30 All-Time Best Disney Christmas Movies

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The holiday season is upon us!

It’s that time of year when we bring out our most beloved traditions and remind our loved ones how much we love and appreciate them. What a better way to turn up those holiday feelings than with a Christmas movie marathon?

Disney creates magical stories we all know and love. And some of the best holiday films come from their studios.

This is our list of the 30 all-time best Disney Christmas Movies.

The Best Disney Christmas Movies to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

When it comes to the holidays, one of the most honored traditions is cuddling up, making a delicious snack, and watching holiday movies. They’re enjoyable for the whole family, with great messages to spread love and show appreciation to the ones you love.

So, to ring in the holidays the right way, we put together this list of the best 30 Disney Christmas films.

1. The Small One

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This animated featurette from 1978 is based on the children’s book of the same name. It tells the story of a young boy outside of Nazareth who’s been forced to sell one of his donkeys, Small One.

Unfortunately, no one wants to buy this weak and old donkey. It feels like hope is lost until they meet a stranger in need.

Why You Should Watch

This movie is a great option for the whole family. It sends a great message that relates back to the Christian roots of the holiday.

Bonus Reason

The Small One also teaches us to have faith and be optimistic about life’s most challenging obstacles.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon.

Is The Small One on Disney Plus?

No, The Small One is not currently available on Disney+.

2. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017) is a Christmas-themed short that features characters from Disney’s Frozen. It covers the first Christmas since Arendelle has re-opened their gates, when Elsa and Anna find themselves with no traditions to bring in the holidays. Olaf and Sven go on an adventure to discover some traditions to bring back to the girls.

Why You Should Watch

Olaf is always a great character to watch. He offers comedic relief to any situation he’s a part of.

Bonus Reason

Watching Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a great way to get your Frozen fix while waiting for the release of Frozen 2.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Olaf’s Frozen Adventure on Disney Plus?

Yes, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is currently available on Disney+.

3. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

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This 1999 three-part video includes “Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas,” “A Very Goofy Christmas,” and “Mickey & Minnie’s Gift of the Magi.” These shorts recreate classic stories and movies we already know and love.

Why You Should Watch

This movie stars some of the most beloved Disney characters. It’s always great to bring them out to celebrate the season and retell favorite stories.

Bonus Reason

The films with Mickey and his friends always have those humorous moments that make everyone laugh.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas on Disney Plus?

Yes, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is currently available on Disney+.

4. Santa Buddies

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This 2009 film is the fourth movie in the Air Buddies spinoffs. Santa and his dog, Santa Paws, notice the Christmas Icicle is melting because no one believes in Christmas anymore, which could mean the end of Christmas. This movie follows the puppies of the North Pole as they start losing their holiday spirit and how they get it back.

Why You Should Watch

The silly stories of these puppies are a favorite everywhere. If you’ve been a fan of Air Buddies, add this one to your watchlist.

Bonus Reason

There’s a message in there about being respectful and obedient, but it’s also just fun to see dogs animated and talking like humans!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Santa Buddies on Disney Plus?

Yes, Santa Buddies is currently available on Disney+.

5. Noelle

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This new movie was recently released on the new streaming platform, Disney+. It’s a comedy that follows Noelle Kringle, whose brother must step up to take his place as Santa. 

Why You Should Watch

This film is comedic gold thanks to its stars, Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader.

Bonus Reason

Noelle is a good excuse to get a Disney+ subscription if you don’t already have one.

Where to Find It

Only available at Disney+.

Is Noelle on Disney Plus?

Yes, Noelle is currently available on Disney+.

6. Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas

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Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! (2011) follows the Duncan family and their crazy Christmas. In an unexpected detour, the girls get separated from the guys and each experience a witty holiday.

Why You Should Watch

This is a fun movie for fans of the Good Luck, Charlie series on the Disney channel.

Bonus Reason

Although it has its cheesy moments, it’s a fun movie to share some chuckles on a winter afternoon.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+.

Is Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! on Disney Plus?

Yes, Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! is currently available on Disney+.

7. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

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We, of course, have to also include Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas. This sequel to another favorite on this list, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas tells the tale of he and his friends learning some important holiday lessons.

Why You Should Watch

The Mickey series are great options to watch with family members of any age!

Bonus Reason

Your family can learn the true meaning of Christmas with lessons about opening your heart, finding joy in the season, and being a good friend.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas on Disney Plus?

Yes, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas is currently available on Disney+.

8. Pluto’s Christmas Tree

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This classic short was released in 1952. In the story, Pluto helps Mickey pick out a Christmas tree while goofing off with Chip and Dale who are hiding in the tree.

Why You Should Watch

Pluto’s Christmas Tree is a classic Disney animation to introduce your kids to.

Bonus Reason

This movie gives a little-known Disney star the chance to shine. When was the last time you saw a movie starring Pluto?

Where to Find It

Available at Disney+.

Is Pluto’s Christmas Tree on Disney Plus?

Yes, Pluto’s Christmas Tree is currently available on Disney+.

9. The Santa Clause

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The Santa Clause (1994) is one of our favorite holiday classics. The film follows a man, played by Tim Allen, who accidentally makes Santa fall off his roof. That means he must replace the man in red. The three-part series chronicles his adventures in becoming Santa Claus.

Why You Should Watch

The series is hilarious! With each installment, Scott Calvin’s adventures get more and more silly.

Bonus Reason

This holiday classic is a thrill for the whole family, with jokes that both the kids and parents can enjoy.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is The Santa Clause on Disney Plus?

Yes, The Santa Clause is currently available on Disney+.

10. The Muppet Christmas Carol

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) retells the classic Dickens tale, The Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge gets a visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to learn a lesson about how he lives his life.

Why You Should Watch

This story teaches everyone to be grateful for all the blessings in your life.

Bonus Reason

This movie has a great message, but also comes with all the goofiness of the Muppets classics we love.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is The Muppet Christmas Carol on Disney Plus?

Yes, The Muppet Christmas Carol is currently available on Disney+.

11. Twas the Night

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Twas the Night (2001) is a Disney Channel Original movie that tells the story of a kid and his irresponsible uncle. They get into trouble, accidentally knocking Santa unconscious and potentially ruining Christmas! They decide to ride Santa’s high-tech sleigh to deliver presents for him.

Why You Should Watch

This movie is a great flashback to remind us of the good times when Disney Channel Original movies reigned supreme.

Bonus Reason

Comedic Bryan Cranston before Breaking Bad? Yes, please!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+.

Is Twas the Night on Disney Plus?

Yes, Twas the Night is currently available on Disney+.

12. The Nightmare Before Christmas

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is a stop-motion animated film. Jack Skellington (the King of Halloween Town) wanders into a different world and decides to bring a new holiday home. Unfortunately, that means he must kidnap Santa.

Why You Should Watch

This musical dark fantasy melds together two of our favorite holidays—Halloween and Christmas, making it a great watch all season.

Bonus Reason

This movie teaches you to appreciate your loved ones and protect traditions. It’s a unique film that’s fun and spooky!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is The Nightmare Before Christmas on Disney Plus?

Yes, The Nightmare Before Christmas is currently available on Disney+.

13. Eloise at Christmastime

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Eloise at Christmastime is a 2003 episode of The Wonderful World of Disney. It tells the story of a 6-year old girl who tries to reunite a woman with her former boyfriend before she marries another guy.

Why You Should Watch

The movie teaches young kids that money or gifts aren’t the most important thing, but being around the ones you love is.

Bonus Reason

Julie Andrews stars in this great story and acts beautifully. 

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Walmart.

Is Eloise at Christmastime on Disney Plus?

No, Eloise at Christmastime is not currently available on Disney+.

14. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

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In this 1997 film, the Beast shows his hatred for the Christmas season. Belle is determined to change his mind and spread the holiday season around the castle.

Why You Should Watch

This film shows us how to find joy in the little things during the holiday season.

Bonus Reason

It’s a great film to watch if you’re a fan of the Beauty in the Beast animated film. We get to see another side of some favorite characters.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas on Disney Plus?

Yes, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is currently available on Disney+.

15. The Christmas Star

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The Christmas Star (1986) is a movie about a criminal counterfeiter who escapes prison the week before Christmas, disguised as Santa. He cons two kids to hide some counterfeit money, but ends up learning the true meaning of Christmas as he begins to like the kids.

Why You Should Watch:

This movie has a great cast and tells a sweet story.

Bonus Reason

In addition to its good message, it also has great comedic moments.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is The Christmas Star on Disney Plus?

Yes, The Christmas Star is currently available on Disney+.

16. The Ultimate Christmas Present

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This Disney Channel Original Movie was released in 2000. During the film, two teen girls find a mysterious weather machine that belongs to Santa. They wanted to use it to give the city of Los Angeles a snow day, but they end up causing a blizzard bigger than they had hoped!

Why You Should Watch

This movie features some favorite Disney Channel stars like Brenda Song.

Bonus Reason

The film has funny moments and a unique story—imagine snow in Los Angeles!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+.

Is The Ultimate Christmas Present on Disney Plus?

Yes, The Ultimate Christmas Present is currently available on Disney+.

17. Babes in Toyland

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This 1960 musical takes place in Mother Goose Village with characters from popular nursery rhymes. The movie follows the tale of Tom the Piper’s Son and Mary Quite Contrary on the night before their wedding and the various antics they get into.

Why You Should Watch

This film has a different type of holiday story with fun characters.

Bonus Reason

Babes in Toyland is a great classic to introduce to the whole family and show them classic films.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Babes in Toyland on Disney Plus?

Yes, Babes in Toyland is currently available on Disney+.

18. Prep & Landing

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Prep & Landing is a series of holiday films that premiered in 2009. The three movies, Prep & Landing, Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa, and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice follow Santa’s elves in various adventures they go on.

Why You Should Watch

The film was made with cute 3D animation, and it’s short and easy to watch.

Bonus Reason

If you didn’t get enough from the first short in the series, there are two more to watch!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Walmart.

Is Prep & Landing on Disney Plus?

No, Prep & Landing is not currently available on Disney+.

19. 12 Dates of Christmas

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12 Dates of Christmas (2011) is an ABC Family romantic comedy. A young woman, played by Amy Smart, relives the same first date on Christmas eve over and over before she learns an important lesson. 

Why You Should Watch

This movie reminds us to embrace what we’re given in life, especially family and friends.

Bonus Reason

If you’re a fan of Amy Smart, check this movie out!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+.

Is 12 Dates of Christmas on Disney Plus?

Yes, 12 Dates of Christmas is currently available on Disney+.

20. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

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This 2002 holiday adventure features Winnie the Pooh and his friends. The film features different stories surrounding our furry pals, including Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too.

Why You Should Watch

We all love the Winnie the Pooh friends. It’s great to see them in festive holiday adventures.

Bonus Reason

If you get hooked and into a Winnie the Pooh mood, there are a bunch more Winnie the Pooh sequels and spinoffs to enjoy.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year on Disney Plus?

Yes, Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year is currently available on Disney+.

21. Disney’s A Christmas Carol

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Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009) is another unique and fun retelling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge. This time, the film is starred by Jim Carrey as a strange, animated old man who is visited by spooky apparitions.

Why You Should Watch

The movie teaches a story of self-redemption and appreciating the life we’re given.

Bonus Reason

This is a great movie to watch if you love renditions of the popular Dickens story.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Disney’s A Christmas Carol on Disney Plus?

No, Disney’s A Christmas Carol is not currently available on Disney+, but will be available on November 20, 2020.

22. One Magic Christmas

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This 1985 holiday film tells the tale of an angel who must try to show a mom the true meaning of Christmas. The mom, Ginny, is cynical and hates Christmas. Because her family has fallen on hard times, it’s difficult to see the joy in the holiday season.

Why You Should Watch

From this movie, we can learn that Christmas isn’t about the material things; it’s about the loved ones we care for the most.

Bonus Reason

There’s a little something for everyone in this family film!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is One Magic Christmas on Disney Plus?

Yes, One Magic Christmas is currently available on Disney+.

23. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

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The Muppets have done it again! This 2008 holiday film tells the story of when Gonzo accidentally diverted some letters to Santa, Kermit and the gang agree to hand-deliver these letters to Santa themselves and save Christmas for those kids.

Why You Should Watch: Like many other Muppets films, this one provides tons of laughs.

Bonus: You’ll enjoy this star-studded cast; the film has appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Uma Thurman, and Nathan Lane.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Walmart.

Is A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa on Disney Plus?

No, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is not currently available on Disney+.

24. Disneyland: A Disney Christmas Gift

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Disneyland: A Disney Christmas Gift (1983) is a compilation of eight stories about Christmas or the winter season. In between the stories, you can see clips of Disneyland or Disney toys, making it a great watch for the entire family.

Why You Should Watch

The collection includes holiday favorites like Once Upon a Wintertime, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, and The Clock Watcher.

Bonus Reason

This is another great special with stories about our favorite Disney characters.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon.

Is Disneyland: A Disney Christmas Gift on Disney Plus?

No, Disneyland: A Disney Christmas Gift is not currently available on Disney+.

25. Recess Christmas: Miracle on 3rd Street

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Recess Christmas: Miracle on 3rd Street (2001) is a compilation of four stories. In one episode, Principal Prickly gets stuck in the snow, and somehow decides it’s the Recess crew’s fault. In another, the teachers take the time to reflect on the good times they had with the group of friends.

Why You Should Watch

This is a great option for people who were fans of the Disney TV show.

Bonus Reason

These episodes are light and easy to watch, and they make holiday movie watching a little more casual.

Where to Find It

Available at Walmart.

Is Recess Christmas: Miracle on 3rd Street on Disney Plus?

No, Recess Christmas: Miracle on 3rd Street is not currently available on Disney+.

26. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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This 1998 movie features a college student who is left stranded thousands of miles from home. He’s got no money and only a few days to get home by Christmas. See how he makes it through this difficult journey.

Why You Should Watch

The movie takes us through a character’s experience of self-discovery and finding the true meaning of the holidays.

Bonus Reason

It stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas in his prime!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is I’ll Be Home For Christmas on Disney Plus?

Yes, I’ll Be Home For Christmas is currently available on Disney+.

27. Have Yourself a Goofy Little Christmas

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Also known as Goof Troop Christmas (1992), this film features Goofy and his son, Max, enjoying the Christmas holiday. Goofy, with his big heart, tries to give Max a great Christmas. However, his attempts are thwarted by a catastrophe that always shows up.

Why You Should Watch

This movie is a humorous option for those who love a good Goofy mixup.

Bonus Reason

It’s a great story to share with loved ones if you love the traditional Disney characters.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Walmart.

Is Have Yourself A Goofy Little Christmas on Disney Plus?

No, Have Yourself A Goofy Little Christmas is not currently available on Disney+.

28. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

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This 1983 animated short is another retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. However, this time, we follow Uncle Scrooge McDuck as he learns a lesson from the three Ghosts of Christmas.

Why You Should Watch

The film has elements of comedy and fantasy that should be a great option for the whole family.

Bonus Reason

Check out this fun movie if you’re a fan of Donald Duck.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Mickey’s Christmas Carol on Disney Plus?

Yes, Mickey’s Christmas Carol is currently available on Disney+.

29. The Search for Santa Paws

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The Search for Santa Paws (2010) tells the story of magic dogs, an elf, and two kids who team up to rescue Santa and help him recover his memory. This adorable film is great for a family with young children.

Why You Should Watch

Check out this funny holiday film if you’re into silly talking dogs.

Bonus Reason

If you love the first film, you’ll also enjoy the sequel, Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012). This film follows a new crew of pups who save Christmas around the world.

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+.

Is The Search for Santa Paws on Disney Plus?

No, The Search for Santa Paws is not currently available on Disney+, but will be available on October 1, 2021.

30. Frozen

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Although Frozen isn’t technically a Christmas movie, we still love to watch it this time of year, as it gives us all the wintery vibes. Join Anna and her sister Elsa as they venture to save Arendelle from a mysterious snowstorm.

Why You Should Watch

This film encourages family love! Watch to help siblings remind each other why they love each other so much!

Bonus Reason

Watch Frozen again and again on Disney+ as you wait for Frozen 2!

Where to Find It

Available at Amazon, Disney+, Walmart.

Is Frozen on Disney Plus?

Yes, Frozen is currently available on Disney+.

Grab a Snack & Start Watching!

Now that you have an idea of some of the best holiday movies out there, there’s nothing left to do but watch. Cook up your favorite holiday snack, grab a loved one and a blanket, and turn on a good Disney Christmas movie!

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