How To Stream 'A Christmas Story Live' Online So You Don’t Miss The Festive Fun
’Tis the season for a TV schedule packed with plenty of holiday specials and yuletide classics. And, offering up a live, musical take on an ‘80s holiday staple is FOX with A Christmas Story Live airing Dec. 17. But, if you’re like some millennials who’ve ditched cable in favor of a more cost-effective entertainment strategy, or just simply don’t have the time to tune in live to the star-studded event, you might be wondering just how to stream A Christmas Story Live.
Luckily, FOX has got you covered. If you have access to a TV provider — or have a friend who’s willing to slide you their login information — FOX.com and FOX NOW will be streaming the holiday special via devices like iPhone, iPad, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox One. You’ll also be able to tune in to the show using Hulu, which is considered a Pay TV Provider partner, along with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and Fubo TV. If none of those options are feasible, steer clear of Twitter spoilers and watch the special on-demand via FOX NOW the day after the broadcast, no TV provider necessary.
But no matter how or when you stream it, it’ll be a special that fans of the classic likely won’t want to miss. The musical spectacular is based on the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and the Tony-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical, set in 1940s Indiana. All three versions of Christmas Story focus on Ralphie’s eccentric family and friends during the holidays, and his obsession with his hoped-for Christmas gift — a Red Ryder BB gun.
The Christmas Story Live includes a cast of comedic geniuses: Matthew Broderick, as the narrator and grown-up Ralphie Parker, who looks back with love and humor on his favorite childhood Christmas; SNL alum Maya Rudolph, as Ralphie's mother; Chris Diamantopoulos, as Ralphie's father; and Jane Krakowski, as Ralphie's teacher Miss Shields. Eleven-year-old Andy Walken will play the coveted role of Ralphie and reportedly beat out nearly 350 actors for the gig, according to Variety.
"It's an amazing, exciting thing. It's my first big role," Walken said in an interview for FOX. And, original film fans don't worry — Walken is very familiar with the source material, even though he was born over 25 years after the film was released. "I've seen A Christmas Story more times than I can count on my fingers. Oh my gosh, I love it!"
The live musical will have viewers feeling plenty of nostalgia vibes with its recreation of classic scenes and props: The random, yet beloved leg lamp; Ralphie's friend Flick getting his tongue stuck to a frozen schoolyard flagpole after being triple-dog-dared; and dogs throwing a wrench into the holiday meal. Although, according to Rudolph, the live TV spectacular will give the original tale a little something extra.
"I think the thing that's nice about the musical is that it has its own character," Rudolph explained in an interview with E! News. "It takes all the things that you love about the movie, but it also has another element to it. It's really very magical in that nostalgic Christmas-y way."
Additionally, viewers are in for an extra-special treat during the broadcast of A Christmas Story Live!. Tony winner Hugh Jackman and co-stars from the new P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman will perform a two-and-a-half-minute live theatrical commercial ahead of the movie musical's Dec. 20 release. Both A Christmas Story Live! and The Greatest Showman feature a score by Dear Evan Hansen Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — who also snagged an Oscar for Best Score for La La Land.
With good music, festive fun, and plenty of quotable lines just a click away, let us all thank the technology gods for streaming while tuning in to this holiday spectacular. A Christmas Story Live airs Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET on FOX.