The most effective trip motion pictures on Disney Plus
What do you like to do most during the holidays? They might wrap gifts, spend time with family, and / or snuggle up to a streaming service of your choice for a heartwarming vacation movie. Vacation movies are a great way to get out of the cold and laugh or cry with those you love most. You’re never too old to enjoy a vacation movie, and Disney Plus has tons to enjoy – old and new – that you can watch right now.
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Noelle with Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader is a magical story of the Kringle family. This year, Noelle’s brother Nick is slated to take the place of her father, Santa Claus, but Nick isn’t ready to fill his father’s big shoes just yet. Noelle has long been prepared for this moment, however, and her nervous brother needs her encouragement to make sure Christmas goes as planned. To calm his nerves, she suggests that her brother take some time off, but then he disappears. Noelle sets out to find her brother and hopefully save Christmas before there’s a new Santa Claus. (Watch on Disney +)
When you think of a classic Christmas movie, Home Alone is usually one of the first things that comes to mind. In the comedy, young Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is forgotten at home during the holidays when his family goes on vacation to France and his mother finds it next to impossible to get home to her son. Meanwhile, Kevin learns that robbers are trying to break into his house like being home alone isn’t scary enough. The robbers – Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern – don’t immediately realize Kevin is home, but when they do, Kevin will do what he must to keep his home safe during the vacation. But can Christmas ever be the same without his family? (Watch on Disney +)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
If you love the first Home Alone movie, buckle up and try out Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Another vacation classic, Kevin accidentally gets on the wrong plane when his family is vacationing again and finds himself alone in New York City. Christmas in New York is beautiful, but Kevin learns that the same robbers are waiting for him. Can he outsmart the robbers and still have Christmas joy when he’s alone again, but this time in one of the world’s greatest cities? (Watch on Disney +)
Single parent Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) gets the surprise of his life when his son Charlie wakes him up after hearing a rattle on the roof. The noise ends with Santa Claus having a fatal fall. After reading a note that the “reindeer knows what to do,” Charlie’s father realizes that he must finish Santa’s job. Although he initially believes that he will only fill Santa’s shoes (or rather the big red suit) for one night, he quickly realizes that he’s the new Santa, which is a full-time job. There are two sequels that are also available on Disney Plus. (Watch on Disney +)
Frozen might not be a vacation movie in itself, but the title itself indicates that it’s the perfect movie when it’s snowing and too cold to go outside. In keeping with the themes of other Disney films, the young princess Esla learns that everything she touches freezes. And if she can’t control her emotions, she can’t stop it. When Elsa and her sister Anna’s parents die, Elsa begins to distance herself for fear of her own abilities. Can her sister save her and does Elsa even want to be saved? The sequel Frozen 2 is also available on Disney Plus. (Watch on Disney +)
Once upon a time there was a snowman
Olaf, a happy snowman, is one of the most popular characters from Frozen. But where did he come from? After all, Olaf is no ordinary snowman. He sings! He dances! Now it’s time for him to tell his story. How did Olaf come about and can a snowman find his identity in the frozen wonderland of Arendelle? This is an animated short film so it’s great to see if you want to get in the holiday mood on your lunch break. (Watch on Disney +)
A Christmas song
This animated film brings the classic story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens back to life, as did Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog and many others. The difference here? This tone is a little darker than the others. Scrooge, voiced by Jim Carrey, is a bitter old man, but when he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, he realizes he has to change something. But is it too late? Can someone like Scrooge ever really stop being a Scrooge? (Watch on Disney +)
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is great for any holiday, but for those who love Halloween as much as Christmas, this gem of a stop-motion musical never gets old. Jack Skellington, the beloved King of Halloween Town who is responsible for ensuring that Halloween runs smoothly, is looking for a change from his routine horrors. When he suddenly comes across Christmas Town – apparently the exact opposite of Halloween Town with its bright colors and warm spirit – he comes up with the idea of kidnapping Santa and taking control of Christmas. But he will soon find that good intentions can sometimes lead to very bad results. (Watch on Disney +)
Miracle on 34th Street
Although Miracle on 34th Street has been remade, there’s nothing like the original 1947 black and white film. This true Christmas classic is set at Macy’s on 34th Street in New York City and tells the story of one man, Kris Kringle. who plays Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Parade when his predecessor is too drunk. Kris is exactly what store visitors need and makes a regular appearance as Santa Claus. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming he really is Santa Claus, it will lead to a lawsuit to determine his sanity and authenticity. Do you believe in santa claus (Watch on Disney +)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Most of us know the story of the Nutcracker, but Disney created a fantastic and whimsical version of the story in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. When young Clara receives a magical egg-shaped box from her deceased mother, she takes her on an adventure into a parallel world: a world that her mother created and of which she was queen. But the realms of the world are at war, and to restore peace and harmony, Clara must fulfill her destiny. (Watch on Disney +)
These are just a few of the Christmas and Christmas movies on Disney Plus that you can find while browsing. If you’re looking for even more streaming holiday and Christmas movies, check out our suggestions for Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video.
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