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Nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas quite like a good Christmas movie – and luckily, the UK has made some great ones. Below, we've gathered up some of the best ones available for online streaming in the US. Some are even free to view with Amazon Prime or Netflix at the time of last update (early December 2020).
If you need us, we'll be curled up on the couch with some popcorn. Let us known which one is your favorite!
27 British Christmas Movies…
The Snowman – Based on the Raymond Briggs' book of the same name, this short movie is a British holiday classic. There's also a sequel, The Snowman & the Snowdog. Watch The Snowman | Watch The Snowman & the Snowdog UPDATE: Amazon appears to have pulled The Snowman and the Snowdog, but you can get both together on DVD HERE if it's an annual favourite for your family.
Millions – Starring James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, The Missing), this 2004 movie tells the story of 2 pre-teen siblings who find a million pounds in cash and need to spend it before the Euro is adopted. Watch on Amazon
Stick Man – This short, animated Christmas film features voice work from some of the UK's most popular actors: Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, Hugh Bonneville, and Rob Brydon, to name a few. It's about a little stick family man who embarks on an adventure and just wants to get back in time for Christmas. Watch on Amazon
About a Boy – Though not traditionally classified as a Christmas movie, this Hugh Grant rom-com has plenty of holiday cheer. Watch on Amazon
A Christmas Star – Born under the Christmas Star, a young girl is said to be capable of miracles. Watch on Amazon
Muppet Christmas Carol – Now 25+ years old (really??!) this Muppet film is a classic retelling of the much-loved Charles Dickens Christmas tale. Watch on Amazon
Arthur Christmas – With voice work by Hugh Laurie and James McAvoy, this star-studded animated film about Santa's youngest son Arthur isn't one to miss. Watch on Starz
Last Christmas – Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) star in this film based on the George Michael song of the same name. Though it wasn't overly popular with critics, this Christmas rom-com was a box office success. Watch it on HBO (or purchase to stream)
A Child's Christmas in Wales – This sentimental family film shows us a young boy dreaming of a white Christmas, and his grandfather who gives him a snowglobe and shares some of his own Christmas memories. Watch on Amazon | Watch it on BritBox
Love Actually – This may be the ultimate British Christmas film of the modern era, but we do offer one warning: Don't watch it at a family gathering. Some scenes are inappropriate for young children, and it's all but guaranteed to create some cringe-y moments in a multi-generational situation. This ensemble comedy includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, and more. Watch on Amazon
The Man Who Invented Christmas – This 104-minute film is a dramatisation of the life of Charles Dickens, the man who created A Christmas Carol, one of the world's best-loved Christmas stories. Watch it on Amazon
Bridget Jones's Diary – This film about an unhappy single woman looking for love during the holidays is a true classic in granny panties. Watch on Amazon
Scrooge – The story of Scrooge has been done over and over, but this classic 1970 musical version with Albert Finney is not to be missed. Watch on Amazon UPDATE: Amazon dropped this one since we last updated. Hopefully, it will become available again in the near future.
A Christmas Carol – As long as we're talking Scrooge, we can't skip over A Christmas Carol. Though not strictly a British production (it was made for TNT), it stars Sir Patrick Stewart and it was filmed in London and Northamptonshire, which makes it British enough for us. Watch on Amazon
The Lion in Winter – It's 1183 AD and King Henry II wants to spend Christmas with his family – but of course, that gets complicated. This one's full of history and royal family dysfunction, proving that some things never change. Watch on Amazon
Christmas Survival – Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Joely Richardson (The Rook), and Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey) star in this British Christmas film about a family coming together for a chaotic holiday celebration at their family home. Watch it on Netflix | Watch it on Amazon
The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas – Though this is technically an episode of a longer show, it's also sold as a standalone movie, and that's good enough for us. The Koala Brothers have invited their animal friends to spend Christmas with them, but a letter from their friend Penny Pengui in Antarctica sends them on a quest to go get her. This stop-motion film is a British-Australian co-production. Watch it on Netflix | Buy it on DVD
Mr. Stink – This 60-minute television adaptation of David Walliams' novel of the same name sees a young schoolgirl with no friends form a friendship with a stinky tramp in the local park. As she works out his past, she finds there's much more to him than she realised – and her journey has a big impact on her family, too. Amazon currently has this one in a streaming bundle alongside Gangsta Granny. You can get it HERE.
The Holiday – Two women facing an unhappy holiday season decide to swap houses – and end up finding love. This one's partially set in California and partially set in an English village. Watch on Amazon
The Christmas Candle – In late Victorian England, a village's new arrival threatens an age-old Christmas tradition. Watch on Amazon
Pirate Radio / The Boat That Rocked – Known as Pirate Radio in the US, this one comes to us from the makers of Love Actually and Notting Hill. It's not strictly a Christmas movie, but there's a good bit of Christmas in there. Watch on Amazon
Clash of the Santas – Robson Green and Mark Benton star in this fun Christmas movie about two friends going to Lithuania to compete in a Santa competition. Watch it on BritBox
Christmas in Britain – Though it's not truly a movie, this brief 1960 video offers archival footage showing us what a classic British Christmas is like. Watch it on Amazon
A Merry Little Christmas – This one's not really a movie and not entirely British, but it features Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Bonekickers) alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – so we thought we'd add it for those die-hard Hugh Bonneville fans. Watch it on Amazon
Click and Collect – Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) goes on a road trip in search of the season's hot toy, Sparklehoof the Unicorn Princess. Watch it on BritBox
Home for Christmas – This movie is probably the closest thing you'll find to a British Hallmark movie. It's not specifically about Christmas, but it takes place during the Christmas season, so it's still a good choice if you need something with a bit of Christmas. It's a rom-com about a woman who seems to have things together, but who has never been loved by a man. As an added bonus, it's filmed in Brighton (a quirky seaside city in Southern England). Watch it on Amazon
What's Your Favourite British Christmas Movie?
While we love them all, Love, Actually is an annual favourite around here. Let us know your British Christmas favourites in the comments!
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