Sitting down in front of the telly over Christmas is one of the best things about the Christmas holidays. Watching films together on the couch, with the twinkling lights on the tree, blanket over everyone, snacks and a cuppa tea!
So if you’re looking for some great content to watch on Disney+ during the holiday season, I’ve picked out some of my highlights
It’s important to note, that some of these selections might not be available in every country.
My number one pick for this year’s Christmas viewing is “Encanto”, which is a brand new animated classic film, which was only released in cinemas in November for Thanksgiving and is being rushed to Disney+ for Christmas!
The film is about the Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift — every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger. It features some amazing music and I know I’m going to be watching it a few times over the Christmas period.
“Encanto” is coming to Disney+ on Christmas Eve!
Ro isn’t handling her parents’ divorce well because she wants her life back the way it was—her parents back together, her dad’s new girlfriend and son out of the picture, and their family traditions to remain the same. After a disappointing celebration with her family, including her sister Gabriela “Gabby,” Abuela Sofia and Abuelo Hector, she makes a wish to a neighborhood Santa for a “do-over” and unexpectedly finds herself reliving Christmas day over and over … and over again. Now, in order to break the strange magical loop, Ro must learn to appreciate her loving family as it is, as well as the true meaning of Christmas.
This all-new Disney Channel Original Movie is well worth watching, its a bit cheesy but it’s a nice easy going family film.
Ron’s Gone Wrong
Barney is a socially awkward schoolboy who receives a robot named Ron — a walking, talking, digitally connected device that’s supposed to be his best friend. Barney is excited to finally have his own robot — until his new toy starts to hilariously malfunction, drawing the attention of a shady executive who wants to protect his company’s stock price at all costs. This new animated film was only recently released in cinemas and hits Disney+ on Wednesday 15th December 2021, just in time for everyone to enjoy on Disney+.
Star Wars: The Book Of Boba Fett
The Book of Boba Fett, a thrilling Star Wars adventure, finds legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate.
The first episode of this new series will be dropping onto Disney+ on Wednesday 29th December 2021, so perfect for when you’ve got fed up with Christmas themed content!
Home Sweet Home Alone
Max Mercer is a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So when a married couple attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom set their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers…and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out. Hilarious hijinks of epic proportions ensue, but despite the absolute chaos, Max comes to realize that there really is no place like home sweet home.
This brand new holiday film is available on Disney+ now. While it might not be on the same level as the original, it’s still got some great moments and younger viewers are going to love it.
“The Rescue” chronicles the against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. “The Rescue” shines a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys. This documentary isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you fancy a terrifying but uplifting story, or want something a little more grownup to enjoy, please check out this fantastic documentary.
If you haven’t checked out the newest Marvel Studios series, “Hawkeye” or just need an excuse to watch it again, this series is going to be one of the most popular things to watch on Disney+ this holiday season.
Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” is an original new series set in post-blip New York City where former Avenger Clint Barton aka Hawkeye has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from his past shows up, Hawkeye reluctantly teams up with Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old skilled archer and his biggest fan, to unravel a criminal conspiracy.
The season finale is dropping onto Disney+ on Wednesday 22nd 2021.
Far From The Tree
Parenting is tough, especially when the stakes are high. On an idyllic beach in the Pacific Northwest, curiosity gets the better of a young raccoon whose frustrated parent attempts to keep them both safe. In the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, Far From the Tree, this young raccoon will learn that while there is reason to be fearful, as danger lurks around every corner, it is still possible to live with an open heart. “Far From The Tree” is another amazing short and is a must watch over Christmas!
This all-new animated short is coming to Disney+ on Christmas Eve.
“Dopesick” examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behinds this national crisis and their allies. The limited series is inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy
The series finale is coming to Disney+ internationally on Wednesday 22nd December 2021. This is one of the best series of the year and well worth taking some time out over the holidays to watch this series if you haven’t already done so.
If you’re looking for some classic family films to watch over Christmas, here are few more suggestions:
One of my all-time favourite Christmas movies, this classic 20th Century Fox movie has everything I’d want from a Christmas film. It has mischief and mayhem as an eight-year-old Kevin McCallister makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on Christmas vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin’s house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory. By planting booby traps galore, adorably mischievous Kevin stands his ground as his frantic mother attempts to race home before Christmas Day.
Nightmare Before Christmas
Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack’s rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans. Perfect holiday viewing if you skipped it at Halloween or just want a second excuse to watch this excellent Tim Burton movie.
This Disney+ Original movie sees Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas. It’s a great fun family film that new subscribers should certainly go and check out.
This is another Disney+ Original that is set at Christmas time and is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell), who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “happily ever after,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not. I really enjoyed this film, its got some funny moments in it, but more importantly, it’s just a nice family-friendly film for this time of the year.
Shifting tone a little, this one is for the grownups, “Die Hard”, tells the story of NYPD cop John McClane, who’s plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down. This is on my Christmas watchlist this year, having recently been added to Disney+ in the UK.
Note: This film isn’t available on Disney+ in all countries.
What are you planning on watching over Christmas on Disney+?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.