Amazon Prime Video’s best Christmas films and specials to watch in 2020: The Holiday, Scrooged and The Night Before

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

By Alex Fletcher Published: 20 November 2020 - 2.03pm
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When is it acceptable to start watching Christmas movies? Some would argue that you should hold back until December 1, while others would happily watch festive films all year round.

Whatever you decide, we’re not going to judge.  And 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…

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

Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You

If hearing the Mariah pop classic on loop every December isn’t enough for you, go one step further with this sweet 2017 animated filmed.

Carey herself is in the voice cast alongside Breanna Yde and Henry Winkler as we follow the story of Young Mariah, who desperately wants a puppy for Christmas.

Perfect for: A Christmas treat for kids

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My Dad's Christmas Date

New for 2020, 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

Available on Amazon Prime Video from December 4

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

Nativity Rocks

The fourth movie in the popular Nativity series brings together Simon Lipkin, Celia Imrie, Craig Revel Horwood and Helen George for more festive musical silliness.

If you enjoyed the first three films, it’s more of the same with the he kids from St Bernadette’s Primary School in Coventry auditioning for a coveted place in a spectacular rock musical competition.

Perfect for: Family Christmas viewing

Stick Man

Julia Donaldson’s animated adaptations have become a festive tradition and one of the best and most Christmassy is the snow-filled adventures of Stick Man.

Featuring the voices of Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders and Rob Brydon, kids will love watching this again and again.

Perfect for: Young kids will adore the dazzling animated classic

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

Available on Amazon Prime Video from November 15

Scrooged 

Peak-era Bill Murray is on top form in this 1988 comedy update on A Christmas Carol. Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical and selfish TV exec who is visited by a series of ghosts of Christmas Eve.

Perfect for: An alternative Christmas comedy

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

John Hughes and Chevy Chase team up in this 80s festive screwball comedy that has become an annual viewing staple for many families.

The Griswold family’s festive farce stands out from the usual picture perfect Hollywood depictions of a family Christmas.

Perfect for: An 80s Christmas comedy

The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show

Musgraves isn’t as big a star in the UK as she is in the US, but this old-fashioned Christmas special doesn’t require you to know her back catalogue as the singer performs with Lana Del Ray, James Corden, Leon Bridges, Zoeey Deschanel and many more.

A camp and kitsch Christmas show, you can expect a delightful array of festive jumpers, jolly jokes and toe-tapping tunes.

Perfect for: A Christmas singalong while wrapping presents.

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