So, you’ve already binged all the holiday movies Netflix has to offer and there are still weeks to go until Christmas day, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, which starts December 10. The point is: You probably spent Thanksgiving exhausting all your festive holiday rom-coms and need options. Which is where Hulu comes in.
The streaming service actually has a plethora of feel-good holiday movies, including the highly-anticipated rom-com Happiest Season (starring Kristen Stewart, Dan Levy, Clea DuVall, Mackenzie Davis, and Aubrey Plaza), but we’ll get to that in just a moment. Hulu also has a handful of Thanksgiving movies, so if you plan on getting some movie time to go with your turkey dinner leftovers, there are some options.
Whether you’re in the mood for something snarky and delightful, nostalgic and moody, or just plain cheesy and romantic, this list has something for everyone. And if you plan on a month-long movie-marathon, this will definitely help keep you busy. Ready to get your festive on? Grab your mug of hot peppermint chocolate, popcorn, Snuggie, and settle in for our favorite holiday Hulu picks this year.1 of 17
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Happiest SeasonHappiest Season is the queer holiday movie
we've been waiting for, and it does not disappoint. The film follows partners Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who brings Abby home with her over the holidays to meet her parents. Only, Harper's parents don't know Harper is a lesbian. Or that Abby is a lesbian. Harper has concocted a story about Abby being an orphan/her roommate/friend. Meanwhile, John (Dan Levy) plays Abby's friend, who helps her navigate this very awkward and emotionally confusing situation. Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie have some wonderful moments of their own (Plaza plays Harper's ex, and Brie is Harper's sister).
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The Man Who Invented Christmas
This biographical holiday drama is based on Les Standiford's novel of the same title, published in 2008, which follows Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) as he is suffering from major writer's block. He needs his book to be a financial success, since his last few novels tanked and he's on the cusp of monetary ruin. No matter! One day, it comes to him: His new novel will be called A Christmas Carol and his protagonist shall be named Scrooge (Jonathan Pryce). Scrooge, of course, is based on Dickens' father, John Dickens, who looks down upon his son for being a screw-up. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a whimsical look into the real-life inspiration behind one of the most iconic Christmas stories, with many of its themes aligning with the contemporary holiday movies we watch today: Family, love, forgiveness, and redemption.
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Girlfriends of Christmas Past
If The First Wives Club and John Tucker Must Die had a baby and dressed it up for Christmas, it would be called Girlfriends of Christmas Past, a romantic comedy that starts with a proposal gone very, very wrong. Livvy (Tammin Sursok) thinks she's getting asked the question by her boyfriend Anderson (John Brotherton) only to get dumped. In front of an audience, no less. She decides to seek revenge and joins forces with all of Anderson's ex-girlfriends so that he can get a taste of his own medicine. Along the way, she falls for a guy named Carter (Brent Bailey) — but is he just part of her plan to get back at her ex, or is she truly falling for him?
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It's the Whitfield family's first Christmas together in four years, and things get pretty crazy, pretty fast. Starring Regina King as matriarch Lisa Whitfield-Moore and Idris Elba as Quentin Whitfield Jr., This Christmas takes dysfunctional families to a whole new level. Expect many laughs, some tears, and the sudden urge to dance (there are many musical numbers, as part of the movie is about a certain character's secret life as a singer).
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Starring Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz, who play wife and husband Kai and Chris, The Oath is a dark comedy that's part holiday movie, part political satire — so, perfect for this year! The premise of The Oath is that all American citizens must swear their allegiance to the U.S. government by Black Friday, something that deeply bothers Kai and Chris. Meanwhile, the couple has invited Chris's family over for Thanksgiving. And although the family tries not to talk politics, the topic of the government's allegiance mandate comes up, and things get ugly. It's not long before turkey dinner turns into total turkey chaos.
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Pieces of April
What happens when the misfit invites her family that lives in the suburbs to her tiny, rundown New York City apartment for Thanksgiving? Probably exactly what you'd expect — but better. Make sure you have tissues ready. April (Katie Holmes) is estranged from her family, but wants to introduce them to her boyfriend, Bobby (Derek Luke). After discovering her stove doesn't work and that she barely has the space to fit more than a few people inside her apartment, April tries her hardest to make sure she can pull off Thanksgiving dinner even if her family doesn't think she can.
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Deck the Halls
This campy Christmas movie stars Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito as two rivaling neighbors who are fighting to be the town's "Mr. Christmas." In the same vein as National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, expect dads who are just a little too intense about Christmas. As in, they'll stop at nothing to prove to the world that their respective houses are the most festive.
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So This Is Christmas
So This Is Christmas is about a troubled young woman named Ashley (Lexi Ainsworth) whose father (Eric Roberts) and stepmom (Vivica A. Fox) are worried is headed down a dark, irreversible path. One day, she's asked to help out in directing and putting together a Christmas play starring underprivileged children. Maybe it's the idea that there's a higher purpose in life, or that a group of children are relying on her, or that good 'ole Christmas spirit in general, but Ashley slowly but surely begins to turn her life around. She even finds love! But will her stepbrother ruin her shot at turning her life around?
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A Christmas in Vermont
In A Christmas in Vermont, Chevy Chase plays a Scrooge-like boss (basically Clark Griswold's worst nightmare) who instructs his top employee Riley (Abigail Hawk) to shut down one of his company's smaller properties, an outerwear shop that employs an entire small town in Vermont. Riley, who wants to prove herself as a prudent business person, is determined to shutter the store, but then has a change of heart. Because this is Christmas, after all. Instead of liquidating the small company, Riley finds an innovative way to save it.
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A Cinderella Christmas
In this festive and modern retelling of Cinderella, Angie (Emma Rigby) busts ass running her uncle's events business while her bratty cousin Candace (Sarah Stouffer) takes credit and forces Angie to do all the work and then some. After a facial gone terribly wrong, Candace asks Angie to go to a masquerade ball in her stead. As you may have already guessed, Angie meets a wealthy bachelor, but skips out before midnight due to a very angry call from Candace. The next day, the man Angie danced with, Nikolaus Karmichael (Peter Porte), televises an announcement that he's looking for the woman who he danced with who left a stocking behind. It's Angie of course, but Candace pretends it was she who danced with Nikolaus. It isn't long before he finds out who the real princess behind the mask was.
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The Turkey Bowl
In the mood for a raunchy sports movie that takes place during Thanksgiving? The Turkey Bowl follows Hodges (Ryan Hansen), a 30-something who's brought back to his hometown after learning about the death of a high school friend. Except, when he gets there, he discovers his friend, Mitchell (Matt Jones) faked his death and just wanted to lure him back so that he and their friends can compete in the Turkey Bowl. They're going up against their high school rivals who they've never been able to beat. After all these years, do these grownups have what it takes to finally claim victory?
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The Heart of Christmas
Austin (Eric Jay Beck) and Julie's (Jeanne Neilson) lives are shattered when they receive a diagnosis for their 2-year-old son, Dax (Nicholas Shone): He has leukemia. Based on a true story, The Heart of Christmas' message is to live every day to the fullest, and to cherish every small thing. Even though it's months away from Christmas, the Locke family decide to light up their home because Christmas is Dax's favorite holiday — and the community joins in to make it a super special one for the special toddler.
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Every Other Holiday
A newly separated couple Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers) are asked by their kids to spend Christmas together as a family for their present, and Tracie and Rick find it hard to refuse. The only problem? Christmas is at Tracie's mom's house and her mom (Dee Wallace) loathes Rick and doesn't want her daughter to get back together with him. Even though Rick has made some big mistakes, he's trying his best to prove that he's the guy Tracie and their kids deserve.
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The Spirit of Christmas
The spirit in The Spirit of Christmas isn't exactly what (or who) you might think it is. This holiday movie is also part ghost movie and murder mystery, which makes it all the more fun (and yes, cheesy). In The Spirit of Christmas, Kate (Jen Lilley) is tasked to sell a haunted bed and breakfast in three weeks, but discovers that its ghost, Daniel (played by Thomas Beaudoin) is still living there because he's trapped, thanks to a curse. They must figure out who murdered him to free him from the house's shackles. In the profess, Kate falls in love with Daniel, making matters a bit more complicated.
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The Truth About Christmas
In The Truth About Christmas, a successful woman named Gillian (Kali Hawk) must pick up a toy for her partner George's (Damon Dayoub) niece before they head to his house so she can meet his family for the first time. Unfortunately for Gillian, there's only one toy left and before a little girl can get her hands on it, Gillian lies to get the toy for herself so she can look good in front of her boyfriend's family. However, Santa catches her and calls her out on her lie. Later on, Gillian arrives at George's house and finds that she can't stop telling the truth — for better, or for worse (mostly for worse, and it's extremely hilarious).
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In Christmas Crush, Addie (Cindy Sampson) makes a wish, hoping that her neighbor Sam will fall in love with her. Unfortunately, she gets a new neighbor — her old fling, Pete (Chris Violette) and instead, he falls madly in love with her instead. Ooops! Hate when wishes do that. Now, she must come up with a plan to make Pete fall in love with someone else so she can pursuit the romance she's always dreamed of — with Sam.
Second Chance Christmas
Caroline (Katrina Begin) is about to serve her husband of six years divorce papers after years of an unhappy marriage. But as she's crossing the street, she gets hit by car. Don't worry, she lives! But she suffers from amnesia, and doesn't remember her husband Jack (played by Tilky Jones). Jack takes this opportunity as a second chance to make Caroline fall in love with him again (turns out, all that really takes is cleaning the apartment and cooking dinner every once in awhile, who knew).