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Ah, December. A month for eating mince pies, turning up the heating and curling up with the newspaper to find out what Christmas movies are on TV. Now, though, you don’t have to wait for a channel to show a Christmas film: you can have a Muppet Christmas Carol singalong or Elfalong whenever you like.
The only question is: what films are on where?
With a growing number of VOD services, it’s hard to work out if Netflix has a bumper selection (spoiler: it doesn’t) or if Amazon’s got something special in its sack. Our Christmas video on-demand guide rounds up the best festive titles available on each of the UK’s subscription platforms, so you can decide which VOD service is best to unwrap for Christmas.
But that’s not all.
What if you just want to rent Home Alone and laugh at other people’s physical pain with your kids? We’ve got you covered too: our VOD Christmas Film Finder will tell you where you can watch any seasonal favourite online in the UK, from Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas and Nativity! to Knowing Me, Knowing Yule and Holiday in Handcuffs, starring Melissa Joan Hart. (Don’t ask.)
Find a Christmas film on VOD
Search for your favourite festive flick and we’ll tell you where you can watch it:
(This will be updated as new Christmas films are added to VOD services.)
Our Seasonal VOD Picks
Top Christmas movies on NOW TV
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If you like Will Ferrell, love sugar and really love Christmas, Jon Favreau’s comedy is everything you could want for Christmas – plus Zooey Deschanel singing Baby, It’s Cold Outside, while dressed as an elf.
Billy Bob Thornton is delightfully horrible in this dark, twisted take on the season of goodwill. Moving in uninvited with a home alone boy, will he soften up or stay the alcoholic, womanising loser he already is? For once, all bets are off.
This genre-defining blockbuster delivers explosions, laughs, one hell of an underdog romp and – what makes it such a classic festive favourite – an oddly sweet tale of one man trying to get to his family for the holidays.
Joe Dante’s seminal horror comedy sees a young boy acquire a new pet, under strict instructions to never get it wet or feed it after midnight. He soon learns a festive lesson of responsibility – via a hilariously dark wave of twisted chaos.
“I made my family disappear.” Macauley Culkin charmed his way into everyone’s hearts with a raise of his eyebrows and two hands on either side of his face. Learning what it’s like to be left behind his parents, Kevin McCallister’s battle to defend his house from Joe Pesci unites the whole family in the universal joy of other people’s physical pain.
For all its cliches, it’s impossible to resist Richard Curtis going full Richard Curtis in this rambling, uneven festive anthology. Shrewdly commercial yet annoyingly charming, Emma Thompson and Bill Nighy alone make it worth watching, while Rowan Atkinson’s cameo walks away with the whole thing.
The Santa Clause
Tim Allen inadvertently becomes Santa after knocking him off his roof in this surprisingly charming family comedy, which combines the thrill of legal contracts with festive imagination.
Top Christmas movies and TV shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video
An Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription costs £5.99 per month, no contract. An Amazon Prime membership (which also includes free next day UK delivery) costs £79 per year, the equivalent of £6.58 per month, with the first 30 days free.
Aardman’s adorable charm is just about present in this perfectly satisfactory slice of seasonal entertainment, which sees Arthur struggling to save Christmas with a range of high-tech gadgets.
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
In the reign of good Queen Vic, there stood, in Dumpling Lane in old London town, the Moustache Shoppe of one Ebenezer Blackadder – the kindest and loveliest man in all England.
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger
David Tennant plays identical twins in this annoying sequel that tries its hardest to wear down your resistance. By the end, you’ll be tapping your feet, even if you hate yourself.
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