All the best Christmas movies to stream on Netflix and Disney+ this year

trending 18/12/2019

There’s no better time of year to watch a cheesy movie than Christmas. Gather the fam, cosy up, stuff your faces with movie snacks and be merry – it’s what the season is for!

These days it’s much easier to find your perfect fluffy Chrissy movie as well, especially when you have access to all our fave streaming services (Netflix and Disney Plus we’re looking at you).

And lucky for you, we've done the hard yards for you (you're welcome) and found all the best Christmas movies available on Netflix and Disney Plus these hols, perfect for that full-bellied food-coma binge watching sesh. So here are our top picks:

DISNEY+

1. Home Alone (1, 2, 3)
First things first - and Home Alone ALWAYS comes first. All three of these fabulous movies are available on Disney+ and we estimate we'll be watching them at least three times each before Chrissy. If you've lived under a rug your entire life, Home Alone is an absolute must see, following an eight-year old who's accidentally left at home when his family goes overseas for Christmas, and runs into all sorts of trouble. As we said, there are three of these beauties, so that's at least a day of binging sorted for ya. 

2. I'll be Home for Christmas
Again with the nostalgia, if you're a 90s kid you'll probably remember this fondly. It follows a spoiled college kid who refuses to go home for Christmas, until his Dad offers him a porche if he can make it. He rushes to make it home in time with his angry gf (played by a young Jessica Biel) and there's obviously some lovey dovey, true meaning of Christmas stuff thrown in there. 

3. The Muppet Christmas Carol
There are so many adaptions of the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol, but this is defs one of the best in our opinions. Maybe it's the nostalgia - but there's something magical about watching the Muppets play out this heartwarming tale. 

4. A Christmas Carol
Another Christmas Carol adaptation, but this one stars Jim Carrey in a variety of different roles in 3D animated beauty. 

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
From Halloween to Christmas, this amazing stop-motion animated film still has a place in every 90s kid's heart - even if it used to scare the crap out of them. Jack Skellington is an outsider looking for a place to belong, but going about it in all the wrong ways, accompanied by completely addicting songs - you won't be able to get them out of your head for days, we promise. 

6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
We know it's not a tradition 'Christmas' movie, but we still think it belongs here. Four kids discover a magical land stuck in a constant winter, and have to help defeat an evil witch to bring back Christmas, with the help of a magic lion. Sounds Christmassy enough for us! It's a classic, and if you haven't seen it... frankly we're a little disappointed in you. Get watching. 

7. Noelle
One of the first OG movies to launch on Disney+, Noelle stars Anna Kendrick in a pretty classic Christmas tale. It's not brilliant, but Chrissy movies are all about the cheese. Kendrick plays Santa's daughter who comes to realise that she might be the next Santa - lots of happy festive feels follow. 

8. The Santa Clause
The whole Santa Clause trilogy is actually on Disney+, but we recommend just sticking with the first. This 1994 comedy is a Chrissy must-watch, starring Tim Allen as a single dad who accidentally kills Santa by scaring him into falling off the roof - so of course Allen's character has to then become Santa. An absolute classic.

9. Santa Paws 2
There are a few of these movies, all of which are on Disney+ but we think this one is the only one that's worth watching tbh - and more for the cute fluffy puppies than for any sight of an actually decent storyline. Basically 1.5 hours of cuteness, how could you say no?

NETFLIX

1. Elf
You can't let Christmas go by without watching Elf AT LEAST once. It's just not acceptable. The hilarious, cheesy goodness that is Elf will have you feeling well and truly festive. Will Ferrel plays Buddy, a human who's been raised amongst the elves at the North Pole. You can't NOT love it.  

2. Let It Snow
This one's a newy, but it's also a Christmassy goodie. A snowstorm hits a small town on Xmas Eve, bringing together a group of highschool students. Think Love, Actually style. It's cheesy, charming and fun in all the right places. 

3. A Christmas Prince
Yes it's cheesy AF, but that's sort of the point. It's one of those so-bad-it's-good movies, and that's kinda of what you want for a Christmas flick isn't it? 
The story follows an American reporter going undercover in the (fictitious) European country Aldovia to get the scoop on the reported 'playboy' prince who's set to become king. The rest of the plot seems to be very much every other cheesy movie you've ever watched's plots all merged into one, but the movie manages to pull it off somehow. Obviously don't go in with any sky-high expectations and we reckon you'll secretly end up liking it. And if you want to give the sequels a go, well, we'll leave that one up to you. Spoiler alert though: they're prettyyyyyyy bad. 

4. The Princess Switch
Look, as we said, Christmas movies are all about the cheese right? And this one is oozing with stretchy, drippy, cheesy goodness. Case and point: it stars our favourite High School Musical sweetheart, the one and only Vanessa Hudgens. That's right, all your teenage dreams just came true. 
It's the classic tale of a normal baker girl and a random European princess who run into each other and happen to look like twins. So naturally they decide to swap places so the princess can experience a 'normal' life. Awkwardness and love stories obviously follow. It's definitely guilty-pleasure-list worthy if nothing else. 

5. The Christmas Chronicles
Those of you who're watching with the fam, or are kids at heart, here's one for you. The Christmas Chronicles follows siblings Kate and Teddy as they try and capture Santa on Christmas Eve. The plan goes wrong, but the pair end up joining forces with Santa himself to save Christmas. Oh the festiveness!

6. The Knight Before Christmas
More Christmas cheese, and more Vanessa Hudgens. Dreams do come true. This one was just released at the end of November, and it's everything you want in a Christmas flick. A medieval knight is transported to the present day, where he naturally falls in love with a high school science teacher. Ah, that old classic!

7. The Night Before
One for the comedy heads, here's one starring some of our fave funny boys, Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Three childhood friends have spent the last 10 Christmas Eves crazily partying together, but now in their 30s they've decided to stop the tradition after one last hurrah. It's basically like a Christmas version of The Hangover, and we're totally here for it. Not the best comedy you'll ever watch, but it's a goodie to get you in the Christmas spirit. It's rated R16 though so keep that in mind if you're watching with the fam.