The 2003 movie Elf is likely to be near the top of your watchlist this Christmas.
It stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who has been raised as an elf. After discovering he’s not like the other elves, Buddy leaves the North Pole and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.
But this is a comedy film, so expect plenty of laughs along the way. This is a movie that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
And the good news is that there are plenty of options for watching it in the UK or US this Christmas.
Stream Elf online
In the UK, you can stream Elf. via Sky Cinema. TV packages start at £27 per month for a Sky Stream bundle, or £10 extra on top of any existing TV plan.
However, if you just want to watch Elf and other great movies, it’s easier to simply get a Now Cinema subscription. This costs £9.99 per month, or £12 per month when combined with Now Entertainment for six months. Now Boost, which gets perks including 1080p video, costs £6 per month after a short free trial.
In the US, there are several options. Elf is available on either Hulu or Max (previously HBO Max). If you already subscribe to either of these, you can watch the film at no extra cost.
And if you’ve never signed up for Hulu before, you can get a 30-day free trial. After that, plans start at $7.99 for a plan with ads or $17.99 per month for one without.
There’s no free trial with Max, and it’s slightly more expensive. Plans start at $9.99 per month with ads or $19.99 per month without.
Rent or buy the digital version
If you’re not satisfied with the options above, there are a few other ways to watch Elf at home.
The first is by renting it for a short time. In the UK, you can do so via Amazon, iTunes or Sky Store for £3.49. In the US, it’s Amazon, iTunes or Microsoft for $3.99.
However, you may prefer to purchase the digital version. This costs £5.99 in the UK from the likes of Amazon, iTunes and YouTube. In the US, it’s $9.99 from Amazon, iTunes, Microsoft and YouTube.
Buy the Elf DVD or Blu-ray
If you prefer physical media, you can also get the Elf DVD from Amazon for £6.80/$3.03.
On Blu-ray, it’s £13.99/$9.99.
Rent the Elf DVD for free
There’s also a way to lease the Elf DVD for free. Cinema Paradiso is a DVD rental subscription service which offers a 30-day free trial on all the plans available.
Redbox is a good equivalent in the US, but there’s no free trial available.