Join Jack Skellington for some darkly festive fun this Christmas
Christmas is almost here, which means it’s time to kick back with some festive films and get well and truly in the seasonal spirit. What better way to do that than with Tim Burton’s stop-motion classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
But as a bizarrely twisted tale, is it a Halloween film or a Christmas film? For many, it’s both. The 1993 musical offers a unique blend of the macabre and festive, making it the perfect film for both Halloween and Christmas.
The film centres on the fantastically dark world of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town. Bored with the same old spooky routine, he longs for something more and soon one day finds himself in the magical, cheer-filled land of Christmas Town.
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When Jack decides to bring this joyful holiday back to his horrible hometown, his dream to fill Santa’s shoes unravels. It’s up to Sally – the rag doll who loves him – to stitch things together and avert a nightmare for good boys and girls everywhere.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is brought to life with the voices of Christopher Sarandon as Jack and Home Alone’s Catherine O’Hara as Sally. But it is elevated by its stellar soundtrack from regular Burton collaborator Danny Elfman, who serves as composer and the singing voice of Jack Skellington in beloved songs like This Is Halloween and What’s This?
Now 30 years old, the film has become a staple of both the spooky and festive seasons for many and is often featured in lists of the best ever Christmas films. Last year, Empire readers voted it the sixth best Christmas film of all time, behind films including Die Hard, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Muppets Christmas Carol.
So if you want to take a trip to Halloween Town for some dark festivities, here’s how you can watch The Nightmare Before Christmas at home.
Where to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is not on Netflix, but it is available to buy on Amazon’s Prime Video from £9.99. However, the cheapest and best value option to stream the film is with a subscription to Disney+ which now costs as little as £4.99 a month.
What’s more, Disney+ members also get access to its sing-along edition and loads of top Disney content including Star Wars and Marvel, as well as festive favourites like the Die Hard and Home Alone collections. A Disney+ subscription can be cancelled any time, meaning new members could enjoy all its festive offerings throughout the Christmas season and cancel it in the new year.
Customers can also save by signing up to an annual subscription rather than paying monthly. By paying annually, new members can get the equivalent of 12 months for the price of 10 on Disney+’s Standard or Premium plan, which usually cost £7.99 a month or £10.99 a month respectively.
This gives members access to hit shows like Marvel’s Loki, Star Wars spin-off Ahsoka, and popular reality series The Kardashians and Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story. Disney+ has also partnered with Samsung to give customers free access when buying eligible devices from a host of tech retailers and mobile providers.
John Lewis customers can currently save £100 with the high-spec 50” Neo QLED 4K Ultra HD smart TV that includes six months of Disney+ at no extra cost. Over at Currys, shoppers can pick up the 43” 4K Ultra HD QLED smart TV for £499 which also includes Disney+.
Those looking for a new mobile phone can get Disney+ free for a year when picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S23 from EE, with the option of adding Netflix and Apple TV+ to certain plans like the All Rounder. Three mobile customers can also bag a year of Disney+, as well as Paramount+ free for up to two years.
Click here to stream The Nightmare Before Christmas. Alternatively, a host of other Christmas films are available on streaming platforms including Amazon’s Prime Video and Netflix.