Amazon Prime Video’s best Christmas films and specials to watch in 2021: The Holiday, Deck the Halls and The Night Before

From animated Christmas delights for kids to festive family favourites, we round up Prime Video’s best movies for the holidays.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 15 December 2021 - 8.25pm
©Columbia Pictures Jude Law and Cameron Diaz in The Holiday

Amazon Prime Video is all geared up for the Christmas holidays with a sleighful of seasonal classics for kids, families and cosy nights in on the sofa.

So fetch yourself an eggnog and a thick blanket and choose your favourite Christmas film from this collection…

And don't forget to check out what's on Netflix this Christmas too.

Just in Time for Christmas 

Eloise Mumford and Christopher Lloyd Amazon Prime Video

Eloise Mumford plays Lindsay, a young psychology student who must choose between moving across the country for her dream job or staying in her hometown and marrying the man of her dreams.

On a foggy December night, she gets a little help from coachman Nick (William Shatner), who shows her what her future looks like in three years’ time.

Perfect for: Anyone who can never decide which Quality Street to pick out the tin 

Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Tony Cox in Bad Santa 2 Amazon Prime Video

Thirteen years after his first escapade, unreformed safe-cracker Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) is free from jail and ready to accept a truce from his former partner in crime, Marcus (Tony Cox).

In their latest Christmas caper, the pair target a Chicago charity, but this time they’ll have to take care of another wannabe criminal keen to join the heist and take her cut, Soke’s estranged mum Sunny (Kathy Bates). 

Perfect for: Gross-out comedy fans looking for a different kind of Christmas film

This Christmas

Idris Elba in This Christmas Amazon Prime Video

Regina King, Idris Elba, Delroy Lindo and Chris Brown star in this Christmas family get-together, where secrets are revealed and relationships are tested.

Perfect for: Large family get-togethers

Christmas with the Coopers 

John Goodman in Christmas with the Coopers Amazon Prime Video

Christmas with the Coopers is another Christmas comedy about a family reunited at this special time of year.

John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Ed Helms and Timothée Chalamet are among the cast as four generations of Coopers come together for the annual Christmas Eve celebration. But unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down. 

Perfect for: Big belly laughs with the family

The Holiday

Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law come together for the movie equivalent of a roaring log fire – perfect comfort viewing, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.

Come for the heartwarming story of two women who swap homes in the USA and England and fall in love, stay for the gorgeous locations and homes in Surrey, England and Los Angeles, California.

Perfect for: A cosy night in with a hot chocolate

Christmas With The Kranks

Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd come together the adaptation of the bestselling book Skipping Christmas. The Kranks decision to ‘skip’ Christmas when their daughter moves away causes problems with the festive-loving neighbours. And when their daughter makes a last minute decision to return home for the holidays, it’s a chaotic race against time to bring home Christmas.

Perfect for: Slapstick laughs and family fun

My Dad's Christmas Date

My Dad's Christmas Date Amazon Prime Video

Olivia Mai-Barrett and Jeremy Piven join forces in a Christmas comedy about the bond between a father and daughter.

Mai-Barrett plays 16-year-old Jules Evans who decides to ‘help’ her father David out by setting him up on numerous online dating platforms in order to get him a partner for Christmas.

Perfect for: Anyone looking for some festive movie cheese

Deck the Halls

Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito go head-to-head in this slapstick-fuelled caper about warring neighbours during the holiday season.

Kristin Davis and Kristin Chenoweth play the suffering wives of the festive rivals, who want to out-do each other when it comes to the holiday celebrations.

Perfect for: An OTT Christmas comedy

The Night Before

Seth Rogen, Antony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays lifelong best mates who always gather on Christmas Eve for a holiday blowout.

However, with one of them about to become a father, that tradition is ending. To mark the end of an era, the trio try to go out with a bang and one final wild night, which spirals more out of control than they could ever imagine.

Perfect for: A raucous and rude Christmas comedy

New Year’s Eve 

The third film in Garry Marshall’s holiday-themed rom-coms following Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day features a similarly star-studded cast including Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron.

Perfect for: That never-ending week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve