7 great Christmas movies you can watch for free

There’s nothing like getting together with the family to celebrate the holidays and watching Christmas movies (except maybe seeing them for free).

Thankfully, there are some great seasonal movies that can be streamed online without paying, so viewers don’t have to wait for TV channels to air some of their favorite holiday classics. However, they may no longer be free once December ends, so viewers should check out these seven Christmas movies while they still can.

A Christmas Story (1983)

Peter Billingsley "A Christmas Story."

“You’ll take your eye out, kid.” Even people who don’t celebrate Christmas are probably familiar with this iconic phrase. The classic film follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his many misadventures leading up to Christmas Day in 1940, when he hopes to receive a dangerous gift.

Featuring everything from BB guns to leg lamps, Ralphie’s holiday antics are hilarious, and many viewers have fond memories of this movie airing on TV every Christmas.

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Black Christmas (1974)

Jess answers a stalker's phone call "black christmas" (1974).
Warner Bros. / Warner Bros.

Starring Hollywood icons such as Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder and John Saxon, black christmas It follows a group of sisters who find themselves stalked and threatened by a mysterious killer.

Although many attribute it to John Carpenter Halloween Kicking off the slasher genre, this holiday-themed cult classic pretty much set the template that such films have followed for the past 50 years. Fun Fact: This movie and a christmas story Both were directed by Bob Clark (talk about range).

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey holding his wife in one hand and his daughter in the other "it's a Wonderful Life."
Liberty Films / Liberty Films

In one of the first great Christmas films, director Frank Capra tells the story of George Bailey, who regains the will to live after his guardian angel, Clarence, shows him how his life has affected so many others. And what would the world be like without it.

Although it is shocking to think that the film was a critical and commercial disappointment upon release, it’s a Wonderful Life It has since become a beloved staple of Christmas media, and its ability to influence and inspire audiences has grown stronger over time. Viewers who aren’t feeling particularly happy this season can definitely find joy and love in watching this heartwarming story.

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A Christmas Carol (1984)

Ebenezer Scrooge's Inn "a Christmas Carol" (1984).

There have been countless interpretations of Charles Dickens’s famous Christmas novel and this made-for-TV movie from director Clive Donner (What’s the new pussycat?) still persists among them all.

with George C. Scott (Dr. Strangelove, The Exorcist III) delivering a stellar performance as Ebenezer Scrooge, this dark, but soulful vision is still one of the most realistic and faithful adaptations of Dickens’ story, and it’s sure to tug at the heartstrings this season.

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Scrooged (1988)

in bill murray "Scrooge."

In this more modern reinterpretation of a Christmas CarolA depressed, self-centered TV executive is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who try to show him the error of his ways and help him rediscover his holiday spirit.

This dazzling fantasy presents a dark satire of the commercialization of Christmas in an entertaining package, making it an unconventional, but relevant Christmas classic. And there’s no doubt that Bill Murray knows how to play a hilarious crank.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Clark and Ellen Griswold "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
Warner Bros. Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures

When the Griswolds host their relatives at their home for Christmas, all kinds of ridiculous chaos ensues as Clark struggles to make it the best yuletide ever. The film may not feature the traditional Griswold family road trip, but it still shows another of their adventures gone horribly wrong in a crazy blaze of glory. Despite this, this sequel still makes room for some truly heartwarming moments as the Griswolds embrace the Christmas spirit, making it just as good, if not better, than the original film.

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A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong (2017)

Two men are trying to kidnap an actor playing Ebenezer Scrooge "A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong."

It may seem redundant to include three versions of this a Christmas Carol, However, this film couldn’t be a more hilariously failed attempt at bringing an iconic story to life.

Incredible Mischief Theater (peter pan gone wrong) tries and fails to take over a BBC production of Dickens’s classic story, as actors fight for the role of Scrooge, props and effects break, and behind-the-scenes drama spills over onto the stage. This is a thrilling holiday romance that showcases the British comedy troupe at its best as it breathes new life into an oft-told story.

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