Amazon Prime and IMDb TV make it easy to stream your favorite Christmas shows without cutting into your holiday gifting budget. A variety of classics are available for free across the two platforms, including A Christmas Carol, Jack Frost, and Jingle All the Way.
Before Santa Claus sneaks through your chimney and chows down on some cookies, check out these 12 classic titles on Amazon Prime and IMDb TV. A few are only sticking around for the holidays, so be sure to give them a view ahead of the new year.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Widely considered one of the greatest films of all-time, It’s A Wonderful Life is a fantasy Christmas drama that has become a staple of American culture over the decades since its release. Several decades after its theatrical release, the film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress due to its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.
A Christmas Carol (1954)
This hour-long holiday-themed episode of the variety series Shower of Stars is a take on the classic Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol. The show tells the story of Scrooge, but with an unusual twist. The old classic stands as one of the best adaptations of Dickens’ iconic tale – and it’s the perfect film to watch on Christmas Eve.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
Kermit Frog and The Muppets join Emmet Otter’s jug-band in this 1977 Jim Henson directed hour-long holiday special. Based on the children’s book of the same name, Jug-Band Christmas is a masterclass in puppetry with some performances of universally loved original songs written by Paul Williams.
Christmas Cartoons: 14 Christmas Cartoon Classics (2016)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jack Frost, Christmas Comes But Once a Year, The Candlemaker, Snow Foolin’, The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives, Toy Will Be Toys, Santa’s Pocket Watch are a few of the classic cartoons available to stream.
Christmas Cartoon Fireplace – A Yule Log of Fun! (2018)
If you like all the above cartoons but want something a bit more festive, consider checking out the Christmas Cartoon Fireplace. While most of your screen will be transformed into a virtual Yule Log, you’ll also be able to view over two-hours of cartoons through an old-school television set on the hearth of the fireplace. So if your family can’t decide between cartoons or the traditional Yule Log, consider this a happy compromise.
Jack Frost (1997)
Directed by Michael Cooney, Jack Frost is the perfect mix of holiday cheer and timeless fear in all of its 1990s glory. Christopher Allport, Shannon Elizabeth, and Scott MacDonald star in this holiday classic, and while it didn’t receive the warmest of receptions when it first released, the film managed to find a passionate fanbase and remains a Christmas staple.
A Garfield Christmas (1987)
The lasagna-eating cat discovers the true meaning of Christmas after spending the holiday with the Arbuckle family. A Garfield Christmas is included in the Garfield Specials film, which also features A Garfield Thanksgiving – something to remember for next November.
Christmas Through the Decades (2015)
Celebrities and pop culture experts recap the traditions, fads, and gifts that have shaved us, starting with the 1960s. The 4-episode mini-series explores a decade each episode with the final episode exploring the 1990s. Along the way you’ll revisit the height of Star Wars‘ popularity, the introduction of the Walkman, and the inevitable arrival of the personal computer.
Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (2017)
Named after Mariah Carey’s iconic holiday tune, the 90-minute holiday special features music and narration from the singer. The story follows a little Mariah and her wish for a puppy. It’s a bit more modern than some of these other classics, but it’s still worth a stream during the holiday season.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, and Phil Hartman, Jingle All the Way is a certified Christmas classic about a man searching for the perfect toy for his son. Full of comedy from a strong cast, the search for Turboman is the perfect movie to watch this holiday season. Jingle All the Way leaves Prime at the end of the year, so carve out time to watch Schwarzeneggar get into some holiday hijinks while you can.
All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)
The final installment in the All Dogs Go to Heaven franchise, this 1998 film is based on the 1843 novella A Christmas Story by Charles Dickens. For the first time in the franchise, Carface is the focus of the story instead of Itchy and Charlie.
The Christmas Elves (2016)
Directed by Diane Eskenazi, The Christmas Elves is an animated take on the classic tale of the Shoemaker and the Elves. A shoemaker named Hans is helped by a group of mismatched elves who want to work for Santa.
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