The 30 Best Free Christmas Movies on YouTube in 2021

Catch the classics or find more recent favorites, too

Ah, Christmas. It's that time of year when it's too dark and cold outside to do anything but curl up with some hot chocolate or eggnog and settle in to watch Christmas movies online, for free, if possible. YouTube is a great place to find free Christmas classics and newer holiday gems. Here's a list of 30 of the best free Christmas movies on YouTube.

Don't like any of these? Head over to the Hallmark channel and watch one of our picks for their best Christmas movies.

Free Christmas Movies on YouTube

From classics to modern tales, here are our favorites on YouTube. If you can't find one, note that movies are sometimes pulled from YouTube due to copyright violations if they were uploaded illegally.

  1. A Christmas Carol (1984): This is the full film from 1984, originally based on the book by Charles Dickens.
  2. Ernest Saves Christmas: Every '80s and '90s kid who grew up loving Ernest's comedic shows will remember this 1989 Christmas film.
  3. On the Second Day of Christmas: This 1997 comedy/drama starring Mark Ruffalo is a popular favorite on YouTube.
  4. The Man in the Santa Claus Suit: If you're a fan of older classic movies, you'll love this 1979 holiday drama.
  5. The Ultimate Christmas Present: If you ever wondered what it would be like to experience an epic snow day, this family movie will show you!
  6. The Santa Claus 3: The third in the beloved Tim Allen trilogy is as heartwarming as ever.
  7. Moonlight & Mistletoe: This family-friendly movie featuring a town that's decked out for Christmas stars Tom Arnold and Candace Cameron Bure.
  8. A Mom for Christmas: The picture on this one isn't great, but if you love heartwarming holiday movies from the early '90s, this one's for you!
  9. A Diva's Christmas Carol: How many versions of a Christmas Carol can there be? Add this one to the list!
  10. Miracle on 34th Street (1973): Although it's not the original, this movie is still as magical as ever.
  11. Richie Rich's Christmas Wish: Remember that Richie Rich character from the '90s? Well, here's his Christmas movie.
  12. Finding John Christmas: This movie is part of a Peter Falk trilogy that's well-loved by movie buffs.
  13. When Angels Come to Town: This is the third part of the Peter Falk Christmas movie trilogy.
  14. The Christmas Tree: This is a rare TV Christmas movie from 1996 with a beautiful story that could make you tear up a bit!
  15. Karroll's Christmas: How could someone hate Christmas so much? Find out in this 2004 comedy.
  16. Christmas Caper: Christmas tends to bring out the best of people, even when they're at their most wicked. Here's a 2007 TV comedy that does just that.
  17. Christmas in the City: A mother and daughter go to the big city to make some extra money for the holidays in this romantic comedy/drama.
  18. Christmas in Boston: A lovely little holiday story about two pen pals who have been writing to each other for years.
  19. Must Be Santa: A Santa replacement is needed in this 1999 holiday movie.
  20. Golden Winter: A boy and his Golden retrievers must stop a bank robbery and save Christmas.
  21. A Golden Christmas 2: The romantic comedy sequel to A Golden Winter is the perfect family flick with lots of puppy love to enjoy.
  22. A Smoky Mountain Christmas: Dolly Parton charms in this feel-good Christmas movie.
  23. Home for Christmas: A single career woman fakes having a fiance to avoid family pressures over the holidays. Cue unexpected romance!
  24. Christmas Wedding Runaway: This 2020 Hallmark Christmas movie is packed with good feelings and Christmas cheer.
  25. The Christmas Candle: A lonely, troubled pastor moves to a small town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle. Will he get his Christmas miracle?
  26. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: A busy single mom gets a surprise for the holidays when her uncle introduces her to a handsome stranger.
  27. A Princess for Christmas: A single woman adopts her orphaned niece and nephew. It isn't going well until her charges' long-lost royal grandfather invites them for Christmas at the castle.
  28. Pete's Christmas: In the spirit of Groundhog Day, an exasperated teen boy finds himself reliving the same miserable Christmas.
  29. Christmas Trade: In the Freaky Friday vein, a man and his 11-year-old son swap bodies and rediscover each other as a family.
  30. Santa Baby 2: Santa wants his daughter to take over the family business, but she's reluctant to give up her life until a new rival threatens Christmas.

Other YouTube Options

There are many more Christmas movies on YouTube Premium and other areas of the site, and more are added all the time. Some of the more popular movie titles are also available to watch (in high quality) on YouTube for a fee.

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