How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How to Watch 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas' Over the Holidays

From the original TV special to two modern iterations

Who can resist the Grinch's charm? Ironically, he's actually meant to be a curmudgeon, but he's wormed his way into our hearts over the years, just as his grew multiple sizes during the classic Christmas tale. This beloved classic Christmas movie has captured the hearts of audiences for decades, standing tall alongside other seasonal favorites such as "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "A Christmas Story." It's an essential addition to your annual holiday movie marathon, perfect for sharing with younger generations experiencing the magic of Whoville for the first time. But if you want to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" you've got to know where to stream it this season, as well as the other iterations of the Grinch's story. There happen to be three different film adaptations of Dr. Seuss' tale, after all.

The original 1966 animated version of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" has been a staple on television broadcasts each holiday season. And the 2000 live-action adaptation, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," has had its fair share of airtime too. The most recent story, titled simply, "The Grinch," has also been seen on cable here and there. However, with our increasingly hectic schedules, catching the Grinch in action can be a little tricky. Luckily, streaming services make for a convenient alternative. Setting aside time for a family movie night to watch one (or all) of the Grinch's tales might be the most fun thing you can do for the whole family this year.

But how and where do you find each movie? What streaming platform should you use? Don't worry. We've got it all lined out for you below.

How to Watch 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' (1966)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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The classic animated Grinch-centric special is the one that started it all, and the one that first brought us the unforgettable "You're A. Mean One, Mr. Grinch" all those years ago. This 30-minute special is available exclusively for streaming on Peacock.

It follows the Grinch as he decides to make his move on the people of Whoville and launch a massive operation to steal all of their Christmas goodies, from Who-Hash to Christmas trees and everything in between. It isn't long, however, until he soon realizes that he can't steal one thing from them: their Christmas joy.

If you'd prefer not to subscribe to Peacock (and there's no free trial option), you can typically find "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" on TV several times ahead of Christmas. It will usually be on at least one evening on TV around December, so keep an eye out for it and check your local listings. You can also purchase it via Prime Video or YouTube if you'd like to own a digital copy.

How to Watch 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (2000)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" offers a different, yet equally entertaining take on the classic tale. Jim Carrey's portrayal of the Grinch brings a unique flair to the character, making it a must-watch. Especially if you love Carrey's antics. He was the perfect actor to have chosen for the role. There are plenty of other things to like, too. See a young Taylor Momsen as one of the most adorable Cindy Lou Whos of all time and hear the severely underappreciated "Where Are You Christmas?" from Faith Hill.

Right now, Max is the only place to stream this movie. It'll make its way to cable several times, likely in the next few weeks as well, as it often does. But if you don't want to wait for it, you can always purchase a copy via Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube, Vudu, and several other options.

How to Watch 'The Grinch' (2018)

The Grinch


The most recent addition to the Grinch filmography is 'The Grinch,' released in 2018. This animated feature offers a fresh and modern retelling of the beloved story, perfect for introducing new generations to the world of Whoville. Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the furry green menace, but this time around, Cindy Lou Who is part of a family with a single mom named Donna who needs help taking care of her two little brothers, Buster and Bean. The Grinch insinuates himself to try and harass the people of Whoville, but he soon finds that stealing their holiday isn't the answer to his grumpiness and hatred of the happiness of the season.

Right now, you can stream the movie on Peacock or FXNOW, if you have cable TV. If not, there's always the option to rent the movie from Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube, and Vudu. Alternatively, you can wait for the movie to appear on cable, which it likely will, a few days ahead of the holiday season.

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