The holidays are all about family, so it makes sense that some of the best Christmas movies to stream are on Disney+, the most family-friendly of all streaming services. This year, the big new Christmas film on Disney+ is the latest in the Home Alone franchise, Home Sweet Home Alone, a reimagining of the 1990 Macaulay Culkin classic. But you can also find some holiday gems like The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Santa Clause, and Mickey's Christmas Carol, as well as Disney+ originals like Noelle and Once Upon a Snowman, a short film starring Frozen's Olaf.
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Disney+ has a few different versions of A Christmas Carol, but this year, we're sticking with the classics (sorry computer-graphics Jim Carrey!). Mickey's Christmas Carol is about as wholesome as it gets, with Mickey playing the role of Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck playing, well, Scrooge. Dickens' vibe translates remarkably well to Disney, too, making this 1983 hand-drawn film a great bonding experience for young and older viewers.
For a goofier, more lively take on Dickens' tale, give The Muppet Christmas Carol a go. The 1992 musical comedy stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, and in addition to featuring some original holiday songs, it features that unique Muppet humor.
When you think of a classic Christmas movie, Home Alone is usually one of the first ones to come to mind. The comedy sees young Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) forgotten at home during the holidays when his family vacations in France and his mother finds it next to impossible to get home to her son. Meanwhile, as if being home alone isn't scary enough, Kevin learns that robbers are trying to break into his home. The robbers — Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern — don't immediately realize Kevin is home, but when they do, Kevin will do what he has to do to protect his home during the holidays. But can Christmas ever be the same without his family?
If you love the first Home Alone movie, then buckle up and give Home Alone 2: Lost in New York a spin. Another holiday classic, it follows Kevin as he accidentally gets on the wrong plane when his family takes yet another vacation and finds himself alone in New York City. Christmas in New York is beautiful, but Kevin learns that the same robbers are on to him. Can he outsmart the robbers and still find joy in Christmas now that he's alone again, but this time in one of the world's biggest cities?
Skip Home Alone 3, Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House, and Home Alone: Holiday Heist for obvious reasons (they suck, if it wasn't obvious enough), and jump straight to the newest film in the franchise, Home Sweet Home Alone. The Disney+ exclusive premieres Nov. 12 and decides not to mess with the formula that made the original such a classic, by essentially redoing it. Ten-year-old Max gets left alone while his family goes on a trip, and it's up to him to fend off a pair of thieves (Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper). So what's the difference? The kid has a British accent! Hey, streaming services don't have time for originality. -Tim Surette
Starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, Noelle is a magical tale of the Kringle family. This year, Noelle's brother Nick is meant to take the place of their father, Santa Claus, but Nick isn't quite ready to fill his dad's big shoes. Noelle, though, has been prepared for this moment for a long time, and her nervous brother needs her encouragement to make sure Christmas goes as planned. To calm his nerves, she suggests that her brother take some time off, but then he disappears. Noelle sets out to find her brother and hopefully save Christmas before there's a new Santa.
Single-dad Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) gets the surprise of his life when his son Charlie wakes him up after hearing a clattering on the roof. The noise ends up being Santa Claus, who takes a fatal fall. After reading a note that the "reindeer will know what to do," Charlie's dad realizes he needs to finish Santa's job. Though he initially thinks he'll just be filling Santa's shoes (or, rather, big red suit) for just one night, he soon realizes that he's the new Santa, which is a full-time job. There are two sequels also available on Disney+.
Frozen may not be a holiday movie per se, but the title itself indicates that it's the perfect movie to watch when it's snowing and too cold to step outside. Keeping with the themes of other Disney films, the young princess Esla learns that everything she touches freezes. And, when she can't control her emotions, she can't make it stop. When Elsa and her sister Anna's parents die, Elsa begins to distance herself, scared of her own abilities. Can her sister rescue her, and does Elsa even want to be rescued? The sequel, Frozen 2, is also available on Disney Plus.
Olaf, a joyful snowman, is one of the most beloved characters from Frozen. But, where did he come from? After all, Olaf is no ordinary snowman. He sings! He dances! Now it's time for him to tell his story. How did Olaf come to be, and can a snowman find his identity in the frozen wonderland of Arendelle? This is an animated short, so it's great to watch if you want to get in the holiday mood on your lunch break.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is great to watch around any holiday, but for those who love Halloween as much as Christmas, this gem of a stop-motion musical never gets old. Jack Skellington, the beloved king of Halloween Town who's responsible for making sure Halloween goes off without a hitch, is looking for a change from his routine frights. So when he suddenly stumbles upon Christmas Town — seemingly the polar opposite of Halloween Town with its bright colors and warm spirit — he gets an idea to kidnap Santa Claus and take control of Christmas. But he'll soon find that good intentions can sometimes lead to very bad results.
Most of us know the story of the Nutcracker, but Disney created a fantastical and whimsical version of the story in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. When young Clara is gifted a magical egg-shaped box from her late mother, it leads her on an adventure to a parallel world: a world her mother created and was the queen of. But the realms within this world are at war, and in order to restore peace and harmony, Clara must fulfill her destiny.
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