December is a Big Month for Movie Releases As Streaming Platforms Kick Off Holiday Movie Season

It’s that time of the year again. The time for Christmas cheer and seasonal romance to hit major streaming platforms.

This is the season to get cozy, whip out the hot cocoa and watch your favorite holiday movie. What’s better than a movie or, better yet, a cheesy holiday movie to distract us from the real world? 

While Hallmark Channel Christmas romantic comedies already kicked off in October, streaming platforms are making it a tradition to roll out movies several weeks ahead of Christmas to put viewers into the spirit. Many platforms also have more scheduled to launch next month.

With so many seasonal flicks, old and new, it might be hard to keep track of them all and where you can watch them. Whether you want an old or modern classic, or even a newer release, platforms like Hulu, Netflix, Disney+ , Amazon, and others are delivering many goodies in 2021.

If you’re looking for an old time classic, Netflix is offering the 1954 musical White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as two soldiers who collaborate with a singing sister act to save a ski lodge. 

Netflix is again streaming Holidate, a rom-com that hit its platform in 2020. The film stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey, two strangers who are fed up with the holidays and decide to be each other platonic plus-ones all year long.

It doesn’t get more quintessentially Christmas than “Home Alone” and the film is now streaming on the Disney+ platform. Follow Kevin McCallister as he navigates the holidays alone after being left behind by his family. The movie stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern.  When you’re done watching it, check out its sequel “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”, also streaming on Disney+.

Amazon is streaming Jim Carrey in the classic Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss stars Carrey as the reclusive green Grinch who ruins Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville.

Amazon Prime is also streaming the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart and Donna Reed. The film can be seen in both color or black and white.

HBO Max is streaming its own classic, the 1989 comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which features the Griswold family. The film stars Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase as Ellen and Clark Griswold who attempt to have the perfect Christmas but everything goes awry instead.

As for new releases, 8-Bit Christmas is now on HBO Max and stars Neil Patrick Harris. The film is about a young boy in the 1980s who will stop at nothing to get a Nintendo Entertainment System ahead of the crowd.

Netflix is streaming a new flick called A Boy Called Christmas. Starring Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig, Toby Jones, Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins and more, the film is about a boy who goes in search of his father, who himself was on a quest to find a village of elves.

Another new film on the platform is A Castle for Christmas, in which an author, played by Brooke Shields, goes to Scotland with a plan to buy a small castle. 

Single All the Way is an LGBQT friendly film from Netflix this year that tells the story of a perpetually single guy who goes home for the holidays and convinces his best friend to pose as his boyfriend to get his family off his back.

It was last year that Hulu streamed its own LGBQT friendly holiday film called Happiest Season which stars Kristen Stewart. The movie is about a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend while at her family’s annual holiday party but discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents.

Hulu has a new holiday film this year called Madagascar: A Little Wild Holiday Goose Chase. The film is about an animal gang from the Madagascar movies who tries to reunite a wayward goose with its family.

The Peacock platform will soon stream a new holiday film called The “Housewives of the North Pole”. The movie is about a feud between two holiday-house decorating rivals in North Pole, Vermont. It stars Betsy Brandt and Kyle Richards.

Another new film on the Peacock platform is “Royally Wrapped for Christmas”, where the director of the New York office of an international charity goes to the kingdom that runs the foundation to interview for the top job, and she falls in love with a prince. 

Peacock is also streaming old favorites too, like the 1966 animated classic Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. 

Streaming on the Peacock platform is 2013’s The Best Man Holiday, which stars Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, and Morris Chestnut. The group of friends gather in New York to celebrate Christmas together.

If you feel like leaving the house this holiday season for a non-holiday movie, trek to your local movie theater because December is packed with exciting movie releases for the big screen. 

Headlining the month is Spider-Man: No Way Home. This is the fourth and final Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie of the year and will hit theaters on December 17.

Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, and director Lana Wachowski are all back for The Matrix: Resurrections. This is the fourth film in the beloved sci-fi saga and premieres in theaters and HBO Max on December 22nd.

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake will also finally arrive to theaters on December 10th. 

Being the Ricardos is another film highly expected by fans of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The limited theatrical release will also stream on Amazon Prime on Dec. 21st. The film stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem and has been met with a mixture of reactions from fans of the “I Love Lucy” couple.

Sources: 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/feynman12/best-christmas-movies

https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/television-radio/2021/11/18/new-holiday-movies-specials-netflix-other-streaming-services/6133211001/

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/movies-coming-theaters-streaming-december-200500280.html