Your 2022 Guide to Holiday Movies & TV Specials

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and you know what that means:  holiday movies and TV specials galore! 

But the amount of holiday entertainment can be overwhelming. In fact, if you wanted to catch even just the holiday content that’s debuting in 2022, you’d have to watch roughly three new holiday movies every day in November and December. 

Not up to the task? We’re here to help narrow the list! So grab some hot cocoa, swaddle yourself in blankets, and check out these old (and new!) holiday favorites.

Holiday Movies: The Classics

Because the holidays just don’t feel complete without the classics, do they?

  • The quintessential holiday film: There’s a reason why TBS and TNT play A Christmas Story for 24 hours straight every Christmas. But now you can stream this classic at any time with HBO Max.
  • The nostalgic seasonal comedy: It wouldn’t be the holidays without watching Home Alone. Relive Kevin McCallister’s shenanigans on Disney+ as he learns to fend for himself against classic comic duo, The Wet Bandits.
  • Keep the holiday laughs going: One is a heartwarming tale about an orphan raised by elves, the other is a hilarious send-up of every way a family holiday can go wrong. But both are eminently bingeable. Stream Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on HBO Max.
  • Looking for more holiday classics to binge? During the month of  December,, the Freeform Network will air its 25 Days of Christmas marathon, chock full of Christmas classics like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and The Grinch.

Holiday Movies: What’s New in 2022

Alongside the annual classics, a slate of new holiday movies will be making their debut in 2022. Here’s what you can’t miss. 

  • The First Noelle: Noelle’s old flame Terrance is back from London for the first time in a year. But he’s brought someone with him…a new girlfriend with the same name as her. Starring Novi Brown and Todd Anthony, The First Noelle is guaranteed to bring a touch of romance to your yuletide. Stream it on BET +.
  • A Holiday Spectacular: The year is 1958. Heiress Maggie  sneaks off to New York to make her secret dream come true – become a Rockette. Starring Ginna Claire Mason (Wicked), Derek Klena (Moulin Rouge), and even the Rockettes themselves, make sure to catch A Holiday Spectacular on the Hallmark Channel or stream it on Peacock.
  • A Christmas Story Christmas: Peter Billingsley returns as Ralphie, who is now an adult and tasked with planning his family’s Christmas.A sequel that’s been 39 years in the making, watch this new favorite on HBO Max.

Still wanting more?

Then check out this lineup of music-related holiday specials set to debut in December. From CMA Country Christmas (ABC & Disney+) to Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All! (CBS & Paramount+), they will be sure to get you in the festive spirit.

We know the holidays can be intense. So make sure to take a breather and put on some feel-good holiday movies and TV specials. Happy Holidays!

To discover more of our recommendations from previous holiday seasons, check our related article here.