As Christmas approaches, free streaming services come into the picture with plenty of festive videos to stream to your TV. Whether you’re looking for a good old story of a heartwarming connection, a yule log, or a background video for your holiday party, there’s plenty to find for free.
Ready to pay for your Christmas classics? Here’s where to find all the best holiday movies.
Pluto TV has a free section of “Season’s Greetings” channels:
- Favorite Holiday Movies by Lifetime: Enjoy holiday-themed movies straight from the Lifetime Library.
- Hallmark movies and more: Hallmark is one of the most popular creators of Christmas movies, and this channel plays them 24/7.
- Pluto TV Christmas: Various Christmas movies.
- Festive fireplace: Watch the fire burn on your TV while listening to instrumental Christmas tunes.
- Crackling fireplace: If you don’t want music, turn on this channel and listen to the crackle and pop of wood.
- Holiday lights: Watch twinkling lights, falling snow, and beautifully wrapped gifts while listening to instrumental Christmas songs in the background.
- Home for the holidays: Get tips for having fun with this channel. Stars like Gordon Ramsay and Nigel Slater are here to help you create festive dishes.
- Vevo Holidays: Watch a rotating lineup of music videos from pop stars like Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, and more.
- Cine Navideño: Spend a feliz navidad with Christmas movies in Spanish.
If you want to watch on demand, Pluto TV also has plenty of shows and movies, including titles like “Runaway Christmas Bride,” “The Christmas Switch,” “My Christmas Grandpa,” and “Christmas Cupid’s Arrow.”
Of all the services we’ve checked, Pluto TV seems to be the best option for free holiday entertainment.
Just type “Christmas” into the search box and you’ll be inundated with options. It’s a wide range of titles. Can we interest you in “Christmas with Lorne Greene”? Or “Gumby’s Christmas Capers”? Why not “spend the holidays with Liberace”? Maybe you want something more jarring like “Christmas Twister” or “Christmas Blood.”
You will also find various yule logs and light shows to use as your party video background.
Tubi requires a little more research than some other services, but you’ll be happy when you come across something like “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.” (It’s worth keeping an eye out for the voices of Jim Parsons, Kate Micucci, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Gilbert Gottfried and Jay Leno.)
Some Christmas content is paid at Peacock, but you can watch a small library for free. “A Garfield Christmas” is free, and “Tim Janis: All is Bright” features a beautiful piano music accompaniment video of snowy landscapes. You’ll also get throwbacks like “Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows.”
You’ll be tempted when you see the thumbnail of the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, but you’ll have to upgrade to the paid tier to see it.
Roku Channel has a small holiday lineup, including the George C. Scott version of “A Christmas Carol.” You also have two karaoke collections: Christmas is for the family and Karaoke songs.
This service features a small selection of holiday movies like James Garner and Julie Andrews in “One Special Night,” “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” and the beloved production of “A Christmas Carol” starring Alastair Sim.
Choose your favorite Scrooge (Alastair Sim or George C. Scott) and watch it for free. There’s also the usual assortment of cute Christmas movies. You’ll also get access to the immortal “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas,” which has a 1.3 rating on IMDb.
And since Chanukah straddles Christmas this year, you can also watch “Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party.”
If you have home movies on your hard drive, you can also connect Plex to share those movies with any family member as long as they have a free Plex account – it’s like your own private Netflix.
Xumo is the rare streaming service that offers original holiday movies. This is the only place to watch “My Favorite Christmas Tree” or “A Royal Christmas Game”. Xumo has a helpful Vacation Center with 18 dedicated channels, so you can scroll through the different options. There’s not much here, but you’ll find the obligatory vignettes of smiling couples who presumably find love through the magic of Christmas.
Freevee offers your standard Christmas title purse to match with some interesting titles like Dolly Parton in “Unlikely Angel.” There are very few here with an IMDb score above 7, so Freevee’s holiday offering looks like a lump of coal.
Redbox has a Holiday Center on its menu screen, although you’ll be tempted to pay for premium rentals, you’ll find a fair amount of free movies, including the rare “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” with Kelsey Grammer as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jason Alexander, Jane Krakowski, Jesse L. Martin and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Disney fans will get familiar chills with the music of Alan Menken.
You’ll find a handful of channels offering standard romantic holiday movies or holiday scenes with orchestral music, which work well for parties or relaxing nights at home. Probably the best feature of Redbox is the music video channels: Vevo Holiday, Stingray Greatest Holiday Hits, and Stingray Hot Country Christmas.
If your local library is connected to Hoopla, you can watch movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Tim Allen’s “Christmas With the Kranks,” “Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas,” and many Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movies with stars like Candace Cameron. Bure, Lacey Chabert, Kristy Swanson, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Mira Sorvino, Jennie Garth, Malinda Williams.
You’ll also get relaxing nature titles like “Christmas in Yellowstone.”
The service also offers “Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas”.
Hoopla also lets you download Christmas music from Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and John Denver & the Muppets to liven up your party. You can also download Taylor Swift’s new album if you feel like it.
Kanopy is available to users of participating libraries. It has a limited Christmas assortment, including the musical documentary ‘Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas’, Jim Henson’s ‘The Christmas Toy’, ‘Secrets of Diana’s Last Royal Christmas’, ‘A Big Lego Christmas’ and the movie. 70s horror “Black Christmas.”
It lacks Christmas classics, but Kanopy offers off-the-beaten-path treats.