Here's Where to Find Your Favorite Holiday Movies and Specials [UPDATED]

Here's Where to Find Your Favorite Holiday Movies and Specials [UPDATED]

The best way to stream everyone’s favorite classic holiday TV specials and movies.

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Listen kids, once upon a time, when you wanted to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas or Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you had to wait for it to come on television, changing your plans so you were home at the exact time it aired. Well now, it’s 2022 and we’re no longer beholden to random programming schedules, so you can watch all your classic holiday entertainment whenever you want. Relax and enjoy our guide on where to find all the best holiday TV specials and movies.

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The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special - Disney+

The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special - Disney+

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Lucasfilm and Disney may not want you to see the so-bad-it’s-good Star Wars Holiday Special, but you can still enjoy some Life Day themed nonsense with this LEGO one that merges the original movies with the prequels.

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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town - Amazon Video, Google Play

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town - Amazon Video, Google Play

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Over the years, we’ve gotten a lot of creative origin stories for Santa, but this is hands down the wildest and best one.

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The Year Without a Santa Claus - Amazon Video, YouTube

The Year Without a Santa Claus - Amazon Video, YouTube

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No matter how old we get, there’s always something endearing about the simple joy of these classic Rankin/Bass animated specials.

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Frosty the Snowman - Paramount+

Frosty the Snowman - Paramount+

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As sweet as the story of Frosty is, do you know how much trouble I would’ve been in if I hopped a train to the North Pole because I didn’t want a snowman to melt? I would still be grounded.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Paramount+

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Paramount+

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Rudolph is such a smart, timeless story of acceptance and kindness that Christmas doesn’t feel real until you visit the Island of Misfit Toys and check in with Hermey the Elf.

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Peacock

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Peacock

You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch - How the Grinch Stole Christmas 1966

At some point, the holiday crunch gets to us all and we tap into our inner Grinch. Just like Dr. Seuss’ famous green grump, you’re not a bad person, you just cannot stand to hear “Jingle Bells” one more time.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas - AppleTV+

A Charlie Brown Christmas - AppleTV+

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Personally, this is my all-time favorite holiday special. It’s such a brilliantly layered story with a classic soundtrack. “Christmas Time is Here” gets me every time.

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This Christmas - Hulu

This Christmas - Hulu

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With Loretta Devine, Idris Elba, Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Sharon Leal, Lauren London and Chris Brown, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more star-studded, quintessentially Black movie. Do yourself a favor and stream it, so you don’t have to sit through a needlessly long, commercial-filled airing.

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Love Actually - Peacock

Love Actually - Peacock

Love Actually (3/10) Movie CLIP - The Dancing Prime Minister (2003) HD

This movie is chock full of memorable moments that I can’t celebrate the season without. Hugh Grant dancing around Downing Street; Andrew Lincoln awkwardly telling his best friend’s wife that he loves her; and Emma Thompson breaking down to Joni Mitchell when she realizes her husband is cheating. That last one destroys me every single time and I’ve seen Love Actually more than 100 times.

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Last Holiday - Prime Video

Last Holiday - Prime Video

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Queen Latifah gives one of her best performances in this movie that sells itself as a holiday rom-com, but is actually a beautiful lesson on living life to the fullest. In our new post-COVID world, this film is even more poignant and emotional.

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Almost Christmas - Amazon Video

Almost Christmas - Amazon Video

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Yes, things get uncomfortably messy, but Gabrielle Union and Kimberly Elise are amazing, so it’s worth it.

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey - Netflix

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey - Netflix

Jingle Jangle | “This Day” Full Opening Number | Netflix

Though it was just released in 2020, Jingle Jangle has already become a modern classic that we can’t get through the season without watching a few times.

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The Best Man Holiday - Amazon Video

The Best Man Holiday - Amazon Video

The Best Man Holiday (3/10) Movie CLIP - Can You Stand The Rain (2013) HD

In case your family is too nice and respectful, put this one on so you can start the age-old debate about which is better: The Best Man or The Best Man Holiday? Then spice things up with the new Peacock series, The Best Man: The Final Chapter.

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The Preacher’s Wife - Disney+

The Preacher’s Wife - Disney+

Whitney Houston - Joy To The World The Preachers Wife

If you aren’t praising when Whitney starts singing “Joy to the World,” you officially have no Christmas spirit. The soundtrack is an essential part of any holiday playlist.

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