The 13 best Christmas movies on Hulu that you can stream right now

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  • Hulu has great holiday content to stream, including several romantic comedies, animated movies, and even a Christmas-themed horror flick.
  • A basic ad-supported Hulu subscription runs $5.99 a month, while Hulu's ad-free option is double the price at $11.99 a month.
  • Both give you access to all the content below, plus Hulu's entire streaming catalog.
  • See also: The 15 best Christmas movies on Disney Plus you can stream right now

This new holiday rom-com comes from director Clea Duvall, and features an impressive ensemble cast with Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Dan Levy, Mary Steenburgen, and Victor Garber. The film follows Abby (Stewart) and her girlfriend Harper (Davis) as they travel to Harper's hometown for the holidays. Though Abby plans to propose during the trip, she soon discovers that Harper hasn't come out to her family yet.

"Happiest Season" has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The movie currently holds an "83% Fresh" on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 69 out of 100 on Metacritic. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor 

'How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming'

If you're looking for an animated family program to watch around Christmas, you should check out this holiday special from the "How to Train Your Dragon" franchise. Set after the events of the third movie, the short film focuses on the familiar cast of characters as they put on a holiday pageant to tell the story of the friendship between vikings and dragons. Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Craig Ferguson reprise their roles from the earlier films. 

If you're not caught up on the series yet, the third movie, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," is also available to stream on Hulu. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor 

'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

"The Man Who Invented Christmas" reveals the story behind the creation of one of the most popular holiday stories ever told, "A Christmas Carol." The movie follows Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) as he struggles to write the classic tale, using inspiration from his life to help shape the plot and characters. Though not entirely accurate, the movie's whimsical take on Dickens' life received positive reviews, and currently holds a "79% Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor 

'The Spirit of Christmas'

Cheesy holiday romance films are a guilty pleasure of mine around the holidays. My girlfriend and I like to binge a few of these with a nice bottle of wine and, though my expectations are often low, every now and then one of these flicks actually surprises me. "The Spirit of Christmas" is one of them. 

The movie focuses on a lawyer, Kate, who falls in love with a ghost who haunts the bed and breakfast she's trying to sell. Yes, that sounds sort of ridiculous, but the plot, which sees the lovers attempt to solve the ghost's murder, is engaging and the performances are convincing. The movie is not likely to win any Oscars, but if you're someone who usually rolls their eyes at films like this, you may be pleasantly surprised by the solid storytelling. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor 

'Saturday Night Live Christmas Special'

This collection of SNL's best holiday sketches will get you laughing and keep those winter blues at bay. It includes Alec Baldwin talking about his favorite holiday treat, Schweddy Balls; Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake singing about the best Christmas gift of all time — you know the one; a TV Funhouse sketch that shows what it's like to be Jewish during Christmastime; and so many more.

'12 Dog Days Til Christmas'

A troubled teen sentenced to community service at a dog shelter helps find homes for unadopted strays and, in the process, discovers romance, family, and responsibility for himself.

'A Very Brady Christmas'

Getting any family together for the holidays is a difficult task, but with six kids, the Brady's have it even tougher. But "A Very Brady Christmas" sees the now adult Marsha, Jan, Cindy, Greg, Peter, and Bobby back home for the holidays in spite of all their personal drama. The entire original cast — sans Susan Olsen, the original Cindy — reunited in this 1988 family film.

'Second Chance Christmas'

Unhappy in her marriage, Caroline is on her way to file for divorce when an accident causes her to lose her memory. Her husband Jack, with the help of some holiday magic, helps her fall in love with him all over again.

'Every Other Holiday'

Tracie allows her ex-husband back into the house for the holidays to fulfill her children's wishes of one more Christmas together as a family. But as the magic of the season brings the family closer together, she discovers that maybe the spark of their relationship isn't extinguished after all.

'Deck the Halls'

Eight-year-old Ben notices that his new neighbor moves in with a sleigh and a red suit. Suspecting him to be Santa Claus, he tries to set up his widowed mother who is working for a toy business with the big man himself.

'Pooka!'

A struggling actor gets hired to wear a plush suit to promote Pooka, the hottest toy of the Christmas season. But as he spends more time in the suit, it slowly takes over his personality until it possesses him entirely. This holiday thriller is a Hulu Original.

'Christmas Belle'

Haylie Duff stars in this holiday romance about an auctioneer named Belle who takes on a job working on an estate sale. Though her client, Hunter, seems unfriendly at first, the two soon develop a budding relationship. — Steven Cohen, Technology Editor 

'Holiday in Handcuffs'

It's days until Christmas and Trudie has just lost her job and been dumped by her boyfriend. Desperate to save face and please her overbearing parents, she kidnaps a handsome gentleman and forces him to pose as her boyfriend for the holidays. Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star.

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