How to stream all the best Christmas movies for free

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Save some money where you can this holiday season.

Already broke from the holidays? There are plenty of free Christmas movies you can stream that will help you get back into the spirit of the season. Whether you’re looking for Hallmark Christmas movies or a particular family favorite like Elf, here’s everything you need to know to watch free Christmas movies this season.

Free Christmas movies 2018: How to watch online

1) Hallmark Movies

No one does Christmas quite like Hallmark. While the channel is already deep into its annual Countdown to Christmas, there are plenty more original holiday films still to be rolled out. In fact, the fun continues until Dec. 29, with the premiere of A Midnight Kiss. There are a number of streaming services that carry the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, but your cheapest option is Philo, which costs just $16 per month (after a seven-day free trial). If you’re looking for a more robust streaming service, you’ll also want to consider FuboTV (previewed above).

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2) Freeform

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This often-overlooked movie-streaming channel is doing 25 days of Christmas movies, with classics like Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Santa Clause (while sneaking in other great movies like The Incredibles and Eight Crazy Nights). You can find the complete Freeform schedule below. Freeform is available on YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, or Hulu with Live TV, but your cheapest option is Sling TV, which carries the channel on both its Sling Orange package ($25 per month) and Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month). Either way, you’ll start with a seven-day free trial. Sling TV also carries AMC, which is streaming holiday favorites like Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.


3) Netflix

Netflix is looking to challenge Hallmark, rolling out a number of original Christmas movies this year, and so far, the results have been impressive (see: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding). Of course, Netflix also has a strong collection of classic holiday movies, including Love Actually, White Christmas, Bad Santa, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Netflix costs $7.99-$13.99 per month, but new subscribers are eligible for a one-week free trial.  

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4) Hulu

Hulu’s Christmas movie selection may not be as robust as Netflix’s, but there are a few standards you can count on, including The Nightmare Before Christmas. But if you upgrade to Hulu with Live TV, you’ll get Freeform, Hallmark Channel, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, not to mention Turner Classic Movies, Lifetime, and more. Hulu with Live TV costs $39.99 per month, but it comes with a free seven-day trial and complimentary access to Hulu’s full catalog of on-demand movies and TV shows. (You can learn more about Hulu with Live TV here.)

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5) Amazon Prime

If you’re looking for something specific and have trouble finding it elsewhere on this list, chances are you’ll find it on Amazon Prime. While Amazon Prime comes with a steep upfront commitment (it’s $119 per year), like everything else on this list, it offers a free trial with a valid credit card (details here). Amazon Prime is the exclusive streaming home of It’s a Wonderful Life, and it offers other classics like The Miracle on 34th Street and Night of the Comet.

Christmas movies on Amazon Prime: A complete list for 2018

  • A Christmas Wedding Tail
  • A Hobo’s Christmas
  • A Nanny for Christmas
  • A Very Wompkee Christmas
  • Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
  • Christmas Bunny
  • Christmas That Almost Wasn’t
  • Holiday Inn
  • Let There Be Light
  • Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You
  • Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year
  • Santa and the Three Bears
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
  • The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas
  • The Dog Who Saved Christmas
  • The Dow Who Saved Christmas Vacation
  • The Littlest Angel
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • The Showy Day
  • The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Christmas With the Kranks
  • Mr. Bean’s Holiday
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Creative Galaxy: Arty’s Holiday Masterpiece
  • Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas

Christmas movies on Amazon: Available to rent or purchase

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Christmas Story (1983)
  • Die Hard
  • Elf
  • Four Christmases
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Ultimate Edition
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Polar Express
  • The Santa Clause

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6) Pluto TV

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Pluto TV

Last but not least, there’s Pluto TV, the completely free live TV streaming service with more than 100 curated channels. While Pluto TV is definitely a grab bag, there are always some gems if you put the effort into finding it. On Christmas Day, Pluto TV is having a “One Punch Christmas,” which is—you guessed it—an all-day marathon of the hit anime One Punch Man (channel 322) in addition to two different holiday-themed movie marathons, both of which are well-suited for the children in your family. A Betty White Christmas is airing daily on the BUZZR channel from Dec. 17-24, and Pluto TV offers a whole slew of holiday-themed channels: Pluto TV Christmas (channel 80), Holiday Lights (channel 82), and Fireplace (channel 81).


Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas schedule

All times ET

Thursday, Dec. 20

7am, Pop Up Santa Holiday Special

8:30am, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

10am, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

11:30am, Life-Size

1:30pm, Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

3:30pm, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

5:35pm, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

6:40pm, Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles

9:20pm, Ice Age: Continental Drift

11:25pm, Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

1:30am, Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Friday, Dec. 21

7am, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

8:30am, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

10am, The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special (Freeform Premiere)

10:30am, Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too

11am, Mickey’s Christmas Carol

11:30am, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

12:30pm, Love the Coopers

3pm, Ice Age: Continental Drift

5:05pm, The Santa Clause

7:10pm, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

9:15pm, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

11:55pm, No Sleep ’Til Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 22

7am, A Miracle on Christmas Lake

9:40am, The Santa Clause

11:50am, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

1:55pm, Disney Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot

2:25pm, Disney’s Prep & Landing

2:55pm, Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

3:25pm, The Nightmare Before Christmas

5:05pm, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

7:45pm, The Santa Clause

9:50pm, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

11:55pm, Christmas With the Kranks

Sunday, Dec. 23

7am, The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

7:30am, Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

9:40am, Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

11:45am, Disney Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot

12:15pm, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

1:20pm, The Nightmare Before Christmas

3pm, Christmas with the Kranks

5:05pm, The Santa Clause

7:10pm, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

9:15pm, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

11:55pm, Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

Monday, Dec. 24

7:30am, Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish

11am, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

12:30pm, The Nightmare Before Christmas

2:05pm, Jingle All the Way 2

4:10pm, Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:15pm, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

8:55pm,  The Santa Clause

12am, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, Dec. 25

7am, Disney’s Prep & Landing

7:30am, Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

8am, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

11am, The Nightmare Before Christmas

12:40pm, Disney’s A Christmas Carol

2:40pm, Christmas With the Kranks

4:45pm, The Santa Clause

6:50pm, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

8:55pm, Disney’s The Lion King (1994)

12am, Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.