Christmas is a time for spending time with loved ones, cuddling up indoors and putting a movie on for the whole family. Typically, at least a few of the movies you’ll watch during this time of the year will be Disney releases. After all, they’ve created some of the most iconic and magical Christmas related movies ever. 

Unfortunately, the recent release of the new streaming service Disney+ has meant that all of your favourite Disney classics have now been removed from the most popular streaming service Netflix. And to make matters worse, Disney+ won’t be available in the UK until 2020, which means you can’t just switch your subsciription over to Disney+ to catch the classic movies. 

So what to do? Well, this could be an opportunity to explore some Christmas movies which aren’t produced by Disney. You might be surprised at just how great they are. Here are our top picks for non-Disney Christmas movies to enjoy on Netflix this year:


Christmas Break-In

This Home Alone inspired film is sure to be a hit this Chrstmas.. Izzy, 9 years old, is left stranded at school before the Christmas break after her parents struggle to pick her up in time because of a blizzard. With a trio of robbers on the loose, it’s up to Izzy to save the day. 

Cast includes: Cameron Seely, Denise Richards and Daniel Glover

Suitable for – if your kids loved Home Alone, then they’ll also enjoy this film. 

The Knight Before Christmas

Despite the cheesy name, this film actually holds quite a bit of promise and is bound to keep the kids entertained – in this movie, a medieval English knight is magically transported to the present day where he falls for a high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.

Cast Includes: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse

Suitable for – if your kids love Disney princess stories, this movie will be similarly enjoyable 


Often the best Christmas Disney movies are animated, but luckily there are some great non-Disney animated films to check out on Netflix this Christmas, including Klaus. This movie is about a toymaker who is befriended by a postman, Jesper, and together they hope to heal an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of presents and joy.

Cast includes: Joan Cusack, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons

Suitable for – if your kids love weird animated movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, this will be right up their street and will probably be watched more than once. 

Arthur Christmas

Believe it or not, this animated movie actually isn’t a Disney film, so it will be available to watch through Netflix this Christmas. Despite only coming out a few years ago, it has already cemented itself as a bit of a Christmas classic, and you’ll be able to enjoy it on Netflix UK this Christmas. It also features a great British cast. 

Cast includes: James MacAvoy, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Suitable for – if your kids are craving feel good animated movies, and the adults want something they can watch too,  Arthur Christmas ticks all the boxes.




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