Blog: Stream and chill this festive break

Christmas tree and lights

Our recommendations for new releases on streaming platforms this December

With the festive period set to be a socially limited one, now more than ever we’re all going to be relying on the delights of Christmas TV and bottomless treasure chest that is online streaming to keep us entertained in the holidays.

To help save some wasted hours of flicking through the channels or scrolling through Netflix recommendations we’ve pulled together a few recommendations for your watchlist during the festive break.

And if you want to make it a more social experience, why not watch with friends with an online watch party using Netflix Party where you can synchronise the viewing and have a virtual chat at the same time. OK it isn’t quite the same as getting together but it will keep you connected during the holidays.

Netflix Originals


If a romcom is your thing than Holidate might be for you. Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) make a pact to be each other's date for all of their holiday festivities — no romance, just fun. We’ll leave you to work out where this ends up going…

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Want something to make you feel good, that’s easy watching, and has a classic ‘festive film’ feel to it? Then this sequel to The Christmas Chronicles should be right up you street as we get to find out more about the relationship between Mr and Mrs Claus……

Operation Christmas Drop

2020 left you feeling like you need your faith in humanity returning? Well Operation Christmas Drop should do the trick as it is based on the real-life humanitarian drop the US Air Force conducts every Christmas to deliver much needed aid to remote locations.

Amazon Prime

The Wilds

In the mood for drama, adventure and mystery? The Wilds will tick all your boxes, telling the story of a group of teen girls from different backgrounds who must fight for survival after a plane crash strands them on a deserted island. 

Sound of Metal

When a drummer in a band starts to lose his hearing he must come to terms with how his life is going to change. As he adapts to this new life he must also face old demons of addiction as he battles to accept the situation.

On the Telly

Ghost of Christmas – BBC One, 23 December, 8.30pm

If you are a fan of the comedy show ‘Ghosts’ you won’t want to miss this Christmas special. Mike and Alison aim to host the perfect family Christmas and rediscover the real meaning of the festive period in the process.

The Story of SM:TV Live, ITV, 27 December, 8pm

If you grew-up watching SM:TV Live then this will be the perfect trip down memory lane as Ant, Dec and Tess Daly reunite for loads of fun and nostalgia.