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12 Best Christmas Movies on Amazon Prime Video (2020)

Emmet Otter

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit this season, Amazon Prime Video has a strong library of Christmas favorites, including what many believe to be the very best Christmas movie of them all! Remember that Prime Video is included with an Amazon Prime subscription, so it’s an excellent bonus in addition to the free shipping and all the other goodies. You also get a 30-day free trial to sift through their massive movie and TV library!

And if you’re looking for holiday favorites on other services, simply click here:

Best Christmas Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime Video

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on one of the most life-affirming, joyful movie experiences in history. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents the villainous Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over the entire town is George’s modest building and loan company. But when $8,000 goes missing, it seems Mr. Potter will swoop in and destroy everything George has fought to preserve. If the ending of this one doesn’t make you choke up, you might be a robot. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s romantic, and it’s magical.

The Christmas Candle (2013)

Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it, every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries-old legend may come to an end.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

When a Christmas Eve talent contest is announced, Emmet Otter joins a jug band and his Ma decides to sing a song as they risk it all to make each other’s dreams come true. Jim Henson directed this Muppet Christmas classic. Singer/composer Paul Williams says Jim Henson told him that Emmet Otter was a “trial run” for a proposed Muppet movie. Emmet was a success, and The Muppet Movie followed two years later.

Christmas, Again (2014)

Noel (Kentucker Audley) is a young man who travels from upstate NY every year to sell Christmas trees in New York City. Returning without the help of his long-time girlfriend, this year Noel finds it impossible to do the one thing he knows so well—-sell Christmas trees. As Noel begins to spiral downwards, alienating co-workers and customers in the process, it turns out this same community of people may be the only ones capable of saving Noel from self-destruction. If you like your Christmas movies with a darker side, this one is for you.

Jack Frost (1979)

Jack Frost

It’s the stop-motion classic winter story! Pardon-me Pete, the official groundhog of Groundhog Day, tells the story of Jack Frost, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begs Father Winter to make him human so that she can see him. His request is granted, but only on the condition that by the spring he has a house, a bag of gold, a horse and a wife. But Jack finds that life as a human is more complicated than he thought.

Surviving Christmas (2004)

Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) is an executive leading an empty, shallow life with only wealth on his side. Facing another lonely Christmas ahead, he revisit his old childhood home in the hope of reliving some old holiday memories – but he finds that the house in which he was raised is no longer the home in which he grew up. The cast also includes James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, and Catherine O’Hara.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)

Disenchanted single mom Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a Scroogette when it comes to anything Christmas. In fact, even her six-year-old son, Brian, is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. But when her Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler) visits and brings a fellow passenger from his flight named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie), Jennifer’s heart awakens to the possibility that perhaps Christmas really does hold miracles. It’s an uplifting and laugh-packed and a story that will inspire the whole family to believe.

Christmas Cupcakes (2018)

When their family bakery may have to close its doors right before Christmas, rival sisters Kim (Erin Karpluk) and Gina (Cindy Busby) must team up in a national baking competition to win the grand prize. Thrown into a world of fierce competitors and a ticking clock, it will take a Christmas miracle to save the bakery, though they may discover a prize much larger than they had hoped for.

A Christmas Wish (2020)

Martha Evans (Kristy Swanson) has been abandoned by her husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless with her children. Martha manages to land a job at a sleepy rural diner. But with her car broken down and the bills piling up, it looks like a bleak Christmas for Martha and her family. However, there are warm hearts working behind the scenes.

Christmas and Winter in America’s National Parks (2012)

Christmas and Winter in America's National Parks

It is Christmastime in America’s national parks! Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Grand Canyon National Parks each offers Christmas visitors their own unique treats during the holiday season. We may not be able to travel this holiday season, but you can still enjoy the beautiful landscapes and amazing animals in this film.

Christmas Treasures: Discover the History & Origins of the Season’s Greatest Traditions (2015)

Learn the who, what, and where of Christmas’ greatest seasonal treats and traditions. Why do we have Christmas trees? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? What’s the story behind candy canes and eggnog? Why do we send Christmas cards and fire up the yule log? This documentary is pretty cheesy, but it will load you up with holiday trivia for years to come.

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