It’s A Very Hulu Christmas: What To Stream This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when the networks start competing over who can air the most Christmas content. While Lifetime and Hallmark always come on strong with legions of films where attractive people find love and the true meaning of Christmas in under two hours, this year Hulu is hot on their heels with a slate of holiday offerings that are perfect for making the most of a long winter’s night on the couch.  

While ‘tis the season for sappy Christmas movies, Hulu has more to offer than holiday romances. There are Christmas classics like Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz in The Holiday, new favorites like the Saturday Night Live Christmas Special (Schweddy Balls anyone?), and soon to be traditions like Anna and the Apocalypse, which definitely proves that the zombie apocalypse and Christmas can coexist. There’s even a Christmas documentary!

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The best part is that thanks to the power of streaming, all the movies are available at the click of a button whenever you need to curl up in your favorite reindeer onesie, pour yourself a little spiked eggnog, and get in the Christmas spirit. Happy watching!

Anna and the Apocalypse

If too much time hanging with your family has you dreaming of the end of the world, sneak off to the TV room and turn on Anna and the Apocalypse. This Christmas zombie musical comedy stars Ella Hunt as Anna Shepherd, a recent grad who just wants to travel the world before heading off to college. That plan is derailed, though, by both Christmas and a zombie apocalypse — and she’s not sure either is survivable.

Into the Dark: Pooka!

Hulu’s horror anthology series Into the Dark gives fans a new horror movie every month and their December offerings are perfect for anyone who wants a nightmare before Christmas. Pooka! stars Nyasha Hatendi as a struggling actor who takes a job as a furry to help sell a new toy. While wearing a giant costume never looks fun, the suit and its naught-or-nice mode starts to affect his personality. This year’s installment, A Nasty Piece of Work, looks more grisly, less Gremlins but still a lot of fun for horror fans.

Saturday Night Live Christmas Special

If you’re looking for a holiday crowd pleaser, it’s hard to go wrong with this collection of SNL's best holiday sketches. There is Alec Baldwin talking about his favorite holiday treat, Schweddy Balls, and Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg putting a little something in a Christmas box, and even some that don’t involve jokes about male anatomy.

Jingle Bell Rocks!

If you find yourself jamming candy canes in your ears to blot out yet another Muzak version of “White Christmas,” this film will help you broaden your holiday music horizons.  This documentary follows Christmas music collectors (that’s a thing, apparently) who are obsessed with finding the weirdest, wackiest, and most obscure Christmas music they can find. While the collectors are fun, the commentary by Rev. Run, Dr. Demento, and the always delightful John Waters is the real draw.

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A Very Brady Christmas

It’s the story… of a family with six kids just trying to get together for Christmas. This made for TV brought together the entire original cast of The Brady Bunch (minus Susan Olsen, aka Cindy) for a holiday special back in 1988. The film mostly consists of logistical issues, juggling kids and appointments, but If you liked the original TV show, you’ll like the reunion, too.

A Very Terry Christmas: Terry Crews’ Yule Log

If you are looking for something to play in the background of your Christmas party so the one introvert has something to do that doesn’t involve chatting over the eggnog, this works perfectly. Terry Crews, aka. Lieut. Jeffords on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, does his best Bob Ross impression by showing off his painting skills in the most Christmassy room this side of the North Pole.

Holiday in Handcuffs

How will you know it’s Christmas if you don’t watch at least one Melissa Joan Hart Christmas movie? This is a particularly delightful iteration of the genre with Hart teaming up once again with Mario Lopez. This time, Hart’s character Trudy is so desperate for a boyfriend to bring home of the holidays that she handcuffs herself to one of her customers (Lopez) and drags him to her family home to meet mom and dad. What’s a little kidnapping at Christmas?

The Holiday

If you’ve ever dreamed of renting an Airbnb that somehow leads to a romance with Jude Law, this film is for you. The fun starts when an overworked Hollywood producer (Cameron Diaz) swaps houses, weather patterns, and handsome locals with English journalist (Kate Winslet). It’s the perfect Christmas fantasy.

A Bad Moms Christmas

Bad Moms Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Katherine Hahn are back for another round of parenting wins, this time set in the chaos of Christmas and all the pressure that the holiday brings. Adding to the already stacked cast, Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, and Christine Baranski join the crew, showing the so-called bad moms how it’s done.

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The Spirit of Christmas

In what is arguably the best Christmas movie ever made, a woman is sent to sell a house but ends up falling in love with the ghost who haunts the place. Yes, she falls in love with a ghost. Pour yourself a giant glass of eggnog and settle in to suspend disbelief and then close up your Hinge account, move to a haunted house, and seek love in the supernatural realm.

Krampus Unleashed

The weather outside is frightful, so if you don’t feel like trucking to the theater to get your holiday thrills, stay in and conjure up Krampus. This decidedly B-movie spins a dark tale of the half-goat, half-demon who punishes naughty children at Christmas. This movie is so bad it should be getting coal in its stocking, but it’s also so bad that is good, a Christmas list conundrum we’ll leave up to Santa to solve.

Deck the Halls

After years of watching Lifetime and Hallmark Christmas movies, one this is clear: Nothing is more dangerous during the holidays than the young child of a single mom desperate to get a daddy for Christmas. In this iteration of the trope, eight-year-old Ben notices that their new neighbor has both a sleigh and a red suit so clearly he is the biggest daddy of them all, Santa. Naturally, Ben decides he must play matchmaker and set up his widowed mother (who happens to be in the toy business) with Santa Claus. Plus, Beverly Hills 90210's Gabrielle Carteris stars, so the film has everything.

Home for the Holidays

Nothing screams holiday cheer like a movie about three children who are orphaned just weeks before Christmas and forced into the foster care system. As the children mourn their parents, their aunt tries to adopt them, but the only way she’ll be able to manage it is with a little Christmas magic (and a reasonable social worker).
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