Holiday Movies on Netflix To Watch
Happy Holidays, everyone! There is nothing as exciting as the holiday movies and the cheer they bring each year!
We are not letting a little global pandemic get us down. Today’s health restrictions keep us from holiday parties and big family get-togethers. The one thing we can keep alive are the holiday movies we can binge-watch that every person out there enjoys each year.
Netflix usually has a strong holiday movies lineup. Classics like White Christmas and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas are perfect for fans of the classics, while original films like A Christmas Prince, Let it Snow and Klaus are ready and waiting to meet you for the first time. There are so many options for you to explore! To partake in the holiday spirit, we have pulled together our own list of movies we think deserve to be added to the ongoing tradition.
Here are the top 11 Christmas or holiday movies on Netflix.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
One of Netflix’s newest holiday films has all the hallmarks of a perfect Christmas tale: someone who has lost faith in the holiday, loneliness, and then the resurgence of the spirit, thanks to the love and company of a long-lost family member. Plus, bonus points for not just regurgitating the same, whitewashed Christmas narrative overused every year.
Nostalgic for a good old-fashioned 2D-animated Christmas movie? Klaus is Netflix’s first ever Academy Award-nominated animated film, offering an alternate backstory behind Santa Claus featuring a reclusive toymaker.
The Grinch (2018)
Before you write off The Grinch as a Seuss story that’s been adapted far too many times, let us just drop some names. This new computer-animated spin on the classic tale features performances from Benedict Cumberbatch. Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, and Angela Lansbury, along with narration from Pharrell Williams, and original music by Tyler the Creator. Let your heart grow three sizes with this third edition of everyone’s favorite Christmas villain.
The Knight Before Christmas
A gorgeous woman disillusioned by the prospect of finding true love meets a gorgeous man who just might change her mind? I’ll be damned. Regardless of how trite the plot might be, this movie does bring a fresh new spin on the classic rom-com trope. Vanessa Hudgens stars as a school teacher who finds herself being courted by a time-traveling knight.
A Christmas Prince
This 2017 holiday movie proved the point that the people of Netflix appreciate sap this time of year. As soon as it premiered, this one quickly became a favorite (admittedly bad) movie. Even Stephen Colbert hilariously admitted to being obsessed with the story about an ambitious American journalist who goes to a fictional European village to cover the royal family. Shocker: She falls in love with the prince.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Last year, after the surprising success of the first movie,the universe of A Christmas Prince got a second story. This time, the story picks up one year later when journalist Amber and her prince are having an inevitable Christmas wedding. So, it’s the same thing, but filled with all the stereotypes of weddings and Christmas. There’s also the plot point of a crashing economy that makes for some shockingly heavy issues to throw into the mix.
Santa crashes his sleigh and then asks a father and son to help him evade the police and get back to the North Pole. A family plot and some anti-police action—something for everyone.
The Christmas Chronicles
There is a confusing fascination in American holiday culture with wanting to either capture Santa, help Santa escape the law, or in the case of 1994’s The Santa Clause, tend to Santa’s mortality. In this 2018 film, Kurt Russell plays Santa Claus, who finds himself in the crosshairs of two kids who want to capture him.
The Princess Switch
Vanessa Hudgens plays a baker who goes to yet another made-up village in Europe for a baking contest and in the process meets a princess who looks just like her (also played by Vanessa Hudgens). When her royal doppelgänger proposes they switch places, things go awry. Is it terrible? Sure. Is it wonderful? Also, sure.
The Holiday Calendar
A photographer inherits a seemingly magical Advent calendar that predicts her future—right down to her dating life. This one definitely aims for the Hallmark quality of holiday movie, and it gets pretty close. Bring on the corniness.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey’s take on the Dr. Seuss story involves full green body makeup, realistic whiskers, and more improvisation than anyone could ever want in one film. Come for the retelling of a classic Christmas story. Stay for the Faith Hill power ballad.