The best holiday movies to stream right now


Now that it’s finally December, the official countdown to the holiday season has commenced. Prepare for the jolliest time of year with these classic holiday films you can stream for free online. Get cozy with your friends and roommates, make some hot chocolate, and settle in for a movie marathon.

The Christmas Switch

Where: Netflix
“The Christmas Switch” is the newest addition to the list of Netflix movies that are so bad they’re good. Like “The Parent Trap,” Vanessa Hudgens takes on both the roles of Stacy, a baker from Chicago, and Lady Margaret, the Duchess of the fictional country Montenaro. The two identical women decide to change identities for a couple days before the Duchess’ wedding, and the rest is history. You won’t be able to stop watching this cheesy love story.

Home Alone

Where: Amazon
How can you skip out on the classic Christmas film from everyone’s childhood? Watch Kevin, a bratty young boy, outsmart two robbers and protect his home during the holidays after his family mistakenly forgets to bring him to the family Christmas trip. It was Macaulay Culkin’s rise to stardom — what a time.

Love Actually

Where: Netflix
If you’re looking for good feels (and a few tears), then turn on “Love Actually.” Now in its 15th year, this collection of rom-coms within a rom-com is a treat for anyone with a heart. Starring Hugh Grant, the late Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, and Emma Thompson, it will withstand time as the beloved Christmas movie with romantic gestures that future generations will attempt to recreate.


Where: Amazon
Get ready to laugh your onesie off while watching this Christmas comedy. With some of the best moments and quotes, “Elf” covers all the bases: a love story, a family reunion, and Will Ferrell in an elf costume. You’ll want to have the cookies and sweets ready before streaming this one.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Where: Netflix
Unlike its title, this movie is far from the genre of horror. This animated film follows Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown, as he encounters the bright and warm Christmastown for the first time. For those who are still stuck in the spooky season, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” provides for a perfect transition to the correct holiday season.

When Harry Met Sally

Where: Amazon
“When Harry Met Sally” will make you believe in true love at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. The beautiful Meg Ryan takes on the role of Sally who tests the theory of platonic male-female friendships with Harry, played by Billy Crystal. It’s the classic 80’s rom-com to add some old-school sweetness into the mix.

These are the ultimate films you should spend this holiday season (and every year afterward!) watching. At Common, you can stream all of these films and more on our Smart TVs with the appropriate streaming sites or in a home movie theater and have a jolly time with your suitemates and friends. Learn more about our homes.

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