Move over, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Disney+ has become our new go-to streaming service for Christmas movies this year. Especially when it comes to nostalgic films that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
The streaming platform has it all—romantic Christmas movies, family holiday films and more. The festive lineup includes magical picks like Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Santa Clause, The Muppet Christmas Carol and even newer hits like Noelle and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
1. ‘The Santa Clause’ (1994)
Who’s in it? Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd
What’s it about? Buzz Lightyear may be our favorite of Allen’s Disney characters, but Scott Calvin is a close second. When he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, he’s transported to the North Pole to assume the role before the following Christmas arrives, much to the delight of his son.
2. ‘NOELLE’ (2019)
Who’s in it: Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader
What it’s about: Santa's daughter must take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the Santa role, decides he doesn’t want the job. Who knew Santa had kids?
3. ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ (2009)
Who’s in it? Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara (voices)
What’s it about? A grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who take him through his past to reveal that his miserable way of living is, in fact, no way to live at all.
4. ‘FROZEN’ (2013)
Who’s in it? Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad (voices)
What’s it about? Yes, this is a Christmas movie (even though we watch it all year round). The popular Disney flick follows Anna and her pals as they try to save their home from the infinite winter caused by the queen, who just so happens to be her sister. The popular Disney flick follows Anna and her pals as they try to save their home from the infinite winter caused by the queen, who just so happens to be her sister. Plus, there’s also a sequel you can watch right after.
5. ‘Santa Paws 2: The santa Pups’ (2012)
Who’s in it? Cheryl Ladd, George Newbern, Danny Woodburn (voices)
What’s it about? When Christmas spirit mysteriously begins to disappear, the playful and mischievous Santa Pups—Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble—must race to save Christmas. Unfortunately, the other spinoffs, sequels and prequels of this movie aren’t available on Disney+ just yet.
6. ‘I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS’ (1998)
Who’s in it: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam Lavorgna
What’s it about: In this cheesy movie, one teenager gets himself into a pickle when he’s kidnapped by some high school bullies while on his way home for Christmas and ends up stranded in the middle of the dessert.
7. ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ (1983)
Who’s in it: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith (voices)
What’s it about: This animated short follows our favorite Disney characters as they take on new roles to tell the well-known story of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.
8. ‘THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS’ (1993)
Who’s in it? Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey (voices)
What’s it about? Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town (if only he really existed), has become bored with the spooky holiday. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and becomes so infatuated with the idea of Christmas that he decides to try and create his own version.
9. ‘Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas’ (1997)
Who’s in it: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach (voices)
What’s it about: This film actually takes place within the original film (think of it like a very long deleted scene) and recounts a Christmas that brings everyone in the castle closer together.
10. ‘THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS’ (2018)
Who’s in it? Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman, Kiera Knightly, Helen Mirren
What’s it about? In the newest version of The Nutcracker, Clara is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. This thrilling adventure follows Clara as she tries to defend the Land of Sweets from the evil Mother Ginger.
11. ‘The Christmas Star’ (1986)
Who’s in it? Edward Asner, Rene Auberjonois, Jim Metzler
What’s it about? Similar to the modern-day Bad Santa, The Christmas Star follows a prisoner who breaks out of jail because he looks like St. Nick. He then uses his likeness to enlist the help of some kids to find hidden loot.
12. ‘THE SANTA CLAUSE 2’ (2002)
Who’s in it: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell
What’s it about: Yup, there’s a sequel. And this time, Santa is on a quest to find his Mrs. Clause. Will he find her or will he hang up his red coat forever?
13. ‘One Magic Christmas’ (1985)
Who’s in it: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton
What’s it about: Another one on the list of holiday guardian angel movies, this film also features a heavenly protector sent to watch over a struggling mother and her family around the holidays.
14. ‘THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL’ (1992)
Who’s in it? Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire (voices)
What’s it about? Another adaptation of A Christmas Carol, this time reimagined by a set of beloved characters—aka the Muppets. This feature-length film also includes original songs, so be prepared for them to be stuck in your (and your family’s) head all day.
15. ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ (2017)
Who’s in it? Laura Miyata, Vijay Mehta, Amy Smart (voices)
What’s it about? While the original wasn’t actually centered around Christmas, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure sure is. Anna and Queen Elsa are back and join forces as they try to figure out how to establish new holiday traditions. Of course, they seek out help from their good pal Olaf.
16. 'Twas the Night’ (2001)
Who’s in it: Josh Zuckerman, Brenda Grate, Bryan Cranston
What’s it about: Before his Breaking Bad days, Cranston starred in the Disney Channel original film about a mischievous 14-year-old boy and his trouble uncle who gets ahold of a device that can freeze time.
17. ‘Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas’ (1999)
Who’s in it: Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Allwine, Russi Taylor (voices)
What’s it about: Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is an hourlong anthology of holiday-themed shorts starring classic Disney characters. So, if you’re looking for a quick dose of Christmas content the whole fam can enjoy, this one’s for you.
18. ‘Eight Below’ (2006)
Who’s in it: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood
What’s it about: Almost guaranteed to make you cry, Eight Below tells the story of Jerry Shepard, a man on a mission to rescue his beloved sled dogs. The best part? The story is told through the eyes of eight adorable pups.
19. ‘12 Dates of Christmas’ (2011)
Who’s in it? Laura Miyata, Vijay Mehta, Amy Smart
What’s it about? This Christmas rom-com follows Kate, a businesswoman who is set up on a blind date for Christmas Eve and finds herself reliving the same date over and over until she gets things right. Think of it like a Hallmark movie meets Groundhog’s Day.
20. ‘HOME ALONE’ (1990)
Who’s in it? Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara
What’s it about? It may not be one of the original Disney films, but since the company acquired 20th Century Fox, this one is now technically part of the Disney family. After 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family vacation to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. When he’s accidentally left (you guessed it) home alone by his family the next day, he’s happy to have the house to himself. However, it’s not long before he must protect his family’s house from a pair of evil burglars.
21. ‘The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause’ (2006)
Who’s in it? Laura Miyata, Vijay Mehta, Amy Smart
What’s it about? Now that he’s found his wife and expanded his family, Scott Calvin (aka St. Nick), must find a way to juggle his new family life while simultaneously keeping Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.
22. ‘Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year’ (2002)
Who’s in it? Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler (voices)
What’s it about? Our favorite honey bear, Winnie, and his clan of animal friends are getting ready to celebrate the holidays. In anticipation of the new year, the gang decides to make resolutions which turn out to teach them more than they bargained for.