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Holiday Movies and Shows On Netflix that Will Get You in the Festive Spirit

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor

Ah…It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that of course can only mean one thing: holiday movies have returned to Netflix!

This is about the time of year I start sitting down with the kids to watch some fun holiday movies a few nights a week. The rest of those nights I watch the ones that are less appropriate for them but crack me up nonetheless!

Every year on Christmas Eve we open new Christmas jammies, make homemade hot cocoa (add cinnamon and vanilla; you will thank me later), and watch our final Christmas movie! I haven’t officially decided which one will win out this year, but I am leaning toward one of the popular Netflix films on this list!

If you are looking for some holiday movies to fill your days before Christmas gets here, then this list is a perfect place to start!

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#1 A Boy Called Christmas

This movie is currently #8 in Netflix’s top 10 movies. It is rated PG for “peril, action, and thematic events.”

That sounds like the perfect Christmas movie to watch with the kids who are old enough for a little more drama! It also means that as an adult, you might really enjoy it.

Netflix gives us quite the teaser for this one: Determined young Nikolas meets his destiny in a magical land inhabited by elves on a quest to find his father–and bring home the gift of hope.

The movie stars Henry Lawful, Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, and Kristen Wiig. This family movie will tug on your heartstrings, make you feel good, and has just enough excitement to make it interesting. What will Nikolas discover on his quest? Will people once again begin to believe in the impossible?

This film is created by the same studio that brought us The Christmas Chronicles and is based on an international best-seller. We will be watching this one on Christmas Eve in my house, snuggled into some blankets, and wearing our new Christmas pajamas!

#2 The Great British Baking Show Holidays

I don’t normally watch The Great British Baking Show, but my sister is a huge fan! It is rated TV 14 for language, so if you have little ones and are extra cautious about the words they hear, then you might want to watch this one by yourself.

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If you love baking, this witty Netflix description will have you in a hurry to stream all the episodes: Deck the halls with sugar, butter, and chocolate as competitors from the past seasons bake sweet Yuletide treats for judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Lieth.

The “ghosts of baker’s past” (Netflix’s way of referencing the previous competitors) include many favorite contestants!

If you love baking, Christmas, and reality TV, then this feel-good show is one you won’t want to miss!

#3 Single All the Way

This movie is currently ranked 10 on Netflix’s trending movies list. This romantic comedy is LGBTQ-approved and rated TV-PG. It’s got all the charm of your typical holiday movie and that heartfelt romance.

Netflix teases us by saying: Peter asks his best friend to pose as his boyfriend on a Christmas visit home, but their plan–and feelings–change when his family plays matchmaker. Will these best friends take the plunge? (I feel like is a really easy question to answer since this is a Christmas movie, but still…)

You might feel like you have seen this movie already a million times, but this one promises to really bring the comedy. It features Jennifer Coolidge (Jeanine Stifler, the mom from American Pie), and she is just as hilarious in this movie!

#4 lovehard

This one is rated TV-MA (language), so it won’t be one I watch with the kiddos, but it definitely sounds fresh and interesting! Netflix describes the film by saying: After meeting her perfect match on a dating app, an LA writer learns she’s been catfished when she flies 3000 miles to surprise him for Christmas.

I haven’t seen this one yet, but I will be watching it! My friend watched this one the other day and says, “It’s hysterical.” So, if you are in the mood for a romantic comedy, then this one is for you! It stars Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, and Darren Barnet.

#5 Jingle Jangle A Christmas Journey

Jingle Jangle A Christmas Journey, rated PG, is another one the kids will enjoy. The description from Netflix is intriguing: Decades after his trusted apprentice betrayed him, a once joyful toymaker finds new hope when his kind and curious granddaughter comes into his life. This musical family movie sounds like the perfect one to watch with a steaming cup of hot cocoa!

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This movie has magic, drama, and all the heartfelt moments that remind us what Christmas is all about. Bring back a little wonder into your life and give this unique two-hour movie the opportunity to spark that “kid at Christmas time” feeling.

#6 The Christmas Chronicles

This was our Christmas Eve movie last year, and it was perfect! It is rated TV-PG for fear and language. The movie stars the incomparable Kurt Russel and his stepson, Oliver Hudson. It also has some other big names like Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Judah Lewis, and Darby Camp.

Netflix has this one ranked at #5 in Kids as of today, and hooks you in with this description: After accidentally crashing Santa’s sleigh, a brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas with a savvy, straight-talking St. Nick. Christmas is in trouble. Will it all work out in time?

# 7 The Christmas Chronicles 2

Kurt Russel returns, with real-life partner (since 1983) Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus! Many of the original cast is back for this sequel, which is also rated PG. Netflix once again brings us a family-friendly film, in which Christmas is in danger: Unhappy over her mom’s new relationship, a now teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas.

The movie is funny and Kurt Russel might just be my favorite Santa! Will this sequel deliver on the magic of its predecessor? You won’t know until you watch it!

#8 Holidate

This Christmas romantic comedy stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey. It is rated TV-MA for language, smoking, nudity/sex, and crass humor. This, of course, means it is pretty dang funny.

Netflix sets up this movie by explaining: Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long, only to catch real feelings along the way.

This movie has all the romance, comedy, and meddling family antics of a good rom-com with a holiday spin. The first words of the film really set up the tone of how Sloane feels about the holidays… will her attitude change? This one isn’t about love at first sight, adding a real element to character development!

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#9 Christmas Inheritance

This is one of those romantic comedies that is also heavy on the Christmas lessons. The film stars Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, and Andie McDowell, and is rated TV-G, making it a bit more wholesome than some of the others on the list!

Netflix kicks off the info section of this movie by saying: To inherit her father’s company, socialite Ellen must first visit his small hometown, where she learns the value of hard work and helping others. This charming movie will definitely leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy, and remind you of the pleasure we get from spreading joy.

#10 The Princess Switch 3 Romancing the Star

This movie is the third one in The Princess Switch series, and I just loved the first two, so of course, this one is on my must-see list! If you haven’t seen those I would recommend watching them first. This heartwarming movie is rated TV-G, so it is family safe!

Vanessa Hudgens returns to play the three roles of Margaret, Stacy, and Fiona. Netflix’s description sets the plot up right away with: When a priceless Christmas relic is stolen, royal look-alikes Margaret and Stacy turn to audacious doppelganger Fiona–and her dashing ex–for help.

This adorable (but highly unbelievable) romantic movie will charm you for sure!

The joy of holiday movies

There are millions (that might be a small exaggeration) of holiday movies that you can watch from various places. It is a great way to usher in the holidays and keep that spirit burning bright.

Have you seen some of these already? Let us know which ones you recommend in the comment section below!

Wishing you a happy holiday season, filled with love, joy, and laughter. I hope you don’t get sucked too deep into the rabbit hole of holiday movies, but if you do, share them with your friends (and me!).

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