Holiday Entertainment

Here's How To Watch A Christmas Story In 2021

I "triple dog dare you" to celebrate the holidays without this classic.

by Casey Suglia and Morgan Brinlee
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The holidays wouldn't be complete without watching A Christmas Story. Over the years, the ever-so-quotable 1983 holiday film has gone from being a cult classic to a mainstream holiday tradition. And lucky for you, there are multiple ways to watch it in 2021.

Set in the 1940s, A Christmas Story centers around Ralphie, a 9-year-old boy who dreams of owning a Red Ryder BB Gun. Of course, convincing your parents to get you a BB gun for Christmas (while also avoiding the local bully and keeping on Santa’s nice list) takes a carefully thought-out strategy. Watching it gives you a serious sense of nostalgia and really grasps what it feels like to be a kid during the holidays (before the days of smartphones and tablets).

Whether you’re looking to continue a longstanding tradition of watching the film with your family or are eager to begin a brand new tradition, there are multiple ways to watch A Christmas Story this year. So turn on your leg lamps and get your bunny pajamas on.

Catch A Christmas Story On TV

If you turn on your TV at any point during Christmas Day, you'll find A Christmas Story playing. Seriously. The film will air for 24 hours straight on two channels — TBS and TNT. On TBS, the A Christmas Story marathon will begin at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and last until 8 p.m. on Christmas Day in 2021, according to Parade. TNT will also air the film repeatedly from 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve until 9 p.m. on Christmas Day this year. With so many times to tune in, you can watch it while you're wrapping presents late at night on Christmas Eve and then watch it again after Christmas dinner.

If you would rather watch the film before Christmas Day, you can look for it in your local TV Guide listings or seek it out on a streaming platform.

Stream It On HBO Max

This year, A Christmas Story is available to stream on HBO Max. Viewers can also sign in to TNT’s official website with their television provider in order to stream the full film anytime right from their desktop or mobile device.

Rent Or Purchase It

Other options for viewing include renting or purchasing a digital copy of the film. You can rent A Christmas Story for $3.99 on YouTube, Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime Video. If you would rather purchase a digital copy so you can watch the film year after year, you can buy it for $9.99 on those same platforms.

Purchase It On DVD Or Blu-Ray

There is something about watching a DVD on Christmas that feels particularly nostalgic. If you would rather purchase a copy of A Christmas Story and keep it in your family for years, you can still do that this holiday season. You can purchase the DVD from Amazon for less than $10 and have it arrive on your doorstep in time for Christmas morning. Or, you can brave the crowds at your local Target store and pick up a copy for $7.49.

Watching A Christmas Story this holiday season might be better than actually getting that Red Ryder BB gun.

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