The UK’s Favourite Christmas Movies (…And Where To Stream Them)

Everyone has a favourite Christmas movie so we should be thankful that this year our Christmas film-viewing gets boosted by the fact many timeless festive movies are available to stream through video-on-demand providers like Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Now TV & Wuaki.

Home Alone 2, Macauley Culkin,

Courtesy of the Roku streaming stick, this year’s Christmas film-viewing just got that little bit easier. Recent research has found the UK’s favourite Christmas movies include Home Alone, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Happily, all these and more can be streamed via video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Amazon, Wuaki and Google Play which are accessible via the Roku streaming stick. You’ll even get a chance to sing-a-long to Frozen…again!

What film is the UK’s favourite Christmas movie?

During Roku’s research it was found that most Brits (63% of us) believe December 1st is an acceptable time to start watching Christmas movies while more men were revealed to be fans of Frozen than women (men are such sentimental fools!). The newest film to make the top 10 was actually twice as popular with men than women but Frozen did only got a small percentage of the vote. Still, Olaf’s vocal performance wasn’t enough to take the crown of King Snowman, with voters remaining faithful to the classic Christmas animation The Snowman over Disney’s recent box office smash.

However, when the gender divide is looked at more closely, female audiences prefer heartwarming rom-coms while men like their offbeat comedy and action flicks like Bad Santa and Die Hard.

**Please note – films streamed on the following online services are for UK users and correct as of November 2016

10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Now TV, Wuaki, Amazon, Google Play

The Grinch,

9. Frozen (2013)

Wuaki, Amazon, Google Play

Frozen, Christmas movies

8. Bad Santa (2003)

Now TV, Amazon, Wuaki, Google Play

Bad Santa

7. Love Actually (2003)

Wuaki, Amazon, Google Play


6. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Now TV, Google Play, Wuaki, Amazon

The Muppets Christmas Carol

5. The Snowman (1982)



4. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Now TV, Amazon, Google Play, Wuaki

It's A Wonderful Life, Christmas Movies

3. Die Hard (1988)

Netflix, Wuaki, Google Play

Die Hard, John McTiernan, Bruce Willis

2. Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

Amazon, Google Play

Miracle on 34th Street

1. Home Alone (1990)

Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Wuaki

Home Alone, John Hughes, Chris Columbus,

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About the Author
Rory Fish has loved movies since he can remember. If he was to put together an "all time" top 10 of absolute favourites it would have to include North By Northwest, 12 Angry Men and Sunset Boulevard.

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    Callum Reply

    Don’t tell me these voters haven’t seen Scrooged!

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      Rory Reply

      I know, where is Scrooged!

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        The Channel Guide Reply

        Despite not making it into your ‘Top 10’, you’ll find “Scrooged” is available (with subscription) on both “NowTV” and “Netflix UK” as well as to rent or buy via “Amazon Video”, so anyone can watch it on UK Roku devices using their preferred option from those three “channels” (or, “apps”, if you prefer)… you don’t need to look beyond Roku for streaming most festive films this year! 😉

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          Rory Reply

          You sound like a Roku PR Elf! 🙂

          …but great to see Scrooged is widely available. Absolute classic!

          By the way everybody, it’s also available at my house on Christmas Eve where it’ll be playing at around 7.30pm. All are welcome but seating is limited as I only have a two-seat couch and the dog takes up most of it.

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            Just noticed Scrooged is part of Sky Cinema’s Xmas movie collection so available to stream via Sky Go.

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    Lisa Key Reply

    Tell me someone is streaming Scrooge this Xmas!

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      The Channel Guide Reply

      @Lisa Key

      You didn’t specify which version of “Scrooge” you were hoping to stream this Xmas… but, if it helps, the original 1935 version (with Seymour Hicks) is FREE-TO-STREAM via the “RokuMovies” private channel on Roku devices worldwide. You install it using the ‘Add a channel’ option via your online Roku account with access code: ZB34AC and you’ll find the film listed within the “Drama / Suspense” section of their content library.

      If it’s the 1951 version (with Alastair Sim) you’ll find that is also FREE-TO-STREAM… except, this time, it’s via the “INC” channel (Independent Network Channel) on Roku devices and (again) it’s available worldwide. You can install it either by using Roku ‘Search’ (just type INC to find it) or look under “Film & TV” in the Roku Channel Store. Once you’ve launched the channel, you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of their main menu and look for a category called ‘Winter is Coming’ wherein you’ll see the 1951 version of “Scrooge” and can stream it for free from there!

      Lastly, if it’s the 1970 version (with Albert Finney)… you’ll find that on UK Roku devices via the “Amazon Video” channel but it’s not (currently) part of ‘Amazon Prime’, so you’ll need to rent or buy it in order to stream that version of “Scrooge” but it’s another option, at least!

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        Lisa Key Reply

        Thank you for the information. It’s the Alastair Sim version that I love the most. Great to hear it’s available to stream but I don’t have Roku device unfortunately. I only have an Amazon Fire Stick. 🙁

        I love Scrooged too of course so I might rent it via Amazon.

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          The Channel Guide Reply

          @ Lisa Key

          Sorry. I assumed you’d have Roku… as this article is geared towards content that is available via the various Roku channels (or, “apps”, if you prefer) on UK Roku devices. However, you can still stream the 1951 version of “Scrooge” (feat. Alastair Sim) with an Amazon Fire Stick. Just install the ‘YouTube’ app (if you haven’t already) and you can either search (within the app) for the film or, use a mobile device to navigate to the following URL

          … and then cast the video to your Amazon Fire Stick from your mobile device! 😉

          For the record, any Roku users wishing to stream this movie via ‘YouTube’ can also cast the video from mobile devices to watch on the big screen via their Roku streaming media player(s)… so it’s a “win-win” situation for all streamers with this film! 🙂

          Hope you enjoy watching it.

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    Dan Grant Reply

    We all have different films we love. For me Christmas Vacation would be number one but you can’t really argue with any of the films on the list.

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      The Channel Guide Reply

      @ Dan Grant

      Despite not making it into this ‘Top 10’, you’ll find “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) is (currently) available to rent for £2.49, via “Amazon Video” or “Wuaki TV UK”, or else you can buy it for £5.99 through “Amazon Video” (as a digital “film only” purchase), or for £6.99 from “Wuaki TV UK” (which includes an ‘UltraViolet’ copy) or for £7.99 from “Sky Store” (which includes a ‘DVD’ copy, posted for FREE to your door). So again, not wishing to sound like “a Roku PR elf” [Rory’s words, not mine 😉 ], anyone can watch this on UK Roku devices using their preferred option from those three “channels” (or, “apps”, if you like)… proving (once more) that you don’t need to look beyond Roku for streaming most festive films this year!

      Whichever way you choose, I hope you enjoy the movie! 🙂

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