Is Elf available to watch on Netflix?

Lee Kirwin


Lee is an avid 80's action fan classing 300, Predator and Terminator among his favourites. When he's not binging movies he can be found keeping fit, attending Comic Con and wearing Star Wars socks of all things.

Ever since 2003 Elf has been a Christmas favourite and now sets a precedent for all budding Christmas movies.

From the North Pole to New York City, this festive classic never fails to entertain you. It’s a beautiful cinematic experience that has something for the whole family to enjoy.

It’s certainly not a film you want to be missing out on.

In this article, we will be exploring if Elf is available on Netflix and if it isn’t, how you can get watching regardless.

Can I watch Elf on Netflix?

In short, unfortunately, No.

While it used to be available if you were residing in Sweden, South Korea, Japan and one or two other countries, that’s no longer possible.

Sadly, it’s not on any other global streaming service either like Disney+. It is available on Amazon Prime but you’ll need to rent or buy it as it’s not included as part of their streaming subscription.

This is usually because certain networks in your region own rights for the movie, leaving other networks unable to show the Christmas movie.

Thankfully, there’s a way you can unlock Elf and watch it in any country and below I’ll be showing you how.

What you will need to watch

To watch Elf in your region, you will need to use a VPN.

A VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It allows you to connect to a server in another country (such as the US).

Elf is currently available on US streaming service, HBO Max.

A VPN will make HBO Max think that you are residing in the United States.

VPN’s where originally designed to help keep your internet activity mostly anonymous while keeping your data safe and secure from any snoopers.

Where to get a VPN?

The best VPN for you to use would be ExpressVPN.

HBO Max blocks many other VPN’s, so you might not be able to access it if you choose another provider.

However, if you’re after some alternatives give NordVPN and Surfshark a look. The choice is yours.

ExpressVPN offers some of the best deals around and allows you to use its services on five devices simultaneously. This allows all of your family’s devices to be kept secure and able to access regionally blocked websites or services.

So you’re not just limited to watching Elf, you can unblock loads of other movies and TV shows too!

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How to watch Elf on HBO Max

If you want to access Elf on HBO MAx, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Visit ExpressVPN’s website and click on the “Get ExpressVPN” button.
  2. Choose a payment plan that suits your needs. Bearing in mind that ExpressVPN’s 12 months + 3 months free package is the cheapest.
  3. Enter your email address, choose your payment option and enter your payment details.
  4. Click the “Complete Purchase” button.
  5. Download the ExpressVPN dedicated app for your chosen device.
  6. Log in to the app using your username and password.
  7. Select ‘United States‘ and click to ‘Connect‘.
  8. Next, you will need to login or create a new HBO Max account. You’ll need to use a service like Statescard (Google it) to pay if you’re outside the US.
  9. Search ‘Elf‘ and enjoy watching.
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What’s Elf all about?

Surely you know what this movie is about?

If not, then you are in for a treat with this one.

Elf follows a human who has been raised in the North Pole by Santa and his Elves, thinking he is an Elf himself. Until one day he is told he is a human and decides to travel to New York City to find his parents.

Along the way he makes new friends, discovers things that he didn’t know about himself and finds what he has always been looking for.

As you can imagine, it is quite a culture shock for him and it leads to many funny moments throughout the film. One of which includes singing in the shower… but I won’t say anymore.

I will let you discover that one on your own.

I’m confident this film will keep you and your entire family laughing for hours.

Who stars in Elf?

Elf is absolute comedy gold, with the masterful performance of Will Ferrell starring as the lead role.

He is best known for his acting in films such as Stepbrothers, Night at the Roxbury, Blades of Glory, Daddy’s Home and so many more.

He truly is a master of comedy and his films are classics.

Zooey Deschanel – Best known for Failure to Launch, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Yes Man and the hit TV show Good Girl.

James Caan – Known for his supporting role in The Godfather, he has also starred in such films as The Gambler, Rollerball, Thief and Eraser.

Mary Steenburgen – Back to the Future Part 3, Stepbrothers, Philadelphia, The proposal and the Book Club, along with many other movies.

Bob Newhart – Starring in many popular TV series during the ’70s and ’80s such as The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. He has also starred in movies such as Disney’s cartoon adventure ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’.

Peter Dinklage – Best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the hit TV show Game Of Thrones and also his role in X-Men: Days Of Futures Past.


Sadly, Elf is no longer available on Netflix so you’ll need a VPN app and HBO Max to watch where you are.

We recommend that you use ExpressVPN as they are one of the only services that aren’t blocked by HBO Max at the moment.

ExpressVPN also offers one of the cheapest options around and offer a highly rated service in customer reviews.

Once you have a ExpressVPN, you are only a click away from being able to access HBO Max and the movie Elf.

So sit back with the family and enjoy. I’m sure it will become one of your favourite Christmas movies.


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