How to Watch All Your Favorite Christmas Movies Like ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Elf’ This Holiday Season

by Josh Lanier
(Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

For many families, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until they can watch one of their favorite holiday films. Be that Home Alone, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life, or even Die Hard. But finding where to watch them gets more complicated each year as they move to different streaming services and broadcasters.

So, to help cut down on the amount of time spent scrolling for your favorite film, here’s a list of where you can watch some of the most beloved Christmas classics.

Amazon Prime Video

  • It’s A Wonderful Life

Apple TV+

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas


  • Home Alone
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Santa Clause


  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • The Shop Around the Corner


  • White Christmas


  • Die Hard (IMDbTV, AMC+)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Peacock)
  • The Little Drummer Boy (Freeform)
  • Love, Actually (Freeform)
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (Freeform)
  • Scrooged (AMC+, Pluto TV, fuboTV, Philo)

Cable/Local Channels

  • Frosty the Snowman (CBS, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET)
  • Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer (CBS, Nov. 22 at 8 pm)

Thanksgiving Day Parade Returns with Big Names, Bigger Ballons

Another staple of the holiday season is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Millions tune in every year to watch celebrities and Christmas characters march through New York City streets or float above them. COVID-19 upended that annual tradition last year as it forced organizers to toss the big, over-the-top celebration for a more subdued and safety-conscience ceremony. But as infection rates decline and vaccine rates increase, organizers want to make up for lost time with a packed parade this year.

“(The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is) back, and we’re excited to bring it back to the streets of New York City in its full form, in the way that audiences have grown to know and love us,” parade director Will Coss told USA Today. “It’s going to be a celebration of spectacle, a celebration of performance, a celebration of culture, a celebration of love. It’s going to be a really exciting day, and we’re really just elated to have the opportunity to bring it back in its true form.”

The parade this year will include 15 giant balloons, 28 floats, 36 novelty inflatables, more than 800 clowns, 10 marching bands, and multiple performances, according to the parade’s website. Carrie Underwood will headline. Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, Kelly, Rowland, Chris Lane, Nelly, and many others will also perform.

Giant balloons of Snoopy, Papa Smurf, and SpongeBob SquarePants will return for this year’s show. But there will be some new faces in the air. Grogu — better known as Baby Yoda — from The Mandalorian and Pikachu from Pokemon will make their parade debut this year along with some others.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. ET, Thursday, Nov. 25, and will air on NBC.