Every year it seems like the selection of Christmas movies gets bigger. At the same time, we still go back to our favorites like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. As adults, we’ve come to love those movies and have made them part of our yearly watchlist. However, there’s nothing like the joy of introducing the kiddos to Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Unfortunately, those can be hard to find.
With that in mind, we gathered a short list of the most beloved Christmas classics and hunted them down. Here’s where you can stream all of your childhood favorites.
Live-Action Christmas Classics
We’ll kick this list off with some classic live-action holiday movies. Introduce the kiddos to Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, and more.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
As far as Christmas classics go, It’s a Wonderful Life sits high on the list. Some would argue that it’s the best of the best. Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a man who has decided to take his life ahead of the holiday. Then, an angel intervenes. Catch this touching classic on TubiTv for free with ads or find it on Prime Video.
White Christmas (1954)
White Christmas is such a classic that one of our favorite modern holiday films references it. When Clark breaks down in Christmas Vacation he says, “We’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye.”
This musical features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney and is pure, unfiltered Christmas cheer. Check it out on Netflix.
Animated Christmas Classics
Those movies are great. However, the younger ones might find themselves bored with those Christmas classics. Luckily, there are several animated holiday movies that will get everyone in the spirit this year and for years to come.
Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer (1964)
Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer is the undisputed king of the animated Christmas classics. The claymation looks great, the message holds up, and the music as well as Burl Ives’ narration are perfect. What more could you want? Stream this timeless flick on AppleTV, YouTube Movies, or Amazon Prime Video. You’ll have to subscribe or pay on all of those outlets. Additionally, Freeform and CBS will air Rudolph this year. Check your local listings.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
A Charlie Brown Christmas isn’t just a Christmas classic. It’s a cultural touchstone. Think about it. What do we call a pitiful-looking Christmas tree? Exactly. Just like the other Peanuts movies, you’ll only be able to stream this one on Apple TV+.
No matter what you’re watching or how you’re watching it, the team at Outsider would like to wish you and yours a safe and Merry Christmas.