10 Christmas Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime
by Kaylen Summers
The season of hope and happiness is here! Christmas time is always associated with cheer and the anticipation of better times ahead in the coming year. Here are a few Christmasy films you can watch on Amazon Prime to add to the season’s spirits:
The Holiday is a fun, warm film about two women who are tired of love. Heartbroken and alone for Christmas, they decide that they need a change of scene. Through the internet, they find each other and make a plan to swap homes for Christmas. They pack and go to each other’s homes to escape monotony and heal. But life has some unexpected blessings in store for them! Watch to know how it ends for the two.
Rise of the Guardians
This is an animated action-fantasy comedy film. The world is about to be engulfed by dark forces in a flight of dreams. The guardians – Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny and Sandman- must save the world from this onslaught. So they come together, along with others to take on the evil forces in a thrilling, funny entertainer that is filled with beautiful voice-overs and great animation.
This is an endearing story of a boy who gets lost and ends up in Santa’s Christmas sack. He winds up in the North Pole and they raise him as an elf. But as he grows, he realizes he does not fit in and sets off to New York to find his real parents. All is not warm and accommodating in the big city and what follows is how the elf-man makes his way through other humans. Funny, breezy, and full of heart, this is a movie you will love for the season.
Polar Express is an animated adventure film that also features human characters using live-action motion capture animation. The execution is absolutely stunning and the human and animated elements fit seamlessly to create a fantasy world of thrill and intrigue. The story follows a young boy who boards a mysterious train to the North Pole on Christmas eve. Watch to find out what awaits him on his trail!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is a Christmas fantasy comedy film adapted from the book of the same title by Dr. Seuss. It is the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film. This is the story of the green and grumpy Grinch who lives in a cave with his dog, away from the rest of the townsfolk. But as Christmas draws near, he is annoyed by the holiday cheer and decides to take everyone’s happiness away by stealing their gifts. What follows is how his plans progress and who saves everyone’s Christmas in the end.
The Santa Clause
What would you do if you had to be the next Santa Claus?
This is the story of a man who takes on Santa’s Christmas duties after Santa Claus slips on his roof and dies while delivering his present. Following instructions left by Santa, he sets out to deliver gifts only to realize that this is not a one-time affair. He must be the next Santa and live on to fulfill his Santa duties in the coming years! Watch to find out what happens in the end.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Disney’s third adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story of the same title, this is an animated dark fantasy film. It is the story of a miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, one of literature’s most famous characters. Scrooge is a man of no merry, who shares no excitement or joy for Christmas and is in no mood to meet, greet, or be part of the community. He is haunted by his former business partner’s ghost who shows him how bad the afterlife is if you are not kind and joyous in life. What follows is how Scrooge deals with all this and what he decides to do about them.
The Man who Invented Christmas
This is a biographical movie about the author Charles Dickens. His book A Christmas Carol was a huge success and also marked his name in the literary world. The film follows the life of an author, who has had no success with his book and finally gets recognized after his story about Christmas. Packed with a lot of historic references and anecdotes, this is a film that is interesting owing to its storyline, execution, and performances.
In this Christmas comedy, a man who has lost the love of his life decides to get his whole family together for Christmas to feel better. What he does not factor in is how strained some relationships are within the family and the various ways in which things could explode. The gathering turns out to be a nightmare of uncomfortable events when resentments, quarrels, and complaints surface. The film is funny, dramatic and absolutely entertaining. Watch to have some good laughs.
All I want for Christmas is You
This is an animated film based on Mariah Carrey’s song of the same title. Based on this iconic song that was loved by millions of fans across the world, the movie is an endearing take on little Mariah’s Christmas wish for a tiny puppy. The film is filled with beautiful songs and evocative narration by Carrey herself. The animation stands out owing to its attention to detail and everything about this film is warm, fuzzy, and absolutely joyful.