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The best Christmas films on Amazon Prime Video

With the festive season upon us, there's no better way to unwind than watching the best Christmas films on Amazon Prime Video

Christmas is edging ever closer, which means chilly nights spent inside: ideal conditions for a festive cinematic treat. With so many streaming services, it can be hard deciding which one to choose and what to watch. Most people may already have an Amazon Prime Video subscription because it comes free as part of Amazon Prime.

While Prime Video is mainly known for its original TV shows like Jack Ryan and Carnival Row, its movie collection has slowly built a repertoire that can hold a candle to Netflix, Sky Cinema and even the US version of Disney Plus. It can be slightly difficult sifting through the best Christmas movies though and that’s precisely why we’re here to help.

Below you’ll find a list of best Christmas films available for free on Amazon Prime Video. This includes everything from the adorable Paddington to everyone’s favourite British Christmas rom-com, Love Actually. Of course, if you’re willing to shell out a few quid, then you can rent or buy classic Christmas favourites like Home Alone, Frozen and The Polar Express.

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How to get Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has three subscription plans – all of which come with a free 30-day trial. You can either subscribe to the Prime Video plan that costs £5.99/mnth. This gives you access to everything that Amazon Prime Video has to offer, including movies, TV shows and even live international sports tournaments like the Premier League in December and tennis tournaments. But you don’t get access to other Prime benefits.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime for £7.99/mth or £79/year. Both plans give you a wealth of features, including Amazon Prime Video. While the yearly subscription works out cheaper in the long run, it also means you’re tied down to a long-term contract, whereas the monthly subscription gives you the flexibility to cancel your subscription at any time.

Unlike Prime Video, an Amazon Prime subscription has multiple benefits, including unlimited one-day delivery, unlimited music streaming, photo storage and reading. Most people end up trialling the service only to end up succumbing to a long-term subscription because of the wealth of features it offers.

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Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017)

Ben Whishaw voices Michael Bond’s much-loved storybook character, Paddington Bear. Paddington finds refuge with the Brown family in London once his home in the Peruvian rainforest is destroyed by an earthquake. Nicola Kidman plays a taxidermist who aims to hunt him down in the original, and in the sequel, he gets framed for a crime he did not commit. Despite their mildly dark plots, both films make for a perfect evening watch for the entire family.

The Holiday (2006)

This festive rom-com features a star-studded cast with the likes of Jude Law, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. When Iris and Amanda become unlikely pen pals they decide to take part in a house swap. Whilst Iris struggles to fill up the extra space in her new LA pad, Amanda buckles at the English weather. What they both didn’t see coming was the extra company they’d be receiving over the Christmas period…

Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually is ultimate Christmas rom-com (as if you didn’t already know). It seems as though every English actor under the sun features in this classic noughties movie. From Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman to Keira Knightley and Hugh Grant, it’s practically a showreel of big British names from the early noughties. Watch as eight couples based in London navigate their complicated relationships during the frantic Christmas period.

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A Christmas Carol (1999)

Patrick Stewart plays Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge, a joyless and bitter man, who is taken through his past, present and future when three ghosts visit him. He is forced to overcome his unscrupulous outlook on life and find his Christmas spirit once more. An accurate and thoughtful remake of an old classic.

Nativity! (2009)

A young Martin Freeman stars as a heartbroken primary school teacher, tasked with directing the school Nativity. When he lies to his rival about a Hollywood producer turning the play into a movie, things get rather complicated and hilarity ensues. Expect lots of cute children, festive nostalgia and special appearances from some famous English names.

The Night Before (2015)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan and Anthony Mackie play lifelong friends who have met up on Christmas Eve for the last ten years for some raucous celebration. With Isaac (Seth Rogan) preparing for fatherhood, it becomes apparent this might be the end of the festive tradition. This means one thing: The ultimate party.

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The Christmas Dragon (2015)

A truly unique Christmas tale. Young Ayden must save Christmas when a dying elf entrusts her with a magical crystal. Ayden and her friends travel to the north of medieval Europe to bring festive cheer back to the land. A great pick for the whole family.

Deck the Halls (2006)

A fight to the Christmas death takes place when festive extraordinaire Steve (Mathew Broderick) finds himself with a new neighbour Danny (Danny DeVito). When Danny challenges Steve to a fairy light duel, claiming his lights will be visible from space, Steve realises he has to up his game.

Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (2017)

Based on the Christmas song we all know and love (or loathe), this festive flick even features the singing sensation herself. The story revolves around young Mariah and her wish for a puppy. To prove herself to her parents she is tasked with dog-sitting but when a mischievous puppy, Jack, gets out of hand the family holiday is put in jeopardy.

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