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The Best Christmas Movies on Hulu

​Get the most out of your subscription with these 10 festive gems

spinner image Burl Moseley, Alison Brie, Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Holland, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen together in front of a Christmas Tree in the film Happiest Season
Burl Moseley, Alison Brie, Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Holland, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen star in "Happiest Season."

​It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas; I know because every time I walk into Marshall’s they’re playing holiday tunes. Whether you sit down with the family and nog off to holiday movies, or put them on in the background when friends join you to celebrate the season, there’s never been more jolly cinematic journeys — and, who knew, but Hulu has a sleigh full, some naughty, some nice. If you already subscribe to this streaming platform, enjoy these 10 merry movies for free — if not, maybe this bundle will convince you to join!​​

A Christmas Carol (2019)

The ghosts of Christmases past, present and future make their appearances to remind the infamous crabby cheapskate Ebenezer Scrooge (Guy Pearce, 54) that in a battle between greed and good deeds, the latter must always win. The three-episode miniseries also stars Andy Serkis, 57, as the Ghost of Christmas Past.​

Naughty or nice? Naughty, then very nice. ​

Rating: 4 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: A Christmas Carol

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Happiest Season (2020)

​Last year, Twilight’s Kristen Stewart garnered attention in advance of her same-sex engagement for playing a young woman who accompanies her closeted girlfriend (Mackenzie Davis) home to meet that woman’s parents (Mary Steenburgen, 68; Victor Garber, 72) for the holidays. It’s drama, drama, drama followed by a big hug of acceptance, forgiveness and fond memory-making in this LGBTQ holiday rom-com. Extra added bonus: Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy as their gay best friend.​

Naughty or nice: Nice! ​

Rating: 4 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: Happiest Season​​​

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The Holiday (2006)

In this star-studded rom-com from Nancy Meyers, 71, breaking up is hard to do for Londoner Kate Winslet, 46, and Los Angeleno Cameron Diaz, 49. But when the two decide to exchange homes across the pond, both find comfort and cuddles with new men (Jack Black, 52, Jude Law, 48). Given director Meyers’ rep for lux décor, look for lots of holiday decorating tips as well as a warm, glowy feeling as like finds like in an unlikely way.​

Naughty or nice? Oh, so nice.​

Rating: 5 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: The Holiday

Dear Santa (2020)

Get out your handkerchiefs for Dana Nachman’s heartwarming documentary about the century-old Operation Santa program from the U.S. Postal Service. It allows people to adopt Dear Santa letters sent to the USPS — and make the authors’ holiday present dreams come true.

Naughty or nice? Nice.

Rating: 4 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: Dear Santa​​​​

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A Nasty Piece of Work (2019)

​Are you a Succession fan? Here’s an uber-competitive tale of infighting. A creepy, controlling boss (Julian Sands, 63, who’s played his share of warlocks) invites his execs and their spouses over for a holiday feast — only for them to discover it’s no night off with the chief. The head honcho sets them against each other, fighting for their place in the corporate pecking order under the mistletoe. ​

Naughty or nice? The clue’s in the title​

Rating: 3 Santas out of 5

Watch it: A Nasty Piece of Work

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Jingle All the Way (1996)

Devoted dad Arnold Schwarzenegger, 74, gets caught in the spirit of consumerism in this antic family comedy. Desperate to get that must-have Turbo Man action figure for his son, he battles the holiday hordes — and comedian Sinbad, 65 — before learning his lesson about caring, sharing and the meaning of Christmas. Hint: It isn’t neatly wrapped in a box.

Naughty or nice? Naughty​

Rating: 3 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: Jingle All the Way​​​​

New Year, New You (2018)

​A girlfriends’ New Year’s Eve reunion turns deadly, starring Suki Waterhouse, Carly Chaikin and Melissa Bergland. Even before the old pals have time to hatch, and break, their yearly resolutions, their previously unspoken resentments and rivalries turn murderous. Happy New Year? Not bloody likely.​

Naughty or nice? Horror-bly naughty ​

Rating: 4 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: New Year, New You

Pooka! (2018)

Things are stressful this holiday season for unemployed actor Nyasha Hatendi. In another Hulu original from scaremeister Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Get Out, Halloween), the thespian grabs a gig as a mascot-sized version of the season’s must-have plush toy: Pooka. Small print? The fuzzy cutie-pie is based on a furry Celtic spirit, Puca, that pendulums between helping and hindering. In his shaggy costume, the actor’s personality uncontrollably swings between naughty and nice — and the job isn’t worth any paycheck. ​

Naughty or nice? Naughty it is.​

Rating: 3 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: Pooka!​​​

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Downton Abbey heartthrob Dan Stevens plays scribe Charles Dickens in a festive family film that puts a twist on his original creation, the holiday chestnut A Christmas Carol. The late Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce, 74, add a bit of tinsel to the sparkly proceedings. ​

Naughty or nice? Nice. ​

Rating: 4 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: The Man Who Invented Christmas​​

A Very Brady Christmas (1988)

​Sitcom nostalgia wins the holiday as the lion’s share of the sudsy sitcom cast returns in a comedy about a sprawling blended family overcoming obstacles to get back together under one overdecorated tree. Spike the punch, sit back on the Lay-Z-Boy, gather the grandkids and chuckle at the mustaches and hairstyles of the past with Florence Henderson, Eve Plumb, 63, Barry Williams, 67, Maureen McCormick, 65, and the late actress who played their salty housekeeper, Ann B. Davis.

Naughty or nice? Nicety nice. ​

Rating: 3 Santas out of 5​

Watch it: A Very Brady Christmas

Thelma M. Adams, the former film critic for Us Weekly and the New York Post, is a novelist who writes on film for AARP, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

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