The best Christmas movies on Disney Plus are sure to brighten your festive days and have you eager for more as you enjoy everything from classics to brand new releases this holiday season.
With Christmas on the horizon, it won’t be long before festive film fans will be starting to compile their ultimate to-watch list for 2021. And if you’ve already made your way through the best Christmas movies on Netflix, Disney Plus is the perfect destination for those looking to discover an old favorite or a soon-to-be classic holiday movie. With everything from Home Alone to Godmothered, there’s plenty to choose from on Disney Plus if you’re looking to get in the Christmas spirit.
So as the days get shorter and the temptation to put up one of the best artificial Christmas trees becomes harder to resist, simply settle down with some of your favorite Christmas food gifts and treat yourself and your loved ones to a festive movie marathon over on Disney Plus.
Here we reveal the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus well worth checking out this year...
Best Christmas movies on Disney Plus 2021
Noelle might be a fairly new entry into the Disney Christmas movie archive after landing in 2019, but already it's well on it's way to being an established festive classic. Starring Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick as Santa's daughter, Noelle, this Christmas tale sees her desperately trying to help the holiday season be as jolly as possible. But when her brother Nick gets cold feet as the time comes to take over the family business, she has an even bigger task on her hands—saving Christmas!
Released just last year at a time when festive cheer was needed more than ever, this is already one of the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus in 2021. The family-focused tale is perfect for all generations and follows Godmother-in-training Eleanor as she sets out to save her kind and prove there is still a need for fairy Godmothers—and a little magic—in our modern world.
Home Alone (1, 2 and 3!)
Christmas truly wouldn't be Christmas without the cry of "KEVIN!" piercing the snowy night. Arguably one of the most recognizable feel good Christmas movies and considered by many to be their favorite holiday movie of all, this tale of the boy left behind at Christmas, only to find himself defending his Chicago home from burglars, cannot go unwatched in 2021. And for even more nostalgic festive feels, the sequels Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Home Alone 3 are also on Disney Plus.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Whilst some might consider Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas to be more of a Halloween movie, there are many who will no doubt enjoy watching this twist on a classic festive film at Christmastime. The movie first came out in 1993 but the story of Jack Skellington and how his newly discovered obsession with Christmas leads him to abduct Santa Claus is still enchanting audiences today.
The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause is a family comedy from 1994 about a divorced dad who accidentally takes on the role of Father Christmas after unwittingly agreeing to the 'Santa clause'. If you loved this movie, the other movies in the series, Santa Clause 2 and Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, are also both on Disney Plus and have all the fun, laughter and tears you find in some of the best Christmas tv specials!
Frozen & Frozen II
Frozen II was one of the big draws for early subscribers to Disney Plus, and now both the original Frozen film and the sequel are available to watch on the streaming platform this Christmas. Revisit the magic and memorable tunes from the first movie or be enchanted by yet more animation, magic and brilliant ballads in the equally impressive second instalment of the franchise. This is perfect family film for those chilly festive days!
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The epic tale penned by C. S. Lewis is bought to life in this star-studded adaptation that first hit screens in 2005. A talented cast of young actors leads the ensemble as Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, the children who discover a winter wonderland where all is not as it seems in an old wardrobe. With Santa Claus taking centre stage in a pivotal scene, there's no much to enjoy in this fantasy classic. And should you get truly swept up in the story, you can also watch the next two movies in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Prince Caspian, on Disney Plus.
Sound of Music
This 1965 classic is one of our favourite things and while it might not have the typical tropes of other festive-themed movies, the Sound of Music has been televised for so many years at Christmas that it is now forever associated with holiday classics. Simply settle down with your family and loose yourself in the music and emotion of this beautiful film.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Starring Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman, this fantastical retelling of Tchaikovsky's festive ballet sees a young Clara find out she not only holds the key to a magical world of fairies and toy soldiers, but also the fate of the world in her hands. This is a holiday film that is truly transporting!
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Fans of The Muppets will love this version of the old festive tale about the old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge (here played by none other than Michael Caine) who hates Christmas. A funny film for all the family that re-tells a classic story with a side of comedy, who wouldn't want to watch Kermit the Frog taking on the iconic role of Bob Cratchit this Christmas?
A Christmas Carol (2009)
If you love the theme of second chances that makes Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol such a literary classic, why not check out this slightly different adaptation of the author's work? Featuring the voice of Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and directed by Robert Zemeckis, this captivating Christmas movie also boasts the likes of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Steve Valentine in the cast.
While You Were Sleeping
A feel-good film set at Christmas time, this romcom from 1995 stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a lonely ticket booth worker from Chicago who saves a man's life one day while at work. Later at the hospital while the man is in a coma, she is mistaken by his family for his girlfriend and when she doesn't correct them straight away, things get more than a little complicated...
One Magic Christmas
This fantasy film has many of the elements you might love in Hallmark's Christmas movie schedule and sees Christmas angel Gideon, played by Harry Dean Stanton, sent to restore the Christmas spirit of Ginny Grainger who is having far from the perfect Christmas. With her husband Jack out of work and not enjoying her own job as a grocery store cashier, Ginny isn’t looking forward to the festive season though Gideon soon sets out to prove that Christmas is about so much more than material possessions.
12 Dates of Christmas
Romance lies at the center of so many much-loved Christmas films and 12 Dates of Christmas is definitely no exception. Featuring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as main characters Kate and Miles, this movie has Groundhog Day elements as it sees Kate stuck in a time loop after standing Miles up on Christmas Eve. Now unable to reach Christmas Day until she figures out how to break the loop, there’s never been a better time to find romance and reflect on her past relationships in this tale of second chances.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
This classic holiday comedy film stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas as college student Jake who must make it from his LA campus back home to his family in Larchmont, New York in time for Christmas dinner if he hopes to win the ultimate prize: his father’s Porsche. Will this somewhat self-centred character realize the true meaning of Christmas in time?
Prep & Landing
If you’re looking for a festive film that’s short and funny, then Prep & Landing might just be the choice for you. Following two elves who are tasked with preparing people’s houses for Santa’s sleigh as they must work together to ensure that one boy in particular has a jolly holiday after some dramatic twists and turns occur. And if you find yourself eager for more of these elves’ exploits then the sequel, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, is also available to stream on Disney Plus.
The Ultimate Christmas Present
Nothing says Christmas in a movie like a snowy scene and snow is exactly what young Allie and her best friend Sam are desperate to create after they come across a weather-making machine. Left behind by Santa himself, the girls hope to have a snow day in Los Angeles though when things get out of hand, it seems they might be in need of some help to stop Christmas being ruined.
The Christmas Star
This tale of redemption follows counterfeiter Horace McNickle as he escapes from prison dressed up as none other than Santa Claus himself. Having regained his freedom, Horace sets out to recover his ill-gotten gains from his last crime and enlists the help of two kids who believe he’s truly St. Nick. But the more he spends time with his unwitting accomplices, the more he comes to learn what Christmas is really all about.
New Christmas movies coming to Disney Plus in 2021
Home Sweet Home Alone
This upcoming festive movie will follow another child defending his home from intruders and is a Disney Plus Original. But whilst we might be used to Kevin McCallister protecting his home, this film sees new character Max Mercer take center stage as a married couple arrives at his house to steal a priceless heirloom. Unwilling to let them get away with it, however, Max soon has his work cut out stopping the thieves. The film stars The Office’s Ellie Kemper, and Rob Delaney and comes to Disney Plus on November 12.
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