Stream classic and quirky Christmas specials with Hoopla

santa-claus-2918_1920In the mood to watch something seasonal but don’t feel like leaving home today?

That’s not a problem. With Hoopla, you can stream more than 500,000 audiobooks, movies and albums to your phone, tablet or computer anywhere at anytime. And it’s free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Here are 25different Christmas movies and TV episodes that you can start streaming now.

1. Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas

The characters learn about giving with some catchy music and a lot of fun.

2. Holiday Inn

The classic! Bing Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Fred Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady.

3. Andy Williams Christmas Show

This collection features 24 of Andy Williams’ best Christmas songs from his weekly series.

4. Eloise: Little Miss Christmas

It’s almost Christmas Eve for Eloise, the Plaza’s most famous six-year old. She and her friends have decided to put on a holiday show like no other.

5. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

The Muppets have made three or four million different Christmas specials. This is admittedly one of their lesser known films, but it’s still stuffed with Pepe-the-King-Prawn goodness. (Yes, Kermit and the gang are also here, but Pepe is our favorite.)

6. Madeline’s Christmas

There’s not a whole lot of plot to Madeline’s Christmas (but since when has Madeline been about things happening.) Basically, Madeline must take care of her classmates who have fallen ill around holiday time.

That’s right. Madeline saves the holiday and cures the common cold. Is there anything this adorable moppet can’t do?

7. The Office (UK)—BBC Special

No, not the one with the Yankee swap. This is the original British The Office—the one that inspired the American variant and made Ricky Gervais your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.

This isn’t just a Christmas special. It’s also the finale. Can David Brent (Gervais as the pre-Michael Scott entertainer/boss) find a date in time for the office Christmas party? And will Dawn and Tim—the British versions of Pam and Jim, but you probably figured that out—make it work?

8. Inside Lyndey’s Kitchen: Celebrating Christmas

Lyndey Milan shares some of her favorite recipes for a classic, contemporary, or even lazy Christmas—whichever suits you and your family best.

9. The Nutcracker Ballet

The classic ballet performed by the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre. (For a different take, check out Maurice Sendak’s version of The Nutcracker.)

10. Babes in Toyland

Toys come to life in this holiday classic. Enjoy both the Annette Funicello and Drew Barrymore versions.

11. One Christmas

Starring Katherine Hepburn. A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans.  Based on an autobiographical short story by Truman Capote.

12. Abbott & Costello: The Christmas Show

This delightful Christmas special stars the hilarious Abbott and Costello and features Margaret Whiting, The Nicholas Brothers, Buster Shaver and Olive, and Tom and Jerry.

13. One Magic Christmas

It’s a Disney film starring a plucky 6-year-old girl and her guardian angel. This is either too saccharine or perfect for you, depending upon your taste, and you already know which it is.

14. A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

Not family friendly, but the cast is packed with comedy all-stars, including Robin Williams, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, and Candice Bergen.

15. The Night Before Christmas

Or if you’re looking for something more traditional, you can watch as Anthony Edwards narrates this Christmas classic.

16. The Irish Tenor Trio: A Classic Irish Christmas

Peter Stanford, Dean MacRae and David Bacon sing “The First Noel,” “Oh Danny Boy,” “Amazing Grace,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “Jingle Bells” and more across a backdrop of delightful Christmas scenes and beautiful Irish landscapes.

17. Gumby’s Christmas Capers

Gumby and Pokey celebrate Christmas in this compilation of skits from their many shows.

18. Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle

Legend has it every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights the Christmas Candle will receive a miracle.

19. Strawberry Shortcake, Berry Merry Christmas

Just when you thought this shortcake couldn’t get any sweeter, she made a Christmas special.

Get ready for some adorable. Strawberry Shortcake and her friends make Madeline look like Edgar Allan Poe.

20. Christmas with the Addams Family

Uncle Fester gets stuck in the chimney while dressed as Santa. That’s all you needed to know, right?

21. The Story of Christmas

Christmas isn’t just about mystery-solving teenagers and princess-saving plumbers. (Oh, we’ll get to the Mario Christmas special later.) It’s not just about Santa Claus or talking snowmen either.

The Story of Christmas recounts the tale of Jesus’s birth simply and sweetly. Watch it with your kids if they start to forget the reason for the season.

22. Bah Humduck! A Looney Christmas

There are hundreds of iterations on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but this is the only one with Daffy Duck.

Ergo, it must also be the best. (Though we also acknowledge the awesomeness of A Muppet Christmas Carol.)

23. Krampus: The Christmas Devil

This flick’s perfect if you want to mix some Halloween with your Christmas. (There’s also Krampus Unleashed if you want to have a movie marathon.)

24. Franklin’s Magic Christmas

Franklin’s having a difficult Christmas. His grandpa’s sick, Faraway Farm is snowed in, and his sister Harriet is driving him crazy.

I wonder if the holiday will teach him any special lessons about appreciating his younger sibling.

25. Super Mario World, The Night Before Cave Christmas

As is probably obvious by now, we have an enormous soft spot for Christmas specials that border on the ridiculous.

And what can be more ridiculous than Christmas with Mario and Luigi, especially when Mario is trying to stop King Koopa from stealing a bunch of cavemen’s Christmas gifts?

Nothing. There is a not a single thing that can be more ridiculous than that.

(For console equanimity, you can also watch Sonic Christmas Blast.)

By the way, if you’re looking for Christmas music, you can stream dozens of holiday albums for free with Hoopla and Freegal.

If you want to watch any of these videos but don’t know how to use Hoopla, you can check out this video tutorial that one of our librarians made.

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