POPSUGAR Picks: What to Stream This Holiday Season

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Can you believe we’re almost at the end of another year? But hey, fear not, because December is about to hit us with a wave of streaming goodness that’s bound to make our stay-at-home evenings even cosier. Ahead, find what to watch in December.

Now, we get it — December can be chaotic with holiday prep and all, and subscribing to every streaming service is like having a wishful thinking budget. No worries, though! We’ve sorted through the sea of options to bring you the absolute must-watches – the crème de la crème of the streaming world.

Whether you’re into royal drama, heart-pounding action, or just need a good laugh, consider this your golden ticket. We’re here to guide you through the streaming wonderland that December has in store. Without further ado, here’s what to watch in December.

What to Watch in December

“Candy Cane Lane”

Eddie Murphy stars in his first-ever holiday comedy. Murphy stars as Chris, a determined man on a mission to win his neighbourhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. Things take an unexpected turn when he strikes a deal with Pepper, a mischievous elf (Jillian Bell). Unbeknownst to Chris, Pepper’s magical spell brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life, causing delightful chaos. With Christmas in jeopardy, Chris and his family must race against time to break Pepper’s spell.

Premiere date: December 1
Where to watch: Prime Video

“Paper Dolls”

Paramount+ unveils a captivating series that delves into the music industry’s glitzy and ruthless world. Izzy James, an underdog, receives an offer she can’t refuse from Millennium International Music’s Head of Marketing. But here’s the twist – it’s not a solo gig she’s offered. Instead, she finds herself part of HARLOW, the label’s manufactured reality TV music group, just a day before their first live performance.

Premiere date: December 3
Where to watch: Paramount+


BINGE presents a new eight-part Australian comedy-drama that promises laughter, heart, and a touch of chaos. Asher Keddie takes on the role of a 40-something former magazine editor who decides to embark on a blogging journey from the comforts of home. What begins as an attempt to represent women with similar experiences quickly spirals into a colossal success. Join the hilarious escapades as she navigates the blogosphere, leaving a trail of hilarity and relatability in her wake.

Premiere date: December 6
Where to watch: BINGE

“Leave the World Behind”

Sam Esmail, the mastermind behind “Mr. Robot” and “Homecoming”, presents a gripping apocalyptic thriller with an all-star cast including Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke. The film follows the story of Amanda (Roberts) and Clay (Hawke), a married couple seeking a peaceful weekend getaway with their kids. However, their plans take a chilling turn when two strangers, G.H. (Ali) and Ruth (Myha’la), arrive with news of a cyberattack. The families must coexist as they face a disaster that could reshape life as they know it.

Premiere date: December 8
Where to watch: Netflix

“The Crown — Part Two”, Season 6

Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster as we bid farewell to the fictionalised reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Part two of “The Crown”‘s sixth season delves into the aftermath of Diana’s tragic death, with Prince William and Prince Harry grappling with profound loss. Romance blossoms as Wills and Kate Middleton cross paths at St. Andrews University. While Peter Morgan hasn’t revealed the series’s closing notes, our bet is on a journey up to 2002, marking significant events in the royal family’s history.

Premiere date: December 14
Where to watch: Netflix

“The Family Plan”

Mark Wahlberg stars in this action-packed comedy as Dan, a devoted husband and father with a secret past as an elite government assassin. When old enemies resurface, Dan takes his unsuspecting family on an impromptu cross-country road trip to Las Vegas. The mission? Protect his loved ones, give them the vacation of a lifetime, all while hiding his true identity and fending off relentless adversaries.

Premiere date: December 15
Where to watch: AppleTV+

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Rick Riordan’s bestselling book series gets a television reboot, closely following the novels. Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old demigod and son of Poseidon, embarks on a quest with his friends to find Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. Get ready for a magical journey filled with mythical creatures, epic battles, and the kind of adventure that makes you wish you had your own celestial parent.

Premiere date: December 20
Where to watch: Disney+

“Dr. Death”, Season 2

Based on the breathtaking true story, Edgar Ramirez and Mandy Moore star in the brand new season of “Dr. Death”. In its second season, this true crime drama finds a new subject, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini (Ramirez). A story of lies, manipulation, heartbreak, and betrayal, until the truth is realised. Vulnerable patients put their faith in not a ‘Miracle Man’, but a ‘Dr.Death’.

Premiere date: December 21
Where to watch: Stan

Other Notable Premieres to Watch in December 2023

  • “Power Book III: Raising Kanan”, Season 3 — December 1, Stan
  • “My Life with the Walter Boys” — December 7, Netflix
  • “Your Christmas or Mine 2” — December 8, Prime Video
  • “Reacher”, Season 2 — December 15, Prime Video
  • “Maestro” — December 20, Netflix
  • “TS Monuments: Beyond the Star” — December 21, Disney+
  • “Bump”, Season 4 — December 26, Stan

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