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  • Writer's pictureIlana Davis

Tis the Season for Believing (& Streaming)

Updated: May 15, 2023

There is no better time for watching your favorite films and TV than the holidays. Whether alone and under the covers with a nice glass of baileys and hot chocolate, or surrounded by family and friends in front of a large screen - the holiday season is filled with memories and nostalgia for a time to come.

Black Mirror’s "White Christmas" stunned audiences with its dark moods of a holiday season supposed to be filled with cheer, but rather depicts one of murder and the inescapable reality of joy and happiness.

For those searching for love or embracing that which they have, the rapidly produced Hallmark movies provide a sense of wonder in a season filled with just that. Young and old families alike can find solace and melancholia through films like It’s a Wonderful Life, or the profoundly simple Polar Express.

Then there are holiday films that can’t fit into any given category; whether they are irreverent or unconventional, dirty or just bizarre.

It’s been a long year fueled by uncertainty and discomfort, and that nagging feeling of lonesomeness amidst fleeting love and joy. But sometimes all we need is a nice movie - even one from the past - to serve as a reminder of all the great things yet to come.

Check out the titles below for all the best films and TV shows to watch during this much-needed holiday season.

Standalone Holiday Episodes
  • Black Mirror: White Christmas

  • Sherlock: His Last Vow

  • The Office: Christmas Party (Season 2, Ep. 10)

  • Doctor Who: The Snowmen (2012 Christmas Special)

  • M*A*S*H: Dear Dad (Season 1, Ep. 12)

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas (Season 6, Ep. 13)

  • Community: Regional Holiday Music (Season 3, Ep. 10)

Hallmark-esque Movies
  • Happiest Season

  • The Princess Switch

  • A Knight Before Christmas

  • A Grandpa for Christmas

  • Let it Snow

  • A Royal Christmas

  • A Welcome Home Christmas

  • Homemade Christmas

  • Holidate

  • A Welcome Home Christmas

  • Homemade Christmas

  • The Christmas High Note

  • The Christmas Exchange

  • A Christmas Story Christmas

Family Holiday Movies
  • It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Home Alone

  • The Polar Express

  • Full Court Miracle

  • The Santa Claus

  • Barbie: Nutcracker

  • Eight Crazy Nights

  • Santa Buddies

  • Eloise at Christmastime

  • Elf

  • Nightmare Before Christmas

Unconventional Holiday Film/TV
  • Happy (Netflix Series)

  • 5 Star Christmas

  • Daddy’s Home 2

  • A Madea Christmas

  • Four Christmases

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