The Christmas countdown has officially begun! With only twelve days left until Christmas, we share our twelve festive favourites to stream this holiday season on Telstra TV.
1. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Telstra TV Box Office, Foxtel Now)
Perfect for the whole family is the fiendishly funny story of everyone’s favourite Christmas curmudgeon – DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH, streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office and Foxtel Now. While the Whos of Whoville prepare to celebrate the best Christmas yet, grumpy old Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) just wants to be left in peace. Along with his trusty dog Max, he decides to put an end to the festivities once and for all – with a plot to impersonate Santa and ruin Christmas.
2. Holiday in the Wild (Netflix)
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a heartwarming romcom – and this year Netflix is delivering the goods and then some with HOLIDAY IN THE WILD, available to stream now. Just when she’s coming to terms with her son leaving for college, Kate (played by Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis) is blindsided by her husband suddenly leaving her. Heading off on their “second honeymoon” to Africa by herself, she meets a handsome pilot (Rob Lowe). When the pair rescue an infant elephant, Kate decides to spend Christmas at the elephant sanctuary where together they nurse the young orphan back to health.
3. Christmas episodes of your favourite sitcoms (Stan)
Stan have taken the work out of finding every Christmas episode of your favourite TV sitcoms in their hand-picked Christmas collection. In the lead up to this Christmas, laugh along with some festively funny episodes of television’s most-loved comedy gems including Friends, Will & Grace, Family Guy, Parks and Recreation, The Golden Girls, The Nanny, Absolutely Fabulous, Frasier, The Office and more – streaming right now, only on Stan.
4. Domain Test Series: Australia v New Zealand (Kayo, Foxtel Now)
For many sports fans, Christmas means Cricket – and with Kayo and Fox Cricket’s all-day coverage, you can catch the DOMAIN TEST SERIES live and catch up on key moments you might have missed or want to revisit. The First Test is streaming this weekend – and after your Christmas Day backyard bash with the neighbours, stream the Boxing Day Test on 26 December against our other neighbours, New Zealand. Start your 14 day free trial of Kayo today*.
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5. Woolworths Carols in the Domain (7plus)
Get your song books out and your vocal cords warmed up for the 37th Annual CAROLS IN THE DOMAIN, streaming live on 7plus from 8.00pm (AEDT) on Saturday 21 December. Hosted by Sunrise presenters David Koch and Natalie Barr, Australia’s largest Christmas concert will beam all your favourite Christmas songs from Sydney’s Domain directly into your living room – performed by some of Australia’s biggest stars and fan favourites including The Wiggles, Lucy Durack, Adam Brand, Paulini, Shannon Noll, Vanessa Amorosi and The Salvation Army Choir. And let’s not forget, a very special visit from Santa Claus himself!
6. Christmas Playlists (Spotify)
And if it’s Christmas music you’re in the mood for, there’s no better destination than Spotify on Telstra TV. Spotify’s curated playlists offer countless hours of streaming music to get you into the Christmas spirit, no matter what the occasion. Wrapping presents on your living room floor? Check out Christmas Is Coming. A pre-Chrissy catch-up with mates? Crank up the Christmas Party. And the perfect soundtrack to Christmas Day lunch with the family? There’s nothing better than Christmas Favourites. Plus try your first 3 months of Spotify Premium for free*. To get started, download the Spotify app today from the App Store on your Telstra TV.
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7. Buttons: A Christmas Tale (Telstra TV Box Office)
Hollywood legends Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke star in this new release family film with plenty of old-school charm – BUTTONS: A CHRISTMAS TALE, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Set in the early 1900s, this heartwarming musical is narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford and centres on Emily (played by Noelle Parker), an orphan who is visited by her guardian angel Rose (Lansbury) when she falls ill on Christmas Eve. To help her through the difficult time, Rose tells her the story of Annabelle (Alivia Clark) – another orphan who overcame an unbearable situation when she was forced to work in a textile mill sewing buttons.
8. The Knight Before Christmas (Netflix)
New to Netflix this holiday season is the time-traveling romantic comedy, THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Vanessa Hudgens stars as Brooke, an unlucky-in-love science teacher who has given up on dating until she meets Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse), a chivalrous knight from the middle-ages who has been magically transported into the present day. Helping him make sense of the strange new world around him, Brooke and the medieval gent grow close. And as he works towards finding his way back home, Cole begins to wonder if he wouldn’t rather stay in the present.
9. Home Alone (Telstra TV Box Office, Foxtel Now)
No Christmas watch-list would be complete without the perennial favourite, HOME ALONE – available to stream on Telstra TV Box Office and Foxtel Now. Macaulay Culkin plays eight year old Kevin McCallister, left behind to fend for himself when his entire extended family leave in a hurry for their Christmas vacation. Initially enjoying the freedom of having the whole house to himself, he’s interrupted when two blundering burglars (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) turn up to rob the place. Showing incredible ingenuity, Kevin sets a series of elaborate booby-traps – sabotaging their efforts to hilarious effect.
10. Love Actually (Telstra TV Box Office, Amazon Prime Video, Stan)
Another crowd-pleaser consistently topping the most-watched lists every Christmas is the ode to holiday romance, LOVE ACTUALLY – available now on Telstra TV Box Office, Amazon Prime Video and Stan. With an incredible ensemble cast including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Bill Nighy, this ambitious anthology film packs ten separate relationship stories into one exceedingly watchable package. From new loves and young love, to unrequited love, love triangles and workplace affairs, Love Actually explores the highs and lows of romance experienced by a diverse group of Londoners in the lead up to Christmas.
11. Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show (Amazon Prime Video)
Join country superstar singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves in her adorably funny holiday variety show, THE KACEY MUSGRAVES CHRISTMAS SHOW, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. With special guests including Camila Cabello, Kendall Jenner, James Corden, Lana Del Rey, Fred Armisen, Zooey Deschanel and Australia’s Troye Sivan, Kacey performs duets of her own songs and Christmas classics with her celebrity guests – sprinkled with comedy sketches and banter throughout to bring on the festive cheer.
12. It’s a Wonderful Life (Stan)
Regarded by Rotten Tomatoes as the number one Christmas film of all time is IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, available to stream now on Stan. Set in the small town of Bedford Falls, the film follows George Bailey (played by James Stewart), a bank worker who is struggling financially and considering ending it all when a hapless angel named Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers) comes down to earth to show him what life might have been like for those around him if he had never been born. Reflecting on the positive impact of his life’s many selfless acts, George realises that he certainly has had a “wonderful life”.
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