Best new shows and movies to stream in December 2023

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The year is finally starting to wind down, and that can only mean one thing—holiday specials! And there are loads of it this month, plus the debut of a few long-awaited shows. So, get those streaming devices fired up and read on for all the best new shows and movies (and sports!) to stream in December 2023…

New movies to stream in December 2023

New limited series and TV shows streaming in December

Upcoming sports events to stream

New movies streaming in December 2023

May December

Release date: December 1
Where: Netflix

Acclaimed director Todd Haynes reunites with his Safe star Julianne Moore for a twisty drama about a mother, Gracie, living a quiet life after the chaos of an underaged dating scandal and imprisonment. Her return to normalcy is turned upside down by the arrival of an actress, played by Natalie Portman, and the looming film adaptation of her scandal. May December premiered in Cannes to rave reviews.

Baby Shark’s Big Movie

Release date: December 8
Where: Paramount+

Need something to distract your kids while you work on your holiday feast? Baby Shark’s Big Movie might just fit the bill! Paramount+ is giving the beloved children’s show the movie treatment for the holidays. Baby Shark and his family are leaving Chomp City, and you’re invited along!

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

Release date: December 15
Where: Netflix

Get ready for a blast from the past; Chicken Run is back for a sequel! 23 years after Ginger and Rocky escaped from Tweedy’s farm to a peaceful island sanctuary, they’ve welcomed a little into their lives. Life’s clucking along for the happy family, but chickens are facing a new threat back on the mainland! Now, it’s up to Ginger and her team to save chicken-kind.

Maestro

Release date: December 20
Where: Netflix

Bradley Cooper returns to the directing chair for the first time since A Star Is Born. Maestro chronicles the “complicated lifelong romantic relationship” between composer Leonard Bernstein (played by Cooper himself) and actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein (played by Carey Mulligan).

Rebel Moon Part 1: A Child of Fire

Release date: December 22
Where: Netflix

Zack Snyder returns with his latest Netflix film, Rebel Moon. The big, nay huge, budget, two-part sci-fi epic follows a reluctant hero, played by Sofia Boutella, as she recruits warriors to defend her colony. Shades of Star Wars, you say? Rebel Moon was initially pitched as a less family-friendly Star Wars feature. Netflix will release Part 2 of Rebel Moon will be released in April 2024. Anthony Hopkins,  Djimon Hounsou, Corey Stoll, Jena Malone, and more also star.

New limited series and TV shows

The Snoopy Show: Happiness Is Holiday Traditions

Release date: December 1
Where: Apple TV+

Get into the festive mood with our favorite animated dog, Snoopy! Join Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang in the search for the perfect tree topper. This new Peanuts special streams exclusively on Apple TV+.

Doctor Who: Wild Blue Yonder

Release date: December 2
Where: BBC iPlayer, Disney+

Part two of the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials streams today. David Tennant returns as the Fourteenth Doctor, along with Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. Stream it free on BBC iPlayer if you’re from the UK; otherwise, catch it on Disney+. Part one of the special, titled The Star Beast, is available on-demand as well.

All you need to know about the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials.

Hollywood Houselift With Jeff Lewis

Release date: December 6
Where: Amazon Freevee

Renovation shows are a lot of fun, and they get more entertaining with a dash of star power. Season two of Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis promises one-of-a-kind renovations for celebrity clients. Watch him take on ambitious home design projects while juggling his staff and personal life. Josh Duhamel, Christina Ricci, and Gina Rodriguez are just a few celebrities getting a houselift this season.

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays

Release date: December 8
Where: Netflix

Ready for more Bake Off? Also known as The Great British Baking Show, this year’s holiday special of everyone’s favorite baking show is back with more delicious bakes, fun challenges, and witty commentary. 

Note that Netflix streams the Christmas specials of Bake Off a year late, so the version that will stream is 2022’s special.

Want to stream all seasons of The Great British Baking Show? Check out our guide.

Doctor Who: The Giggle

Release date: December 9
Where: BBC iPlayer, Disney+

Don’t miss the finale of the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials. The specials will conclude with the arrival of the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa. The first two parts of the special are also streaming now.

A Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop

Release date: December 10
Where: Paramount+

It’s been a big year for hip-hop, celebrating its 50th anniversary. From a rousing 15-minute celebration at the Grammy Awards in February, now comes a much bigger show to honor hip-hop. A Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop is a live concert special that will feature a star-studded lineup that includes Common, De La Soul, Jermaine Dupri, J.J. Fad, the Lady Of Rage, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Questlove, Rakim, Remy Ma, Uncle Luke, Yo-Yo, and many more. The show will stream live for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers, while Paramount+ Essential subscribers can stream it the day after.

All you need to know about A Grammy Salute to 50 Years of Hip Hop.

Barry Manilow’s A Very Barry Christmas

Release date: December 11
Where: Peacock

Barry Manilow puts on an hour-long Christmas special for NBC this year. The music legend will perform some of his biggest hits, including Copacabana, Looks Like We Made It, and a lineup of holiday favorites. The special airs on NBC at 10 p.m. ET and streams the next day on Peacock.

The Crown

Release date: December 14
Where: Netflix

Netflix’s Emmy-winning royal drama series, The Crown, comes to an end this season. The series presents a fictionalized version of events in the life of Queen Elizabeth II, played by Imelda Staunton. Season 6 Part 1 was a return to form for the revered show, covering the intense final eight weeks of Princess Diana’s life with extraordinary grace. The final episodes of The Crown Season 6 stream today and will cover Royal events like the wedding of Prince Charles (now King Charles III) and Camilla.

Reacher

Release date: December 15
Where: Prime Video

Prime Video’s quietly successful thriller, Reacher, is back for round two. Season 2 of the series adapts the 11th Jack Reacher novel, Bad Luck and Trouble. The first three episodes of the season stream today, with the rest streaming weekly.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Release date: December 20
Where: Disney+

Did the Percy Jackson movies leave a bad taste in your mouth? Well, the series should fare better since creator Rick Riordan is heavily involved. The series follows Percy Jackson as he grapples with his newfound powers and accusations of stealing Zeus’ master lightning bolt. The series stars newcomers Walker Scobell, Aryan Simhadri, and Leah Sava Jeffries alongside Hollywood heavyweights Lance Reddick, Jay Duplass, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more.

Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic

Release date: December 21
Where: Paramount+

Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Dick Van Dyke will be honored by CBS for his 98th birthday. The special will take us back in time to The Dick Van Dyke Show, feature musical performances, special guests, and a holiday number. Archival footage from his near century-long career will be showcased, too. The show will stream live for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers, while Paramount+ Essential subscribers can stream it the day after.

What If…?

Release date: December 22
Where: Disney+

Marvel’s animated multiverse show, What If…?, finally makes its season two debut. The season consists of nine episodes, each released daily.

Doctor Who: The Church on Ruby Road

Release date: December 25
Where: BBC iPlayer, Disney+

The Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials might be over, but showrunner Russell T. Davies has one more surprise for Whovians. For the first time in six years, we have a new Doctor Who holiday special! Little is known about the plot of the special other than that it’ll be the first proper adventure for the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa.

Pokémon Concierge

Release date: December 28
Where: Netflix

This new stop-motion animated series looks absolutely adorable! Set in a resort (aptly named Pokémon Resort) for trainers and their Pokémon to get away for a little rest and relaxation, the series follows the resort’s new concierge, Haru, and her Psyduck, as they interact with trainers and their Pokémon.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2024

Release date: December 31
Where: ABC

Wave goodbye to 2023 with the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special. A night of performances celebrating 2023’s best in music wraps up the holiday season and welcomes 2024.

Sports events to stream in December

Ready to dive into the sports world? Get ready to enjoy the NFL season’s playoff push, the ongoing Premier League campaign, and the first full month of NBA and NHL play.

NFL regular season

Dates: November 30-December 4 (Week 13); December 7-11 (Week 14); December 14-18 (Week 15); December 21-25 (Week 16); December 28-January 1
Where: NFL Game Pass International, My5, 7Plus, TVNZ, 6play, RTL, RTL+, Twitch.tv

Offense is down around the NFL, meaning teams with competent rushing games and stingy defenses—we’re looking at the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers here—stand the best chance at winning the Super Bowl. Unless, of course, they have Patrick Mahomes at their disposal. December features a Christmas Day tripleheader headlined by a possible Super Bowl preview between the Niners and Baltimore Ravens.

Premier League

Dates: December 1-31
Where: Fubo, NOW, Sky Sports, Discovery+, Amazon Prime Video 

The world’s most exciting soccer competition delivers some top matchups this month, including Manchester United vs. Chelsea (Dec 6), an exciting matchup of two sleeping giants eager to get their seasons back on track, a heated northwest derby in Liverpool v Man Utd (Dec 17) and then a festive encounter between two potential title contenders in Liverpool vs. Arsenal (Dec 23)

UEFA Champions League

Dates: December 12–13 (Matchday 6)
Where: RTÉ Player, ServusTV, Paramount+, YouTube TV, Fubo, DirecTV Stream, DAZN, Discovery+, SonyLIV

The final group games of Europe’s top competition features a blockbuster matchup of Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich (Dec 12), while Newcastle vs. AC Milan (Dec 13) should be an entertaining encounter between two attacking sides.

Cricket: Super Smash

Dates: December 19-January 28
Where: TVNZ, ESPN+

Dean Brownlie and the Northern Brave seek their third consecutive Super Smash title. Will this be the year the Canterbury Kings, who have lost three straight finals, breakthrough and earn a long-awaited championship? 

NBA regular season

Dates: December 1-31
Where: NBA League Pass

December’s NBA action includes the annual Christmas Day games and the inaugural In-Season Tournament, which ends with a December 9 championship bout in Las Vegas. If players need any extra motivation besides a December trip to Sin City, how about the 500,000 USD grand prize? Christmas Day features five games, including the latest chapter in the LakersCeltics rivalry. You can find a full list of NBA games to watch each week on our basketball hub.

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