While Christmas is still several months away, many people love watching holiday films no matter what the calendar indicates. That includes Christmas movies on Hulu, which range from the traditional to the downright scary. While it was hard trying to find the good and the unique Christmas films on Hulu among the Hallmark-like TV movies, we think we succeeded. Here are our picks for the best Christmas movies on Hulu.
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Best Christmas movies on Hulu:
- The Man Who Invented Christmas
- A Christmas Carol (2019)
- Happiest Season
- A Very Brady Christmas
- The Polar Express
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Christmas movies regularly as new ones make it to the streaming network.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
This 2017 movie is a little unusual, even for a Christmas film. It tells the story of how author Charles Dickens, played in the movie by Dan Stevens, came up with one of the most famous holiday stories of all time, A Christmas Carol. Dickens actually was in a bit of a slump, at least financially, before writing the novella. While he had a big hit in Oliver Twist in 1839, his next three books were financial flops. He needed a new story that would be both popular and inspiring. The final result is a narrative that was a major hit from the start and has been adapted countless times since.
A Christmas Carol (2019)
Speaking of which, this happens to be one of the latest adaptations of Dickens’ story. This 2019 “film” was first shown as a three-part mini-series for the BBC, but was merged into one long (nearly three hour) film when it debuted in the US via FX and Hulu. Guy Pearce takes on the role of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who only cares about money and little else. Besides its length, this adaptation is much darker and more akin to a horror film at times. Still, this is one of the best Christmas movies on Hulu. Just pace yourself when watching it.
This 2020 Hulu original romantic comedy is already one of the biggest hits on the streaming service. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play a romantic couple who are traveling to visit Davis’ family for Christmas. However, Davis has yet to tell her family that she is gay and is in love with Stewart. Stewart and David have to make believe they are just friends, but Stewart is obviously not happy about their relationship being a secret. The movie is not only funny, but also shows how people deal with major life issues with family members.
A Very Brady Christmas
The Brady Bunch TV show continues to be highly popular. Last year, we got to see the original house from the series get a makeover in A Very Brady Renovation TV show on HGTV. On Hulu, you can also watch A Very Brady Christmas. First shown in 1988, it reunites nearly all of the show’s cast (with the exception of Susan Olsen, who was not available to play Cindy Brady). The plot is pretty simple; all of the Brady clan come back to their home for Christmas, but each member has their own personal problems they have to deal with.
Yes, it’s another version of A Christmas Carol, but this 1988 release is certainly the funniest version of Dickens’ classic take. Bill Murray plays a television executive who is trying to put on a live presentation of A Christmas Carol. However, he wants to show it on Christmas Eve, which makes everyone hate him since he’s forcing them to work during the actual holiday. As with the original tale, it takes some time traveling ghosts to make Murray change his ways.
The Polar Express
This 2004 CGI movie is based on the acclaimed children’s book of the same name. It still has some very impressive-looking motion capture animation, as it tells the story of a young boy who encounters a mysterious train that shows up next to his bedroom window. He’s invited to come on board by the conductor (voiced and motion captured by Tom Hanks) and is taken to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus himself (also voiced and motion captured by Hanks). It’s a great adaptation of one of the best Christmas books ever made and is definitely one of the best Christmas movies on Hulu.
These are our picks for the best Christmas movies on Hulu. We will update this regularly as the holiday season adds more movies. And if you’re looking for more to watch, head here for a list of even more Christmas favorites on all of the streaming platforms.