What you should be watching right now on Hulu and Disney+ this holiday season

What you should be watching right now on Hulu and Disney+ this holiday season

Houston, Texas — If you’re done decorating the hallways and you’ve run out of holly boughs, take a seat in your favorite spot and curl up with these shows and movies.

Here are 14 of our picks to put into your Christmas movie or series rotation until it’s time to ring in 2023 (or maybe even beyond).

Now streaming on Disney+

Frozen

It certainly feels like Elsa blew the whistle on southeast Texas, leaving subzero temperatures and zero (!) degree wind chills in her wake, so “Frozen” is a strong option to kick off the list. But the good news is that we won’t be stuck in eternal winter.

Until we thaw, relive the mysterious magic of the fairy tale with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf. Then do it again with “Frozen 2.” After that, belt out “Let it go” with the “Frozen Sing-Along,” and for a little extra kick, turn up the heat with the short “Frozen Fever.”

Finally, warm up your home, at least visually, with the three-hour Arendelle Castle Yule Log.

But seriously, are we in Houston or Arendelle right now?

Santa Claus sagas

Want OG “The Santa Clause” or wondering what Jolly Old Saint Nicholas has been up to after nearly 30 years?

Whichever version you’re feeling, you can find all three “The Santa Clause” movies starring Tim Allen, plus the new 2022 series checking in with Scott Calvin, which is starting to lose some of its magic. Note that the series is actually called “Nissen Clauses,” so you might have an idea where this is going.

The first movie came out in *gasp* 1994. Where has the time gone?

Noelle, Noelle

Kris Kringle’s daughter is the star of this film as the title character, “Noelle,” played by Anna Kendrick, must help her brother, Nick, keep it together. Look, Nick is under a lot of pressure to take over for their father, so who can blame him for wanting to crumble like a Christmas cookie?

Backed by a cast that includes Bill Hader, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty and Shirley MacLaine, “Noelle” takes families on an amazing ride.

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And if Noelle has more time to help organize my life, she is more than welcome. We all need that person in our lives, right?

Kevin!

If you didn’t read it and scream just like Catherine O’Hara, I’m clearly not doing something right. Or you have to watch “Home Alone” to see that “I forgot my child” angst juuuuuuust Right.

It should be tradition at this point to see a young Macaulay Culkin, starring as 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, outwit two thugs, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. But aside from seeing what Kevin will do next door to leave the wet bandits high and dry, the holiday classic is the gift that keeps on giving in the form of quotes like this one, “Keep the change, you filthy animal.”

Bonus: Same song, different verse. “Home Alone” gets a renewal from 2021 with “Home Sweet Home Alone”. In this film, a 10-year-old boy named Max Mercer is left on vacation while his family is in Japan. Instead of two bumbling burglars, Max is up against a married couple out to retrieve a priceless heirloom. The pair that invade together, stay together… I guess?

Halloween Town vs Christmas Town

If someone says, ‘Tell me what else Catherine O’Hara was in,’ rattle off this fun fact: “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The Tim Burton film may feel dark, but Santa is there and it’s filled with just as much Christmas magic. Plus the song “What’s This?” is part of an important moment.

Have a white Christmas. Give me the beach vacation.

If you prefer warmer pastures, you might want to try this Pixar short, “Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation.” The gang is back together as they unite to recreate a special moment for Barbie and Ken.

It’s six minutes of paradise – the perfect cleanse for an otherwise very chilly weekend.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Christmas style

Put on your favorite Christmas sweater and join the Guardians on this mission to Earth to find the perfect gift for Quill in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”

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What do you get someone who misses their beloved Gamora? How about Kevin Bacon?

Yes, things are getting interesting.

Now streaming on Hulu

Oh, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuud

It doesn’t quite feel like the holidays if you haven’t seen Ralphie Parker wash his mouth with soap and wish for a Red Ryder BB Gun in the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story.” Of course, Ralphie is always reminded that if he gets the BB gun, ” He shoots his eye out!”

And who can forget the iconic leg lamp, which has spawned Halloween costumes, Christmas decorations and more?

Wait, is that Gladys Knight?

Gladys Knight may have jumped on the midnight train to Georgia, but it looks like her trip took her to the holiday rom-com “I’m Glad It’s Christmas.”

If you want to go down a rabbit hole of holiday love stories, Hulu has a whole collection of movies that will leave you misty-eyed and longing for your own dance in the snow with a surprisingly attractive stranger.

Or maybe I’ve seen one too many of these movies…

Yippie-ki-yay

If you’re new to the ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie debate, welcome to the party, friend!

The Bruce Willis-led thriller is packed with action, but without a holiday party, is there even a movie?

Decide for yourself and see if you can figure out which quote we wanted to throw in too. Hint: Starts with “Merry Christmas” and ends with a word you really want to wash your mouth to say (see Ralphie above).

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Hey buddy

See our favorite little helper, Buddy, in “Elf”, played by Will Ferrell.

A man among elves, Buddy trades the North Pole for New York City in search of his biological father. No need to call Maury for this one. James Caan, who plays Walter Hobbs, is the father. Sit back and watch chaos ensue.

Spin with sugar plum fairies

While “The Nutcracker” entertains audiences at the Houston Ballet, check out George Balanchine’s version on Hulu.

The Kevin Kline-narrated film stars Macaulay Culkin and is just as sure to leave visions of sugar plum fairies in your head as you wait for Santa Claus to slide down the chimney.

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And this Christmas will be…

If Loretta Devine doesn’t play the matriarch in a movie, I don’t want it.

In “This Christmas,” the Bayou City native and University of Houston alum is at the center of her family, and a reunion turns out to be difficult, to say the least. But then, if you’re not arguing with relatives or stressing out to see them, are the holidays even?

Idris Elba also stars, and while gatherings can sometimes raise blood pressure, he can raise temperatures for other reasons. Just saying.

You don’t know what you have until you wish you never existed

“It’s a Wonderful Life” can feel pretty heavy, but stick with me here. It’s worth it.

The classic black-and-white film stars Jimmy Stewart who is in need, but sometimes it just takes someone else to give us a little perspective.

Come for the powerful message, leave with tears in your eyes knowing that even when life goes sideways, it’s going to be okay.

A very cheerful extra

A new holiday tradition begins on Christmas Eve.

ABC-owned stations and Hulu team up to track Santa Claus on his journey around the world, using “Tracking Santa” technology (yes, that’s a thing) to make it feel like you’re riding his sleigh .

Our news teams will report from the scene of the elf sightings. Hopefully the big guy isn’t camera shy!

OK, so it actually is 15 things to see, but you’ll surely give us a pass to include trekking with Santa, right?

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