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15 Best Christmas Movies To Watch On Max (And 13 Bonus Mentions)

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Max unlocks access to a wide library of content with new movies, shows, and originals arriving each month. For those specifically looking for festive movies to watch, here are 15 of the best Christmas movies on Max. We’ve also included an additional 13 bonus mentions just in case.

Best Christmas movies to watch on Max

Below is a list of what we feel are the best Christmas movies to stream on Max right now. For reference, this list is alphabetical and not ranked in order of the ones we think you should watch first.

8-Bit Christmas (2021)

Released in 2021, 8-Bit Christmas is a relatively new Christmas movie. That said, it is a movie that takes place in both the 2020s and the 1980s, and tells the story of how far a group of kids will go to secure the ultimate gift … a Nintendo Entertainment System.

A Christmas Carol (1938)

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Carol and the 1938 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story is one of the more popular versions. Follow along as Ebenezer Scrooge tries to make it through the night after receiving a visit from the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley.

A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story has become a classic Christmas movie and one that continues to be popular today. Little Ralphie wants just one thing for Christmas, a Red Ryder Carbine Action Air Rifle.

A Christmas Story Christmas (2022)

After you’ve watched (or rewatched) A Christmas Story, you might want to consider checking out A Christmas Story Christmas as this movie marks the return of little Ralphie who is no longer so little. Now an adult, Ralphie turns his attention to making Christmas for his kids a magical one.

A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007)

In this 2007 movie, Dennis tries to find the perfect Christmas present for his neighbor, Mr Wilson. With this being Dennis, however, the to-do list is a long one, and very little goes exactly to plan.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Santa might have everything covered at Christmas, but it looks like he’s forget a present this year. Along with the help of Grandsanta, an elf, an old sleigh and an untrained reindeer, Santa’s son, Arthur, sets out to save Christmas.

Christmas Revisited (2023)

Christmas Revisited (available Dec. 24) is a new OWN movie for 2023 and tells the story of a group of college friends who reunite over the holiday season. After being estranged for years, the group realize there’s a lot more to deal with this Christmas than gifting presents and setting up the tree.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands might not be everyone’s idea of a Christmas movie, but we think it qualifies, and we are not alone. Relive Tim Burton’s classic gothic tale of a man with scissors for hands who suddenly finds himself in a new community after living in isolation.

Elf (2003)

Elf is a 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. Technically, Buddy is not an Elf, even though he has spent most of his life growing up as one in the North Pole. In a bid to further understand who exactly he is, and where he comes from, Buddy travels to the bright lights of New York City.

Four Christmases (2008)

Visiting family at Christmas is a common pastime but imagine having to spend four Christmases with four families in one day. That’s exactly what Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn end up trying to do in this Christmas comedy movie.

Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins is another of those movies that some might not consider a Christmas movie, with some even suggesting it is an anti-Christmas movie. However, it is a holiday classic and one well worth older family members sitting down to watch at this time of the year.

Jack Frost (1998)

Jack Frost tells the story of a young boy who is befriended by a magical snowman. This is no ordinary magical snowman, but his reincarnated father who is looking to make right his relationship with his son.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Many people will be traveling to spend Christmas with family and friends this year, and hopefully their reunions will go smoother than it does for the Griswolds in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, this is always a must-watch at this time of the year.

The Polar Express (2004)

It’s Christmas Eve and a young boy suddenly finds himself on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. The train couldn’t have come at a better time, as the young boy is beginning to question the existence of Santa Claus.

Prancer: A Christmas Tale (2022)

After visiting her grandfather in the US for Christmas, a young girl encounters a seemingly magical reindeer. Could the mysterious reindeer really be Prancer?

Bonus Christmas movies to stream on Max

If none of the movies listed above are filling you with festive cheer, maybe one of these 13 bonus Christmas movie mentions will.

  • A Christmas Mystery (2022)
  • A Hollywood Christmas (2022)
  • A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • The Christmas Detective (2023) – available Dec. 17
  • Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  • Christmas of Yes (2023) – available Dec. 10
  • Click (2006)
  • Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)
  • Fred Claus (2007)
  • Holiday Affair (1949)
  • Nothing like the Holidays (2008)
  • The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

New to Max?

If you’re totally new to Max but hoping to check out some of these Christmas movies, the streaming service has three subscription tiers to choose from. The cheapest is the $9.99 a month With Ads plan. As the name suggests, this is an ad-supported plan, so subscribers will need to sit through ads.

If wanting to watch without the ads, the cheapest option is the $15.99 a month Ad-Free plan. Alternatively, the $19.99 a month Ultimate Ad-Free plan unlocks access to 4K playback on supported titles, Dolby Atmos, and the ability to watch Max on more devices at the same time.

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