Christmas is a little smaller and more private this year. A cozy film evening is just the right time. But which Christmas films will be on TV, on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Co. over the holidays? TECHNOLOGY BUTTON has selected the highlights.
Christmas is the time for family and friends. But this year we have to do without too large meetings and parties due to Corona. There is enough time to snuggle up in front of the TV and watch the good old Christmas films. Almost everyone should know the three films that are currently most popular at Christmas: “Three hazelnuts for Cinderella”, “The Grinch” and “Kevin – Alone at Home” land in the top 3 this year there are other films and series with a festive flair that are worth watching. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON reveals which they are and where they run.
Netflix with many in-house productions
Netflix has quite a large selection of specially produced films and series to offer at Christmas. Some of them with a classic story, others cheesy and romantic and still others a bit more adult, almost exciting, if not even creepy. There is something suitable for every taste.
How about, for example, the three-part miniseries “ Time of Secrets ”? It tells a story of women from four generations who live together as a family in a house on the North Sea coast. The three parts each take place in a decade in which Sonja comes home for Christmas: 1989, 2004 and 2019. Her return is by no means uneventful. Against a Christmas backdrop, it is about an attempted murder, a family drama and the loss of a loved one.
If that’s a bit too much drama for you, you will find more classic stories on Netflix. With “ Cinderella Story – A Christmas Wish ”, for example, the streaming provider puts on a classic fairy tale that is suitable for children and teenagers. The story of the poor but very talented girl who was bullied by the stepfamily has been implemented in many variations in recent years. Now (2019) the whole thing again, just with Christmas.
The Norwegian series “ Christmas at Home ” also shows the ideal world. The story doesn’t look like a lot of the basic structure – the sympathetic nurse invents a white lie that the family wants to get to know at Christmas – but the implementation is surprisingly profound, funny and only clichéd in places. This year, due to the success of the series, the second season appeared in December.
In the film “ Holidate ” too , a missing partner is the origin of the story. Two strangers are tired of being alone on the holidays and spontaneously team up. As was to be suspected, the pact soon becomes serious when feelings come into play.
In addition to these in-house productions, the streaming giant also has a few classics on offer, above all the (for many) Christmas film of all Christmas films: “ Three hazelnuts for Cinderella ”. ” The Guardians of Light ” will also be back for the festival, as will ” The Christmas Chronicles “.
Real classics on Amazon Prime Video too
On Amazon Prime Video, users can find at least two of the three currently most popular Christmas films: “ Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella ” and “ The Grinch ” can be streamed for free. Only number 3 – ” Kevin – Alone at home ” – can only be borrowed for a fee.
But the streaming provider offers enough other titles by subscription, which also create a festive atmosphere.
Almost a classic, for example, is the film ” Love Doesn’t Need Holidays ” with a real star cast: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black play the leading roles. The film about two women who swap homes over Christmas and fall in love is lovingly told with a dash of humor. Another film that cannot be missed for Christmas is “ Indeed… Love ”. The episode film from 2003 has meanwhile achieved cult status. When Premier Hugh Grant dances through his office, Bill Nighy Christmas (!) Is All Around sings and Rowan Atkinson makes Alan Rickman desperate while wrapping presents, Christmas is just really nice.
For fans of Christmas horror, Amazon Prime Video offers “ Krampus ”. As if the eternally grumpy aunt, the raging mother or the nasty cousins weren’t already terrible enough, on this gloomy Christmas, little Max also has to face a being that sneaks through the fireplace like Santa Claus, but who has completely different intentions.
Christmas at Sky
With Sky, customers can – depending on the package they have booked – not only stream selected films and series for Christmas, the provider also broadcasts suitable titles on TV channels. From December 17th, Sky will also start the channel “ Sky Cinema Christmas ”. Here you can find numerous films about the festival, including ” Love Doesn’t Need Holidays “, the romantic comedy ” Last Christmas ” with Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and the remake of Charles Dickens’ Christmas fairy tale ” The Ghosts I Called ” with Bill Murray in the main role.
Films for Christmas on TV
On television, it gets very magical. As every year, the public broadcasters bring their own productions. Well-known fairy tales such as “Hansel and Gretel”, “Snow White and Rose Red” or “The Girl with the Sulfur Woods” run almost all day. And TV viewers don’t have to do without “Kevin – Alone at Home” either.
Here is the selection for the channels ARD, ZDF, RTL, Sat., Pro7 and Vox:
- December 24th: Hansel and Gretel (10:00 a.m.), Snow White and Rose Red (11:00 a.m.), Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella (12:15 p.m.), Die Feuerzangenbowle (9:45 p.m.)
- December 25th: Three hazelnuts for Cschenbrödel (11:25 a.m.), Sissi 1 + 2 (from 2:55 p.m.)
- December 26th: The little lord (11:10 a.m.), little brother and sister (12:50 p.m.), Sissi – fateful years of an empress (4:45 p.m.)
- December 24th: Cinderella (4:35 p.m.)
- 12/25: Paddington (9:15 am)
- December 26th: Beauty and the Beast (10:40 a.m.)
- December 24th: Santa Baby (9:45 am), The Grinch (3:10 pm), Santa Claus – A nice present (8:15 pm)
- December 25th: Crazy Christmas (11:10 am), Ice Age – A cool Christmas present (6:20 pm)
- December 26: The Guardians of Light (1:05 p.m.), The Croods (2:45 p.m.)
- December 24th: Office Christmas party (10:15 p.m.)
- December 25th: Star Wars (from 9:45 a.m.)
- December 26th: Black Panther (5:30 p.m.)
- December 24th: The ghosts I called (6:00 p.m.), Kevin – Home Alone (8:15 p.m.)
- December 25th: Kevin – Alone in New York (8:15 p.m.)
- December 26th: Kevin – Alone at home (3:30 p.m.), Kevin – Alone in New York (5:30 p.m.), Beauty and the Beast (8:15 p.m.)
- December 24th: Mrs. Miracle – A terribly magical Christmas party (8:00 a.m.)
- December 25th: Cinderella (6:10 p.m.)
- December 26th: Rapunzel – Re-spoiled (6:20 p.m.)
TECHNOLOGY BUTTON wishes you happy viewing and a Merry Christmas!