Top 10 Non-traditional Holiday Movies you can stream today!

Movies give us a chance to escape our daily lives and see things a little differently – and as the pandemic has been affecting our lives for nearly an entire year, it just might be the right time for a little escapism. Unlike most holiday movie lists, this one includes some off-beat and atypical selections that will make you laugh, cry, and maybe scream in terror – kind of like 2020! So, give yourself a break, and indulge in some off-beat holiday movies that a sure to make your day! Here are the 10 non-traditional holiday movies you can stream today! 

Elf

After one of Santa’s elves (Played by Will Ferrell) Discovers he is actually a human, he goes on a quest to discover who his real father is. Destination: NYC. Elf is more than just a Christmas movie, but a Phenomenon. Bring some silliness into your home today!

Stream now on Hulu

A Diva’s Christmas Carol

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In this adaptation of the Charles Dickens Classic, Ebony Scrooge (Played by Vanessa Williams), a rude Pop Diva with an ego who definitely has a disdain for the Holidays is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, she may change her tune and find the joy that she’s been missing all along. 

Available on Amazon

The Family Stone

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When a conservative businesswoman from the big city joins her boyfriend’s eccentric and extroverted family for the holidays, she finds that fitting in is a matter of letting go and enjoying herself. However, This film does come with quite a few emotional twists along the way, so grab your hot chocolate and some tissues. You will need them. 

Stream now on HBO MAX

Last Holiday

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Featuring an incredible performance by Queen Latifah, a shy and timid woman finds strength when she is diagnosed with a brain condition that gives her only three weeks to live, Georgia Byrd discovers that with little time to live, she is going to make the most of it.  

Stream now on Amazon Prime

Krampus

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Have you ever heard the tale of Krampus? Well, let’s just say that those naughty boys and girls may be in store for a whole lot more than cole in their Christmas stockings. If you are looking for a little Holiday Horror this year, Krampus brings it, along with a whole lot of (unintentional?) laughs along the way. 

Stream now on Hulu

The Preacher’s Wife

The Preacher’s Wife is a beautiful Christmas story starring an All-Star cast headlined by Denzel Washington. Denzel plays the role of an angel sent to earth to help The Reverend Biggs (Played by Courtney B. Vance) keep the doors to his congregation open. Things become complicated as the angel begins to fall in love with the Reverend’s wife. 

Stream now on Hulu

Hebrew Hammer

In this ridiculous comedy about a Jewish detective tasked by the Hebrew Justice League to defend against the evil Saint Nick, Mordechai Carver (played by Adam Goldberg) teams up with the Kwanzaa Liberation Front to put a stop to the mayhem and save the holidays for future generations. Trigger Warning: Don’t take this one too seriously.  

Available on Amazon 

The Best Man Holiday

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In this sequel to “The Best Man”,  the crew reunites after 15 years to rekindle old friendships, and settle old tensions. Starring the cast from the original, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, and Regina Hall reprise their roles.

Stream now on Amazon Prime

Anna and the Apocalypse

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Another cross-genre horror/holiday flick, Anna and the Apocalypse is the story of what happens when the Zombie Apocalypse threatens a sleepy little town during the Holidays. Anna and her friends must find a way to survive. With little hope, the group discovers that the only people who can save them are themselves.  

Stream now on Amazon Prime

Friday After Next

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The third movie in the Friday Franchise throws Craig (played by Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) into another precarious situation. After robbed by Santa Claus, and having no way to pay the rent due by the end of the day, the duo must find a way to pay, or face the consequences… and a recently released Convict coming to collect. 

Stream now on HBO MAX

The Black Candle – BONUS

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According to the website, “The Black Candle is a documentary about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture, using Kwanzaa as a vehicle to celebrate the African-American experience. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith) are so important to African-Americans today. The documentary explores the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants.”

Stream now on Tubi

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