5 Holiday Movies & Shows to Stream Right Now

Have you streamed more TV and movies this year than usual? Yea, me too. No shame — it’s called being a responsible adult in 2020. But, it can also mean that you’ve resorted to rewatching your tried and true (The Office, Gilmore Girls, Parks & Recreation) because you just spent two hours scrolling through Netflix or Hulu to find something new to watch. 

Well, the holidays have snuck up on us this year, so you can start streaming holiday movies and TV shows to help get you in the spirit. We’ve put together a list of five movies and shows we’re loving this year — some old and some new, but all will get you in the mood for the holidays.

1. Holidate

Holidate Movie Poster
Photo: IMDB

Where to stream: Netflix

Synopsis: Sloane hates the holidays because her family always judges her for not being in a relationship. While returning a Christmas present at the mall, she meets Jackson and ends up telling him about her aunt, who always brings a new date, “holidate,” to holiday gatherings. Eventually, Sloane and Jackson agree to be each other’s holidate for every holiday — from New Year’s Eve to Mother’s Day to Halloween. 

Why we love it: First of all, Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey have great chemistry and are a lot of fun to watch. Although the movie starts and ends during Christmas, it follows the couple throughout the year, so it’s a good one to watch before Thanksgiving or after the New Year.

It’s also relatable — at some point in our lives, your family has probably teased you for not having a date to bring to the holidays. 

2. Midnight at the Magnolia

Midnight at the Magnolia Movie Poster
Photo: IMDB

Where to stream: Netflix

Synopsis: Childhood friends Jack and Maggie host a local radio show together, where they regularly talk about their relationships. They get a chance to host a national show together, and their producer suggests that they kick off the new show by introducing their significant others to their families on New Year’s Eve on air. Jack and Maggie decide to do it at the fathers’ jazz club, The Magnolia, which isn’t doing so great and could use the publicity. Before New Year’s Eve, both Jack and Maggie get dumped. So, they decide to pretend to date each other and announce it during the show instead. 

Why we love it: This one is pretty predictable — they’re just friends, they realize it might be more than friendship, one of them messes up, and they end up happily ever after. But, who doesn’t want a little predicability right now? It’s also fun to see how much Jack, Maggie, and their families love and support each other.

3. Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas

Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas Show Poster
Photo: IMDB

Where to stream: Netflix

Synopsis: Benjamin Bradley (aka “Mr. Christmas”) is obsessed with the holiday season and takes us behind the scenes as he and his team use their design expertise to decorate homes and firehouses for the holidays.

Why we love it: It’s no secret that we love home makeover shows. This one has a fun twist because they aren’t doing some huge renovation; Benjamin Bradley (aka “Mr. Christmas”) is simply decorating a family’s home (or, in one case, the community’s firehouse) for the holiday season. 

Each episode spans three days. On the first day, the team gets the family involved and does some simple DIY projects. This makes it easy for you to recreate these looks in your own decorations this year! On the second and third days, the team finishes decorating before lighting the house for the first time and revealing it to the family.

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4. The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Poster
Photo: IMDB

Where to stream: Hulu

Synopsis: The movie follows Charles Dickens as he dreams up and writes A Christmas Carol. He needs to quickly write a new book to save his family from financial ruin and finds inspiration throughout London — starting with a rich man’s funeral that’s only attended by the man’s business partner. 5 Holiday Movies & Shows to Stream This Year

Why we love it: How did we miss this one when it came out in 2017!? This is a sweet retailing of a Christmas classic and shows how A Christmas Carol changed the holiday from an often forgotten time of the year to “the most wonderful time of the year.” Plus,  you know I can’t pass up anything related to history. I also loved how the film explored Dickens’ creative process and how he may have derived the story from real-life encounters.

5. Holiday Baking Championship

Santa Claus taking a peppermint stick from a glass beside a holiday-themed cake
Photo: Hulu

Where to stream: Hulu

Synopsis: Holiday Baking Championship is an annual competition focused on the holiday season. It’s also sparked a whole series of spin-offs — Spring Baking Championship, Halloween Baking Championship, and Kids Baking Championship. Each episode has two rounds. In the first round, the contestants have to create some small pastry centered around the holiday theme of the episode. The winner receives an advantage of some sort in the main heat. In the main heat, the contestants usually have to make a larger pastry or a larger quantity of smaller items.

Why we love it: This has been one of our favorites for years. I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this one except that I love cooking shows, and this is a really fun one to watch at the end of the year.

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