How to watch Elf this Christmas in the UK, US and beyond

Here is everything you need to know about how to watch Elf this festive period, so you can watch this joyous Christmas movie from anywhere

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Here is everything you need to know about how to watch Elf from the UK, the US, and anywhere in the world. 

Those of us who love curling up and watching one of the best feel-good Christmas movies during the festive season are wondering if Elf is on Netflix or any other streaming platforms. Plus how we might be able to watch this fabulous movie from anywhere in the world. Here is everything you need to know about where to watch the timeless Will Ferrell movie this festive season. 

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How to watch Elf in the UK

The only streaming platform that is currently hosting Elf in the UK is Now. This is good news if you have a Sky Cinema pass as you will automatically have access to this streaming platform. However it's not great news for those who don't have Sky Cinema or are NOW subscription. The platform has rights to this film until December 7, 2023, so this is the only platform that will be showing the movie in the UK.

Sadly Elf is not on UK Netflix, so those who only have a subscription to this streaming platform may need to look elsewhere. The film is also available to rent on Amazon for prices starting at £3.49, but is not available on Amazon Prime. Elf is also not available to view on Disney+. 

How to watch Elf in the US

In the US, Elf is not available to watch on Hulu or Netflix, but it is available to view on HBO Max. The film is also still available to rent on Amazon and iTunes, but this will be an additional fee for a one off viewing. 

The film will also be on television at a number of times during the festive period and is scheduled to air on multiple occasions in the lead up to Christmas day. 

How to watch Elf anywhere in the World

At the moment, the only way to watch Elf is through HBO Max in the US and NOW in the UK. These streaming services are only available in certain areas and some people may struggle to watch the movie if they are traveling outside of the UK or US.

But there is a resolution to this, VPNs (virtual private networks) are a popular way to access TV shows only available in other countries, and many are easy to get.

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  3. With your VPN installed and server location set to US or the UK you can access HBO Max / NOW.

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