28 Christmas Movies on Disney+ the Whole Family Will Enjoy
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’Tis the season for a heaping helping of holiday cheer. What better way to enjoy it than watching Christmas movies on Disney Plus? The streaming service is chock-full of great titles, from the sentimental to the contemporary. These films are perfect for both background watching while decorating your tree or snuggling up with the whole family for a movie night.
The Disney Plus library is pretty expansive, including so many of pop culture’s most beloved characters, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it also has lots of great Disney Christmas movies. Whether you’re a Star Wars fanatic or Mickey Mouse–obsessed, you’ll find something to love on the streamer. Even better, it’s a great opportunity to share some of the best Christmas movies and characters with family and friends. You’ll really delight in watching the expressions of little ones as you watch Christmas movies for kids and Christmas cartoons. Can’t find all of the titles you want to pass on to the smaller set? Try these kids’ Christmas movies on Netflix.
Here we run down the Christmas movies on Disney Plus you’ll want to add to your watch list right now.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Bring the time-honored ballet and its beloved Christmas songs into your home this holiday season with Disney’s take on The Nutcracker. As Clara uncovers a gift left by her mother, she begins a quest through the four realms that changes her life—and possibly the world. We’ve curated a list of the best Disney movies ever.
Yep, Kris Kringle has a daughter, but she feels trapped in the shadow of her brother, Nick. Cute, quirky, and lots of fun, with heartwarming Christmas themes, Noelle will have you looking at the Kringle family in a totally new way. You will truly appreciate this as one of the standout contemporary Christmas movies on Disney Plus.
The Search for Santa Paws
Hello, cuteness! Available on Disney Plus beginning November 5, this woof-tastic film is about a group of talented dogs (who can talk!) as they set out to save Saint Nick and the magic of Christmas. For more sweetness, add the best Christmas movies on Hulu to your heartwarming marathon.
Originally a made-for-TV movie that aired on ABC Family, The Mistle-Tones is a fun musical romp starring Tori Spelling and Tia Mowry-Hardrict. You and your family will be singing along with the film’s soundtrack in no time. It’s one of those funny Christmas movies you won’t soon forget.
12 Dates of Christmas
A first date on Christmas Eve sounds like a lot of pressure, and one young woman finds herself reliving it over and over again until it follows the right course. It’s kind of like Christmas meets Groundhog Day. If romantic Christmas movies are your thing, this is one you won’t want to miss.
While some people are dreaming of a white Christmas, others are wishing for a holiday that goes off without a hitch. When a young woman named Angela finds herself living in that perfect Christmas community, things take a turn she never expected. It’s so charming you almost expect it to be one of the Hallmark Christmas movies.
Prep & Landing
Calling all kids, from the young to the young at heart! Prep & Landing has to be one of the most festive Christmas movies on Disney Plus right now. Meet a team of elves who must work together to make the holiday a success despite their differences. You can find more great animated Christmas movies on Amazon Prime should you need additional flicks to fill out your winter season.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
The winter holidays are all about spending time with family and friends. Fortunately, Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of their gang let us in on some of their most heartwarming memories in one of the most classic Disney Christmas movies. After the showing, engage the kids in some fun Christmas games to extend the holiday cheer.
If ever there was a reason to avoid travel on Christmas, it’s because the hectic holidays make us a tad forgetful, like the family in Home Alone. When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister finds himself left behind as his family rushes to catch their flight to Paris, comedy and chaos ensue. Watching this classic film makes for a Christmas Eve tradition the whole family will support.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Leave it to Disney to provide the perfect Christmas and Halloween movie mashup. Fall in love with Jack Skellington and the community of Halloween Town all over again while getting a dose of holiday cheer. Here’s a piece of Christmas movie trivia for you: The movie is based on a poem by Tim Burton.
The Ultimate Christmas Present
Southern California isn’t known for its white Christmases, but when a couple of kids discover a weather-making invention that once belonged to Santa Claus, they use it to treat the city of Los Angeles to oodles of snow. There’s a glitch, though, and perhaps the snow day of their dreams ends up being more than they bargained for! For friends and family who dream of a white Christmas despite their warm-weather location, consider gift exchange ideas (like a keepsake snow globe) that send a bit of snow to their neighborhood—without affecting the weather.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
It’s a tale as old as time…set to a holiday theme. If you love Belle and Beast, add this to your watch list of Christmas movies on Disney Plus. It puts all of your favorite characters in another fairy tale set against the backdrop of Christmas. When this flick is finished, settle down and read Christmas books for kids to keep the holiday magic alive.
Babes in Toyland
Take it way back with a 1961 Christmas classic. Annette Funicello leads the cast as Mary Quite Contrary, who is prepping for her wedding to Tom Piper when a villainous suitor tries to disrupt the big day.
One Magic Christmas
Prepare to experience all of the feels when you watch this flick, released in 1985. A guardian angel must make sure a young mom and her six-year-old daughter, Abbie, have the Christmas they both need and deserve despite life’s ups and downs. It’s almost like it could be one of the best Christmas movies on Lifetime, but set in the ’80s.
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
Oh bother, what would Christmas be without a visit from Winnie the Pooh? If you’ve ever struggled with making unrealistic New Year’s resolutions around the holidays, boy do Pooh and his crew have a story for you!
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
Disney Christmas movies love a good sequel, and the studio delivers on that with Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (because once just wasn’t enough). This time around, Santa joins Mickey and his colorful animated buddies to celebrate the real reason for the season. For a fun post-movie activity, help the kids create DIY Christmas ornaments featuring Disney characters.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
You’d think the McCallisters would have learned from their mistakes, making sure that all family members are accounted for during their next Christmas vacation. But if that were the case, we’d never get the sequel. It’s Santa time again, and young Kevin finds himself separated from the brood once more.
LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
Your favorite Star Wars characters get the LEGO treatment in this holiday special in which the Jedi try to come together to celebrate Life Day. Rey leads the pack as she journeys through moments in Star Wars past, learning all about the saga’s history. Afterward, have your kids create DIY Christmas decorations out of holiday-themed LEGO sets.
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge serves as the antithesis of Christmas in this 2009 take on the Charles Dickens classic. Jim Carrey voices the protagonist, who seeks redemption by the end of the film. Extend the message of the movie by reading A Christmas Carol to your children during the month of December. It’s one of the best Christmas books when it come to imparting an important message.
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Even if you’re not a dog lover, we dare you not to become enamored with these adorable Christmas-loving puppies. This time around, Hope, Jingle, Charity, and Noble are in a race against time to save the holiday from ruin. Can they do it? We have all the faith in the world.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Nineties kids will love this flashback film starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jessica Biel. A college student attempts to make it home by Christmas, but for all the wrong reasons. However, in true Disney Christmas movies fashion, he may learn the real meaning of the holiday along the way.
Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
What do you get the kid who has everything? His own Christmas movie, of course. In this case, though, Richie Rich learns a thing or two about being appreciative for all of the wonderful things he’s been bestowed in life. For more films that will make you feel nostalgic, check out these Christmas movies on Netflix.
The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause became an instant classic when it was released in theaters in 1994, and it holds up today. A father and son must come through for kids around the world when they find out Santa has injured himself while delivering gifts. Disney+ is sweetening the Christmas spirit this season with The Santa Clause series, a 6-episode spinoff of the popular movies.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Everything is better when Muppets are involved, don’t you think? Kermit, Miss Piggy, and their pals put their own sweet spin on the Charles Dickens story that continues to teach generations so much about the meaning of Christmas.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Released in 1983, this animated rendition of A Christmas Carol introduced many children to the iconic story for the first time. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the other beloved characters are all represented through the Mickey Mouse lens.
Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!
For fans of the Disney Channel series Good Luck Charlie, rewatching this movie is a Christmas tradition. The Duncan family’s everyday life is anything but ordinary, so why should their holiday be any different?
The Christmas Star
It’s a cinematic game of cops and robbers in this 1986 film, starring the incomparable Ed Asner. When a convict escapes prison pretending to be Santa Claus, all sorts of hijinks follow.
’Twas the Night
What is it about Christmas and con artists? When Santa finds himself hurt and unable to fulfill his gift-delivering duties, a young boy and his not-so-noble Uncle Nick attempt to fill his boots. Except Nick can’t seem to kick his sketchy ways. We’re willing to bet he’s offering up Merry Christmas wishes by the end of the film.
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