7 Disney+ choices to get in the holiday spirit

Emily Pisqui

In the calm before the storm that is finals week, thinking about the holidays isn’t on many students’ radar. However, getting in the holiday spirit with some classic (or newer) flicks might be the very thing some students need to ease the stress of upcoming exams. For those who have a Disney+ account or are mooching off a friend who has one, there are plenty of great seasonal options to choose from. 

If you don’t have a Disney+ account or any friends, no worries; the seven-day trial is just enough time to cram in these seven holiday flicks. 


  1. “Noelle” 

This Disney+ original is filled with family antics and holiday cheer, but its message is finding the true meaning of Christmas. Starring Anna Kendrick, Billy Eichner, Bill Hader and Julie Hagerty, “Noelle” may sound like a cliche but isn’t as corny as many other holiday Hallmark films. 

2. “The Santa Clause”

Most ’90s kids are familiar with this classic starring Tim Allen as Santa Clause, but maybe a blast from the past is exactly what we need to get us through finals week. Luckily, there are two sequels to this one, so prepare with some hot chocolate for a Christmas series binge. 

3. “Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!”

For people who prefer Disney Channel classics, “Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!” is a good one. Of course, it’s incredibly cheesy all the way through, but it may just be the perfect background noise for an intense study session. 

4. “Home Alone”

There isn’t a single person over the age of 15 who doesn’t remember Macaulay Culkin’s hilariously witty antics in “Home Alone.” At this point, “Home Alone” is just as much a holiday tradition as buying a Christmas tree or attending an ugly sweater party. What better way to put off studying than watching Joe Pesci be severely injured at the hands of an 8-year-old? 

5. “Frozen”

This animated movie technically has nothing to do with Christmas or the holidays, but the themes of winter and family are surely relevant to the current season. Filled with dangerous adventures, talking snowmen, loyal friendships and family bonding, “Frozen” is the perfect holiday pick-me-up. 

6. “A Christmas Carol” 


Starring Jim Carrey, “A Christmas Carol” takes you to a world of spookiness and at the same time reminds you what really matters during the holiday season: kindness, empathy and community. 

7. “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”

If you are more into the non-traditional holiday movies, the Star Wars saga may be the way to go. Since Disney+ has all the movies, this is a great opportunity for a holiday marathon with family or a significant other. 

If finals week is just too taxing for a streaming session, winter break is the perfect time to cuddle up with some hot cocoa and get back into the classics. 

Emily Pisqui can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or via Twitter @emilypisq15.