Christmas movies are a necessity to complete the holidays. They keep you entertained and get you in the right mood for the season. However, it can be difficult to keep looking through hundreds of movies to find the gems to watch. Not to worry, we have taken all that work off your shoulders. Here are fifteen carefully curated Christmas movies you should definitely watch on Disney Plus this season.
Release Year: 2019
Notable Cast: Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Billy Eichner
Ratings: IMDb - 6.3/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 55%
Summary: Noelle Kringle is Kris Kringle's bubbly daughter in this fantasy comedy. Noelle’s brother, Nick, is set to take over Christmas duties from their father. However, when Noelle suggests that Nick takes a break from all the pressure, he doesn’t return. This movie tells the story of how Noelle manages to find her brother and have him return home in time for Christmas.
Duck the Halls
Release Year: 2016
Notable Cast: Tony Anselmo (Donald), Chris Diamantopoulos (Mickey Mouse), Bill Farmer (Goofy)
Ratings: IMDb - 7.9/10
Summary: ‘Duck the Halls’ is a Mickey Mouse Christmas special. However, this special is totally different from the sweet and happily-ever-after vibe you would expect. Since Donald has never experienced Christmas, he decides to stay with Mickey during winter instead of going South with the other ducks. However, Christmas goes horribly wrong when Donald starts to get sick. If you are a Mickey Mouse lover, this Christmas special is definitely for you. Plus, the Special is 21 minutes long, the most extended episode of 'Mickey Mouse' to date. This means it is short enough to get you in the Christmas spirit swiftly and long enough to entertain you.
Release Year: 2021
Notable Cast: Gary Anthony Williams, Ashlyn Jade Lopez, Daniel Sunjata
Ratings: IMDb - 5.2/10
Summary: 'Christmas… Again?' is the perfect movie to watch with the whole family. It follows the life of twelve-year-old Rowena Estevez, who experiences an underwhelming Christmas celebration due to her parent’s divorce. Afterward, she wishes for a Christmas do-over. Unknown to Rowena, her Christmas wish is granted. As a result, Rowena has to experience Christmas day repeatedly.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Release Year: 2011
Notable Cast: John Leguizamo (Sid), Karen Disher (Molehog), Josh Peck (Eddie)
Ratings: IMDb - 6.4/10
Summary: 'Ice Age' is probably etched in everyone's childhood memory. So, the Christmas Special is guaranteed to invoke the Christmas spirit and nostalgia. In this Christmas special, Sid ruins Manny's heirloom Christmas rock. Manny becomes furious and declares that Sid has been automatically added to Santa Claus' 'Naughty List.' Desperate to make amends, Sid leads Eddie and Peaches to the North Pole, hoping to plead his case to Santa Claus.
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Release Year: 2017
Notable Cast: Josh Gad (Olaf), Kristen Bell (Anna)
Ratings: IMDb - 5.6/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 57%
Summary: ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ is an animated Christmas musical. It is also based on the hit Disney movie, 'Frozen.' It tells the story of Olaf The Snowman in the Kingdom of Arendelle. When the villagers head to their respective homes to celebrate Christmas, Elsa and Anna are left alone. They soon realize that they don't have any Christmas traditions of their own. In a bid to make Christmas memorable for the Queen and Princess, Olaf decides to seek out the best Christmas traditions for the duo.
Release Year: 2020
Notable Cast: Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher, Jillian Shea
Ratings: IMDb - 6.1/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 67%
Summary: ‘Godmothered’ is a Christmas-themed comedy. It tells the story of Elenor, a fairy godmother with a struggling career. Determined to prove her worth as a fairy godmother, Elenor stumbles on a letter written by a young girl whose request remains unfulfilled. Elenor decides to track down the young girl and grant her ‘happily ever after’ request.
Home Sweet Home Alone
Release Year: 2021
Notable Cast: Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Devin Ratray
Ratings: IMDb - 3.6/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 16%
Summary: ‘Home Sweet Home Alone’ is another Christmas comedy that follows the life of Max Mercer. Max is a naughty but resourceful young boy who has to spend Christmas alone. However, Max’s peace and quiet is completely ruined by a couple who attempt to steal a valuable doll from his home. This movie is quite similar to the ‘Home Alone’ plot, but it brings its unique spice regardless. It is also rated PG, so parents should keep an eye out for some things that might be inappropriate if they decide to watch it with the whole family.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Release Year: 2018
Notable Cast: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman
Ratings: IMDb - 5.5/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 32%
Summary: Spending Christmas for the first time without their mother, a group of siblings are each given a Christmas present to fulfill their mother's dying wish. After opening her gift, the youngest sibling gets transported to a magic world of three realms. However, she must retrieve a key to restore balance to the parallel world.
Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Release Year: 2011
Notable Cast: Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bridgit Mendler, Jason Dolley
Ratings: IMDb - 6.3/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 80%
Summary: ‘Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas’ is a Disney original. It follows the life of the Duncans as they embark on a family trip to their grandparents' house in Palm Springs. However, Amy Duncan, the family's mother, and Teddy Duncan, one of the children, get stranded on the way. They must make their way to Palm Springs or risk missing the Christmas celebration for the year.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Release Year: 1993
Notable Cast: Danny Elfman (Jack), Catherine O’Hara (Shock)
Ratings: IMDb - 7.9/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 95%
Summary: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is an all-time Christmas classic. The animated movie follows the life of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloweentown. Jack is bored of his usual Christmas tradition, which involves scaring the people of the 'real world.' However, his excitement is revived when he discovers Christmas Town. He subsequently plots to bring the town under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus.
A Christmas Carol
Release Year: 2009
Notable Cast: Jim Carrey (Ebenezer Scrooge), Gary Oldman (Bob), Cary Elwes (Dick)
Ratings: IMDb - 6.8/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 53%
Summary: ‘A Christmas Carol’ is an animated Christmas movie based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel. The movie follows the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, a penny-pinching businessman who refuses to partake in Christmas activities. He regularly declines invitations and refuses to give to the poor during Christmas. However, everything changes when Ebenezer is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, who makes him relieve his childhood Christmas memories.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Release Year: 2005
Notable Cast: Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes
Ratings: IMDb - 6.9/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 76%
Summary: This Christmas-themed movie tells the story of five siblings sent to a country house during the Second World War. One of the siblings, Lucy, stumbles on a wardrobe that transports her to a parallel magical world called Narnia. Lucy subsequently discovers that an evil witch has placed a curse, making Narnia only experience winter and never Christmas. Narnia returns to the real world to convince her siblings to go back to Narnia and help the town fight off the witch.
Jingle All the Way
Release Year: 1996
Notable Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson
Ratings: IMDb - 5.7/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 19%
Summary: 'Jingle All the Way' is yet another Christmas classic available to stream on Disney Plus. The movie follows the life of Howard Langston, an extremely busy man who is determined to change his ways and make Christmas memorable for his family. To achieve this goal, Howard promises to get his son the most popular toy of the season as a Christmas gift. However, the toy is practically sold out across the town. Howard subsequently embarks on a quest to get the toy. During the quest, he meets a mailman searching for the same toy. Howard's quest opens his eyes to the true nature of Christmas.
Santa Buddies: The Legend of the Santa Paws
Release Year: 2009
Notable Cast: Danny Woodburn, Craig Anton
Ratings: IMDb - 4.5/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 20%
Summary: The movie tells the story of Santa Claus, Santa Paws, and a group of puppies at the North Pole. When they discover that the Christmas Icicle has been melting due to a poor Christmas spirit across the world, they find a way to save Christmas.
Release Year: 1990
Notable Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Kieran Culkin
Ratings: IMDb - 7.7/10, Rotten Tomatoes - 66%
Summary: ‘Home Alone’ is one Christmas movie that has withstood the tough test of time. It would not be an exaggeration to suggest that ‘Home Alone’ is a Christmas tradition in virtually every household. From Kevin's mischievous but hilarious tactics to the heavy Christmas scenery, 'Home Alone' is a great choice when searching for a Christmas movie.
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