Our favourite holiday classics, Christmas movies and shows and where to stream them in Hong Kong.
Christmas movies and shows are a year-round indulgence for us, whether it’s a holiday we celebrate or not. To keep you merry and bright, we’ve rounded up a few of Team Sassy’s favourite holiday classics available online in Hong Kong to stream, rent and buy. Grab some hot chocolate and add these old and more recent Christmas films and series to your watch list!
Our Favourite Christmas Films And Shows
A Christmas Story (1983) — Amazon Prime Video
The ultimate North American seasonal classic. Set in December 1940, this film follows nine-year-old Ralphie on his quest to convince his parents, Santa and the world of the only thing he wants for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle (a BB gun!). Our designer Joy’s favourite!
Dash & Lily (2020) — Netflix Hong Kong
A whirlwind Christmas romance builds when cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams and desires in a notebook they pass back and forth at locations around New York City. A show based on the young adult series “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares”. Our Sassy Mama editor Najuka’s favourite!
Elf (2003) — Apple TV
When a young orphan child mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts on Christmas Eve, he’s transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later, Buddy (Will Ferrell) goes to New York on a journey to find his family — and, maybe, himself. Highly recommended by our designer Aida.
Home Alone (1990) — Disney+
Poor eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is left behind in suburban Chicago when his family take off for their Christmas vacation in France. Accidentally becoming the man of the house overnight, this classic follows the boy as he learns to fend for himself and defend his home. Another Joy favourite.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) — Apple TV
In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, Jim Carrey brings to life the grouchy green Grinch who’s scheming to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville.
Klaus (2019) — Netflix Hong Kong
A hand-drawn animated film that is both beautiful and heartwarming. Set in 19th-century Norway, a young postman and a reclusive toymaker become unlikely friends in this alternate Santa Claus origin story. Our editor Nicole’s favourite!
Love Hard (2021) — Netflix Hong Kong
Unlucky-in-love LA girl (Nina Dobrev) falls for a rugged East Coast guy (Darren Barnet) on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays — only to discover that she’s been catfished by his childhood friend (Jimmy O. Yang). Another Aida favourite.
The Grinch (2018) — Apple TV
From the creators of Despicable Me, this computer-animated adaptation of The Grinch is our Partnerships Support Executive Kiran’s go-to. It tells the same beloved children’s story of a cynical grump on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) — Disney+
Directed by Henry Selick (this writer’s favourite!), this spooky tale from the imagination of Tim Burton is very much a holiday film! Pumpkin King of Halloween Town Jack Skellington is tired of the same old scare-and-scream and longs to spread the joy of Christmas.