The Best Christmas Movies On Netflix And Amazon Prime
There are few things better about Christmas than grabbing some confectionery and sitting in front of the television with the whole family to watch a festive film. With video-on-demand services on the rise this year, more families than every before will be turning to these platforms for their seasonal movies. So, what can Christmas movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant are worth watching over the holidays? We have run down a list for each below:
Amazon Prime Instant Christmas Movies
Happy Feet Two – The first Happy Feet movies was a success in every was possible. It topped the box office, was praised by critics and even won an Academy Award for Best Animated Movie. Don’t miss a chance to see its sequel on Amazon Prime this Christmas, which sees Mumble and his family must work together to stop another threat ruining their home. The film sees Elijah Wood and the late Robin Williams reprise their roles in the voice cast. Also joining them for this second outing are Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger – An unlikely Christmas hit, Nativity was a heartwarming and hilarious depiction of a school’s attempts to put on a seasonal play; the kind which resonated with anyone who had experienced one as a child or an adult. The sequel may not have the same wonderful cast – Martin Freeman, John Sessions and The Wire alumnus Clarke Peters have left – but they have been replaced by the ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant and Gavin And Stacey’s Joanna Page. It’s the perfect treat for an uplifting seasonal evening with the whole family.
Arthur Christmas – Aardman do animations like no one else. The studio has made some of the most quirky and unique family films of all time, from bringing their beloved characters Wallace and Gromit to life for their first big screen event The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit to the classic children’s adventure flick Chicken Run. Their Christmas movie, Arthur Christmas (pictured below), about the clumsy grandson of Santa who must deliver a misplaced gift, is another example of their genius. It’s hilarious for young and old alike.
Netflix Christmas Movies
Scrooged – Not one for kids, Scrooged is a retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol aimed at adults who want something to watch once they have sent their kids up to bed. It stars the incomparably brilliant Bill Murray in the lead role, playing a selfish TV exec who is haunted by three spirits on Christmas Eve – not the first time Murray had to face off with ghosts, of course! It might not be him at his best – we’ll always have a big place in our hearts for Rushmore – but it’s a sardonic and smart take on the famous tale.
Silent Night, Deadly Night – So bad it’s good, there may not be a more entertaining movie to watch when you have a few mates over this Christmas than Silent Night, Deadly Night. A cheap and gory video nasty from the mid-1980s, it’s a slasher movie about a teenage boy on the hunt for a madman who killed his parents in full Santa costume. It’s vile, politically incorrect and bloody great fun.
Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas – Everyone’s favourite Disney characters – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, etc. – appear across five short films in the studio’s seasonal movie Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas. Made back in 2004, it was the first film made by Disney that used 3D computer animation to bring their characters to life.