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I’ve put together a list of 7 secular Christmas movies and tv shows to watch on Amazon Prime.
If you’re like me and starting to enjoy some cold weather and eager to snuggle under a blanket with your favorite cuppa and watch an uplifting Christmas program, here are my TOP 7 non-religious Christmas movies and tv shows (not to mention Poirot’s Christmas previously written about here) in no specific order:
#1. Babes in Toyland (1986)
This is a well-made TV remake for the whole family of the classic story starring a young KEANU REEVES and DREW BARRYMORE. Of course, you can’t forget the 1934 version with Laurel and Hardy.
BEST BIT: You rarely get the chance to see Keanu Reeves singing and dancing around in tights.
#2. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)
This is standard Hallmark Christmas fare with heart and charm starring Brooke Burns as Jen, a corporate analyst, and single mother, tackles Christmas with a business-like approach until her uncle (comedy legend Henry Winkler) arrives with a handsome stranger in tow.
BEST BIT: If you were a fan of Henry Winkler in HAPPY DAYS, you’ll love seeing him light up your t.v. screen with Christmas cheer.
#3. Dear Santa (2011)
Dear Santa is more standard tv fare with a lot of heart, cheesiness and for some reason I have to turn it on every Christmas just cuz. Starring Amy Acker and David Haydn-Jones, the story focuses on a trust fund brat (Acker) who has to figure out how to live life w/o her parents’ support and ends up falling in love with a widower who runs a soup kitchen (Haydn-Jones) and his sweet daughter who asked Santa for a mom for Christmas.
BEST BIT: Acker does a great job overcoming the cheesiness of the part to bring heart to her role of Crystal making you want to root for her.
#4. One Special Night (1999)
Julie Andrews and James Garner (Victor/Victoria) portray two strangers who take refuge in a small cabin during a stormy winter night and, despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, they are undeniably drawn to one another in this holiday classic.
BEST BIT: James Garner and Julie Andrews have great on-screen chemistry. This is about second chances and older love (a rarity in Christmas rom-coms).
#5. Bob Hope Christmas Special (1968)
Just watched this the other night. If you like Bob Hope, support our troops and want some nostalgia and laughs – you’ll enjoy this special that is not so much about Christmas as it is good cheer with a vignette of clips from his USO show through Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Co-starring Raquel Welch, Elaine Dunn, Phil Cosby, and more.
BEST BIT: Seeing Raquel Welch dancing and singing was a treat. I had no idea.
#6. Lawrence Welk Christmas Shows
Lawrence Welk band plays Christmas classics and features some familiar faces such as The Lennon Sisters. Black and white t.v. programming provides nostalgia.
BEST BIT: The Lennon Sisters‘ “The Christmas Toy” was charming as was a beautiful harp solo.
#7. DOCTOR WHO: Voyage of the Damned (2007)
Imagine Titanic but as a spaceship from the planet Sto heading for London, England, to experience earth’s festivities. David Tennant is The Doctor who has just lost Rose and finds purpose and cheer again thanks to a charming ensemble of characters including a charming and adorable Kylie Minogue (Astrid) and Star Wars‘ Jimmy Vee (Bannakaffalatta).
BEST BIT: I loved Jimmy Vee (before he was R2-D2) and Kylie Minogue in their guest spots.
There you go. 7 of my recommendations for non-religious Christmas viewing on Amazon Prime.
Do you have a favorite I haven’t listed?
That is quite hilarious and the trailer is amazing. I can’t wait to see this movie someday.
The best thing about Christmas movies is that they are wonderful for the whole family to watch together
This is exactly what I needed! Just got Amazon Prime and was wondering what they have for the holiday season! Thanks for sharing!
I need to use my Amazon Prime more often. I these so many holiday movies on this list I would love to see!
We don’t have Prime, but I can still search for some other way to watch these movies. Dear Santa sounds like a perfect family movie to watch.
Sounds like a great selection of Christmas movies from Amazon prime! I can’t wait to watch these with the hubby as well. Thanks for the list!
I want to watch The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)! It sounds like a fun movie! I would like to check it out!
Some great recommendations, thank you!
This is an amazing list of movies on Prime. I need to get an account and make the switch!
Ok, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen Babes in Toyland. You are the 2nd person to talk about it, so now I have to check it out!
I remember watching Lawrence Welk with my grandparents. Such awesome memories! Thanks for the recommendations.
James Garner and Julie Andrews are perfect together on screen. Because of this, I would love to see the movie One Special Night.
We don’t use Prime as often as we could. This is a great selection.
Hhhmmm….no, I don’t think so. I wanna try all of them.
Oh thanks for the list. Been busy lately. But I won’t dare to miss watching one of these Christmas movies on Prime.
Watching Lawrence Welk brings back so many memories of watching the show with my grand parents. I’m sure to get odd looks from my kids on that one, but I wouldn’t care!
That’s a great list. We do have prime but don’t use it as much for the movies, which seems a waste! We should use it more often.
This is a great list of movies on Prime. I am so glad we have an account so we can catch some of these.
I love the Welk Christmas shows. That old school feel gives me all the nostalgia goodness.
Voyage of the Damned is so good! These are all great picks. I watch most of these for the holidays.