It’s a time-honored tradition for families the world over. Just as the temperatures drop and the end-of-year holidays start rolling in, everyone cozies up on the couch for a cuppa hot cocoa and a holiday movie. Because really, is there a more perfect way to take a break from the madness of the season?
Looking to update your roster of holiday movies for kids? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what’s streaming for the 2021 holiday season on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney Plus and AppleTV (where packages and subscription fees vary). And keep in mind, Santa adds and removes movies regularly. Happy watching!
Holiday movies on Netflix
A disgruntled postal worker forms a friendship with a talented toymaker.
2. ‘48 Christmas Wishes’
Two elves have to leave home for the first time after losing a whole town’s Christmas letters.
3. ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’
A toy maker finds hope after being betrayed by his apprentice.
4. ‘Holiday Rush’
A lavish radio DJ and his four kids are forced to move out of their mansion just before the holidays.
5. ‘Spookley and the Christmas Kittens’
A 45-minute holiday special that’s perfect for little ones who are fans of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.
Holiday movies on Hulu
An adult (Will Ferrell) has an over-the-top love for Christmas after being raised in the North Pole.
7. ‘The Grinch’
A remake of the classic book about the most famous holiday hater.
8. ‘The Polar Express’
Tom Hanks stars in the animatronic rendition of the iconic book.
9. ‘Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas’
George and The Man in the Yellow Hat can’t decide what to get each other for Christmas.
Disney Plus holiday movies
10. ‘Home Alone’
A kid has the holiday season of his life after he’s accidentally left home alone for the week.
Anna Kendrick stars as Kris Kringle’s daughter with big dreams.
12. ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’
A slightly-darker version of the ballet classic.
13. ‘Decorating Disney’
An hour-long special that goes behind the scenes of the Disney parks’ decor during the holidays.
14. ‘Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups’
A group of mischievous pups help save Christmas.
15. ‘Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year’
A throw-back musical with Pooh and the gang that’s perfect for little kids.
Holiday movies for kids on Amazon
16. ‘The Black Candle’
A documentary that explores Kwanzaa’s growth from the Black Power Movement in the 1960s.
17. ‘Little Women’
The coming-of-age drama, Greta Gerwig-style
18. ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’
A security guard gets his moment in the sun when a mall is taken over on Black Friday.
19. ‘Eight Crazy Nights’
Best for older kids, this Adam Sandler flick tells the story of a party animal who changes his ways.
20. ‘All I Want Is Christmas’
A Christmas-obsessed Jewish boy swaps plane tickets with another boy at the airport so he can see what the holiday is really like.
21. ‘Black Nativity’
A modern-day version of the Langston Hughes play, set in Harlem.
(Available to rent for $3.99)
Best holiday movies to stream on AppleTV
22. ‘Caillou’s Holiday Movie’
Caillou learns the true meaning of Christmas.
23. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
Charlie helps his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas.
24. ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving isn’t what they envisioned, but the Peanuts gang makes it work.
25. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
Halloween meets Christmas in a way only Tim Burton could envision.