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The Best Christmas and Holiday Movies on Hulu

Cozy up to some holiday favorites

Hedy Phillips

Christmas movies are all about deckin' halls, warm fuzzies, love, togetherness, and joy. Then again, they're also about family drama, revenge on exes, and even cheesy memories from the 1980s. In short, Christmas and holiday movies are a mixed bag of whatever you want them to be. Hulu has a pretty solid collection of holiday movies, and the list expands even more if you have the streamer's premium subscriptions to Live TV, HBO Max, Showtime, or Starz. For our picks of the best holiday movies on Hulu, though, you don't need anything more than the base subscription.

Though Christmas movies can span all genres, the selection on Hulu is largely the cheesy romance films that are perfect for watching when you want a good happy cry or just need a pick-me-up. The formulaic movies may be predictable in their happy endings, but during the holidays, that's more than OK. Below, find our picks for the best holiday movies on Hulu and pick which one you'll watch first once you're snuggled up in your holiday PJs with a mug of hot cocoa in your hand.

You can also look at our massive collection of recommendations, or our list of suggestions of what to watch next based on shows you already like

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Happiest Season

Hulu's new original holiday movie for 2020, Happiest Season, has an extremely stacked cast. Kristen Stewart stars as the girlfriend being brought home for Christmas for the first time, only to find out that her girlfriend hasn't exactly been truthful about her home life. Mackenzie Davis plays the girlfriend, Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy plays the hilarious best friend who comes to the rescue, Aubrey Plaza plays the distraction from it all, and Mary Steenburgen and Victor Garber costar as the quirky parents. (Watch on Hulu)

A Very Brady Christmas

No holiday season is complete without A Very Brady Christmas. Listen, the 94-minute, made-for-TV movie is about as cheesy as the Brady Bunch TV show always was, but that doesn't mean it's any less awesome. Made in 1988, the holiday movie brings all the Brady kids back home for Christmas, plus their families. It's actually quite a comforting look at how their lives turned out for them years later and is a must-watch during the holidays. (Watch on Hulu)

A Nasty Piece of Work

As part of Hulu's Into the Dark collection, A Nasty Piece of Work brings the horror genre to Christmas. When two men (and their significant others) are invited over for a holiday dinner party, they had no idea the evening's entertainment was going to be a game of survival … literally. The offbeat horror even allows Christmas music to play as background noise as blood flies around and screaming tries to drown it out. Merry Christmas, indeed. (Watch on Hulu)

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Do you know the story behind the most iconic Christmas story? The Man Who Invented Christmas is just that. Dan Stevens stars as Charles Dickens, during the time he was writing A Christmas Carol. Drawing inspiration from everywhere around him, including envisioning Christopher Plummer's character as the memorably grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, a young Dickens dreams up what would someday become the most famous Christmas story, told each year through a variety of mediums. Though totally fictionalized, we like to think this film could be true, at least to an extent. The rest… well, that's just the magic of Christmas. (Watch on Hulu)

These are just some of the Christmas and holiday movies on Hulu you'll find if you browse around. If you're looking for even more streaming holiday and Christmas movies, check out our suggestions for Netflix, Disney PlusHBO Max and Amazon Prime Video

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