The winter holidays are quickly approaching! That means it’s time to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and revisit these 10 films that will take you back to the magic of childhood.
1.“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” & “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” (1999 & 2004)
Nothing says Disney Christmas more than spending the Holidays with Disney’s #1 icon, Mickey Mouse. So be sure to follow Mickey and his friends on their adventures through the ups and downs of the holidays in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” and its sequel film, “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas.”
“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” and “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” are available to stream on Disney Plus.
2. “Barbie and The Nutcracker” (2001)
This Barbie film follows the classic story of “The Nutcracker” featuring beautiful scenes from the ballet. If you’re not familiar, “The Nutcracker” follows a young girl named Clara as she travels to a magical world on Christmas Eve after her toys come to life. There she must help the Nutcracker save the kingdom. This film is one of my favorites and takes me back to my early childhood. I hope it does the same for you!
“The Nutcracker” is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.
3. “The Santa Clause” 1–3 (1994-2006)
Tim Allen stars in these classic Christmas films, which started in 1994 and continued until 2006. In the first film, Scott Calvin (Allen) accidentally kills Santa Clause, forcing him to become the new Santa just in time for Christmas. Take a holiday journey and revisit these childhood movies and all of their hilariousness. It’s the perfect time considering the recent release of “The Santa Clauses” on Disney Plus. This new series continues the franchise with Tim Allen returning to his role as Santa.
“The Santa Clause” films can all be streamed on Disney Plus.
4. “Klaus” (2019)
Despite the release of “Klaus” being in 2019, it brings just as much child-like magic to the holidays as the others. This award-winning film follows Jesper, a mailman, and Klaus, a toy maker, as they retell the origins of Christmas in a feuding town called Smeerensburg. The toymaker and the mailman team up to deliver presents to the children in town.
“Klaus” can be streamed on Netflix.
5. “Full-Court Miracle”(2003)
While Basketball is not something we commonly associate with the holiday season, “Full Court Miracle” effectively combines sports and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah into one movie. It tells the story of a young Jewish boy and his love for basketball. Along the way, he learns the importance of friendship, sportsmanship and family.
“Full Court Miracle” is available to stream on Disney Plus.
6. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1967)
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a must-watch holiday classic. Join Charlie Brown and his friends as they come together to celebrate the holidays and help him fix his sad little Christmas tree.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is available to watch on Apple TV+.
7. “Home Alone” (1990)
“Home Alone” is another holiday movie that you simply can’t pass up. It’s a classic film that circulates every Christmas due to its everlasting charm. If you don’t know the infamous story, the McCallister family decides to take a vacation to Florida over Christmas, and the parents accidentally leave something behind. It’s their youngest son, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin). Kevin is now stuck at home while two men attempt to break into his house. If you have not seen “Home Alone,” it is highly recommended!
“Home Alone” and its sequel “Home Along 2: Lost in New York” can both be streamed on Disney Plus.
8. “Frosty the Snowman” (1969)
“Frosty the Snowman” has been around for decades as it was one of the first-ever animated holiday films. This short and fun watch is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit –- and get you excited for the first snow of the season. It tells the tale of Frosty, a snowman that comes to life after children sing to him.
“Frosty the Snowman” is available to stream on Disney Plus.
9. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” is the perfect film to watch in November, right between Halloween and Christmas. It follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, and his journey of learning about Christmas after going to Christmastown.
“The Night Before Christmas” is available to watch on Disney Plus.
10. “The Grinch”
There have been several variations of “The Grinch” since the release of the children’s book in 1957. The most recent retelling was “The Grinch” by illumination entertainment in 2018. In this story that we all know and love, the Grinch hates Christmas, and decides to steal it, but ends up finding joy after all.
“The Grinch” is available to stream on Hulu. Jim Carrey’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” can be watched on HBO Max and Freeform in December.
Stay tuned for more holiday movie recommendations this season from TV Tea!