We’ve got you covered — whether you’re in the mood for something naughty or nice.
With Hoopla and Kanopy, you can stream tens of thousands of movies, documentaries and episodes of television to your phone, tablet or computer anywhere at anytime. And it’s free with your Mentor Public Library card.
And they’ve got a robust collection of holiday-themed specials. Let’s unwrap some of our favorites:
Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham play hard-partying friends whose carefree perspectives throw one family’s holiday into disarray.
Elmo’s father tells a bedtime story about why everyone leaves cookies out for Santa. In doing so, we meet Elmo’s great-great-great-grandmonster and travel back to when Sesame Street was a very different place. In fact, everyone was so grouchy that Santa didn’t even bother to visit. What can be done to bring kindness, cheer, and the spirit of Christmas to Sesame Street.
Jeff Dunham invites his puppets (Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, José Jalapeño and Achmed the Dead Terrorist) to join him on his first holiday special.
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.
The gang gets in the holiday spirit with the tale of a plucky lawyer who sets out to save Santa Claus from the clutches of a spoilsport zillionaire.
The Cat in the Hat — along with his friends Sally, Nick, and the Fish — must help a baby reindeer get back to his family in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. They’ll probably learn a thing or two along the way.
Dolly Parton plays an angel (naturally) who must help a lonely widowed father if she wants to get her wings.
A compilation of Gumby skits centered around 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.
10. God Came Near
An Advent Series for families explores the stories of Joseph and Mary, the true history of Saint Nicholas, the hectic holiday season, Christmas traditions, and more
It’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe, their holiday party transforms into a rescue mission.
12. Saving Christmas
Kirk Cameron rescues his brother-in-law, Christian, from the humbugs and gives him a fresh perspective on Christmas.
And now for an intermission called ___ Saves Christmas in which your favorite cartoon or canine protagonist rescues the holiday from nefarious villains:
- Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation
- Sonic Saves Christmas
- Super Mario Saves Christmas
- Strawberry Shortcake Saves Christmas
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.
The classic ballet performed by the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre. You may also enjoy Getting to the Nutcracker, a documentary that depicts all the hard work it takes to perform the holiday classic, from audition to curtain call. (For a different take, check out Maurice Sendak’s version of The Nutcracker.)
Five strangers come together on Christmas Even in New York City. Features an all-star cast with Paul Walker, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams.
Learn about the historical saint from Turkey who partly inspired the Santa Claus myth. (If you’re six years old and reading this, please don’t tell your parents that we called Santa Claus mythical. Also, good job on your reading.)
Based upon O Henry’s short story. A young husband and wife barter their most cherished possessions to buy Christmas gifts for one another.
A young boy is outraged when he receives a single orange for his Christmas largess and decides to sue Santa Claus.
A short co-produced by animation legend Bill Plympton showing the effects of climate change on Christmas
Part of The Great British Baking Show. In the countdown to Christmas, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood feel festive in the kitchen. They share six recipes to bake for your family this holiday, inspired by traditions from all over Europe.