When the weather gets chilly, there is nothing better than curling up in thick blankets with a cup of cocoa and a good winter flick. I guess Disney+ got the memo, because they’ve released over a dozen movies and shows perfect for the holiday season. Below is a detailed list including synopses, reviews if I’ve had the chance to watch, and ratings!
I used the following instagram post as a source.
RELEASE DATE: December 4 2020 || GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ❌
SYNOPSIS: An unskilled young fairy godmother ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? You tell me! I haven’t watched this yet, but as a huge fan of Isla Fisher, I’m kind of wondering what has taken me so long.
Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye
RELEASE DATE: November 24 2021 || GENRE: Action || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: Clint Barton and Kate Bishop shoot a few arrows and try to avoid becoming the target themselves.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Something every holiday flick needs is a bit of action, and Hawkeye delivers that in droves. Perfect for a few sit-down family nights, this six-episode series keeps you entertained from start to finish.
RELEASE DATE: November 12 2019 || GENRE: Fantasy || WATCHED? ❌
SYNOPSIS: Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? I will admit to reading this premise as a Wattpad novel only half a dozen times, and now here it is as a movie? Must, need, have to watch, and I suggest you do too!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
RELEASE DATE: October 19 2007 || GENRE: Musical || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Maybe this movie is made for Halloween, maybe it’s the perfect Christmas movie. All I know is that there is a holly, jolly Santa Claus that gets kidnapped by a skeleton and the mash-up of holidays brings a bit of flavour to the Christmas season.
RELEASE DATE: November 19 2013 || GENRE: Children || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Is “because it’s a classic” a good enough answer? Like several flicks on this list, Frozen never explicitly explores the holiday season, but the snowy landscape and theme of sisterhood is rooted in the Christmas spirit.
❄️ Frozen 2
❄️ Frozen Fever
❄️ Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
❄️ Olaf Presents
❄️ Once Upon a Snowman
❄️ Myth: A Frozen Tale
RELEASE DATE: November 10 1990 || GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Hectic holiday planning can overwhelm any person, although maybe not to the point that they forget a child in a different country. The Home Alone franchise is a great way to ground yourself and your family when the times get so wild you can hardly breathe for running.
❄️ Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
❄️ Home Alone 3
❄️ Home Alone 4
❄️ Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
❄️ Home Sweet Home Alone
The Santa Clause
RELEASE DATE: November 11 1994 || GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ❌
SYNOPSIS: When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Should you watch this? Corny and old-school humour win out in these films, starring Tim Allen. Sometimes the plot can get a little overcrowded with the heavy-handed jokes and is it wrong to say that the movies have become a little dated?
❄️ The Santa Clause 2
❄️ The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
❄️ The Santa Clauses
Best in Snow
RELEASE DATE: November 18 2022 || GENRE: Reality || WATCHED? ❌
SYNOPSIS: With the help of Snowdome’s finest carvers, teams will transform their ten-foot, twenty-ton blocks of snow into beautiful creations inspired by Pixar, Marvel, Walt Disney Animation, Walt Disney Studios, and The Muppets Studios.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? The winter holidays are never complete without making something out of the snow, be it a lopsided igloo or a rapidly melting snowman. (Oh, sorry, that may be particular to my experience.) If you’re not so willing to brave the cold weather, then Best in Snow is the perfect solution, where you can watch others sculpt snow creations from the comfort of your own home.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
RELEASE DATE: November 25 2022 || GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ❌
SYNOPSIS: The Guardians of the Galaxy celebrate Christmas and set out to Earth to find Peter Quill the best present.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? We all need a little Marvel in our lives, and there’s no better time to get that in then during the holiday season. Who brings more laughs than the truly ensemble cast of The Guardians of the Galaxy? No seriously, I’m asking.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (S1 E21)
RELEASE DATE: December 10 2005 || GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: Everyone’s plans for Christmas are cancelled when a snowstorm traps everyone in the Tipton.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Despite being chaotic at best, this episode is perfect for the millennial seeking a quick escape to the way-back-when. Familiar characters such as Zack, Cody, London, and Maddie run around the Tipton Hotel trying to enjoy the best Christmas while electricity flickers, flights are cancelled, and people get trapped in elevators.
The Proud Family (S1 E11)
RELEASE DATE: December 7 2001|| GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: The Proud Family is taught an important lesson about the true meaning of Christmas and Kwanzaa by a homeless family.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? There’s a timeless message to this episode, delivered in the familiar soft tones of the Proud Family. You get to watch as Oscar learns about humility and kindness, and the family acknowledges their attachment to material things.
That’s So Raven (S1 E19)
RELEASE DATE: December 5 2003 || GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: Raven opens her beautiful Christmas present early, but after wearing it at school, she breaks it. She must sacrifice all her favorite Christmas traditions to mend the trouble she caused, even if it means skipping school.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Raven’s escapades during this episode are classic That’s So Raven. Who can’t relate to opening a present just a bit too early–and now we see how Raven deals with the consequences of that decision.
RELEASE DATE: November 4 2022 || GENRE: Drama || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: “The Gift” is a three-minute animated short that celebrates the comfort that storytelling brings families during times of change and how it deepens their bonds through togetherness.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? Some of my favourite things to watch include Disney and Pixar shorts. (Remember Bao?) The Gift brings the feeling of warmth and comfort to your screen in a few minutes of viewing.
Prep & Landing
RELEASE DATE: December 8 2009 || GENRE: Children || WATCHED? ❌
SYNOPSIS: Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa’s Prep and Landing elite unit.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? I have yet to watch this one, but it looks so cute! Two elves going around to keep Christmas running. I’m saving it up for a proper December watch. What about you?
❄️ Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice
❄️ Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa
RELEASE DATE: February 8 2005 || GENRE: Comedy || WATCHED? ✔️
SYNOPSIS: Set during the days of the Pleistocene ice age, the film centers around three main characters—Manny, a no-nonsense woolly mammoth; Sid, a loudmouthed ground sloth; and Diego, a sardonic saber-toothed cat—who come across a human baby and work together to return it to its tribe.
WHY SHOULD YOU WATCH THIS? There’s a reason the Ice Age franchise survived as long as it has. Like Frozen, this is not quite a Christmas movie, but the snowy backdrop puts you in the mood for snow angels, snow men, and hot chocolate.
❄️ Ice Age: The Meltdown
❄️ Ice Age: Continental Drift
❄️ Ice Age: Collision Course
❄️ Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
❄️ Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
❄️ Ice Age: The Great Eggscapade
❄️ The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild
❄️ Ice Age: Scrat Tales
A Few Others
❄️ Donna Hay Christmas
❄️ Pluto’s Christmas Tree
❄️ The Small One
❄️ Mickey’s Christmas Carol
❄️ Disney’s A Christmas Carol
❄️ Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
❄️ I’ll Be Home for Christmas
❄️ ‘Twas the Night
What are your favourite holiday movies? How many of the ones on this list have you seen? Is watching holiday films a big part of how you celebrate the holidays?