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The best Christmas movies on Disney+

After an agonising wait, Christmas is finally here. At the end of a big day of Christmas activities, is there anything better than settling in to watch a holiday classic? Streaming powerhouse Disney+ has got you sorted, with a massive range to satisfy the entire family.

Here’s a list of the top 10 Christmas movies to watch on Disney+:

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • Home Alone
  • Noelle
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Die Hard
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Santa Clause
  • While You Were Sleeping

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Marvel fans have a new Christmas classic to add to their rotation, with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is still reeling from the events of Avengers: Endgame, so Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista), decide to find Quill the perfect Christmas gift. As you’d expect from a Guardians feature, this Disney+ exclusive is packed with plenty of laughs and Christmas cheer. It’s a must for any Marvel fan looking for something a little more festive to watch this Christmas.

Home Alone

It’s time to revisit Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), the nine-year-old who stole everyone’s hearts in the holiday classic, Home Alone. The 1990 movie follows Kevin as he tries to survive the holiday season, after accidentally getting left at home in Chicago when his family jets off to Paris for Christmas. Kevin, alone in his family home, is forced to go up against a pair of dim-witted burglars (Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci), while helping deliver a Christmas miracle to a misunderstood neighbour. Home Alone is a certified Christmas classic that has to be on your movie list this season.


From Pitch Perfect to Noelle, Anna Kendrick sings a perfect tune in this new Disney+ Christmas flick. Wanting to follow in the footsteps of her father, Kris Kringle, Noelle (Kendrick) wishes she could do something important just like her brother Nick (Bill Hader). When Nick crumbles from the pressure of becoming the new Santa, she tries to help by suggesting he spend a weekend away. Unfortunately, chaos ensues when he doesn’t return. Noelle has to save Christmas and bring her brother back in this cheery Christmas film.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is not your average Christmas film. This action and adventure tale follows Clara (Mackenzie Foy), whose mother left her the key to a magical world of fairies and toy soldiers. This film uses a stunning combination of real life and animations to create a unique viewing experience. The cast features multiple Hollywood heavyweights, such as Keira Knightly, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren. Tune into this film if you’re in need of a fantastical escape this Christmas.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Before there was the Grinch, the world had Ebenezer Scrooge. Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas by watching a unique take on the Charles Dickens’ classic tale in The Muppet Christmas Carol. Follow Scrooge on his journey as he transforms from a miserly character to a kind, sympathetic and affectionate man as a result of a few memorable visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, as well as Kermit the Frog of course.


Die Hard

Die Hard is an iconic film in its own right, never mind the Christmas element. In this movie John McClane (Bruce Willis), a New York City cop, must rescue his estranged wife from being held hostage at a Christmas party in Nakatomi Plaza. This is the movie that cemented Willis as a bonafide Hollywood star, so if you’re looking for a Christmas film packed with action and suspense, Die Hard is definitely for you.

Miracle on 34th Street (original and remake)

Is there a more quintessential Christmas classic than Miracle on 34th Street? Disney+ has both the original 1947 version, along with the 1994 remake, so you can watch your favourite iteration. The story centres around a man named Kris Kringle, who is hired to play Santa at the iconic Macy’s department store in New York City. Kris insists he is the real Santa, which leads to a court case set to determine his mental health and legitimacy. It’s an iconic holiday staple that can’t be missed this festive season.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas on Disney+ follows Jack Skellington, a man living in Halloween Town who becomes obsessed with the idea of Christmas. Things start to go awry when Jack’s obsession spirals out of control and he kidnaps Santa Claus, assuming the jovial role himself. This film, voiced by Danny Elfman and Catherine O’Hara, will certainly add some spookiness to your festive season.

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause follows Scott (Tim Allen) – a divorced father who unwittingly agrees to become the next Santa Claus. After some bodily transformations, he’s forced to embrace his new festive role. Scott must now work hard to keep it a secret from his suspicious family. If you like this film, you should check out the sequels The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which can also be found on Disney+.

While You Were Sleeping

The film follows Lucy, a transit worker who’s lonely at Christmas time. One day, her longtime crush, Peter, is mugged and pushed onto the train tracks. Lucy pulls him off the tracks and accompanies him to the hospital where Peter’s family mistake Lucy for his fiancé. Things soon become tricky when Lucy falls for Peter’s brother Jack. This Christmas romance, starring Sandra Bullock, Peter Gallagher and Bill Pullman is filled with twists and turns. It’s a perfect feel-good film to watch over the festive season.

What else can you watch on Disney+?

While there’s plenty to keep you on the couch over Christmas, Disney+ also has plenty of originals from your childhood and new releases to keep you going long after the Christmas tree has been packed away for another year. If you’re interested in seeing what else Disney+ has to offer, check out our best movies article. If you’re really in the Christmas spirit, check out our articles on Netflix Christmas movies or BINGE Christmas movies.

Original Author: Maddy Morwood

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