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The Best Holiday Movies and TV Shows on HBO MAX

Finding a good Holiday movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Holiday movies and TV shows of all time streaming on HBO MAX.

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1. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

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4.8/10
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49/100
Year: 2013-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Comedy, Family

What it's about: The fate of PacWorld lies with Pac and his loyal crew as they protect the Power Berries from falling into the sinister hands of Betrayus and his evil army of baddies.

Where to Watch: 50 episodes (75%) are available to watch free online (Peacock). 67 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Prime Video, HBO MAX & 2 others). 52 episodes (78%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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2. A Christmas Story

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7.9/10
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75/100
Released: 1983Rated: PG
Family, Comedy

What it's about: The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. The Polar Express

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6.6/10
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Released: 2004Rated: G
Animation, Fantasy

What it's about: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hulu) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Elf

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7.0/10
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74/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, fuboTV & Starz), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Serendipity

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69/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG-13
Romance, Comedy

What it's about: Although strangers Sara and Jonathan are both already in relationships, they realize they have genuine chemistry after a chance encounter – but part company soon after. Years later, they each yearn to reunite, despite being destined for the altar. But to give true love a chance, they have to find one another again.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. The Bishop's Wife

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7.6/10
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64/100
Released: 1947
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family's affections, as Christmas approaches.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

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63/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Six years have elapsed since Guantanamo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. 3 Godfathers

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7.1/10
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73/100
Released: 1948
Drama

What it's about: Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby. They swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert, even at the risk of their own lives.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & TVision) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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9. Miracle on 34th Street

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Released: 1994Rated: PG
Family, Drama

What it's about: Six-year-old Susan Walker has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle—Santa Claus. Her mother told her the secret about Santa a long time ago, but, after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all—something to believe in.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Rise of the Guardians

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7.3/10
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74/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG
Animation, Fantasy

What it's about: When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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11. Trapped in Paradise

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6.0/10
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57/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: The Firpo Brothers can get away with anything. They just can't get away!

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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12. Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

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Released: 2012Rated: PG
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: 8-year-old Finn is terrified to learn his family is relocating from sunny California to Maine in the scariest house he has ever seen! Convinced that his new house is haunted, Finn sets up a series of elaborate traps to catch the “ghost” in action. Left home alone with his sister while their parents are stranded across town, Finn’s traps catch a new target – a group of thieves who have targeted Finn’s house.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. The Search for Santa Paws

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51/100
Released: 2010Rated: G
Family, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In the tradition of disney's classic holiday tales comes a heartwarming movie about the power of giving and the true meaning of christmas. Discover how the legendary friendship of Santa Claus and Santa Paws began in the inspiring original film, The Search For Santa Paws. When Santa and his new best friend, Paws, discover that the boys and girls of the world have lost the spirit of the season, they take a trip to New York City. But after Santa loses his memory, it's up to Paws, a faithful orphan named Quinn, her new friend Will and a wonderful group of magical talking dogs to save St. Nick and show the world what Christmas is really all about.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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14. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

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Released: 2011Rated: PG
Family, Comedy

What it's about: Third-grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. Santa Buddies

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48/100
Released: 2009Rated: G
Family, Action & Adventure

What it's about: When Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws, gets bored, he finds Budderball on Santa's naughty list and figures he's just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup. When the magical Christmas Icicle starts to melt however, and the world begins to forget the true meaning of the season, it's up to Puppy Paws and his newfound Buddies to journey back to the North Pole and save Christmas.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. Bundle of Joy

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6.2/10
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47/100
Released: 1956
Musical, Comedy

What it's about: Kitschy musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department store and Eddie Fisher plays the boss' son. After getting fired from her job, she finds an adorable baby on the steps of the foundling home and the folks inside mistake her for the mother. Fisher, well-meaning, but obtuse, tries to help her out with the baby, and the buds of romance begin to appear. Meanwhile old Merlin, the owner of the store, thinks he just might be a grandfather...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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17. Christmas in Compton

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36/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Big Earl, the owner of a Christmas tree lot in Compton, California runs into some trouble when his son Derrick crosses the line to prove to his father that he is a success.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

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7.4/10
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62/100
Released: 1953
Comedy

What it's about: Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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19. Parental Guidance

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61/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG
Family, Comedy

What it's about: Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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