The Christmas season is upon us, giving us time to mellow out with the family. And just like most of the year,  that means laying on the couch in your sweatpants and bingeing movies for days on end. We tip our hats to Amazon, which has gathered an impressive collection of holiday classics for your viewing pleasure this year, and some are even free with a subscription to Amazon Prime Video. 

Amazon Prime managed to bring many of the biggest holiday movies of all time to their streaming service. Viewers can enjoy the indomitable Macaulay Culkin run circles around dim-witted robbers, catch Chevy Chase as he causes a city blackout with faulty Christmas lights, or follow Jack Skellington’s journey to save Santa Claus. 

Whatever your pleasure, Amazon Prime is the place to go this season. There are old-time winter wonderland favorites alongside a few holiday gems you might’ve missed the first time around. Let’s take a stroll through the best holiday movies available to stream on Amazon as we get ready for the most wonderful time of the year. 

You can also look at our massive collection of recommendations, or our list of suggestions of what to watch next based on shows you already like

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Home Alone

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Every parent’s worst nightmare is leaving for vacation and forgetting a kid at home. When the McCallisters skip town for a holiday abroad, their son Kevin is left behind and forced to fend off burglars alone. Released in 1990, this movie held the Guinness World Record for highest grossing live-action action comedy for over a decade. If you haven’t seen this one since you were a kid, check it out again. It’s still great fun watching Macaulay Culkin set wacky traps for the bumbling criminals who try to break in. The movie is also streaming on Disney+. (Rent on Amazon Prime)


Elf

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It isn’t easy for newer flicks to climb into the upper echelons of all-time holiday favorites, but 2003’s Elf has accomplished this feat, in no small part due to Will Ferrell‘s jaw-dropping performance as a hapless Christmas elf named Buddy. While Buddy grew up in Santa’s Workshop, it’s soon discovered that he’s a human, and Buddy sets off to find his real parents. Watching a fully grown man/elf stumble his way through NYC is a true joy to behold, and Zooey Deschanel and James Caan are excellent additions to the cast. This movie is great fun for kids of all ages. Though it’s not free for Amazon Prime members, it is free if happen to subscribe to Starz. (Rent on Amazon Prime)


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

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