A Definitive Schedule Of When To Watch Every Major Christmas Film

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Christmas Film Schedule

by Shana Lynch |

Happy December, everyone! The most magical time of the year has officially arrived and even the Grinchiest of people can admit it’s time for some festive joy. And as we all know, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is…watching Christmas films (sorry Buddy the Elf, singing loud for all to hear is good, too).

But, in case you hadn’t already noticed, there are A Lot of Christmas films out there. From the classics to new releases, it can be hard to know where to start. Is 1 December too early to watch Elf? (No.) Should festive favourites be saved for closer to the Big Day? (You do you, girl). The choices are truly endless.

So, as an early Christmas gift, we’ve put together our schedule of when to watch every major Christmas film. We’ve taken into account how festive you’ll feel throughout the month; made sure there weren’t too many soppy, sappy offerings in a row; and even tried to account for when each film was set. You might not agree with us, but we think this is the definitive schedule of when to watch the best Christmas films, from Love Actually to The Santa Clause

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Maybe this is the basic choice for the first Christmas film of the season, but we don't think so. There is no one better to get you feeling festive than Buddy the Elf. Stream now on NowTV or rent on Amazon Prime

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Released in 2019, Last Christmas is set to the music of George Michael, stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding and was written by Emma Thompson. Do we need to say more? Stream now on NowTV __ or Netflix__, or rent on Amazon Prime

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This is for those who say the first week of December is too early for Christmas movies. You're a mean one, Mr Grinch... Rent on Amazon Prime

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Dolly Parton is here to save Christmas (literally) as angel come to rescue a small town when a cold-hearted woman tries to sell it off. The perfect feel-good film for the first Saturday in December. Stream now on Netflix

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As an early Christmas gift, every Sunday we're going to treat you to a Christmas movie series to watch. First up: The Christmas Chronicles. Start with the first one, take a break to refill your hot cocoa, and then move on to the second film. Stream now on Netflix

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Pitch Perfect's Anna Kendrick stars as Noelle Kringle, daughter of Kris Kringle, who wishes she had a more important purpose in life – like her brother, Nick, who is set to take over from their father this Christmas. When Nick crumbles like a cookie left out for Santa under the pressure, Noelle might get her chance after allu2026 Stream now on Disney+

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Following the death of their mother, four adults return home to visit their father for Christmas. But can they set aside their problems and give their dad the nice, traditional holiday he wants? Rent on Amazon Prime

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On the night of Christmas Eve, a young boy sceptical of the existence of Santa boards a magical train called the Polar Express set for the North Pole where he finds a bell from the reins of a reindeer that can only be heard by those who truly believe. Stream now on NowTV

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A classic for all the right reasons, It's A Wonderful Life sees George Bailey, who has so many problems in his life he's thinking about ending it all, meet his guardian angel, Clarence, who shows George what his town would look like without all his good deeds over the years. Stream now on NowTV

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We're 10 days into the month, and you're still not in the Christmas spirit? C'mon, you don't want to end up like Frank Cross... Rent now on Amazon Prime

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Christmas is two weeks away and instead of attending party after party, you're staying safe inside to protect yourself and others. Reward yourself with Love Actually; you deserve it.__ Stream now on NowTV, Amazon Prime__, or Netflix

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It's Sunday again! This time, start with The Princess Switch, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Vanessa Hudgens; follow it up with The Princess Switch: Switched Again starring Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens and Vanessa Hudgens; then end with The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star starring – well you get it by now. Stream now on Netflix

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Watch this movie blissfully knowing you probably won't have to deal with hundreds of other shoppers at the mall this year. Stream now on Amazon Prime

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The Muppets kind of freak us out, to be honest, but A Christmas Carol is a classic. Stream now on Disney+

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Another absolutely Christmas must-watch, Miracle on 34th Street sees six-year-old Susan very sceptical of the existence of Santa, a trait she probably inherited from her fast-paced work-loving mother, Dorey. When placed in charge of hiring the Santa to pose with kids at Macy's, Dorey hires a mysterious man named Kris Kringle who claims to be the real Santa Claus. Stream now on Disney+

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We're halfway through the month and if you're growing a little bored on all the heart-warming Christmas cheer, Black Christmas is the film for you. Riley and her group of friends are preparing for a Christmas party when a masked stalker targets the girls and starts a killing spree – until they decide to fight back. Stream now on NowTV

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The Krank family – usually the biggest Christmas fans around – shock everyone when they declare they aren't celebrating Christmas this year. That is, until their daughter plans a last-minute visit home and they set off on a last-minute rush to create the perfect Christmas. Stream now on Amazon Prime

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Self-proclaimed Christmas expert Steve is used to being the most festive one in the neighbourhood – until new neighbour Buddy moves in next door. The two try to outdo each other in decorating their houses, and chaos ensues. Stream now on Amazon Prime

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It's the last Sunday before Christmas! Start your day with A Christmas Prince, follow it up with A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, and just when you don't think you can take anymore, pop on A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. Stream now on Netflix

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Starring Reese Witherspoon, Four Christmases is another one to watch while thinking, yes, Christmas is very different this year, but at least I don't have to try to squeeze in visits with four separate families. Rent now on Amazon Prime

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We're in the home stretch now, people. Home Alone is a classic and this is the best time to watch it. Stream now on Disney+ or rent on Amazon Prime

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New last year (but 20 years in the making), Jingle Jangle is a heart-warming musical that follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle as he works with his granddaughter, Journey, to create a brand-new Christmas invention. Stream now on Netflix

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We keep saying this, but this one really is a Christmas classic. Clark Griswold loves Christmas and wants to give his family the perfect holiday, but his try-hard antics might just turn everything into a disaster. Rent now on Amazon Prime

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For the past decade, best friends Ethan, Isaac and Chris have spent Christmas Eve together on a messy night out. But as Isaac prepares to become a first-time father, the trio realises their annual tradition might be coming to a sad end. The only solution? A night full of debauchery as they search for the Nutcracka Ball, the biggest Christmas party in New York City. Stream now on Amazon Prime

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The big day is finally here! Spend it watching the best Christmas film series out there, The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen. With two sequels (The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause), these are the perfect films for a lowkey Christmas Day. Stream now on Disney+ or rent on Amazon Prime

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It's the last Sunday of the month (and also Boxing Day) and, boy, have we saved the best for last. With the entire Harry Potter series available to stream on Disney+, this will keep you occupied all day when you're so stuffed from leftovers you don't think you can move. Stream now on Disney+

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2019's Little Women is the perfect way to spend a calm, relaxing day recovering from the festivities the two days before. Buy on Amazon Prime or stream now on Netflix

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Is it a Christmas film or a Halloween film? We don't know, but Christmas has technically come and gone, so it's the perfect time to give it a watch. Stream now on Disney+

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Bet you thought we forgot it, huh? As if! Spanning over Christmas and New Years, this is a perfect in-between film. Get ready for plenty of meet-cutes between Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. Stream now on NowTV__, Netflix or Amazon Prime

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Sloane and Jackson are two singletons tired of being date-less for the holidays, so they agree to be each other's platonic 'holidates' all year long. But this is a rom-com, after all, so it's easy to see where this ends upu2026 Stream now on Netflix

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It's New Years' Eve! Congratulations, you made it through the month (and 2021). Here's your reward: the perfect feel-good end-of-year film. Georgia has a big heart and a lot of dreams, but feels stuck in her life. When she learns she only has weeks left to live, she cashes out her savings, quits her job and flies to the glitzy Czech resort she's always dreamed of visiting. Stream now on Amazon Prime

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