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How To Watch 'Elf,' So You Can Spread Christmas Cheer For All To Hear


There's a ton to look forward to in the month of December. For one, it's the final month of 2017, which was somehow more intense and exhausting than 2016. Secondly, a great distraction from the events of this year is immersing oneself in holiday cheer: eggnog, decorations, and of course the movies. A classic is the 2003 film Elf starring Will Ferrell. So how can you watch Elf this holiday season? Unfortunately, it's not as easy to stream as I would like, but there are still a variety of ways you can get your fill of Christmas cheer with your favorite elf of all time: Buddy.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Elf is not on Netflix. I feel like it should be law at this point to put every staple Christmas movie on the streaming platform for at least the month of December, but I digress. It's also not coming to Netflix in December at any point in time, which is bummer. Hulu is the same situation; it's not on the streaming site nor is Elf coming to Hulu in December. While that makes watching Elf in time for the holidays a little more complicated than "Netflix and spaghetti breakfast," that doesn't mean it's impossible. Here are a few ways Elf fans can watch the Christmas classic this year:

Freeform's 25 Days Of Christmas

Watching Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas is as much of a must-do every holiday season as drinking hot chocolate and visiting seasonal markets. This year, Freeform blessed viewers with not one, but five viewings of Elf until Dec. 25. The Christmas countdown kicked off with Elf on Dec. 1 and Dec. 4; but it will air again on Dec. 7, Dec. 15, and finally on Christmas Day. That gives viewers five chances to catch their favorite holiday film.

In Theaters

Elf is so popular that people may be able to catch it in their local theater. For example, I reside in New York and when I Googled the movie, showtimes for several theaters popped up! My local iPic and Alamo Drafthouse are screening the film this month. It's not a guarantee, but check to see if any theater is getting in the holiday spirit and screening not only Elf, but a plethora of other Christmas movies this season. Skip the popcorn, just bring some raw cookie dough.

Paid Streaming Services

It's not ideal, but for those who don't have cable or a local theater showing Elf, renting it online may be the next best thing. Elf is available to rent from Amazon Video, YouTube, Vudu, Google Play, and iTunes. For standard definition and 24 hour use, it'll run around $3 or $4. This changes depending on if one chooses HD or to buy the film. For those who watch Elf every year without fail, it may be worth springing on the HD version of the film.

Buying The DVD Outright

Remember when VHS tapes felt old school? Now I feel this way about DVDs and BluRays. But in any case, it's still an option — and it may be a good one if there's an Elf geek in the family who would love things like special features. Elf is available on DVD from Amazon for around $8, so it won't break the bank.

YouTube Clips

If all else fails, there's always trusty YouTube to bring viewers their favorite moments from Elf. Get your fill of the highlights or watch them over and over after you've already rewatched on Freeform, in theaters, and/or on streaming. I know no matter how I watch Elf, it'll remain in my holiday movie rotation for years to come.

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