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12 Best Christmas Movies on HBO Max (2021)

From classic Christmas comedies to treasured black-and-white traditions, HBO Max has something for everyone this holiday season. Check out our picks for the best movies and shows to stream in celebration!

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Best Christmas Movies to Stream on HBO Max

  • Elf

    October 9, 2003

    When young Buddy falls into Santa’s gift sack on Christmas Eve, he’s transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa’s helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can’t shake the nagging feeling that he doesn’t belong. Buddy (Will Ferrell) vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher (James Caan).

    If you love this holiday treat, check out Netflix’s “Movies That Made Us” to learn more about the making of this modern classic.

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    November 30, 1989

    It’s Christmastime, and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration. But things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen, and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going, knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

  • A Christmas Story

    November 18, 1983

    The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.

  • A Christmas Carol

    December 16, 1938

    Classic Charles Dickens holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser’s miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present, and future.

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    January 12, 1940

    Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.

  • The Polar Express

    November 10, 2004

    Det er julekveld. Chris ligger våken på rommet sitt og lytter etter de kimende klokkene på julenissens slede. Så hører han et dundrende brøl. Utenfor huset venter en overraskelse. En reise som gir ny næring til fantasien kan starte.

  • Four Christmases

    November 26, 2008

    Brad and Kate have made something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their foolproof plan is about go bust — big time. Stuck at the city airport after all departing flights are canceled, the couple is embarrassed to see their ruse exposed to the world by an overzealous television reporter. Now, Brad and Kate are left with precious little choice other than to swallow their pride and suffer the rounds.

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    June 4, 1947

    Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy’s following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others question his sanity.

  • The Nativity Story

    November 30, 2006

    Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in a small village, where they find shelter in a quiet manger and Jesus is born.

  • Holiday Affair

    December 12, 1949

    Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, who’s actually a comparison shopper sent by another store. Steve lets her go, which gets him fired. They spend the afternoon together, which doesn’t sit well with Connie’s steady suitor, Carl, when he finds out, but delights her young son Timmy, who quickly takes to Steve.

  • Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas

    September 3, 1997

    Can there be such a thing as too much Christmas? Find out… when a magical Christmas wish is granted and Elmo gets to see what the world would be like if every day were Christmas! You’ll enjoy lots of songs and holiday cheer with Elmo and his new friend Lightning, the reindeer, and discover for yourself why Christmas is best kept to one day a year!

  • South Park

    August 13, 1997

    This vulgar animated series follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

    “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” is a must-see movie if you enjoy this series. It shows off the musical inclinations that would later lead the creators to make “The Book of Mormon.” You’ll also enjoy the behind-the-scenes documentary, “6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park.”

    If you’d like to see the episode featuring Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo, it’s Season 1, Episode 9.

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