We’ve all got our favourites. You know the ones, those Christmas films that come out once a year to warm our hearts on cold winter nights. With many of these available to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky Go with subscriptions, we’ve rounded up the best of the best.
The world’s premiere streaming service wouldn’t be our top pick for Christmas films but recent years have seen Netflix produce a handful of their own cheesy ‘classics’ – sort of.
In 2017, A Christmas Prince proved so popular that it’s given rise to a sequel – The Royal Wedding – this year. Starring Rose McIver and Ben Lamb, this was the story of a magazine journalist who falls for a playboy prince whilst undercover. It’s not for us but some viewers LOVED it…
Sticking with their originals, Netflix have just released The Christmas Chronicles, a fun Kurt Russell vehicle, and The Princess Switch, the fairytale of a Chicago baker (Vanessa Hudgens) who discovers she is identical to the fiancé of a ‘Belgravian’ prince.
If those don’t appeal, Netflix also have a handful of bought-in offerings, like Deck the Halls, Christmas with the Coopers, The Man Who Invented Christmas and Jack Frost.
Our top Netflix picks, however, are all-star Aardman animation Arthur Christmas and Debbie Isitt’s original Nativity! film. They’ve got Nativity 2: Dude Where’s My Donkey too, whilst Nativity Rocks is in cinemas now, but the first is the best.
For our money, Amazon’s Prime selection is the best out there for film fans and that’s no different when it comes to seasonal fare.
Popular hits on the service include Elf, The Holiday, Jack Frost, A Bad Moms Christmas, Bad Santa 2, Deck the Halls, Happy Feet and Gremlins.
Prime also boasts a selection of older classics too. Whilst you can rent the likes of It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and Holiday Inn from £1.99, both the Albert Finny and Alastair Sim Scrooge adaptations are free for Prime subscribers, as are A Christmas Story and animated 1969 short Frosty the Snowman.
Our top recommendation for Amazon Prime is Christopher Smith’s 2014 British comedy Get Santa. Sure, it’s not the best film going but Jim Broadbent delights and there’s warmth and heart aplenty.
Sky customers can access many an easy Christmas film this year, with Sky Go hosting a sleigh-full of Hallmark and Lifetime offerings – A Gift for Christmas, The Christmas Contract and Her Magical Christmas among them. Old family members will die, unlikely couples will meet under the mistletoe and can so-and-so put last Christmas behind them?
The network also have a selection of – slightly – less predictable festive features on offer. Home Alone fans can watch all but the first in the franchise, whilst the complete Santa Clause – the Tim Allen series that started well and ended badly – collection is available.
Families can enjoy Frozen, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Fred Claus, Snow Buddies and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, whilst, for adults, there’s Scrooged, Better Watch Out, Bad Santa and Surviving Christmas.
Daddy’s Home 2 is available for the inebriated, Sleepless in Seattle for the sentimental and Die Hard for those who love their action and Alan Rickman.
Our favourites? It’s a Wonderful Life and A Nightmare Before Christmas are Sky Go’s must-watch film choices.
What will you be watching this Christmas? Let us know in the comments…