By Alicia Adamczyk
December 16, 2015
Universal Studios

You’ve likely already shelled out enough on Christmas presents, fixings for feasts, and other holiday necessities in the past month. So why not save a few bucks on entertainment with these festive streaming options.


  • A Very Murray Christmas: Incredibly chill celebrity Bill Murray is joined by all-star friends and fellow funny people Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, George Clooney, and more in this new Netflix original holiday spectacular.
  • White Christmas: This festive romp, featuring Irving Berlin’s classic Christmas song sung by Bing Crosby (which also happens to be the best-selling song ever) is one of those classic holiday movies that you’ve definitely seen, even if you don’t remember exactly when. If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned flick to watch with the whole family, this is it.
  • Love, Actually: Do I really need to explain this one?


  • Doctor Who Christmas Specials: Since the Sherlock special won’t premiere until January, you can get your fill of cult British drama with the 12 Doctor Who Christmas Specials available on Hulu.
  • Holiday Decor in a Giant Mansion: I can’t say I’ll be tuning into Christmas Village or Holiday Lights, but this video of a fire burning in a fireplace (sorry, there don’t appear to be any chestnuts roasting) is perfect for a holiday soiree in a tiny apartment, or your December office party. Thank you for this, Hulu.
  • Christmas Episodes of Your Favorite TV Shows: Hulu’s “Hulu for the Holidays” section has done all the hard for you, setting aside the holiday episodes of shows like Parks and Recreation, Community, Modern Family, Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and more.

Amazon Prime

  • Christmas Classics Vol. 1: Ah, to be a child on Christmas, eagerly awaiting Santa’s sleigh and decorating cookies to leave out for his arrival. Nothing reminds me more of my own youthful Christmas travails than the nine shorts in this seasonal collection.
  • Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: Amazon Prime’s pickings are a bit disappointing, unless you’re a child (or a child-at-heart), or you want to pay a few bucks for the true classics.
  • Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights: It can’t all be about Christmas.

Other Options

  • A Christmas Story is just $3 to rent on YouTube, or you can turn on TBS which typically plays the Christmas classic for a full 24 hours on the 25th.
  • Another great Yule log option is Nick Offerman’s take, which features 45 blissful minutes of the actor sitting in front of a crackling fireplace, serenely sipping Lagavulin whisky. Ron Swanson would be proud.

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