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Here are the best Disney Plus Christmas movies

Here are the very best Disney Plus Christmas movies that you can stream or download right now from the streaming service.
December 7, 2021
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Disney Plus Christmas movies are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays as we get closer to the big day. While the selection of films isn’t as deep as, say, Netflix or Hulu, Disney Plus has some truly classic and recent Christmas movies to stream or download. That includes a couple of original films that are exclusive to the service.

So sit back and stream the best Disney Plus Christmas movies that are available on the service. You can sign up for Disney Plus at the link below:

Best Disney Plus Christmas movies:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Disney Plus Christmas regularly as new ones make it to the streaming service.

1. Noelle

This was the first exclusive streaming film among Disney Plus’ Christmas movies slate. Anna Kendrick plays the title character, who also happens to be Santa Claus’ daughter. Noelle is full of holiday cheer and happiness, but her brother Nick, played by Bill Hader, is not. That’s a problem as Nick is supposed to take over as the replacement Santa for his father. In fact, just a few days before he’s supposed to start as the new Santa, Nick runs away from the North Pole. It’s up to Noelle to get Nick back and save Christmas.

2. Home Sweet Home Alone

When a couple looking to recover a priceless heirloom sets their sights on a home left vacant by a vacationing family, they quickly realize they’re in over their heads. The Mercer family may be on holiday in Japan, but they’ve accidentally left behind their son Max, who’s ready to defend the family home. Rebooting the beloved Home Alone franchise, Disney updates the 1990 classic. We even get a visit from a member of the original McCallister family from the original film. Who knows, maybe we’ll see Kevin all grown up in a future installment.

3. The Santa Clause

The 1994 Christmas movie turned TV sitcom actor Tim Allen into a movie star. Allen plays ad exec Scott Calvin, who manages to encounter Santa Claus on top of his house during Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, Santa then falls to his “death” from the roof. Calvin puts on the Santa suit and manages to complete the toy-giving run. He then discovers that, since he put on the suit, he’s now supposed to become the new Santa Claus due to a legal Santa Clause (get it?) in the jolly man’s contract. The movie is fun for kids, with just the right amount of adult jokes to keep parents interested as well. Disney Plus also has the two sequels to this movie: The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

4. The Muppets Christmas Carol

Yes, it’s yet another adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story. However, this 1992 release does have none other than Michael Caine playing Ebenezer Scrooge. That brilliant piece of casting makes this movie endlessly watchable on its own. Various Muppet characters play most of the rest of the parts in this movie. No, it’s not explained how humans coexist with talking puppet creatures, but just go with it. It’s a great way to introduce this classic Christmas story to children.

5. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker musical is one of the staples of the Christmas season. In 2018, Disney decided to make a new movie based on The Nutcracker, and the result was this film that’s now streaming on Disney Plus. A young girl tries to find a key during her family’s Christmas Eve party that is supposed to open a gift from her late mother. However, this key is actually in a parallel world that she has to not only visit, but also save from an inner threat. The movie has all of the aspects of the musical; gingerbread soldiers, intelligent mice, and the like. The movie is visually striking as well, as we see this world that mixes Christmas snow with toys, candy, and more.

6. Babes in Toyland

Based very loosely on Victor Herbert’s 1903 operetta, this 1961 adaptation by Disney is something of a curiosity. It’s one of the studio’s first live-action musicals, released well before Mary Poppins. Like that film, it also has an extended animated sequence. The plot is a bit complex as well, considering it’s based on long-established children’s bedtime stories. Basically, an evil man wants to marry a woman, but he has to get rid of her true loved one beforehand. There are also toy soldiers, appearances by Mother Goose and Bo-Peep, and a visit to Toyland, which is the Christmas tie-in.

7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Tim Allen’s Home Improvement co-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas made a Christmas movie for Disney a few years after The Santa Clause. This 1998 film has Thomas’s character trying to get from California to his family’s home in New York before Christmas Eve ends. If he does, his father will give Thomas his 1957 Porsche. Naturally, this cross-country trip will not be a simple one. Thomas gets double-crossed by a rival to his girlfriend. The final result is that Thomas has to go through a ton of trials before arriving home. It’s a fun road trip romp.

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is this a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? Hey, why can’t it be both? The Nightmare Before Christmas is still a fun stop-motion animation musical, with characters created by Tim Burton. Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloween Town, finds out there’s also a Christmas Town. He decides that Halloween Town will be in charge of Christmas this year. Skellington even arranges for Santa Claus to be kidnapped, so Skellington can take over giving out presents. The animation and character designs still hold up, and it’s a great alternative among the Disney Plus Christmas movies.

9. Home Alone

Writer John Hughes and director Chris Columbus released Home Alone in 1990. It was a massive hit and turned its lead actor, Macaulay Culkin, into a huge star overnight. It’s easy to see why. Culkin’s portrayal of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is comedy gold. He’s left at home while his family mistakenly leaves him behind when they go to Paris for Christmas. Kevin quickly enjoys the new freedom of being home alone, but soon has to defend his house against the threat of the “Wet Bandits.” Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern match Culkin in comedy acting and timing, as they fall victim to his traps at home. After all this time, the movie still holds up. You can also stream Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and, if you really want to, Home Alone 3, on Disney Plus too, as well the new Home Sweet Home Alone listed above here.

10. A Christmas Carol (2009)

Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis made three motion-capture CGI films in the 2000s, including a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale. This movie stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge, who is contemptuous of Christmas and helping his fellow citizens. He gets some lessons on Christmas Eve from three ghosts. The visuals are impressive, and the story itself has a darker tone than usual for an adaptation of this tale, which should make it easier for older folks to watch.

That’s a look at the best Disney Plus Christmas 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. We hope you have a great holiday watching movies on your favorite streaming service.