Top 10 best feel good Christmas movies to watch in 2021

These feel good Christmas movies will make even the darkest of winter nights feel cosy, warm and bright

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Feel good Christmas movies are a sure-fire way to get you in the holiday mood in no time. 

From the best Christmas movies on Netflix to the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Hulu and more, there are so many films to choose from, finding a wholesome movie to watch with your family of all ages can be challenging.

These are our picks of the best feel good Christmas movies to watch this year (plus everything you need to know about where to watch them this holiday season).

So, make a cup of hot cocoa, grab your matching Christmas pyjamas set, and curl up in front of the television to enjoy a heart-warming festive film (or five)...

The best feel good Christmas movies to watch in 2021

Santa Claus: The Movie  

Initially released in 1985 The Santa Claus original movie is a heartwarming tale of an infamous bearer of gifts and his journey in life. 

This movie has managed to remain a classic for nearly 40 years as it tells the high stakes story about what happens when a toymaker discovers a magical kingdom of elves in the North Pole and steps into the big red pants to become Santa Claus.

Rent Santa Claus: The Movie on Amazon for just $3.99 for endless family fun.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone

Not all of the Harry Potter movies are suitable festive choices, but there is something whimsical and magical about the philosopher's stone, or as those in the US call it, the sorcerer's stone.

The magic and wonder of the first movie goes hand in hand with the wholesome Christmas spirit and is a wonderful film that all ages can enjoy. The film first debuted 20 years ago in 2001 and is a firm festive favorite for all the best reasons. 

This film and the rest of the Harry Potter series is available to rent on Amazon Prime video for $3.99 and on Peacock's NBC service. The film will also likely be scheduled to appear on various television channels during the run-up to Christmas.

A Christmas Carol  

Starring Jim Carrey, this 2009 computer-animated film is a reimagining of Charles Dicken's classic novel

The film tells the classic story of the old humbug Scrooge who detests Christmas and all things festive until he is presented with three ghosts who help him take a trip down memory lane and into the future.

A Christmas Carol is available to stream on Disney Plus for free for subscribers now.

Frozen

This frosty treat is another one of the best films that Disney Plus has to offer. This 2013 Disney cartoon was one of the best performing Disney movies of all time that has both an iconic soundtrack and an all-star cast.

Although this film is actually set in the summer, Princess Elsa accidentally freezes Arendelle and makes this film the perfect wintery treat to get us all in the festive mood.

Frozen (and Frozen 2) are available to stream on Disney Plus for free for subscribers now.

Home Alone

What kind of a Christmas would it be without Macauley Culkin causing havoc in the McAllister family and defending their family home from a couple of no-good thieves?

Home Alone is one of the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus and has been a holiday classic that continues to engage all audiences despite being over thirty years old.

Home Alone (and the sequels) are available to stream on Disney Plus for free for subscribers now.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Another fantastic Christmas movie on Disney Plus, the sequel to the 1990 classic movie Home Alone 2, takes place in New York and even features a bizarre cameo from former President Donald Trump.

This movie is the perfect film to watch once you've finished the first film and you're eager to watch some more Christmassy pranks from the baby-faced Macauley Culkin.

Home Alone (and the sequels) are available to stream on Disney Plus for free for subscribers now.

Home Sweet Home Alone

The Home Alone 2021 remake starring JoJo Rabbit star Archie Yates was released on Disney Plus on October 12, 2021.

This film has an all-star cast and is a newer family favourite to add to the collection of both classic and modern feel good Christmas movies to watch this festive period.

The Home Alone remake is available to stream on Disney Plus for free for subscribers now. 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  

A traditional family favorite reigning in the top 10 Christmas movies for over 50 years, it most definitely seems fitting that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has a place on this list.

It isn't technically a Christmas movie, but it is one of those classic films that for some reason is always on the TV around Christmas and has found a way into our favorite festive flicks. It's one of the best Christmas movies on Amazon Prime this year and is sure to get the whole family singing along. 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is available to rent on Amazon for $3.99 or free for Amazon Prime subscribers.

The Sound of Music  

The sound of music is a beautifully timeless musical of a wholesome nun leaving the convent to become a governess to the children of a widowed naval officer. 

Again this isn't technically a Christmas movie, but it is a classic and seems to be one of those wholesome films that we all crave around the festive period. 

The Sound of Music is available to purchase or rent on Amazon for $3.99 or is free to stream on Disney Plus for subscribers.

Matilda

The 1996 film imagining of the Roald Dahl classic novel, Matilda, is another one of the sneaky non-Christmas-themed films that have become a festive favorite over time. 

This movie is all about Matilda's magical powers that develop after her neglectful parents fail to treat the young girl properly. The film is adorable and wholesome and the lovely happy ending makes it the perfect wholesome Christmas film. 

Matilda is available to rent for $2.99 on Amazon.