If you subscribe to one or more of the Best On-Demand Streaming Services, you can have a holiday movie marathon whenever you want. There’s no shortage of options, from the classics (like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) to titles that make the list on a technicality (“Die Hard” and “Gremlins” come to mind). Whatever your tastes, we’ve done some digging to find out where you can stream your favorites this holiday season.

Note: Though our research was current at time of posting, titles premiere on and depart streaming services constantly, so your mileage may vary. Also, our list doesn’t include all holiday movies available on each platform. Which brings us to our next point!

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How We Chose Which Films to Feature

Anyone can browse each of the major streaming platforms’ “holiday” sections. But here at Reviews.com, we’re dedicated to helping you find the best of everything — including movies for your marathon lineup. We cross-referenced best-of lists from cinema experts like Flixster, Metacritic, IMDb, and Reelgood to identify popular titles, then did the legwork to find out where each title was streamable this year. Consider it our gift to you! Click here to browse the full list.

Holiday Movies On Netflix - 2018

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We found 14 popular titles on Netflix. The selection changes often — but if you’re so inclined, you can follow the streaming giant on Facebook or Twitter. December 2018 releases include five holiday-themed Netflix originals.

This year’s titles include:

  • A Christmas Prince
  • Bad Santa
  • Bad Santa 2
  • Carol
  • Christmas Inheritance
  • Get Santa
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • In Bruges
  • Love Actually
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
  • The Christmas Candle
  • The Nutcracker
  • Tree Man
  • White Christmas

How membership works

All titles are free to stream with any Netflix plan. The plan you choose will determine how many devices can use your account simultaneously and whether or not you can stream in HD.

Holiday Movies On Hulu - 2018

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Our research surfaced 14 popular titles on Hulu this year — five that are included with a standard Hulu plan, plus 9 more that are streamable via STARZ, Cinemax, or HBO (available with your Hulu subscription for an additional monthly charge.) You’ll have even more options with a Hulu With Live TV plan, which includes On Demand titles as well as live TV streaming.

This year’s titles include:

  • Arthur Christmas (with STARZ)
  • Big
  • Edward Scissorhands (with STARZ)
  • Four Christmases (with HBO)
  • Home Alone (with STARZ)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (with STARZ)
  • Home for the Holidays (with STARZ)
  • It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown
  • Jack Frost (with HBO)
  • La La Land (with CINEMAX)
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Prancer
  • Scrooged (with STARZ)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

How membership works

All titles are free to stream with any Hulu plan. The more expensive Hulu With Live TV plan offers limited commercials, plus access to 50+ live TV channels. Available add-ons include premium channels (HBO, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, and STARZ), No Commercials, and Unlimited Screens.

Holiday Movies On Amazon - 2018

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Amazon boasts the most popular holiday movies — we found 87. (That’s all but three of the movies on our full list!) Of those, some are free with Amazon Prime, and some are included with HBO, CINEMAX, or STARZ membership. Most, however, are available for rent or purchase.

This year's titles include:
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Christmas Carol (Animated)
  • A Christmas Horror Story
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Very Brady Christmas
  • A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
  • All I Want for Christmas
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Bad Santa
  • Bad Santa 2
  • Batman Returns
  • Big
  • Carol
  • Christmas with the Kranks (free)
  • Deck the Halls
  • Die Hard
  • Die Hard 2
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Eight Crazy Nights
  • Elf
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
  • Four Christmases
  • Fred Claus
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Frozen
  • Get Santa
  • Gremlins
  • Harry Potter Series
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Home for the Holidays
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • In Bruges
  • Iron Man 3
  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (free)
  • It’s Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown
  • Jack Frost (rent/own, or free with HBO)
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Just Friends
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Krampus
  • La La Land (rent/own, or free with Cinemax)
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Love Actually
  • Mean Girls
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël)
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Mixed Nuts
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Prancer (free)
  • Rise of The Guardians
  • Rocky IV
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  • Santa Claus: The Movie
  • Scrooge (free)
  • Scrooged (rent/own, or free with STARZ)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (free)
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • The Christmas Candle
  • The Family Stone
  • The Holiday
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Night Before
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Nutcracker
  • The Polar Express
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Trading Places
  • White Christmas
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • How Membership Works

    Amazon Prime members can stream select titles for free. (These are available in the “Included With Prime” tab on Amazon Video and denoted with a Prime label.) Other titles are available for rent or purchase. You can also subscribe to premium channels such as HBO and STARZ via Amazon Video if you’d like to “bundle” multiple streaming services within one membership.

    Holiday Movies on Fios on Demand - 2018

    If you’re a Verizon Fios TV customer, it’s worth checking out the huge selection of holiday movies available for rent and purchase via Fios On Demand. This library includes 71 popular holiday titles — almost as many as are available on Amazon.

    This year's titles include:
    • A Christmas Carol
    • A Christmas Carol (Animated)
    • A Christmas Horror Story
    • A Christmas Story
    • A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
    • All I Want for Christmas
    • Alvin & The Chipmunks
    • Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
    • Arthur Christmas
    • Bad Santa
    • Bad Santa 2
    • Batman Returns
    • Big
    • Carol
    • Christmas with the Kranks
    • Deck the Halls
    • Die Hard
    • Die Hard 2
    • Edward Scissorhands
    • Eight Crazy Nights
    • Elf
    • Ernest Saves Christmas
    • Four Christmases
    • Fred Claus
    • Frosty the Snowman
    • Frozen
    • Get Santa
    • Gremlins
    • Harry Potter Series
    • Home Alone
    • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
    • Iron Man 3
    • It’s a Wonderful Life
    • Jack Frost
    • Jingle All the Way
    • Just Friends
    • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    • Krampus
    • La La Land
    • Love Actually
    • Mean Girls
    • Meet Me in St. Louis
    • Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël)
    • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
    • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
    • Miracle on 34th Street
    • Mixed Nuts
    • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    • Rocky IV
    • Santa Claus: The Movie
    • Scrooged
    • Sleepless in Seattle
    • The Family Stone
    • The Holiday
    • The Little Drummer Boy
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol
    • The Night Before
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas
    • The Polar Express
    • The Santa Clause
    • The Santa Clause 2
    • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
    • Trading Places
    • White Christmas
    • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
    • You’ve Got Mail

    How membership works

    Verizon Fios customers can browse movies for rent or purchase via Fios On Demand — and stream hundreds of live TV channels via the Fios TV App.

    Holiday Movies on DIRECTV - 2018

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    Last but not least: DIRECTV and DIRECTV Now customers can stream 62 of the films on our shortlist via DIRECTV On Demand. Many are free; the majority are available for rent or purchase.

    This year's titles include:
    • A Christmas Carol (1984)
    • A Christmas Carol (2009 Animated)
    • A Christmas Story
    • Alvin & The Chipmunks (free)
    • Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (free)
    • Arthur Christmas (free)
    • A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
    • Bad Santa (free)
    • Batman Returns (free)
    • Big (free)
    • Carol
    • Christmas with the Kranks (free)
    • Deck the Halls (free)
    • Die Hard (free)
    • Die Hard 2 (free)
    • Edward Scissorhands (free)
    • Eight Crazy Nights
    • Elf
    • The Family Stone (free)
    • Four Christmases (free)
    • Fred Claus (free)
    • Frozen (free)
    • Harry Potter Series (free)
    • Home for the Holidays (free)
    • Home Alone (free)
    • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (free)
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (free)
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (free)
    • In Bruges
    • Iron Man 3 (free)
    • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
    • La La Land (free with Cinemax)
    • Love Actually (free)
    • Mean Girls (free)
    • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (free)
    • Prancer (free)
    • Jack Frost
    • Jingle All the Way
    • Just Friends
    • Krampus (2015)
    • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    • Lethal Weapon (1987 Movie)
    • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
    • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
    • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    • Prancer (free)
    • Rise of The Guardians (free)
    • Rocky IV (free)
    • Santa Claus: The Movie (free)
    • Scrooged (free)
    • Sleepless in Seattle (free)
    • The Holiday
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas (free)
    • The Nutcracker (free)
    • The Polar Express
    • The Santa Clause (1994)
    • The Santa Clause 2 (free)
    • The Shop Around the Corner (free)
    • Trading Places
    • White Christmas (1954)
    • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
    • You’ve Got Mail (free)

    How membership works

    DIRECTV customers can stream some movie titles for free (denoted in the “Free Movies” lineup on DIRECTV.com/movies.) Additional titles are available for purchase and/or rent.

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