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Favorite Disney Christmas Movies

By December 3, 2020 No Comments

Christmas time is here, Happiness and cheer; Fun for all that children call their favorite time of the year – Vince Guaraldi

The lyrics from the popular song featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas (not a Disney film, unfortunately) rings true this year more than others.  2020 has been rough, but it seems as though the Christmas season is bound and determined to bring us happiness and cheer.  After all, it IS the most wonderful time of the year, COVID or not.  And now that Thanksgiving has passed, it’s officially Christmas time which means watching our favorite movies on Disney+.

Welcome to Believe Vacations’ weekly post where this week, we name our favorite Disney Christmas Movies.  For this article, our agents looked at the list of every Christmas movie on Disney+ and named their favorite.  While there are some great specials and TV episodes that are a part of the Disney family, we are solely focusing on movies we have grown up on or Disney exclusives.  We hope you enjoy this quick countdown and hope you find yourself by a warm fire with some Disney Christmas going on in the background to end the year!

Watch Miracle on 34th Street | Full Movie | Disney+

8) Miracle on 34th Street

Almost 75 years later and this classic still holds up!  The purest story about believing, it features Kris Kringle in New York City convincing anyone who will believe him that he truly is Santa Claus.  Originally a Fox production, the Disney purchase a few years ago brings this classic home for the holidays.

Watch Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas | Full Movie | Disney+

7) The Nightmare Before Christmas

It has all the elements to NOT be a Christmas movie – Songs about Halloween, ghouls and skeletons, dark comedy, a scary baddie, TIM BURTON!  But the gamble paid off and for almost 30 years, we have a new hero of bridging the time between Halloween and Christmas.

Watch Home Alone | Full movie | Disney+

6) Home Alone & Home Alone 2

For the purposes of this entry, there are only two Home Alone movies regardless of what anyone says.  Now that we got that out of the way, the Kevin McAlister vs. the Wet/Sticky Bandits movies bring together the innocence of youth, the physical comedy and destruction, emotional underlying themes of the importance of families and all-star casts of great actors and actresses of the early 90s.

Watch Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas | Full Movie | Disney+

5) Once Upon a Christmas and Twice Upon A Christmas

Disney’s direct-to-videos can be a true hit or miss.  The misses usually come in sequels to classics (Cinderella II, Pocahontas II, etc.) The hits are ones that feature your iconic characters and that is exactly where these two hodgepodges of Christmas shorts fit in.
Agent Austin Vahle – “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas is one of my absolute holiday favorites! I love the way it focuses on Mickey and the gang as they learn what Christmas is all about, the art of giving and family. I still remember having it on VHS tape and watching it over and over again.”
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4) Noelle

Only one year old, Noelle launched with Disney+ in 2019 and became more than just a cute, Hallmark-lite Christmas film.” With a charming and funny cast, this is an easy watch for the entire family.

Agent Amanda Wheeling – Oh My Garland!! Noelle is super cute! Just give me all the tinsel, Christmas trees, decorations and lights. I am a sucker for anything Christmas.
Watch Mickey's Christmas Carol | Full Movie | Disney+

3) Mickey’s Christmas Carol

This film means so much to our Believe agents, we wrote an entire article on it which you can READ HERE.  Nothing much more to say except the opening title is one of the most emotional songs in any Disney movie.

Agent Ashley Oldham – Mickey’s Christmas Carol is very nostalgic for me. And I may cry every time I watch.
Agent Brian Pavlick – I’m an 83 kid, that’s an 83 cartoon.  I have this connection with the movie.  The casting of characters is perfect.
Watch The Muppet Christmas Carol | Full movie | Disney+

2) A Muppet Christmas Carol

Such a history with this movie and Disney.  For starters, this was only the 4th main stream Muppet movie in history, the first since Jim Henson’s death, the first since the death of Richard Hunt (Scooter, Janice, Beaker, Sweetums) and the first to be produced by Disney.  And with that, the perfect partnership was formed and has thrived for 30 years now!

Owner Mary-Morning Radcliffe – A Muppet Christmas Carol is another favorite. The Muppets hold a special place in my heart, plus I love the soundtrack.
Agent Brian Pavlick – THE greatest adaptation of A Christmas Carol ever, whether it features all humans or frogs and pigs, and bears, and chickens, and dogs, and whatever Gonzo is.
Watch The Santa Clause | Full Movie | Disney+

1) The Santa Clause Trilogy

Some would say the original three Star Wars movies are the best trilogy ever.  Well yes, they’re correct.  But what Tim Allen brought us in the mid 1990s and into the mid 2000s was the perfect blend of the myth of Santa, the fantasies of the North Pole, the magic of Christmas, the importance of family and the benefits of believing.  It’s worth mentioning that Allen’s portrayal of the Head Elf has ranked at the top of the list of mainstream Santas, further solidifying these as THE best Christmas movies to watch on Disney+

Agent Ashley Oldham – “The Santa Clause trio is a must watch for our family as well. To me, it is classic and I am a sucker for Tim Allen.”
Agent Jennifer Hummel – “My family loves The Santa Clause series…even the third one my kids love!”
Agent Mary-Morning Radcliffe – “I love the Santa Clause and I may have already watched it this season! I feel like it is timeless.”
Agent Kerry Murdock – “The Santa Clause for sure! We wore out 2 copies of the first one! Good thing it’s on Disney+!”
Brian Pavlick

Brian Pavlick

Brian Pavlick is a husband and father residing in Maylene, AL. His love of Disney goes back to his early memories of watching the New Disney Channel on cable, occasional vacations to Orlando Florida and attending Disney Institute Management Training classes. He keeps up with Disney news and updates by reading numerous websites, experiencing attractions by watching YouTube videos and introducing his family to classic and timeless Disney movies, attractions and songs.