With Christmas being just a month or so away, many of you will be turning to your favorite streaming services to watch some great holiday films. 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, we think we succeeded. Here are our picks for the best Christmas movies on Hulu.
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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Christmas movies regularly as new ones make it to the streaming network.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Happiest Season
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.
4. 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.
5. Married by Christmas
On the other hand, if you really want a traditional Christmas rom-com, the 2016 released Married by Christmas is better than most. It’s a female holiday-themed take of Brewester’s Millions. A woman has to deal with the fact that her grandmother’s will states she has to get married by Christmas. If she doesn’t, she loses her share of the vast family fortune. It’s not exactly high-brow comedy, but it’s certainly a fun romp while also dealing with themes of true love and what people might do just to get married.
6. The Grinch Musical
Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas tale has been adapted as a TV animated special, a live-action movie, and most recently a CGI feature film. Now, Hulu is hosting the recent NBC live action musical adaptation. Glee’s Matthew Morrison plays The Grinch, who wants to steal Christmas from all the Whos in Whoville. The musical, which was performed and recorded in London, is certainly one of the more interesting attempts at interpreting this tale.
That’s 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.