Canada.com has a nifty guide for how Canadians can get access to the U.S. Netflix library. It would come in handy if you’re looking for great Christmas movies to stream this week. The selection on Netflix Canada just doesn’t cut it. No White Christmas, no Miracle on 34th Street.
Here are my picks for Christmas movies streaming on Netflix Canada.
A new classic, the Will Ferrell vehicle from 2003 was a hit at the box office and has only grown in popularity since its release. Ferrell is Buddy, a human who was raised by elves in the North Pole. He ventures to New York to find his biological father (James Caan), who Santa tells him is on the naughty list. Elf also stars Ed Asner as Santa, Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Amy Sedaris and a pre-Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage. Directed by Jon Favreau.
While not nearly as crass as the unrated DVD version (the so-dubbed Badder Santa), Netflix’s version of Bad Santa is nonetheless a good bet for laughs on Christmas Eve (Just don’t watch with any children). A department-store Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) plans a Christmas-Eve robbery with his sidekick and meets a bullied kid he wants to help out. Stars Billy Bob Thornot, Bernie Mac and Lauren Graham.
This is the one I’ll be watching this week. An animated movie from DreamWorks with Santa, Sandman, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny teaming up to help save the memories and imaginations of kids around the world. Features voice work by Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law.
Also on Netflix: Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular (also on YouTube in full), Christmas with the Kranks, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Trailer Park Boys: Xmas Special, Home Alone 3, among other junk.
If watching movies on TV is more your thing and you use the commercial breaks to run to the bathroom or refill on spiked egg nog, there are some offerings on CTV and Global in Canada that’ll do nicely.
It’s a Wonderful Life – CTV 8 p.m. ET, Dec. 24
A timely message of family, love, friendship and generosity that is on TV every year for a reason. This Frank Capra-directed and James Stewart-starring film will warm even the coldest of hearts.
Bob’s Burgers “Christmas in the Car” – Global 8:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 29
One of my favourite shows of 2013 had a great Christmas episode this year, and Global is re-airing it on Sunday, Dec. 29. The Belchers are on a hunt for a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve after theirs rots (because Linda put it up the day after Halloween). On their way back home, they get driven off the road by an angry truck driver and end up spending Christmas in their car.
Also on TV: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 8:30 p.m. ET on Global on Christmas Eve Dec. 24; A Christmas Carol, 11:30 p.m. on CTV on Christmas Eve Dec. 24; The Polar Express, 8 p.m. on Global on Christmas Day Dec. 25; Michael Bublé’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special, 9 p.m. on CTV on Christmas Day Dec. 25.