If you're looking to stream some holiday favorites this season, here is a breakdown of what you'll find on the different services you already subscribe to (or maybe a service you'll want to start a free trial of this week so you can enjoy what they have to offer as well).
Netflix subscribers have some solid favorites to choose from starting with the legendary 1954 drama "White Christmas." The 2018 animated version of Dr. Seuss' "The Grinch" is available for families, as is a new "Trolls" holiday special, but most of what Netflix has to offer in its holidays section are new original films, and there are enough of them to give the Hallmark Channel a run for their money. You've got romances like "A Christmas Prince" and its sequel "The Royal Wedding," while Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis star in a new film called "Holiday in the Wild" about two single people who meet on a trip to Africa. Kurt Russell stars as Santa in "The Christmas Chronicles" (look for a sequel next year), while the brand-new animated film "Klaus" offers an origin story of Santa utilizing the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, and Norm Macdonald.
Over at Hulu, adults can enjoy films like "Love Actually," "When Harry Met Sally," "A Bad Moms Christmas," and "The Man Who Invented Christmas" in their holidays section, and the kids section is loaded with goodies like "Prancer," "Jingle All the Way," "Santa Buddies" and "A Very Brady Christmas."
Amazon Prime has a handful of actual holiday classics for this year, leading with "It's a Wonderful Life." Also included with your membership: “Bad Santa,“ ”The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,“ ”Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas“ and 1942's ”Holiday Inn“ (although with that film's sequence of Bing Crosby performing in blackface, maybe you should skip it).
Streaming newcomer Disney Plus is obviously great for families over the holidays. You can queue up "Home Alone," "The Santa Clause," "The Muppet Christmas Carol," "Miracle on 34th Street" and a brand new film called "Noelle" with Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader as the adult children of Santa. (Bonus points for also having all the Christmas episodes of "The Simpsons.")
For those of you looking for holiday frights, I will always highly recommend the Christmas zombie musical "Anna and the Apocalypse" (now available on Amazon Prime and Hulu). Subscribers to the horror service Shudder can also exclusively watch a newly restored classic from France called "Deadly Games" (aka "Dial Code Santa Claus") that was made a year before "Home Alone" and finds a 9-year boy alone waiting for old Saint Nick. Shudder is also where you can find Bob Clark's original 1974 slasher "Black Christmas" and "Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2."