The season of 24/7 Christmas movies and carol singing has arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s nothing better than hot cocoa and Hallmark holiday movies on repeat, but sometimes we want to be in control of our merriment. When that happens, we turn to our favorite platforms for the best Christmas movies streaming right now. And just to be super clear, “best” means just the right mix of high-quality classics and cheesetastic made-for-TV holiday goodness. There’s no room for cinematic snobbery during the most wonderful time of year, which is why A Christmas Prince and It’s a Wonderful Life are equal in our eyes.
Every movie on this list brings us joy, and hey, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
A Christmas Prince Series
Set in the fictional country of Aldovia, Netflix’s A Christmas Prince franchise is pure holiday magic. First, intrepid journalist Amber (Rose McIver) and Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) fall madly in love in A Christmas Prince, then they tie the knot in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. In the 2019 installment, the duo are set to welcome their first baby, and we can’t wait.
It’s a Wonderful Life
For years, It’s a Wonderful Life only aired once a year on NBC, but now, thanks to Prime Video, we can watch George Bailey learn how one person’s life can touch so many others whenever we like. This classic was released in 1946, but its message of kindness and neighborly love will always warm hearts.