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The cold weather. Hot coffee and warm sheets. Your favorite movies on the queue. What better way to spend your holiday break than binge-watching on Christmas movies?
The holiday bells haven’t rung yet, but it is never too early to watch the best Christmas movies. Be it is a classic feel-good story, a wholesome tale for the family, a beautifully animated film, or a cheesy romantic comedy, there’s no shortage of flicks on-stream to jumpstart the holiday vibes. So get your popcorn ready and check out this list we have for you.
Here are the best movies on Netflix that will put you on Christmas mode.
1. Holiday Engagement
Girl unlucky in love asks Boy to pretend to be her boyfriend. Boy plays the part well. Boy and Girl falls in love for real. Sounds familiar, right? If you don’t mind this romantic cliché, then Holiday Engagement is for you.
A made-for-TV movie released on Hallmark Channel on November 28, 2011, Holiday Engagement stars Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, and Jordan Bridges. This romantic comedy takes the “pretend relationship” trope and twists it for the online dating age. But it is by Hallmark, so expect wholesome mushiness.
Bonnie Somerville plays Hillary Burns, a woman who like most career women feels the pressure to settle down. But her lucky stars won’t align for her love life. Until she gets engaged to a lawyer. Finally, Hillary has a fiancé to introduce to her demanding mom Meredith (Shelley Long) during Thanksgiving.
But workaholic lawyer dumps her at the last minute. Devastated and desperate, Hillary posts an ad online looking for a “boyfriend.” In comes David (Jordan Bridges), a down-and-out actor whom she hires to pretend as her partner. She introduces him to her family. But the fake engagement starts to become real as Hillary falls for David.
This is no While You Were Sleeping, but Holiday Engagement is a good enough film to tickle your romantic bones – best to watch while snuggling up with your loved one.
2. White Christmas
When it comes to Christmas movies, nothing beats the classic 1954 musical, White Christmas. After all, this movie popularized the feeling of snow-covered holidays. Also, the main actor Bing Crosby serenaded generations with his movie version of the song White Christmas, one of all-time great Christmas songs.
White Christmas combines musical, romance, a heartwarming story, and best set of actors cast in movies during the glory days of 35mm. The film stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney.
Set in the United States after World War II, the film follows two former US Army soldiers Captain Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Private Phil Davis (Danny Kaye). The two first met in Europe while performing for the 151st Division on Christmas Eve, 1944. Bob is a Broadway entertainer while Phil is an aspiring performer.
During a bombing raid, Phil pushes Bob out of harm’s way. As gratitude for the private’s heroism, Bob agrees to perform with Phil in New York City. And thus begins a tale of friendship and Christmas that would stay in every US household for generations to come.
This film is as timeless as Christmas itself, so if you are in for a nostalgia fix, add this movie on your Netflix queue.
3. Christmas Inheritance
Netflix is on a mission is to stamp itself on every form of TV screen. Its quest for entertainment domination reaches the realm of Christmas movies, with its exclusive distribution of holiday romantic drama Christmas Inheritance.
The film stars Eliza Taylor as business heiress Ellen Langford, together with her love interest Jake Collins, played by Jake Lacy. The film also stars Andie MacDowell, Lori Hallier and Neil Crone.
The premise of the film is simple: in order for ambitious Ellen to inherit her father’s business, she must fulfill his wish first. He wants her to deliver a Christmas letter to his former business partner in Snow Falls, a rural hometown she has no clue about. But she gets stranded due to a blizzard. There, she gets forced to work for her keep and then finds herself the love of her life.
A heartwarming story about self-discovery, change and human relationships – sounds nice, right? Add a dash of romance, a sprinkling of comedy, and a splash of drama and you have yourself a nice dish for your Christmas movies binge. Pop this next on your Netflix playlist.
4. Dear Santa
Romantic-comedies are common in most Christmas movies, so a film must have that special something to make itself stand out. Which is the case for Dear Santa, a romantic comedy starring Amy Acker, Emma Duke andDavid Haydn-Jones.
Amy Acker plays Crystal Carruthers, a spendthrift thirty-year-old woman who floats through life spending her parents’ money. To set her straight, her parents gave her an ultimatum: change or her credit cards gets canceled. Her feathers ruffled, Crystal set out to change.
One day, she finds a letter from Olivia (Emma Duke), a seven-year-old girl who asks Santa for a new wife for his father Derek (David Haydn-Jones). As a gift for this Christmas, no less! Charmed by the kid’s letter, Crystal decides to be the gift. And what follows is a heart-tugging, feel-good tale.
What makes the movie special is the performance of actress Amy Acker, who’s popular for her roles in TV shows Alias, Angel, and Person of Interest. Far from her usual tough lady roles, Amy makes one believable charming woman who wants to change someone’s life – and hers, too. David Haydn-Jones and Emma Duke make up one cute single-dad-and-kid combo. So if you want more rom-com in your list, add this movie.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Christmas movies are meant to be jolly and wholesome, bathing in bright lights, vibrant colors, and rainbow goodness. But not if you are Tim Burton.
A maestro of goth and auteur of eccentric films, Tim Burton puts his dark fantasy twist on Christmas with his now-classic 1993 animated musical, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Burton produced and conceived the stop-motion film, directed by Henry Selick.
The film features the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, and Ken Page.
The film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, a fantastic underworld place populated by monsters, demons, deformed creatures, ghost, and other stuff of nightmare. Every year, the residents hold Halloween celebrations, which tires Jack, who yearns for something new. One day, while wandering in the woods, he stumbles upon a portal that leads him to… Christmas Town.
Delighted by this strange but interesting discovery, Jack decides to get for himself what makes Christmas town special.
If you are a fan of Tim Burton’s works and wants to get away from the usual cheerful vibes of Christmas, then this movie is perfect for your dark fantasy cravings.
6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
If you feel like Christmas is too full of Christmas vibes, and want a movie that is not very Christmas-y, then watch the king of anti-Christmas movies: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Based on the popular children’s story of the same name, this 2000 film stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch, a misanthropic creature who hates Christmas. This comedy film is directed by Ron Howard and a take on Dr. Seuss’ 1957 story, which makes it the first work of Seuss to be adopted into a feature film.
The film is set in Whoville, a fantasy village whose residents (called Whos) celebrate Christmas with so much fanfare and happiness. This irritates the Grinch, who makes it a habit to pull practical jokes, which earns the ire of the residents and makes the Grinch an outcast. One day, he meets Cindy Lou, who is worried that everyone is missing the real meaning of Christmas.
The Grinch is classic Jim Carrey comedy, so expect slapstick scenes and rapid-fire witticisms to balance the negative vibes of his character. If you are in for a real laugh, or just want to become the Grinch for a day, then watch this movie next.
7. Disney’s The Santa Clause
The film tells the story of Scotta Calvin (Tim Allen), a man who by accident causes Santa Claus to fall off the room during Christmas Eve. So he and his son decides to deliver Santa’s gifts on his behalf. But upon reaching the North Pole, his temporary gig becomes real as he must become the new Santa.
And thus begins a wild riot of a Christmas film that would soon popularize the Christmas movies tradition of Hollywood.
This Disney-produced film is the first of Santa Clause trilogy (if you feel doing a movie marathon). A Tim Allen gold, add this film on your list if you want trip down memory lane.
Although many people have their favourite Yuletide movies, few recent films have managed to crack the all-time list. Elf is a notable exception, though. Starring Will Ferrell, the film was made as the comic-book king was making his way from TV to the big screen.
In a few ways, this is Ferrell’s best film, as it boasts Ferrell’s trademark non-sequitur surrealism and some excellent acting.
This film is a delightful holiday comedy, with a charming stop-motion animation style. It debuted on NBC in 1964, and was moved to CBS in the early 1970s. It centers on the story of a lovable reindeer named Rudolph. Despite his shiny nose, Rudolph is born ineligible to pull Santa’s sleigh.
But when a foggy Christmas Eve brings snow and a white Christmas, his status changes.
While the plot may be predictable and the storyline a bit predictable, Elf is still a fun movie. The lovable Elf has a heartwarming story about finding his biological father, a cynical businessman named Walter Hobbs.
But his journey takes him through a series of unexpected twists and turns – and the lovable Elf discovers that he’s a human after all.
This classic film has become a beloved holiday staple. The story retells the classic Christmas tale, complete with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. The movie also stars Peter Dinklage as the legendary children’s book author Miles Finch, whom Buddy tries to make fun of in the comic strip. In addition, the film has a touching message about the true meaning of Christmas.
Although the story is based on a classic novel, the humor here is unique and heartwarming.
9. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Is Miracle on 34th Street the best Christmas movie of all time? Well, let’s start with the actors. Jane Leeves, who played Daphne from Frasier, makes a stellar performance as the disgruntled mother. Allison Janney makes a memorable debut as the disapproving mother. The actors, though not as good as in the 1947 original, still make an impact on the screen.
One of the most memorable scenes of “Miracle on 34th Street” involves a child’s encounter with Santa Claus and the elves in a department store. Gwenn’s role as Santa Claus makes the movie extra special. The actors are all excellent, as is the screenplay. There are some interesting facts about the actors, including that Wood is the youngest actor to appear in a movie.
A retelling of the movie was made in 1994, with Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle and Natalie Wood as the little Dutch girl. The script was adapted to radio plays, but the musical version starred Gwenn. Another Broadway musical version opened in 1963, but closed less than a year later. A few other films have been adapted to television. The musical version was retitled “Here’s Love.”
The original film was made in 1947 and won three Academy Awards. The film is a perennial favourite on television and in theatres. It has also inspired several remakes, radio shows and stage plays. However, the movie is perhaps the most beloved of all Christmas movies. With a story as touching as this, Miracle on 34th Street will remain the best Christmas movie of all time. So go ahead and watch it! You won’t regret it.
10. Home Alone
The holiday spirit is alive and well in Home Alone. The film is so festive that it is practically impossible not to watch it, no matter how old you are. As with many Christmas movies, this is a film for the entire family to enjoy, especially if you have children. Although Kevin and his brother are awful, their Christmas morning reunion is very touching.
Even though the film is cheesy, it does have a powerful message.
The movie was released back in November 1990 and was a big hit. It spent nine months in theaters and stayed at the top for twelve straight weeks. It was the highest grossing live-action comedy of all time, a record it held until 2011. With its perfect pacing and talented cast, Home Alone is a classic that will have your kids laughing and crying at the same time.
Its message of appreciation is universal, making it a favorite for children and adults alike.
Despite being a spoof of Christmas, Home Alone still has a heartfelt message. The film features a down-and-out Santa, who is wearing a Santa suit and eating salmon. It was also one of the highest grossing Christmas movies in 15 states when it was first released in 1990.
It made $476.7 million globally and remained the highest grossing comedy until 2011.
11. The Muppet Christmas Carol
In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Kermit the Frog stars as Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of the evil Ebenezer Scrooge. Other Muppets also weave into the story. Three ghosts of past Christmases come to visit the dreary Scrooge, and they help him see the error of his self-serving ways.
However, it seems as though the miserable Scrooge has lost hope of redemption.
The Muppet Christmas Carol is the first feature film to feature the original characters of the Muppets since Jim Henson’s death. Despite the fact that Caine plays the part of the grumpy old Scrooge, most of the other roles are played by Muppets.
Kermit the Frog plays Bob Cratchit, while Miss Piggy plays Mrs. Cratchit. Other actors include Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens and Rizzo the Rat as Himself.
Although the film’s release had high expectations, it didn’t live up to them. The Muppet Christmas Carol was the second-widest release under the Disney banner and opened in sixth place, making a disappointing impact at the box office. It only grossed $27.3 million in North America.
However, its theatrical run did not have a huge effect on box office sales, due to heavy competition from Home Alone 2 and Disney’s Aladdin.
The Muppets’ take on the classic Charles Dickens tale is an enjoyable, family-friendly film. Kermit the Frog stars as the put-upon clerk Bob Cratchit and other Muppets also appear. As Ebenezer Scrooge becomes increasingly miserable, he is visited by ghosts from past Christmases to show him the error of his ways. However, it seems the miserable Scrooge has lost all hope.
12. Die Hard
Although the writers of Die Hard did not set out to make a Christmas movie, it has become a festive nuisance ever since it was invited to a Christmas party by mistake. This has led to many people debating if it is a festive movie.
According to the Irish Post, Die Hard belongs in the same category as other Christmas classics. Read on to learn why. We’ll discuss why Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies.
The storyline is a classic. In an early scene, John McClane is tired after making the long trip from New York to his destination. He takes off his shoes and socks and shoots a gun through the glass. The holiday spirit is evident in all the characters’ actions. McClane is able to sacrifice himself for his family and community, despite the circumstances. His character is a good role model for this theme, and he inspires countless people to give back.
Although this is a controversial movie, it is a great example of how a Christmas movie can be different from an ordinary movie. While many Christmas movies are set during Christmas, Die Hard is set during winter and features a lot of realistic party scenes.
In addition to the tense scenes of partying in the dark, the movie features an awful guy doing cocaine. The movie is not for the faint of heart, but is for those who are prone to a bit of naughtiness.
In addition to the movie’s holiday atmosphere, this title also has a rousing Christmas-themed soundtrack. In addition, it features some of the best supporting characters in the genre. Although the movie doesn’t have the best Christmas story, it is a wonderful holiday choice for families. The movie’s soundtrack is Christmas-themed, and the characters are memorable.
It’s not just the story line that makes Die Hard a top pick – it’s also the soundtrack.
13. Let It Snow
If you want to watch a movie that is both fun and heartwarming, Try Let It Snow, the acclaimed adaptation of the John Green novel. It is a romantic comedy set in the holiday season, and features an ensemble cast of talented actors. Despite its release on Christmas Eve, this movie has aspects that aren’t usually associated with holiday films.
But that’s the charm of Let It Snow, and it’s a must-watch for Christmas.
This teen ensemble romcom is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, even if it doesn’t win any awards. While you may be tempted to skip this movie for the sake of a more traditional film, you’ll be glad you tried it. Though the film is a little cliched, the soundtrack is terrific.
Let It Snow is one of the best Christmas movies on Netflix.
Another Oscar-nominated animated movie is Klaus. The main character, Klaus, is an enigmatic recluse who lives outside a small island town. The town’s reluctant new postmaster recruits him to deliver mail more efficiently.
As the kids write letters to Klaus, they hope to receive toys from him. Klaus fulfills their wishes and creates a snowman-themed toy for them.
15. David and the Elves
There are countless great holiday movies on Netflix, but David and the Elves is a particular favorite this time of year. A young elf named Albert leaves the North Pole to visit the human world and find out what Christmas is really all about.
Albert meets a young boy named David, who longs for a merry Christmas. Albert and David travel to the Tatra Mountains to visit David’s grandparents.
The elf Albert is a character with a complicated past who is determined to save his new human family and friends. The elf has no concept of who Santa really is and tries to enter the human world to share his magic with humans, but fate has other plans for him.
In the midst of the world of money, he witnesses Christmas miracles in the life of a young boy named David. David believes in Santa Claus, the real one, and cares for his neighbors.
16. Alien Xmas
If you’re looking for a fun, nostalgic Christmas movie that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, Alien X may be just what you’re looking for. Set in a town where people give gifts and celebrate Christmas is a good choice. The movie features a jolly Christmas scene and a memorable alien character – the titular X.
In this action-packed film, an alien race named the Klepts finds Earth and plans to take advantage of its gravity. But when a young elf mistakes an alien for a Christmas present, things get even more crazy. While X and his friends try to protect the world, the aliens’ evil Queen sends the small X to the North Pole where she wants to build a machine.
Once the machine is up and running, it will destroy Earth’s gravity, allowing Klepts to steal all of its possessions.
X and the SAMTU arrive on Earth just before Christmas Eve. They crash land in a town called Christmas Town. There, Santa Claus unveils a technologically advanced sleigh to deliver presents faster and more efficiently.
However, the sleigh malfunctions and Santa orders lead elf mechanic Obie to fix it. Obie’s time is taken up with the sleigh, depriving him of time with his wife and daughter.
17. Jingle Jangle
If you are looking for a great movie to watch this holiday season, look no further than Jingle Jiggle. Set in Victorian England, this holiday musical is a delightful tale of a toy inventor whose inventions are stolen by an evil apprentice.
With his granddaughter as his only hope, Jingle finds that he must rely on her to save his business and his family.
This family comedy is a classic. Jingle’s father is a wealthy toy inventor and has made a fortune from his inventions. However, his wife has passed away, and his store has fallen on hard times. Journey, his granddaughter, is determined to rebuild their relationship with their grandfather, and she discovers an old invention.
In the process, she tries to heal his grandfather’s old wounds. Meanwhile, Jeronicus’ banker-friend Mr. Delacroix calls on him to repay a loan he took decades ago.
While there are deep tragedies for Jeronicus, Talbert manages to keep the mood light and fun. While he makes the movie about a boy’s final Christmas, Talbert keeps the mood light by adding small touches to it. In addition to the musical numbers, the film also contains a touching story about family dynamics. In the end, the film is filled with heartfelt moments.
18. El Camino Christmas
Watch El Camino Christmas on Netflix for the first time this December. A new original movie from Netflix is set in rural California and features an out-of-town twenty-something looking for his father. The film stars Jessica Alba, Tim Allen, Dax Shepard, and Kurtwood Smith. In a story of fatherhood, family, and forgiveness, El Camino Christmas will make you think twice before judging its message.
Despite its small size, El Camino Christmas on Netflix is a charming and entertaining film that’s worthy of its Emmy. It has a terrific cast, sharp directing, well-paced editing, and clean cinematography. It also has a unique style of dialogue that you might not have expected from a holiday movie. And while it won’t win any Oscars, El Camino Christmas is worth a watch.
The comedy-drama is a good choice for holiday entertainment, especially if you like Tim Allen and Vincent D’Onofrio. El Camino Christmas isn’t the usual Christmas movie, with Dax Shepard and Vincent D’Onofrio playing two bumbling cops. It defies many conventions to make the story even more engaging. Most cookie cutter Christmas movies become tedious after a while, and El Camino Christmas is refreshingly original and unique.
19. Christmas with the Kranks
If you’re looking for a holiday comedy, you might be wondering whether or not you can watch Christmas with the Kranks on Netflix. The show premiered on November 24, 2004. It stars Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elizabeth Franz, Erik Per Sullivan, and Jake Busey. You can also purchase the movie on iTunes or Google Play.
Regardless of where you’re watching it, there’s a chance you’ll find the perfect movie for the holidays.
This holiday season, the Kranks are preparing to spend Christmas away from home, in the Peace Corps. But Vic and his wife decide to decorate the house anyway, and the town is thrown into chaos. The Kranks’ snobbish behavior may lead to their being run out of suburbia.
However, if you’re looking for a holiday comedy, you’ll find the perfect option at Netflix.
In this holiday comedy, Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis play two empty-nesters who have no intention of spending Christmas together. The Kranks have a messed-up relationship, but when their daughter Blair goes on an extended trip to Peru, they don’t want to miss their last holiday together. So, Luther and Nora decide to skip the holiday celebrations and take a ten-day Caribbean cruise instead.
This holiday comedy makes the perfect holiday movie and will make you laugh out loud.
20. This Christmas
If you want to watch some festive films this holiday season, consider streaming them on Netflix. In the current holiday schedule, you’ll find over a dozen new films, ranging from family-friendly classics to funny Christmas movies. The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year, so Netflix is sure to have something for everyone.
21. A Boy Called Christmas
In A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix, Nikolas, an ordinary young boy, sets out on an adventure in the arctic north in search of his father. On his journey, he enlists the help of his headstrong reindeer, Blitzen, and his loyal pet mouse. Soon, Nikolas finds himself in the presence of destiny. Watch A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix today and make the most of the holiday season!
A Boy Called Christmas is a Christmas-themed fantasy that will make your heart melt.
Maggie Smith’s voice is beautiful and endearing as the narrator of this animated film. It is a retelling of an old-timey tale about Nikolas (Henry Lawfull), who lives with his father in the woods of long ago Finland. Joel retells the tale of Lumi, a girl who travels to a magical land known as Elfhelm to visit her father. However, a king named Jim Broadbent’s character interrupts their idyllic life.
A Boy Called Christmas is Netflix’s first prestige holiday film. The film is based on the novel by Matt Haig and is directed by Gil Kenan. Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, and Toby Jones star in the film. A Boy Called Christmas is the perfect holiday viewing choice. Once you watch this movie, you’ll wonder how you survived the holidays without it!
The actors’ performances will surely make you want to watch it again!
A Boy Called Christmas is directed by Gil Kenan, who has previously worked on the holiday films The Christmas Chronicles. The movie stars Kurt Russell as the disturbingly beautiful Santa Claus. It is a fun film for the whole family. Just make sure that your family can watch it on Netflix before the holiday season ends.
You can also watch A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix anytime! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit!
22. Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Dolly Parton has been busy lately. Not only did she release a holiday album but now she’s producing her very own Christmas musical on Netflix. The movie is chock full of great performances from a diverse cast, including Parton, Baranski, Lewis, Williams, and more.
In addition to the music, the film is beautifully shot.
Dolly Parton has a new Netflix original film, “Christmas on the Square,” which blends holiday cliches into a wholesome, heartwarming tale of love and family. Debbie Allen, who directed and choreographed the film, cast a diverse group of actors who bring the cheesiest of holiday tropes to life.
Despite the over-the-top acting and over-the-top plot, this film shines thanks to the star, who’s in character as a benevolent angel.
The set was designed to evoke a period style house with antique rugs and lighting. To create an authentic look, Carter collaborated with set decorator Sarah Carter. Various pieces of furniture and decor were procured from HomeGoods and thrift stores. The trees in the General Store were decorated with simple velvet bows and handmade ornaments. Several of the actors even participated in the project.
This Christmas movie will surely make you laugh and cheer up, but be prepared for some heartbreak. Dolly Parton’s sense of humor is a trademark of hers. You’ll love her witty humor and her incredibly entertaining performances. If you’re looking for a great Christmas movie, don’t miss out on the new release by Dolly Parton. It’s available on Netflix for your entertainment.
23. Operation Christmas Drop
Another Netflix original is Operation Christmas Drop, starring Bruce Willis and Kat Graham. This rom-com follows a congressional assistant who is investigating a US Air Force base in Guam, accusing it of misusing taxpayer money. Meanwhile, she falls in love with the Air Force captain who shows her the island, convincing her to keep the base open.
The film is one of the most memorable movies released on Netflix this year, and is sure to delight your family.
Christmas movies are a tradition of Hollywood so there’s a trove of goodness from different genres, from comedy to drama, to adventure, to fantasy, and the best of all,-feel-good stories that will surely warm your heart and hearth.
Christmas is not here yet, but it’s always good to be in Christmas spirit any time.