Christmas movies take the very best—and sometimes the worst—of the holiday season and present those time-held customs to get viewers into the spirit of the season.
This means flicks that feature everything from meet-cutes under the mistletoe to family festivities.
Now, thanks to streaming services like Netflix, getting a dose of seasonal cheer is easier than ever.
And with this handy list of the most festive films on Netflix, there’s no need to spend hours searching for the perfect flick. Cuddle up, and enjoy these films, available on Netflix now.
A Very Murray Christmas
Want to feel nostalgic for snow nights in NYC spent in warm bars? In this fun Christmas romp, Bill Murray is supposed to host a Christmas special at The Carlyle, but inclement weather prevents his guests from attending.
But he decides to go on with the show anyway. Plus, there are cameos from Miley Cyrus and George Clooney, and a ton of great songs to keep you singing all night.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
We all know the original Grinch, but this revamped version of the classic story also follows the relationship between the holiday-loving town of Whoville and a recluse Grinch.
When the Grinch decides he’s finally had enough of all the holiday cheer, he sets off on an adventure to stop Christmas from coming.
But his plan is met with a challenge when the grump with a heart far too small (three sizes in fact) crosses paths with a little girl named Cindy Lou Who, who teaches him the true spirit of the season.
Emma Roberts stars as a perpetually single woman who decides to team up with a handsome stranger to act as each other’s platonic plus-ones to various holiday events. They get along well, they’re good looking, so… things get messy quickly. But that’s part of the fun.
A Christmas Prince
In 2019, this was the breakout hit of the holiday season. The plot is impeccably cheesy—naturally prompting a sequel that’s came out in November 2020.
The plot: In true romantic comedy fashion, a journalist is sent to report on the country of Aldovia’s controversial Prince, where she’s promptly mistaken for the tutor of the young Princess. Set in a sweeping snowy landscape covered with cheerful decor, watching this flick will tempt you to book your own flight to this dreamy (sadly, fictional) destination.
Chaotic family comedies are Christmas-movie gold. In this ensemble film, starring Idris Elba, Chris Brown, and Regina King, the entire Whitfield family (and their various romantic interests) gathers for the first time in four years.
Secrets are revealed, but through all the drama, they all realize there’s no place like home for the holidays.
Holiday in the Wild
After the very abrupt ending of her marriage, Kristin Davis decides to go on a solo trip to Africa (a voyage that was supposed to be a second honeymoon with her ex-husband.) She and her pilot/tour guide Derek (Rob Lowe) take a detour to rescue a baby elephant, and she finds herself drawn more and more to Derek’s rough-and-tumble life.
A heartwarming love story unfolds as heiress Ellen Langford is sent incognito to her father’s small hometown to deliver a traditional Christmas letter to his business partner. Make sure to grab someone you love and cuddle up for a story that will melt away all of your cynical tendencies, for a moment at least.
48 Christmas Wishes
If you find yourself yearning for a trip to a snowy wonderland this season, this is the film for you. In a whimsical, family-friendly story, two elves are forced to go to a small town and discover everyone’s Christmas wishes after their letters to the North Pole are lost.
The Princess Switch
Take the plot of the oh-so classic The Parent Trap and let Netflix age it up a bit. Then, add a touch of royalty for a twist. And of course, plenty of Christmas cheer. Fans of feel-good holiday flicks will love this holiday-themed romance. After all, who can resist two Vanessa Hudgens(es)?
Let It Snow
Netflix has begun making festive films to fill every corner of the holiday movie market, and Let It Snow is their offering for the teenage set—although certain elements, like an appearance from John Cusak, will appeal across the generational divide.
The Holiday Calendar
Abby, a struggling photographer with a dead-end day job, dreams of traveling the world, like her childhood friend Josh who has just returned home for the holidays. Abby’s grandfather gives her a special family advent calendar, which she at first ignores. But when the clock strikes December 1, the calendar reveals its magical powers to predict the future—and maybe a potential romance.
A Bad Moms Christmas
The sequel to the hit movie Bad Moms shows the hilarious chaos that ensues when the original three moms (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) must deal with the holiday arrival of their own eccentric mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon). The powerhouse cast makes this a truly laugh-out-loud must-watch.
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