Home (Viewing) for the Holidays

With winter in the air, it is time once again to celebrate the season with a collection of festive films for the holidays. Join Kanopy as we present an array of holiday offerings, from films fit for the entire family to titles that will appeal to those cynical Scrooges out there, we’ve got something for everyone. So, snuggle up by the cinematic fire and enjoy classic and contemporary films that will warm your heart and soul as the holidays approach.

Kevin Sayar
Kanopy CEO
 The Man Who Invented Christmas
(2017) on IMDb

The Man Who Invented Christmas

This is the story of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

 The Bishop's Wife
(1947) on IMDb

The Bishop’s Wife

In this beloved holiday classic, Cary Grant plays an angel in human form sent down from heaven to help a bishop (David Niven) build a new cathedral while also repairing the committed community leader’s fractured relationship with his wife (Loretta Young).

 Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
(2017) on IMDb

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, Dreaming of A Jewish Christmas is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday.

 Jingle Bell Rocks!
(2013) on IMDb

Jingle Bell Rocks!

A trippy, cinematic sleighride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative and underground Xmas music, featuring The Flaming Lips, Run-DMC, The Free Design, Low, Miles Davis and Bob Dorough, Clarence Carter, John Waters, and many more.

 The Holly and the Ivy
(1952) on IMDb

The Holly and the Ivy

It is Christmas Eve in the little country town of Wyndenham. Inside the rectory all is bustle as Jenny Gregory, the vicar’s elder daughter, begins putting up the decorations. But before this particular Christmas is over, the various members of her family will have to come to terms with a number of difficult subjects, only then they can truly claim to have goodwill to all men in their hearts.

 Santa Claus
(1925) on IMDb

A Christmas Past

A collection of nine enchanting films from 1901 to 1925 that offer a nostalgic peek into the Yuletide pleasures of the early 20th century.

A Not So Silent Night

The McGarrigle Sisters’ annual Carnegie Hall Christmas performance, captured live at the Knitting Factory stage, features the last filmed performance by Kate and Anne McGarrigle (together), since Kate’s passing on January 18, 2010. This unique concert also brings special appearances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Grammy award-winner Emmylou Harris, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, and famed performance artist Laurie Anderson.

 Getting to the Nutcracker
(2014) on IMDb

Getting to the Nutcracker

Every Christmas The Nutcracker is performed in cities around the world. What does it take to produce this timeless ballet? Witness the passion of young dancers, from auditions to the final, triumphant performance.

 A Christmas Story Documentary: Road Trip for Ralphie
(2008) on IMDb

Road Trip for Ralphie

Tyler and Jordie Schwartz grew up loving the movie A Christmas Story. Although they didn’t know each other as kids, the couple always shared the same annual anticipation of waiting for the movie to air on television. Once they finally met, they were delighted to discover their mutual admiration for the classic Christmas movie. Join the filmmakers as they visit more than 15 locations in Canada and Cleveland to learn amazing trivia about the movie and the people who made it.

 Saint Nicholas: The Real Story
(2015) on IMDb

Saint Nicholas – The Real Story

Everybody knows the story of Santa Claus, the red-suited figure who lives at the North Pole and distributes gifts to good children every Christmas Eve. But is there any historical evidence on which this jolly old character is based? Was there a real Santa Claus? To answer that question, host Mark Wilson, a distinguished historian and archeologist travels not to the North Pole but to modern day Turkey and Italy. There he uncovers clues that lead to the truth about the man behind the legend.

 The Christmas Letter
(2016) on IMDb

The Lost Letter

This is the short tale of a young boy as he prepares his neighborhood for Christmas. That is until he confronts the one lady who doesn’t want the holiday to come at all.

The Nutcracker Ballet

This classic tale takes place on the night before Christmas, when Clara and Franz receive a Nutcracker as a gift from their uncle. This present sparks a magical dream, and a night filled with amazing stories and characters. The Mouse King, Sugar Fairies, Chime Puppets and other timeless characters, makes this ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s music, an unforgettable experience.

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