The best Christmas movies on Disney+

(Last Updated On: January 7, 2022)

For those of you who are looking for some seasonal cheer, Disney+ has got you covered. With their focus on family-friendly entertainment, they have brought us a slew of Christmas movies that will make the season brighter.

Whether it’s for your own personal enjoyment or to bring joy to someone else this holiday season, these are the best Christmas movies so far on Disney+.

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Disney+ has plenty of other Christmas movies to choose from, but I think these are some of the best. Whether you’re looking for something funny, heartwarming, or just downright festive, Disney+ has you covered this holiday season!

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The best Christmas movies on Disney+

Home Alone (1990)

What’s the movie ‘Home Alone’ about? Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for Christmas vacation in France. After the initial shock, Kevin figures out how to have a great time by himself–and with two burglars who are trying to rob his house.

This is a great movie for kids and ideal to watch around Christmas Time!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

In this sequel to the popular ‘Home Alone’, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) accidentally boards a flight to New York while trying to get back home to Chicago. He soon realizes that he’s alone in a big, unfamiliar city and must outwit two bumbling burglars who are again attempting to rob his house.

Home Alone: the Holiday Heist (2012)

This movie is a bit of a spin-off on the original Home Alone. In this one, four siblings must protect their home from robbers while their parents are out of town for Christmas.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic (2018)

This is a special Christmas edition of the popular ‘Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ series. It showcases some of the most magical Disney weddings that have taken place during the holiday season.

Winnie the Pooh: a Happy Pooh Year (2002)

Winnie the Pooh is a great character for kids and this movie is all about friendship, kindness, and fun. It’s pretty much what we want to teach our children during the holiday season! In this movie, Rabbit is going to move if his friends won’t change!

A Very Goofy Christmas (2000)

In A Very Goofy Christmas, Max wants nothing more than his father, Goofy to be home for Christmas. Meanwhile, Max’s mother prepares a surprise holiday party at their house and has invited all of Max’s friends!

Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! (2015)

In this movie, the Avengers must stop Loki from ruining Christmas! This is a great one for younger Marvel fans.

Godmothered

A young fairy godmother wants to show the world she’s still important until she meets grown-up Mackenzie Walsh, who could most certainly need some magic in her life.

‘t Was the Night

One youngster and his trickster uncle must save Christmas when Santa is unable to deliver presents.

One Magic Christmas

Because a guardian angel and her lovely 6-year-old daughter are all it takes to bring one mother back to the holiday’s joy, and to show her that there is a lot of joy in being a mom.

Santa Clause 2 (2002)

In ‘The Santa Clause’ Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), a divorced father trying to make his way through life is given the suit and responsibilities of Santa Claus. In this sequel, he must convince two children that nothing bad will happen to their mother who has been kidnapped by elves in preparation for Christmas.

Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

Santa Clause: The Escape Clause is another story about an accidental man’s journey into becoming Santa Claus! This movie tells the story of how Santa deals with Jack Frost to put a freeze on Christmas.

One Magic Christmas

Have you watched the Christmas movie ‘One Magic Christmas’ yet? It is a great movie to watch with your family. It follows the story of Ginny (Mary Steenburgen), who is trying to make ends meet as a single mother during the Christmas season. With the help of some magical beings, she soon realizes that Christmas is about more than just material possessions.

The Small One (1978)

This truly is a classic movie! It is about the story of a young boy named Little One and his beloved horse, Small One. With both their parents dead, it’s up to them to find happiness in life.

Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952)

This is another great movie that follows the story of Pluto, who tries to find a Christmas tree for Mickey Mouse.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

This parade features many classic characters such as Pluto, Goofy and even Tinkerbell herself appearing on floats that will definitely put you into the holiday spirit! So there you have it- my list of best films on Disney + around Christmas time! Which movies do you think should

Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

This is one of Disney’s newest Christmas films and it will definitely entertain the whole family! If you love dogs, you just have to watch this great movie!

The Santa Clause (1994)

In this movie, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), a divorced father facing financial troubles learns that his son Charlie wants to see if Santa Claus really exists. So they both head off on an adventure together which leads them into some dangerous situations along with hilarious characters like Jack Frost and Mother Nature. This is sure to be a classic for years to come and I would recommend watching it around Christmas Time as well! For those of you who want something more serious but still festive, another great film on Disney+ is ‘One Magic Christmas’. Starring Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton, this heartwarming tale shows what

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Oh, I used to love this Christmas movie as a kid, so I’m very glad this one is on Disney +. Ernest Saves Christmas is an American comedy film starring Jim Varney. The plot involves Santa Claus, who has become depressed after being put on the Naughty List by mistake and losing his magic bag of toys given to him for delivering every year.

After a failed suicide attempt, he decides that there’s nothing left worth living for until young Kevin McDonald shows up at his doorstep with a flat tire and offers help in return for receiving presents from Santa.

This movie will definitely get you into the holiday spirit!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

This Disney classic is a must-watch during the Christmas season. Mickey’s Christmas Carol is an animated short film starring, of course, Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge. The story follows the traditional Dickens tale but with a few twists and turns along the way.

If you grew up during the eighties and nineties, you have probably seen this movie more than once!

Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas

This movie is a great Disney film for the whole family to enjoy. It follows Mickey, Minnie and their friends as they try to save Christmas after Donald Duck accidentally destroys his nephews’ lists needed to receive presents from Santa Claus himself! There are a lot of fun adventures in this one so be sure not go through December without watching it at least once.

Babes in Toyland (1961)

This movie is a musical film directed by Jack Donohue and starring Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands. The story follows the adventures of two orphans, Mary Contrary and her brother Tom, who stumble upon Toyland while on their way to visit their Auntie Grizelda.

Once they get there, they find that the evil Sheriff Woody has taken over the place and is planning to marry little Maypoles (the mayor’s daughter). With the help of some new friends, Mary and Tom must stop the sheriff and save Toyland!

This one is definitely for kids!

Arendelle Castle Yule Log (2018)

This is an interesting addition to Disney+’s Christmas movies. The Arendelle Castle Yule Log was released in 2018 and is Disney’s take on the Log videos you can also find on Youtube and Netflix.

The video is a fireplace that you can watch in the background while you’re scrolling through your other Disney+ content. It’s about 45 minutes long and loops continuously, so it’s perfect if you want to put on some Christmas music and have a festive movie marathon!

Christmas Vacation (1989)

This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies! It follows the Griswold family as they attempt to celebrate the holiday while also dealing with all sorts of disasters.

It’s a really funny movie and you’ll definitely enjoy watching it. Plus, if you love this one then there are other equally entertaining films in the series!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This is another great Christmas movie that has become somewhat of an obsession for me during December. The Disney+ version includes both the original theatrical release as well as the extended cut with ‘Sally’s Song’. This film follows Jack Skellington, who accidentally discovers Christmastown while on his quest to find something new for Halloween Town after being bored with doing the same thing every year.

He becomes infatuated with Santa Claus’ role but things get complicated when Oogie Boogie plans to use him for his own evil purposes.

This movie is definitely different from your average Christmas film, but I think that’s what makes it so great!

The Polar Express (2004)

This is a really sweet Christmas movie that my family watches every year. The Polar Express follows a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and ends up taking a magical train ride to the North Pole to find out for himself.

Along the way, he meets lots of interesting characters and learns some valuable lessons about faith and belief.

I think this one is good for all ages!

The Best Christmas Party Ever (2017)

A new original movie for kids on Disney+, The Best Christmas Party Ever tells us about two brothers who go out looking for their parents who suddenly disappeared during their own childhood. They meet a lot of different people along the way, but there’s one girl, in particular, that is going to help them out—in more ways than they think!

This might be a good idea for your kids this Christmas!

Santa Paws (2010)

This cute movie has been around since 2010 and it still holds up very well today. Santa Paws is about three dogs named Willy, Kate and Jazzy as they set off on an adventure together after being given superpowers by Santa Claus himself. While walking at night with his owner, Willy gets captured by two thieves as he interrupts them trying to rob a family’s home.

The family takes him in and they soon realize that he has the same powers as Santa Paws, so they all set off to rescue Willy and stop the thieves!

This is a great movie for kids who love dogs!

Guardians of the Galaxy Holidays special (coming in 2022)

This will be the first of three-holiday specials that Marvel has planned for Disney+ in 2022. It includes four original shorts (two 15 minute episodes each) and will follow the Guardians as they team up with Santa Claus to stop an evil clone who is trying to take over Christmas!

Meanwhile, Rocket recruits his own team—which consists of Groot, Gamora, Nebula, and Drax—to save Baby Groot from Krampus on Halloween night. Yup…you read that right! The special comes out this December so you still have time to plan your viewing party before it goes live!

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton’s Original 1993 Vision

I’m very excited about this one because it’s a completely restored and remastered version of the movie that was originally released in 1993. It includes all of the original songs, animation, and dialogue as well as some scenes that were deleted from the theatrical release.

This is great for any fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas who wants to see how the film was originally supposed to look!

A Christmas Carol (2009)

I couldn’t forget about the Christmas Carol! This is one of my favorite Christmas movies and I’m really excited that Disney+ will be giving it a re-release this December.

The movie follows Scrooge as he discovers what his life could have been like if he had made different choices (and all because of three ghosts). If you’ve never seen this version before, make sure to check it out on Dec. 12th!

I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

This is another good movie for the family to watch this Christmas season. The story follows a college student named Jeremy (A great movie for all of the Jonathan Taylor Thomas fans out there) who can’t spend time with his girlfriend and her family because he has to go back to school early before an exam in order to get into medical school; however, on his way there, he gets caught up in some bad weather that keeps him stuck at home during Christmas break.

I hope these movies help you out when it comes time for holiday festivities!

Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998)

This Christmas movie is a great classic! It was originally released in 1998 and follows Richie Rich (the boy who has everything) as he meets a young girl named Margaret.

In the movie, she’s trying to raise money for an orphanage by putting on a Christmas show starring The Chipmunks; however, nobody will come because they don’t have any money.

Richie secretly attends her play and is so moved that he decides to help out—and much more!

The Polar Express (2004)

This 2004 animated film tells us about a young boy who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus anymore after losing his faith at school during one of their lessons. However, when an express train stops outside his house with no conductor or engineer onboard, it becomes apparent that

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Belle is back in this movie where she has to save Beast from a spell that could cause him and the castle inhabitants to lose their lives.

The story follows Belle as she tries to break her father free of an enchantment put on his prison cell by Forte—the magical pipe organ who wants nothing more than for Christmas to be abolished at the castle forever.

The Santa Clause (1994)

This is another good one that will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit! The story follows Scott Calvin as he discovers that his son has accidentally put Santa Clause on the naughty list. To save him, Scott must become the new Santa and learn all of its responsibilities in a short amount of time—which proves to be difficult since he’s not always available during the month of December due to work commitments.

The Christmas Star (1986)

This movie is a great one to watch if you’re looking for something that will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas.

The story follows a young girl named Emily who, after her family loses their home and all their possessions in a fire, goes on a quest to find the Christmas Star so that she can help her loved ones have a merry Christmas.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

If there’s one thing that always comes to mind when I think about Christmas, it’s Miracle on 34th Street! This 1994 remake tells the story of Kris Kringle—a man who claims to be Santa Clause—and his trial as he tries to prove that he’s the real deal to everyone in New York .

One Magic Christmas (1985)

This movie is a great one for those who are looking to get into the Christmas spirit. The story follows Harry as he tries to make his daughter’s wish come true after she asked Santa Clause if her mother would return home from heaven.

The film stars Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton as the parents, with Elizabeth Mitchell playing their daughter named Lilly who believes that it was magic—and not fate—that brought her mom back home even though it meant defying death itself.

Christmas Cupid (2010)

Starring Christina Milian, this 2010 film tells us about a young girl name Aubrey whose life changes dramatically when she discovers that there’s no such thing as love at first sight instead, all of our relationships are based on compatibility.

Aubrey sets out to test this theory by trying to set up all of her friends and family during the Christmas season, but things don’t go as planned when she falls in love with a guy named Jeremy who was set up with her best friend.

Santa Buddies (2009)

This movie is great for families and tells us about a group of golden retriever pups who head to the North Pole after they discover that their owner—Buddy’s grandfather—is in trouble.

The dogs get help from Santa Clause and his elves as they work together to try and save Buddy while also teaching him some valuable life lessons along the way.

A Christmas Carol (1984)

Starring George C. Scott, this 1984 film has become one of my all-time favorites because it does such an amazing job at telling us about Ebenezer Scrooge—a rich man living during Victorian times obsessed with money but still unhappy even though he seemingly has everything anyone could ever want or need!

The story follows Scrooge as he’s visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley—who warns him that three other ghosts will visit him during Christmas to change his ways.

If you’re looking for a classic film, this is definitely one to add to your list!

Snowglobe (2007)

This movie is about a young girl named Sarah whose life changes drastically when she wakes up on Christmas morning to find herself in the world inside her snowglobe!

She eventually befriends people from this magical place and tries to help them fix their problems so that they can finally go home for good—which proves difficult since it’s not always clear what Sarah needs to do or change. .

Full Court Miracle (2003)

This movie is about a high school basketball team who, after being shut out from the playoffs for six years in a row, make an amazing comeback and end up winning the state championship!

The story follows their coach as he deals with personal problems and tries to keep his team together while they work to achieve their dreams.

The Mistle-Tones (2012)

This film tells us about a young girl named Holly who has always dreamed of becoming part of the Mistle-Tones—the singing group her mom was once in.

When she finally gets accepted, Holly is forced to choose between staying with her family or pursuing her dreams as she works towards winning this year’s Christmas Eve competition!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

A stop-motion classic, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident of Halloween Town who stumbles upon Christmastown and decides he wants to put his own spin on the holiday. This movie is delightful for people of all ages!

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

This movie is about the classic Charles Dickens story and tells us how Ebenezer Scrooge—a grumpy old man who hates Christmas and all things fun!

Scrooge is visited by three ghosts during Christmas Eve night, each of which tries to show him what the world would be like if he continued living his life this way.

The Santa Clause (1994)

Starring Tim Allen, ‘The Santa Clause’ tells us about a dad named Scott Calvin whose life gets turned upside down when one day while getting dressed for work he accidentally puts on the suit that has been hanging in his closet since his wife died years earlier.

After doing so, Scott discovers that it’s now part of him and before he knows it, he’s become the new Santa Clause!

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (2000)

This film is about a young girl named Marnie who gets to go on an amazing adventure with her grandmother after she tells her that there are no such things as fairies or elves.

While exploring in the woods one day, Marnie comes across some mysterious figures—who turn out to be these very same magical creatures—and they tell her all about what happens when someone grows up and forgets their childhood dreams.

The Ultimate Christmas Present (2001)

This film is about a young boy named Sam who’s visited by three ghosts—each of which shows him what will happen if he doesn’t change his ways!

Sam learns that this means not only does he need to stop being selfish but also needs to spend more time with family and friends instead.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

This is a collection of three short films, each of which tells us a different Christmas story about Mickey Mouse and his friends!

The first film is called ‘Mickey’s Gift’ and follows Mickey as he tries to get the perfect present for Minnie.

The second film is called ‘Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas’ and follows Donald as he deals with being snowed in during the holidays.

Lastly, the third film is called ‘A Very Goofy Christmas’ and follows Goofy as he tries to figure out what to do when both Max (his son) and Pete (Max’s best friend) don’t want to celebrate Christmas the same way.

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas (2011)

This movie is about a family of five who has to stay at their grandmother’s house for Christmas while her cable goes out.

While there, the youngest daughter, Charlie, makes it her mission to keep everyone in high spirits even though they’re stuck inside when she decides that Santa Claus isn’t real!

Prep & Landing (2009)

This is a TV special about two elves who work to make sure Santa has everything he needs for Christmas night!

One of the best things about this show is that it’s narrated by none other than Tim Allen, star of ‘The Santa Clause’ and father of Miley Cyrus (who also stars in the movie)!

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

This is a TV special that tells us about what happens when Olaf, who’s living in Arendelle with Anna and Elsa during the holiday season, decides he wants to plan an amazing Christmas celebration.

Unfortunately for him though, trouble arises when his new friends don’t have the same ideas of how things should go!

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

This movie is about the Muppets who all gather together to help Kermit the Frog write a letter to Santa Claus.

While they’re working on it, they all share their own personal Christmas stories and learn what Christmas means to each of them.

Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic (2017)

This is a TV special that takes us behind the scenes of how Disney creates their amazing Christmas decorations each year!

We get to see all sorts of things, like how they make the giant Christmas tree for Main Street USA in Disneyland and how they create the gingerbread houses at the Grand Floridian Resort.

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

This movie is about a woman named Kate who gets to relive Christmas Eve over and over again—but only if she can find her perfect match before the night ends!

Even though things seem hopeless at first, Kate soon realizes that maybe this isn’t such a bad thing after all.

After spending each day with different men (and learning more than one lesson along the way), it’ll be up to her to figure out which of these 12 dates will finally lead her down the right path for love.

The Santa Clause (1994)

Tim Allen stars in this hilarious holiday comedy as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man whose life suddenly changes when he accidentally causes Santa Claus’ death on Christmas Eve!

Scott’s stuck filling in for Santa until he can figure out how to get back to his own life, but things start to go a little crazy when the elves and reindeer show up at his house.

This movie is a classic and it’s definitely one you’ll want to watch during the holidays!

Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

On November 12, Home Sweet Home Alone was officially released, following another young boy defending his house from intruders.

This time, it’s Max Mercer (not Kevin McCallister) who must defend his home from thieves attempting to steal a priceless heirloom. Look for a cameo appearance by Kevin’s big brother Buzz!

Duck the Halls (2016)

This is a TV special that tells about how Donald and his cousin Bubba decide to leave their home in the South and head up North for Duckburg during Christmas time.

Unfortunately, things aren’t always as easy as they seem—especially when you have two different ideas on what makes a perfect holiday!

High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special (2020)

This is a TV special that follows the Wildcats as they head to New York City for their winter break.

While they’re there, they get the chance to put on their own version of ‘The Nutcracker and show the world what they’re made of!

Even though things start out a little shaky, in the end, they all come together and put on an amazing show.

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

This movie is about Mickey Mouse and his friends who all gather together to celebrate Christmas.

One by one, each of them tells a story about their favorite holiday memories and how Christmas has affected their lives.

Noelle (2019)

This movie is about Santa’s daughter, Noelle Claus. This film stars Anna Kendrick as Santa Claus’s daughter Noelle Kringle whose goal is to become one of Santa’s elves in order to prove that even if Christmas Eve hasn’t happened yet, there are still people who need their wishes granted.”

Even though she has all the qualities of a great gift-giver, her father doesn’t think she should take over his job once he retires!

Noelle decides to sneak away and prove that even if it isn’t Christmas Eve yet, there are still people who need help—and it’s up to her to give it to them.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

This movie is about a young girl named Clara who gets the chance to go into an amazing new world where anything can happen.

Unfortunately for her though, things get crazy when she meets four different rulers of this land and they all want something from her!

With help from some enchanting friends (and by finding the courage deep inside herself), Clara has to figure out how to make everything right again—before it’s too late!

Godmothered (2020)

This movie is about a young girl named Sofia whose parents are very busy.

When she comes of age, her father decides to give away all his money—and that’s when things get really crazy!

Sofia has to become the woman she needs to be in order stop him from doing something he’ll regret later on and figure out who this mysterious man really is.”

LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

This movie is about the galaxy’s favorite holiday, Life Day.

When Chewbacca and his family get together to celebrate, they soon realize that things are a little different this year.

In order for everyone to have a happy holiday, they’ll have to work together and figure out what’s going on!

The Disney Holiday Sing-Along (2020)

This is a TV special that is hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit—especially if you love singing along to your favorite Christmas songs!

I hope you enjoy this list of Christmas movies on Disney+, there’s something for everyone! Merry Christmas!

Disney+ is the perfect place to watch your favorite Christmas movies. From classic films like Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas to newer releases like Noelle, there’s sure to be something that will get you into the holiday spirit!

In addition to all these great options, there are also plenty of TV specials and even a LEGO movie! So whatever your taste, Disney+ has you covered.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

 

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