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America’s Favorite Christmas Movies, TV Shows, and Specials

Trying to find the best Christmas movies on Netflix to watch with your family? ‘Tis the season to unwind with Amazon Prime or bring peace among us with Disney Plus, right?

As part of our 25 days of Christmas celebration, we collected a list of America’s favorite Christmas movies, TV episodes, and specials to help you and your family figure out what to stream this year.

These aren’t your holiday haze Hallmark movie marathon picks here, folks. These are the nation’s finest festive family films and shows of all time. ¡Feliz Navidad!

America’s favorite Christmas movies

If we want to talk about the “who’s who” of movie merriment, America’s favorite Christmas movie of all time is How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (Yes, “the Jim Carrey one.”)

The green gift-grabber whose heart grew three sizes also stole the heart of Americans, making the film the most famous fan-favorite 20 years after its release. For all you Dr. Suess fans, The Grinch is on Netflix.

Right behind the Grinch was our big buddy Will Farrell in Elf (available on fuboTV). Buddy’s big city adventure to find his father after being accidentally left in Santa’s sack still makes Americans smile, taking second in our favorite film list.

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” is burned into most people’s memories, but for the family looking to remember why they don’t need a Red Ryder BB gun, A Christmas Story is available on Sling.

Staying in—or left behind? You can catch up with Kevin McCallister and his burglar buddies in Home Alone on Disney Plus. Or since many of us won’t be traveling for the holidays, you can join the Griswold family in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (find it on fuboTV or DIRECTV).

America’s favorite Christmas TV episodes

When it comes time to tune into TV shows for the holidays, Americans can’t look away from Michael Scott’s endless blunders and the rival Christmas committees from The Office’s “A Benihana Christmas.”

America also loves watching heartwarming holiday episodes that bring together family, Friends, and—holiday armadillos?

Whether you’re spending Christmas with a Full House, a Brady Bunch, or a gaggle of Golden Girls, here are the best Christmas episodes of America’s favorite TV shows (and where to stream them):

  1. The Office: “A Benihana Christmas,” Season 3, Episode 10 (Netflix)
  2. Friends: “The One with the Holiday Armadillo,” Season 7, Episode 10 (HBO Max)
  3. Full House: “Our Very First Christmas Show,” Season 2, Episode 9 (Hulu)
  4. The Brady Bunch: “The Voice of Christmas,” Season 1, Episode 12 (Hulu)
  5. The Golden Girls: “Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas,” Season 5, Episode 12 (Hulu)

America’s favorite Christmas specials

Back before the days of streaming, Americans could count on watching a Christmas special on TV together after unwrapping presents, drinking eggnog, and feasting on turkey. Many people consider it a tradition to this day, but which specials were at the top of their lists?

America’s top 5 favorite Christmas specials:

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
  3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  4. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
  5. Jack Frost (1979)

Although it feels like a peer into yesteryear, you can still stream many of these holiday classics. A Charlie Brown Christmas will be on PBS and Apple TV+. You can find Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Indieflix, and Jack Frost is on Amazon Prime.

But for Christmas special favorites like How The Grinch Stole Christmas or Frosty the Snowman, you may have to spend a couple of extra bucks on renting or buying them.

Luckily, we have a lot of options for finding a festive Christmas movie. So what are you and your family going to stream this holiday season?

Our Methodology

Using Pollfish, we surveyed 500 Americans aged 18+ to find out what they watch on Christmas.

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