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12 Best Christmas Movies on HBO Max (2020)

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2020 is HBO Max’s first Christmas! While you’ll get more holiday bang for your buck with some other services, there are still some key movies available in the HBO Max catalog. We’ll also note that HBO’s collection skews more adult than those other services, but there are some great options for kids.

HBO Max offers an excellent library of movies and TV shows for $14.99 / month. But since there’s a 7-day free trial, you should have no trouble zipping through these films in the course of a week. Simply click below to sign up!

Looking to stuff your stocking with more streaming Christmas classics? Check out these treats:

Best Christmas Movies to Stream on HBO Max

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard Hans Gruber

The debate is settled. Die Hard is a Christmas movie. NYPD cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) plans to reconcile with his estranged wife at her office Christmas party. But he’s thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists led by the devious Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down. This action classic is the perfect way to add some “Yippee-ki-yay” to your Christmas.

Get Santa (2014)

A father and son must team up to save Christmas when they discover Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent) sleeping in their garage, having crashed his sleigh and found himself on the run from the police.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)

Six years have elapsed since Guantanamo Bay, leaving Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold’s doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold’s father-in-law’s beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.

Last Christmas (2019)

Last Christmas

Kate (Emilia Clarke) is a young woman who has a habit of making bad decisions, and her last date with disaster occurs after she accepts work as Santa’s elf for a department store. However, after she meets Tom (Henry Golding) there, her life takes a new turn. If this kind of romance appeals to you, consider the great movies the Hallmark Channel is serving up this Christmas.

Black Christmas (2019)

Wish you could have a horror-Christmas mash-up movie? Here you go! Hawthorne College is winding down for the holidays, yet one by one, sorority girls are being picked off. Riley Stone, a girl dealing with her own trauma, begins to notice and tries to save her friends before they too are picked off.

Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

It’s Christmastime and the far-flung members of the Rodriguez family are converging at their parents’ home in Chicago to celebrate the season and rejoice in their youngest brother’s safe return from combat overseas. This all-star cast includes Alfred Molina, Luis Guzmán, John Leguizamo, and Debra Messing.

A Flintstone Christmas (1977)

A Flintstone Christmas

When Santa has an accident at Fred’s house on Christmas Eve, Fred and Barney have to continue his run for him. If you need even more Flintstone holiday hijinks, check out A Flintstone Family Christmas (1993).

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)

This holiday special goes back in time to show how Elmo’s ancestors—not to mention those of Grover, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster—helped transform “the most unfriendly street in town” into the bright, kind, music-filled place it is today.

The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982)

The Smurfs come to the rescue of two children and their grandfather when an evil mysterious stranger shows up and causes their sleigh to turn over, forcing them to seek help and inadvertently bring Gargamel in on the action.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (2014)

Santa narrates the story of Buddy’s travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had. Along the way his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and opens his father’s eyes to the magic of Christmas. This is the animated version of the Broadway musical based on the original movie with Will Ferrell.

Yogi’s First Christmas (1980)

Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy are awakened from hibernation and join their friends’ Christmas activities while interfering with 2 villians’ efforts to ruin the holiday. Looking for even more Yogi yule-tide fun? HBO Max also has Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982)

South Park: Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo (1997)

Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo

Since HBO Max offers 23 seasons(!) of South Park, you can treat yourself to this bizarre twist on Frosty the Snowman, except Frosty is, well, a piece of poo. If you’re looking for this crass classic, it’s Season 1, Episode 9.

Didn’t get your fill of Christmas joy with HBO Max? Try these streaming services: