Ah, remember the days that you’d run to Blockbuster Video Christmas eve to find there was like one copy of Silent Night, Deadly Night left and that was pretty much it? No more! We asked our staff and our Facebook fans for their favorite Christmas and holiday movies, then we tracked down just how you can watch them all over the holiday. Popcorn: Not optional at all.

The one thing is while a few are free to stream, you’ll have to pay to rent most of them, and some you’ll even have to purchase for instant download. But if it’s a favorite, hey, at least you’ll then have it to watch every year. That’s what we did with Elf and we have yet to regret it.

Related: The coolest movies to watch Christmas Day

Note that all $2.99 rentals are for SD formatting; add another buck if you want to watch in HD on your big honkin’ family TV. Another tip: I’m using Roku for my streaming video and if you do a universal search, you can click “follow this movie on Roku” and get a notification if and when it becomes available somewhere. A Christmas miracle perhaps?

So here are some of our own favorites we love watching with our own kids or even when they’re fast asleep. If you want to see Ernest Saves Christmas or Santa Paws 2, Sorry, you’re on your own.


Amazon video: Rent for $2.99


Miracle on 34th Street: Where to watch your favorite Christmas movies right now

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Amazon Video rent for $2.99, buy for $8.99

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Amazon Video, rent for $2.99, buy for $8.99


It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life
Amazon Video: buy for $4.99

White Christmas
Netflix, free; Amazon Video: rent for $2.99

It’s a Wonderful Life/White Christmas double feature
Vudu: buy for $9.99




How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original because ugh, not the remake)
Amazon Video buy from $4.99 (packaged with Horton Hears a Who)

Frosty the Snowman
Amazon Video: $4.99 rental

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Netflix, free

A Charlie Brown’s Christmas
Amazon Video: buy for $9.99

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Amazon Video: buy for $9.99


A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story 
Amazon Video, Google Play: rent for $2.99

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Amazon Video, Google Play: rent for $2.99

Home Alone
HBO: Free



Amazon Video, Google Play: rent for $2.99

Love, Actually
Netflix, free; Amazon video, Google Play: rent for $2.99

A Very Murray Christmas
Netflix, free




Where to watch your favorite holiday movies: A Muppets Christmas Carol

The Muppets Christmas Carol
Amazon Video, rent for $2.99

A Christmas Carol (1999, Patrick Stewart)
Amazon Video, buy for $7.99

A Christmas Carol (2012)
Google Play: rent for $1.99

A Christmas Carol (1938)
Netflix, free

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
Amazon Prime, rent for $2.99

Holiday with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant

Amazon Video, rent for $2.99

A Norman Rockwell Christmas Story
Amazon Prime Video, free

Miracle of the Bells
Amazon Prime Video, free

Jack Frost
Amazon Prime Video, free

Christmas in Connecticut
Amazon Video, rent for $2.99

Holiday Scenics
(backgrounds like holiday lights, snowy mountaintops and glowing fireplaces to play in the background of holiday gatherings)
Free, Hulu

If you have another movie you’re desperately searching for, try the site Can I Stream It which can be very helpful.