It’s that point of 12 months to please in tree adorning, festive fuzzy sock indulgence, Bing Crosby tunes, and all the vacation Movies Netflix is including to its lineup, simply in case you wish to give these Hallmark flicks a break. Curling up with a film (and a heat cocktail) is likely one of the most time-honored Christmas traditions, in any case.
Have the urge to look at Vanessa Hudgens fall in love with a medieval knight in The Knight Earlier than Christmas, or in The Princess Swap and its over-the-top sequel, out in 2020? How concerning the Dolly Parton-helmed Christmas in the Sq.? Netflix is teeming with unique Christmas romances, together with the newly introduced musical Jingle Jangle, starring Phylicia Rashad and Forest Whitaker, with music by John Legend.
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To help you work out the place to start out, we’ve put collectively a listing of the best vacation Movies currently streaming on Netflix. Some are as satisfying as discovering a deal with in an creation calendar, and others are as polarizing as fruitcake. To allow you to in on a secret, you’ll be able to check out one in all Netflix’s searchable codes, which give hyper-specific style roundups: Discover a trove of Christmas rom-coms here, really feel good vacation Movies, and even movies for younger children.
Christmas With My Father
Comedian Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael, go on adventures around the world in the Netflix show Travels With My Father. In this comedy special, the goofy son and grumpy father apply their signature chemistry to the topic of Christmas. The Fab Five of Queer Eye help the duo with their bond.
Being Santa’s daughter has its challenges. She’s supposed to follow the family business—and marry a pre-approved guy. Fleeing these guidelines, Cassie Claus (Jennifer Stone) is able to attend a semester of college in the “real world.”
Christmas in the Heartland
Think The Parent Trap, but set during the Christmas season. Kara Gentry (Sierra McCormick) and Jessie Wilkins (Brighton Sharbino) meet on an airplane headed to the same town. The identical girls decide to switch places, and naturally, drama ensues.
Christmas on the Square
Dolly Parton is a literal angel in this uplifting Christmas musical. Christine Baranski plays a craven businesswoman bent on evicting an entire town ahead of Christmas (yes, a true villain). She’s redeemed over the course of one Christmas season. Just try to resist its charms—we dare you!
The Christmas Chronicles 2
Real life couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn play none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus in this sequel to The Christmas Chronicles, which brings the little-known mythological character Belsnickel to life. Just know that Mrs. Claus is the real star.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Who else wanted to live in Whoville when this 2000 live-action adaptation, starring Jim Carrey, was released? Just us. Okay. Based on Dr. Seuss’s 1957 story of the same name, all the residents of Whoville enjoy celebrating Christmas except one—the spiteful and vengeful Grinch. When one six-year-old girl, Cindy Lou, takes interest in the Grinch, he slowly starts to understand the true meaning of the holiday season. Practical jokes, fun carols, and a valuable lesson to be learned is why this one ends up in the top three.
Rush Williams, a popular N.Y.C. radio DJ, has spoiled his kids at Christmas ever since their mom died. But when rush loses his job during the holidays, he must fight to embrace a simpler life while reconnecting with his children.
Bad Moms Christmas
In the movie Bad Moms, Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell), and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) establish themselves as, uh, downright wild. Watch Bad Moms Christmas to find out what happens when their own moms visit for the holiday season. In short? Meet the women who made the bad moms so bad.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again
The Princess Switch: Switched Again takes the premise of the original Princess Switch—in which Vanessa Hudgens plays an identical baker and a princess who switch lives in the fictional country oof Belgravia—and makes it even more wonderfully preposterous by adding a third lookalike. Also played by Hudgens, Fiona is a blonde-haired party-lover who complicates Stacy and Margaret’s agreement.
Though it won’t hit Netflix until November 13, news of the original Christmas musical film starring Phylicia Rashad and Forest Whitaker hit headlines at the end of September. It follows an eccentric toymaker whose granddaughter sets out to recover his most prized invention, which was stollen by his apprentice. The music for the movie was written by John Legend.
The Knight Before Christmas
In this charming movie, Vanessa Hudgens plays Brooke, a science teacher who befriends a medieval knight named Sir Cole, who’s been banished to present-day Christmastime by a magical sorceress. She helps him figure out the modern world and how to return home. As they grow closer, Cole wonders if he even wants to go back.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
The third installment of the incredibly popular A Christmas Prince series takes us back to Christmastime in Aldovia, where now-Queen Amber and King Richard are expecting a baby. But while waiting on their bundle of joy, they must mend fences with an ally country.
Holiday in the Wild
After her husband suddenly ends their marriage following her suggestion of a “second honeymoon,” Kate (Kristin Davis) sets out on an African solo safari. It’s there where she helps her pilot (Rob Lowe) rescue a baby elephant. The results? Christmas and new love in another country.
Christmas in the Smokies
Sure, the plot is predictable in this 2015 film, but it earns its top 15 distinction because of the beautiful backdrop of the Smoky Mountains in each scene. When Shelby Haygood’s (Sarah Lancaster) ex-boyfriend, Mason Wyatt (Alan Powell), returns back to their hometown in Tennessee, the two have to work through their issues to save her family’s historic berry farm. Bonus points were awarded for the country music.
Similar to A Christmas Prince, Christmas Inheritance premiered on the streaming service in 2017. Before socialite Ellen Langford (Eliza Taylor) can inherit her father’s business, she must travel back to his small hometown in Snow Falls to deliver a special Christmas card. What was supposed to be a short trip ends up becoming a longer stay, where she learns the value of a hard-earned dollar and finds love in the process.
Mariah Carey Merriest Christmas
Listening to holiday music is one of the ultimate holiday activities, right up there with buying gifts and feasting. Of course, Mariah Carey is the queen of Christmas music, with her hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” In this special, Carey sings her iconic songs—and a whole bunch of others.
The Christmas Chronicles
Kurt Russell stars as jolly old Kris Kringle. It’s suitable for all ages yet is entertaining enough to pique adults’ interest. Two kids try to catch Santa delivering presents, but they end up coming along for the ride as his little helpers. Look out for the sequel.
Let It Snow
Based on the book Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances (co-authored by John Greene), a group of high schoolers’ friendships and love lives collide as a snowstorm hits their small midwestern town.
Narrated by Pharrell and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, this delightful 2018 film tells the classic story of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, and his quest to destroy the holidays for the cheerful citizens of Whoville.
Christmas Wedding Planner
A wedding planner named Kelsey Wilson is tasked with planning her cousin’s elaborate, exclusive Christmas wedding. But everything changes when a handsome private investigator shows up, threatening the nuptials, but sweeping her off her feet.
Christmas With a View
While they initially clash, a ski resort restaurant manager and the new flashy celebrity chef begin to fall for each other when they realize they have more in common than they think.
The Holiday Calendar
The cast and premise of the original Netflix film is promising enough to land it in the top five. Kat Graham stars as Abby Sutton, a struggling photographer working a dead-end job at Sears. Her luck starts to change when her grandfather, played by Ron Cephas Jones of This Is Us, gifts her with a magical advent calendar that can predict the future. Will she find her dream career or true love behind one of the calendar doors? You’ll have to watch to see.
The Princess Switch
You’ll have to do a double take with this one, because Vanessa Hudgens plays two characters: Margaret, the beautiful Duchess of Montenaro, and Stacy, a regular girl from Chicago. Margaret ends up falling for Stacy’s attractive coworker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret’s fiancé, the handsome Prince Edward, who is played by Sam Palladio. It sounds more complicated than it really is.
In Drunk Parents, Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek play a couple hiding their dire financial situation from their college-aged daughter. As the holidays approach and she comes home, their actions catch up to them. While this could be the premise of a drama, it’s actually a star-studded romp—albeit an acquired taste.
A Very Murray Christmas
A Very Murray Christmas nearly feels too good to be true. It’s a star-studded Christmas special about the making of a Christmas special. Sofia Coppola directs the hour-long show, which stars Bill Murray, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, and many more.
Frank McCourt, the author of Angela’s Ashes, is known for writing honest, moving stories about his family. Angela’s Christmas turns an incident in McCourt’s mother’s childhood in Ireland into a kind-hearted animated special for kids.
This Christmas was inspired by Donna Hathaway’s 1970 song of the same name. Gathered for the first time in four years, the Whitfield family deals with everything left unsaid.
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Cinderella Story film series has been around since Hillary Duff’s 2004 movie. The fifth and most recent installment, starring Laura Marano, is about an aspiring singer-songwriter who gets a shot at stardom and love during the Christmas season.
A Princess For Christmas
Why yes, that is young Sam Heughan of Outlander playing a dashing prince. In the same vein as A Christmas Prince, this movie is about an American woman who finds herself hanging around royalty of a small European kingdom during the most romantic time of year.
Rom-coms are known for featuring protagonists with quirky jobs—but Holly Star might win. The main character is a down-on-her-luck puppeteer who returns to her Maine hometown for the holidays, and watches as all the missing pieces in her life slot together.
What happens when Santa shows up in your shed? This adorable British movie follows a family in that exact situation. A hapless Santa is played by Jim Broadbent, a staple in the other quintessential British kids’ movies, Paddington.
In this animated film, struggling postal academy student Jesper is sent to work on an island in the Arctic Circle. It’s here where he discovers Klaus, and old, lonely carpenter who lives in a cabin filled with handmade toys.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
With a twist on the holiday classic, after being gifted a key by her late mother, a girl named Clara is transported into a magical world filled with fairies, a mice army, and gingerbread soldiers, with a cast that includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman.
A Christmas Prince
While it wasn’t a favorite among critics, Netflix achieved overnight success with its first attempt at a holiday-themed film in 2017. The plot is pretty straightforward: A journalist falls in love with her male subject who happens to be the dashing Prince Richard. But whether you loved or hated it, one’s thing for sure, we were all watching. According to data from Netflix, 53 people watched the movie every day for a period of 18 days.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
If you were a fan of 2017’s A Christmas Prince, then the sequel is definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re a sucker for romance, weddings and, well, Christmas.
48 Christmas Wishes
The 2017 holiday film starts out lighthearted and fun, but soon turns too dark for our taste. After elves misplace a town’s Christmas letters sent to Santa, they head away from the North Pole to obtain the wishes. But then we meet Blake (Liam MacDonald), who still hasn’t recovered from the death of his father. We were expecting two elves’ misadventures, not a flood of tears, so we rank this one pretty low on the sad-odometer.
The Christmas Project
A 12-year-old boy reflects back on a special holiday in 1986 where he and his three brothers have to give presents to their school bullies. It’s a lesson in kindness and doing the right thing, which is really what the spirit of Christmas is all about, right?
Merry Happy Whatever
The holidays can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re introducing someone special to your family for the first time. In Merry Happy Whatever, a holiday-themed series on Netflix, a father (Dennis Quaid) grapples with his daughter’s new boyfriend—not always gracefully.
If you’re searching for a quick holiday-themed watch with a kiddo, Trolls: Holiday will become a favorite. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, and Zooey Deschanel reprise their troll roles.