The holidays are here, and if you’re looking for fun indoor activities to keep your kids busy or an idea for a family Friday night in, we’ve got you covered. We’re seeing lots of Christmas movies available to stream, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer already aired on CBS (if you missed it, catch it again on Dec. 10!). We’ve rounded up the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus, and you’re going to want to take a look at our list.
You’ll find everything from comedies, adventure, fantasy, and lots of cartoons. It is Disney, after all! Our list is sorted by the highest ratings on IMDb, so the top-rated favorites will be first. We’ll keep an eye on where all the holiday classics are available to watch this year and also make note of some exclusive holiday content so you won’t miss out on any great movies this season.
So let’s get into it! Here are the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus for you to stream all December long.
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1. Home Alone (1990, PG)
A must-see Christmas classic since it premiered in 1990, Home Alone follows 8-year-old Kevin McCallister as he protects his home from burglars while his family is in another country. Hilarity ensues and makes for a memorable and very quotable holiday movie.
2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947, NR)
Released in 1947, this heartwarming favorite makes you believe in Santa Claus all over again. It tells the story of young Susan who sets out to help a department store Santa prove that he’s the real Kris Kringle. With some help from her mom’s lawyer love interest and hundreds of letters to Santa, she meets her goal in a wholesome and uplifting ending. This film is not rated but suitable for all ages.
3. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983, G)
An animated Disney adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens Christmastime story. Mickey Mouse plays Bob Cratchit with Goofy as Jacob Marley’s ghost, Jiminy Cricket as the ghost of Christmas past, and Scrooge McDuck playing Ebenezer Scrooge. This is a short film — only 26 minutes — and rated G for everyone.
4. While You Were Sleeping (1995, PG)
A holiday classic for rom-com lovers everywhere. Starring the amazing Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, this story focuses on a lovestruck Sandra who gets mistaken for an injured man’s fiance. While her fake fiance is in a coma, she befriends his entire family, getting especially close to his brother. The characters are lovable, and the storyline is fun. We give this PG-rated film from 1995 two thumbs up.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG)
While this one definitely crosses holiday genres, it’s a great Christmastime flick to watch every year. Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, stumbles into Christmas Town by accident and is amazed at all the wonder and cheer this new holiday town has to offer. He returns to his own home and tries to recreate the magic of Christmas.
6. The Santa Clause (1994, PG)
Tim Allen stars as a divorced dad Scott Calvin who witnesses Santa fall off his roof. When he takes the reigns of fallen Santa’s sleigh, he and his son end up at the North Pole with the task of taking over the big man’s job and delivering toys to all the children of the world. This 1994 film is rated PG and is fun for the whole family.
7. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992, G)
The Muppets give their own take on Dickens’ novel in The Muppet Christmas Carol. The story follows the traditional plot, with Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. This one is about an hour longer than the Mickey Mouse version, which is a good thing or a bad thing depending on your family’s (ahem, kids’) attention spans. It’s rated G for all ages.
8. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas (1999, NR)
It’s Disney, so you know Mickey is going to make our list a few times! Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas features three short holiday stories starring your favorite Disney characters. Donald’s three nephews get to live Christmas morning over and over and over again in Stuck on Christmas. Goofy tries to prove to his son Max that Santa is real in A Very Goofy Christmas. And Mickey and Minnie’s Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming take on the classic Gift of the Magi story where a husband and wife sacrifice things they love to get each other gifts. This animated film is not rated, but it’s suitable for all ages.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022, TV-14)
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special was released just this year and features Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Drax, Mantis, and all your other favorite characters. Watch as the friends try to surprise Quill with a special Christmas visit from his childhood hero, Kevin Bacon.
10. Home Alone 2 (1992, PG)
The sequel to our first movie on the list, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York follows 9-year-old Kevin McCallister as he’s stranded in New York while his family flies to Florida. He runs into the Sticky Bandits once again and works to protect an elderly man’s toy store from the two criminals.
11. Noelle (2019, G)
A 2019 Disney Plus original, Noelle follows Santa’s daughter (Anna Kendrick) as she tries to fill his boots after her brother (Bill Hader) ghosts everyone due to his anxiety about being the next Santa Claus. This is a cute holiday story set mostly at the North Pole and is rated G for everyone.
12. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002, G)
Everyone’s favorite silly old bear celebrates Christmas by getting himself in a bit of a pickle when he breaks the present he made for Piglet. The story follows the friends as Pooh tries to navigate hiding the broken present from Piglet. This very merry animated movie came out in 2002 and is rated G so the whole family can watch it.
13. Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009, PG)
One more Christmas Carol version to round out our list. Disney’s A Christmas Carol came out in 2009 and features Jim Carrey as Scrooge, Gary Oldman as Bob Cratchit, and Colin Firth as Fred. This version of the Dickens classic is rated PG.
14. Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas (2004, G)
A sequel to one of our other picks for the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas has a total of five holiday stories featuring our favorite animated Disney characters. It’s rated G for all ages.
15. One Magic Christmas (1985, G)
One Magic Christmas is a fantasy holiday movie that came out in 1985. It stars Mary Steenburgen (of Elf fame!) and follows the story of an angel showing a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It’s rated G.
16. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997, G)
Your favorite Beauty and the Beast characters are back in their household forms as we learn the story of Belle’s first Christmas in the enchanted castle. You’ll find Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Chip, Cogsworth, and a few new characters in this animated film with new Christmas songs. It’s rated G for everyone.
17. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008, G)
Watch the classic Muppets characters try to correct a mistake when they take a journey to hand-deliver three Santa letters to the North Pole after Gonzo mistakenly diverts them. This family comedy is full of music and fun and is rated G for all ages to enjoy.
18. The Search For Santa Paws (2010, G)
This holiday adventure film follows recently orphaned Quinn as she and a team of magic dogs and an elf try to help Santa recover his memory before Christmas. It’s rated G and is pet-friendly fun for all family members — including the furry ones!
19. Babes in Toyland (1986, G)
A young girl (played by Drew Barrymore) wakes up in a magical toy land and must beat bad guy Barnaby. Her family and friends help in this whimsical film from 1986. Its G rating makes it a great Christmas watch for everyone.
20. The Christmas Star (1985, G)
Another 1985 holiday favorite, The Christmas Star follows an escaped convict (Ed Asner) who looks an awful lot like Santa Claus. His plan to recover stolen money is thrown out of whack as he starts to feel kindness toward the children he duped to carry out his plan. This film is rated G.
21. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018, PG)
A fantasy-adventure holiday film, this rendition of The Nutcracker features gorgeous scenery and some big names like Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Kiera Knightly. Young Clara enters another realm and must save the people from a machine that turns people into toys. This movie is rated PG.
22. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2005, G)
A TV movie from 2005, The Ultimate Christmas Present centers around a young girl that gets her hands on a weather machine. All she wants to do is have a snow day, but when the machine breaks, it causes an out-of-control snowstorm! This snow-filled movie is rated G for everyone.
23. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998, PG)
Attention Jonathan Taylor Thomas lovers! This family comedy from 1998 also stars Jessica Biel and follows a college student stranded in the desert with no way to get home just a few days before Christmas. It’s rated PG.
24. The Santa Clause 2 (2002, G)
A 2002 sequel to the 1994 film that also made our list of the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus, The Santa Clause 2 follows Scott Calvin as he tries to remain in his Santa suit. All he has to do is find the perfect Mrs. Claus. This sequel is rated G.
25. ‘Twas the Night (2001, G)
Christmas is almost destroyed when a young boy and his misbehaving uncle steal Santa’s sleigh to go for a joyride. Bryan Cranston plays the uncle, and as with most Disney movies, the ending is a happy one! This movie is rated G for all ages.
Don’t have Disney Plus yet? Here’s how to get it.
Right now, you can get a year of Disney Plus for $79.99. It will renew at $109.99 after the first year. Since it regularly costs $7.99/month, this is really one of the best bargains you’re going to find. But there are other ways to save if you want to catch the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus this year. It’s also worth noting that Disney+ will increase to $109.99 per year for everyone on Dec. 8, 2022. The monthly rate will jump from $7.99 up to $10.99/month. If you’ve been wanting to sign up, now is the time.
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Look for deals throughout the year.
We’ve seen deals on Disney Plus offered during their Disney Plus Day, Amazon Prime Day, and more throughout the year. These are rare discounts are often short-lived, so keep an eye out as best you can to score a deal.