5 of the Best… Alternative Christmas films on Amazon Prime Video

We pick five of the best alternative Christmas films on Amazon Prime Video this year to help get you in the Christmas spirit – without resorting to the usual selection box of Crimbo classics.

By James Descombes Published: 8 December 2021 - 8.03pm
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Want to watch something different on your box this Christmas? No family animations that make you go ‘ahh’ or comedy classics that get rolled out every year? Take a look at our favourite alternative Christmas films – all available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

So get the food and drink in, settle on the sofa and enjoy a festive film treat. 

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Bad Moms - A Bad Moms Christmas 

Mila Kunis and Kristen Stewart in Bad Moms Christmas Amazon Prime Video

If the kids are proving a handful this Christmas and you need a bit of me-time, you’ll appreciate Bad Moms – A Bad Moms Christmas.

Three stressed and exhausted mums (Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) have their plans for a simple and straightforward Christmas derailed by news that their mums plan to join them for all the fun and festivities. So now, as well as having to plan the perfect holidays for their own family they need to take care of their own mothers too. What could go wrong? 

Office Christmas Party 

Office Christmas Party with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston Amazon Prime Video

When Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston), interim CEO of tech firm Zenotec, tries to close down her brother Clay’s (T.J. Miller) Chicago branch, he has to encourage his colleagues to throw the office party to end all office parties and impress a potential new client that will save their jobs.

Also starring Jason Bateman as Chief Technical Office Josh Parker and Olivia Munn as Head of Tech Tracey Hughes, Office Christmas Party unwraps your Christmas party spirit. 

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The Night Before

The Night Before with Seth Rogan Amazon Prime Video

Do you enjoy a Christmas Eve drink with your friends before the big day? Well Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogan) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) take their yearly tradition to the extreme.

The three best friends have been spending Christmas Eve together since childhood but decide that as responsible adults with families and careers to think about, it’s time to bring the curtain down on their drinking debauchery. But before they do, they go on one big blowout and hunt for the Nutcracka Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. 

Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2 with Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates Amazon Prime Video

Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) is out of jail and back on the whiskey as he calls a truce with his ex-partner in crime, the oh-so-angry Marcus (Tony Cox).

Together they decide to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve, but will have to take care of another problem too – Soke’s estranged and cash-strapped mum Sunny (Kathy Bates), who’s also keen to reap the rewards of a successful heist. Plus, there’s the return of franchise favourite, Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly).

 The Nights Before Christmas 

The Nights Before Christmas Amazon Prime Video

Despite only just getting over Halloween, we understand the need for a festive fix of horror. After all, there’s only so many times we can watch a cuddly Santa, fluffy reindeer, and cute elves.

And that’s where The Nights Before Christmas comes in. Here, Santa swaps his sack for an axe and even brings along Mrs. Claus for the ride. The FBI are on the case, but the bodies are piling up faster than wrapping paper on Christmas morning. Happy holidays horror fans!