Eight shows and movies to watch this Christmas 2022

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or not, it’s the perfect day to wear something comfy, drink a cup of something hot, and lay down in front of your TV.

Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, here’s a look at your viewing choices, from TV specials to new movies coming to the streaming world.

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas everyone!

This special two-hour concert was filmed at Madison Square Garden and features the self-proclaimed “Christmas Queen” performing a medley of festive songs, including her hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” It’s already aired on MTV and CBS, but it’s streaming if you haven’t seen it the first time.

Where to watch: Stream on Paramount+.

Mariah Carey.

“Hanging Out With Mr. Cooper”

There’s a TV marathon back from this sitcom, which originally aired on ABC from 1992 to 1997 and follows NBA player-turned-substitute teacher Mark Cooper (Mark Curry) as he must navigate his new job. with the help of his colleagues, his friend Robin (Dawnn Lewis) and his roommate and fiancée Vanessa (Holly Robinson Peete).

Where to watch: truTV until 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

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If you’re more in the mood for romantic comedy, watch this film about Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracy), two strangers who are tired of being single over the holidays. They agree to be each other’s “most” platonic for various events, before ending up with feelings for each other.

Where to watch: Netflix.

Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in "Holidate" seated l
Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in “Holidate”.
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Although this 1987 movie isn’t specifically holiday-themed, it’s a lot of fun. New York widow Loretta Castorini (Cher) falls in love with her fiancé’s unstable younger brother, Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). It earned six Academy Award nominations and a Best Actress win for Cher.

Where to watch: Prime Video.

“Alone at home”

The classic 1990 comedy follows Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), a rambunctious 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation for Christmas – and all he does is sabotage would-be burglars Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Sterne).

Where to watch: 9 p.m. on Freeform on Sunday, December 25.

“The Banshees of Inisherin”

This one isn’t holiday-focused, but if you want to watch a high-profile movie, it’s now available to stream. Directed by Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), it is set on a remote island in Ireland and follows Pádraic (Colin Farrell), who is devastated when his pal Colm (Brendan Gleeson) puts suddenly an end their lifelong friendship and struggles to remedy the situation. He has been nominated for eight Golden Globes.

Where to watch: HBO Max.

Colin Farrell in "The Banshees of
Colin Farrell in “The Banshees of Inisherin”.
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A seasonal classic, this follows Buddy (Will Ferrell), who was accidentally raised among Santa’s elves at the North Pole, despite being human. He goes on an adventure to find his real father, the cynical businessman Walter (James Caan) in New York, and hijackings ensue.

Where to watch: It airs at both 6 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Sunday on AMC.

Will Ferrell in an elf outfit shouting and smiling surrounded by people.
Will Ferrell in “Elf”.
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Top Gun: Maverick

This 2022 hit movie recently landed on streaming, so if you missed it in theaters, now’s your chance. A sequel to the 1986 film, it follows naval aviator Maverick (Tom Cruise), who confronts his past while training a group of young Top Gun graduates. Co-stars include Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller.

Tom Cruise in "Top Gun: Maverick" smiling at Airmen.
Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick”.
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Where to watch: Paramount+.

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