of your children with you when you go away to France is not good!
The movie really comes alive in the second half as a pair of useless crooks, wonderfully played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, set about trying to rob Kevin's house. But Kevin has other ideas and sets a string of dastardly traps for the baddies to fall into. Which they do!
'The Muppet Christmas Carol'
This is the best version of A Christmas Carol ever made. There, we said it. Michael Caine is the best Ebenezer Scrooge ever set to film and no actor has ever captured Dickens' heart and soul of Bob Cratchit quite like Kermit the Frog. The songs are beautiful. The characters are magical. We dare you to watch this without crying or getting warm fuzzies or both. You can’t. It’s impossible. It’s a perfect Christmas movie.
'The Nightmare Before Christmas'
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas maybe, in fact, a perfect film and undoubtedly one of the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus. In Henry Selick’s directorial debut, Jack the Pumpkin King is tired of doing the Halloween thing 365 and becomes fascinated with the world of Christmas. As he tries to put his own twist on the celebration, he almost destroys Christmas and puts Santa Claus at risk. The endless war of determining whether or not this is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie is a silly one, but providing the accessibility of Christmas to monster kids and goths cannot be understated.
Noelle Claus (Anna Kendrick) loves her life as the cheery daughter of Santa Claus, but can’t help but feel a little down considering her brother Nick (Bill Hader) is taking over the Santa duties this Christmas for the first time. Unfortunately, Nick doesn’t have quite as much Christmas spirit as his sister, and struggles to succeed in his Santa training. Noelle suggests he take a break to clear his head, but he never comes back. Now it’s up to Noelle and her friend Polly the Elf (Shirley MacLaine) to track down Nick and save Christmas.
'The Santa Clause'
The mystery surrounding how one becomes Santa Claus has been explored time and time again, but it’s Disney’s iconic rendition with Tim Allen that still remains on top. Allen plays a newly divorced dad who inadvertently knocks Santa off the roof, thereby triggering the “Santa Clause” forcing him to take over as the man in red while trying to convince his friends and family that he hasn’t gone insane. It’s a touching story about not losing the Christmas spirit as you grow older, and how spreading cheer is a yearlong commitment.
'Olaf’s Frozen Adventure'
OK, not a full movie, but this is one that very young children and grown-ups can both enjoy. Olaf is arguably the best character in Frozen, so why not give him his own Christmas film?
When Anna and Elsa realise they don’t have any Christmas family traditions, Olaf and Sven team up to find them some.
Cue a magical tale that will no doubt make you want to watch Frozen again!
People still need Fairy Godmothers, right?! Jillian Bell stars as Eleanor, a trainee Fairy Godmother who is on a mission to prove her blossoming skills are required in the modern-day. She searches for Mackenzie, a little girl she dreams of helping... only Mackenzie (Isla Fisher), turns out to be a grown-up and very cynical news reporter! Erm, how are they going to get along? Lots of fun.
Originally part of the ABC Family “25 Days of Christmas” celebration, this made-for-TV holiday film stars Christina Milian as a woman named Angela who finds a magical snow globe and is able to transport into the world inside. It’s very Pleasantville-esque in that the globe people are all made of borderline cartoonish Christmas cheer, but things are complicated when Angela brings her new friend Eddie out of the globe and into the “real” world.
'Twas the Night'
Did you know that Michael Myers (Nick Castle) directed a Disney Channel original movie about Bryan Cranston as a conman Santa Claus? Now you do. Cranston plays Nick Wrigley, a guy who is hacked by criminals and demands money or else they’re gonna make him pay by any means necessary. Nick flees and runs into his family, where he only gets along with his 14-year-old nephew. Long story short, they steal Santa’s sleigh for a joyride and put all of Christmas at risk. DCOMs get a lot of flack, but this is easily one of the best.
'The Ultimate Christmas Present'
Speaking of DCOMs, The Ultimate Christmas Present is the perfect film for anyone celebrating the holidays in a warmer climate. Two teen girls, Sam (Brenda Song) and Allison (Hallee Hirsh) find a mysterious weather machine in the woods. After figuring out they can manipulate the weather, they use it to make it snow in Los Angeles. Turns out, the machine belongs to Santa and messing with the weather has some serious consequences for families all across Los Angeles and Santa Claus’ chances at a successful Christmas.
'While You Were Sleeping'
Instead of arguing yet again about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie, turn your need for debate to the Sandra Bullock romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping. An oft-forgotten film from the 90s, the film begins right before Christmas and ends a day or two after New Year’s Eve. Bullock plays a transit worker who saves her biggest crush from a mugging, only for his family to confuse her for his fiancé when he enters a coma. It’s an admittedly weird movie that somehow sends a beautiful message about finding one’s true family, love, and community around the holidays.
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BJ Colangelo is an award winning filmmaker and film analyst specializing in dismissed cinema and television. She writes about horror, wrestling, musicals, adult animation, sex and gender, kicking pancreatic cancer’s ass, and being a fat queer in places like Fangoria, Vulture, The Daily Dot, Autostraddle, Playboy.com, and a handful of books college students get assigned to read. She’s also the co-host of the teen girl movie podcast, This Ends at Prom, with her wife, Harmony.
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