37 of the Best British Christmas Movies You Can Stream Now (2023)

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Last Updated on December 10, 2023 by Stefanie Hutson

For an Anglophile, the only thing cozier than a good Christmas movie…is a good Christmas movie set in the United Kingdom. To help, we've gathered up the best of them – including some which aren't 100% British, but which are set at least partially in the UK.

Please note that while all streaming information has been checked as of late November 2023, these things can change quickly.

37 of the Best British Christmas Movies to Stream this Christmas Season…

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Father Christmas is Back

Father Christmas is Back – This Christmas comedy counts Elizabeth Hurley, John Cleese, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise), and Caroline Quentin (Blue Murder, Jonathan Creek) among its cast members, and it follows four feuding sisters who've reunited in the family's Yorkshire mansion for Christmas. The movie filmed in York back in 2020, and you can watch it on Netflix

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This is Christmas | Alfred Enoch and Ben Miller

This is Christmas – This 2022 British Christmas film features an ensemble cast that includes British TV favourites like Ben Miller (Death in Paradise), Timothy Spall (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), and Joanna Scanlan (No Offence). It follows a couple of London commuters who typically commute in silence, but suddenly decide to hold a Christmas party with a carriage of their fellow commuting regulars. Watch it HERE

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Millions

Millions – Starring James Nesbitt (Cold Feet, The Missing), this 2004 movie tells the story of 2 pre-teen siblings who find a million pounds in cash and need to spend it before the Euro is adopted. Watch on Amazon | Also on Disney+

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Your Christmas or Mine?

Your Christmas or Mine – 2022 – After parting on Christmas Eve at Marylebone Station, Hayley and James can't stand the idea of being apart for Christmas. Instead of contacting one another, they each decide to surprise the other, unwittingly swapping trains and ending up trapped with the opposite families for Christmas. Watch it HERE on Prime.

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The Snowman

The Snowman – Based on the Raymond Briggs' book of the same name, this short movie is a British holiday classic. On a cold winter morning, a young boy makes a snowman and travels to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas. You can watch it HERE on Amazon or on Pluto TV.

The Snowman & the Snowdog – This sequel to The Snowman sees young Billy and his elderly dog moving into the home from the original story. As Christmas draws near, Billy finds a box hidden by James, the little boy from the original 1982 story. You can watch The Snowman & the Snowdog HERE on Vudu

Want both films to keep? You can get both together on DVD HERE if you find yourself hunting for their latest streaming platform each Christmas. 

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Stick Man is a delightful Christmas film for the whole family

Stick Man – This short, animated Christmas film features voice work from some of the UK's most popular actors: Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, Hugh Bonneville, and Rob Brydon, to name a few. It's about a little stick family man who embarks on an adventure and just wants to get back in time for Christmas. Watch on Amazon

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A Muppet Christmas Carol

Muppet Christmas Carol – Now 25+ years old (really??!) this Muppet film is a classic retelling of the much-loved Charles Dickens Christmas tale. Watch on Amazon | Also on Disney+

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Last Christmas

Last Christmas – Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) star in this film based on the George Michael song of the same name. Though it wasn't overly popular with critics, this Christmas rom-com was a box office success. Watch it on Amazon

Get Santa – New Doctor Jodie Whittaker stars in this 2015 movie about getting Santa Claus out of jail to save Christmas. Watch on Amazon

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A Castle for Christmas

A Castle for Christmas – Like a lot of “British” Netflix productions, you may find this one is a bit too American-ised for your tastes – but it IS set in Scotland. Brooke Shields stars as Sophie Brown, a woman who ventures to Scotland on her own in hopes of buying a castle. The owner, Duke Myles (Cary Elwes) isn't convinced her wants to sell to a foreigner – but she might just convince him. Watch it on Netflix.

A Christmas Star – Born under the Christmas Star, a young girl is said to be capable of miracles.  Watch on Amazon | Watch on Tubi | Also on Pluto TV

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Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. (L to R) Scrooge, Past, Young Scrooge in Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol – This 2022 animated adaptation of the Dickens classic sees Luke Evans voicing Scrooge, Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) doing the Ghost of Christmas Past, Johnny Flynn (known by many for singing the Detectorists theme song) as Bob Crachit, and Jonathan Pryce (The Crown) as Jacob Marley. Watch it on Netflix.

A Child's Christmas in Wales –  This sentimental family film shows us a young boy dreaming of a white Christmas, and his grandfather who gives him a snowglobe and shares some of his own Christmas memories. Watch it on BritBox | Also on Peacock, Pluto, Plex, Crackle, Freevee, and Tubi

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Hugh Grant in Love Actually

Love Actually – This may be the ultimate British Christmas film of the modern era, but we do offer one warning: Don't watch it at a family gathering. Some scenes are inappropriate for young children, and it's all but guaranteed to create some cringe-y moments in a multi-generational situation. This ensemble comedy includes Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, and more. Watch on Amazon | Also on Netflix

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Jolly Good Christmas

Jolly Good Christmas – 2022 – When a strait-laced architect hires a free-spirited personal shopper, he gets dragged across London in search of the perfect gift for his girlfriend…only to find the one thing he wasn’t looking for. Watch it on Hallmark Movies Now

The Man Who Invented Christmas – This 104-minute film is a dramatisation of the life of Charles Dickens, the man who created A Christmas Carol, one of the world's best-loved Christmas stories. Watch it on Amazon

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Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary – This film about an unhappy single woman looking for love during the holidays is a true classic in granny panties. Watch on Amazon

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Scrooge

Scrooge – The story of Scrooge has been done over and over, but this classic 1970 musical version with Albert Finney is not to be missed. Watch it HERE

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Alastair Sim in A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol – Alastair Sim stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1951 adaptation of the Dickens classic.

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Keira Knightley in Silent Night

Silent Night – This 2021 apocalyptic British-American Christmas film stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, and it follows a family as they come together for Christmas dinner as an environmental apocalypse unfolds around them. Watch it HERE

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Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas – With voice work by Hugh Laurie and James McAvoy, this star-studded animated film about Santa's youngest son Arthur isn't one to miss. Watch it HERE.

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Patrick Stewart in A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol – As long as we're talking Scrooge, we can't skip over A Christmas Carol. Though not strictly a British production (it was made for TNT), it stars Sir Patrick Stewart and it was filmed in London and Northamptonshire, which makes it British enough for us. Watch on Amazon 

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Christmas in Notting Hill

Christmas in Notting Hill – This 2023 Hallmark film premiered November 25th, and it follows a famous football star who’s always been too busy for love until he heads home to Notting Hill at Christmas and meets a visiting American who has no idea who he is. Watch it on Peacock.

The Lion in Winter – It's 1183 AD and King Henry II wants to spend Christmas with his family – but of course, that gets complicated. This one's full of history and royal family dysfunction, proving that some things never change. Watch on Amazon

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Christmas Survival

Christmas Survival – Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Joely Richardson (The Rook), and Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey) star in this British Christmas film about a family coming together for a chaotic holiday celebration at their family home. Watch it on Amazon

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Pirate Radio

Pirate Radio / The Boat That Rocked – Known as Pirate Radio in the US, this one comes to us from the makers of Love Actually and Notting Hill. It's not strictly a Christmas movie, but there's a good bit of Christmas in there. Watch on Amazon

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About a Boy (2002) 

About a Boy – Though not traditionally classified as a Christmas movie, this Hugh Grant rom-com has plenty of holiday cheer.  Watch on Amazon 

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Mr. Stink

Mr. Stink – This 60-minute television adaptation of David Walliams' novel of the same name sees a young schoolgirl with no friends form a friendship with a stinky tramp in the local park. As she works out his past, she finds there's much more to him than she realised – and her journey has a big impact on her family, too. Amazon currently has this one in a streaming bundle alongside Gangsta Granny. You can get it HERE

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The Holiday

The Holiday – Two women facing an unhappy holiday season decide to swap houses – and end up finding love. This one's partially set in California and partially set in an English village. Watch on Amazon | Also on Hulu, AMC+, Philo


The Christmas Candle – In late Victorian England, a village's new arrival threatens an age-old Christmas tradition. Susan Boyle appears in this one.  Watch on Amazon | Watch on Tubi | Watch on Roku Channel | Watch on Pluto

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Clash of the Santas

Clash of the Santas – Robson Green and Mark Benton star in this fun Christmas movie about two friends going to Lithuania to compete in a Santa competition. Watch it on BritBox

Christmas in Britain – Though it's not truly a movie, this brief 1960 video offers archival footage showing us what a classic British Christmas is like. Watch it on Amazon

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A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS – MAGGIE SMITH as AUNT RUTH. © 2021 Netflix US, LLC – Studiocanal SAS

A Boy Called Christmas – British TV fans will recognise a number of favourites in this Netflix film about a young man who ventures to a land full of elves in hopes of finding his father. Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Stephen Merchant (Extras), and Jim Broadbent (Black Narcissus) all appear. Watch it on Netflix.

A Merry Little Christmas – This one's not really a movie and not entirely British, but it features Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Bonekickers) alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – so we thought we'd add it for those die-hard Hugh Bonneville fans. Watch it on Amazon

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Click & Collect

Click and Collect – Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) goes on a road trip in search of the season's hot toy, Sparklehoof the Unicorn Princess. Watch it on BritBox

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Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas – This movie is probably the closest thing you'll find to a British Hallmark movie. It's not specifically about Christmas, but it takes place during the Christmas season, so it's still a good choice if you need something with a bit of Christmas. It's a rom-com about a woman who seems to have things together, but who has never been loved by a man. As an added bonus, it's filmed in Brighton (a quirky seaside city in Southern England).  Watch it on Amazon | Watch it on Tubi

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