TV & Movies

Feel Festive With 17 Of Netflix’s Best Christmas Movies

By Morgan Reardon
17th Dec 2020

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We don't care what anyone says, we can't get enough of festive flicks. Fortunately, the streaming gods have gifted us with yet another sleigh load of feel-good Christmas movies, from old school classics to rom-com newbies, all you need to do is organise bulk snacks for a mammoth viewing marathon. 

Popcorn at the ready, these are the best Christmas movies to watch on Netflix.

Holidate

Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Australia’s Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love. You can watch it here.

Operation Christmas Drop

Kat Graham is back for another Netflix Christmas movie and this one is filled with festive cheer and goodness. The plot goes like this: Erica Miller (Graham) loves her job as a congressional aide but is desperate for an overdue promotion. So when the opportunity to get ahead presents itself, Erica forgos her traditional family Christmas and instead heads across the Pacific at her boss’ request. Her mission is simple, to gather evidence to support closing a tropical U.S. Air Force base. The only problem? Not everyone is ok with the closure including her uber handsome guide Captain Andrew Jantz (Alexander Ludwig). Tensions rise and a potential romance ensues. 

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

If you like your Christmas movies stacked with an all-star cast, then this flick is for you. Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with wonder. But when his trusted apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter—and a long-forgotten invention—to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. Featuring original songs by John Legend, this Christmas flick will make you feel warm and fuzzy.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Vanessa Hudgens is back for the second installment of The Princess Switch. If you need a refresher: last year, one week before Christmas, Margaret (Hudgens), the Duchess of fictional Montenaro, switches places with Stacy (also Hudgens), a “commoner” from Chicago, who looks exactly like her. With the assistance of a magical Santa's helper, Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s handsome co-worker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret's fiance, the dashing Prince. Fast forward a year when Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, she calls on her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans.

The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

We actually love a sequel, especially when it’s Christmas related so we’re buzzing about this beauty. It’s been two years since siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mum’s new boyfriend and his son Jack. Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell). 

The Holiday

While we don’t like to play favourites, The Holiday is absolutely at the top of the list. If you’re one of the few people who haven’t blessed your soul with this feel-good Christmas movie, then listen up. The flick follows LA-based movie trailer producer Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and London-based journalist Iris who are both dealing with serious romantic drama in the days leading up to Christmas. Desperate for a change of scenery the strangers decide to swap their lives for the holidays via a home swap website. However, they get more than they bargained for when they meet and fall in love with two local guys. Yep, it's absolutely one of the best Christmas movies on Netflix.

The Polar Express

In this warm-hearted tale, a young boy’s faith in the holiday spirit is revived after he makes his way by train—the Polar Express— to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to meet Santa Clause. His trip takes an unexpected and enchanting turn as he encounters a gaggle of kids and special characters along the way that prove the journey is just as important as the destination. The best bit? Tom Hanks voicing the roles of several characters—let’s be real, movies are just better when Tom Hanks is in them. Get on board here.

Four Christmases 

Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and her boyfriend Brad (Vince Vaughn) absolutely hate everything about Christmas—especially forced time with their oddball families and so every year they plan an overseas adventure somewhere far away. But when a freak snowstorm puts an end to their Fiji sojourn, the duo are forced to visit all four of their divorced parents for Christmas. From creepy brothers, overbearing mums and many awkward moments, absolute mayhem ensues making this a truly hilarious—and relatable—watch. It also boasts a pretty baller cast including Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight and Robery Duvall. Watch it here.

Christmas Inheritance

Ambitious heiress Ellen Langford has the world at her feet. She’s engaged to a handsome, successful man and she’s just days away from inheriting her father’s multi-million dollar business. The only problem? Before he’ll officially give her the keys to the empire, Ellen must first deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's former partner in Snow Falls, a tiny but adorable town in the middle of nowhere. But when a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, with no money or possessions she begins to realise what she once held dear isn’t so important after all. This beauty is equal parts cheesy and loveable. Give it a go here

Holiday in the Wild

Sex And The City fave Kristin Davis is back on our screens and once again she’s playing a Manhattanite unlucky in love. In this festive flick, Davis stars as Kate Conrad who in an effort to reignite some romance in her marriage books an African safari. The only problem? Said husband leaves Kate before the holiday even begins. But this is a Christmas movie after all so Kate isn’t going to let that stop her having an adventure. She embarks on her own Eat, Pray, Love experience volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Zambia and embarking on a holiday romance. 

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

We’ve seen Amber find true love, get married and become a queen, so it’s only right that come Christmas we get a front row seat to the next chapter of her life—motherhood. In A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby we head back to Aldovia where Queen Amber and King Richard are getting ready to take some time off to prepare for their first child's arrival, but first they have to host King Tai and Queen Ming of Penglia to renew a 600-year-old sacred truce. But when the priceless treaty goes missing, peace is jeopardized and an ancient curse looms. 

Let It Snow

A hot favourite of the Netflix Originals, Let It Snow follows a group of teens from small town America on Christmas Eve during a freak downpour of snow. With an ensemble cast packed with Hollywood’s hottest new stars including Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina), Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet), Isabela Merced (Instant Family) and Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man), this feel-good movie has all the hallmarks of a teen version of Love Actually with stories of unrequited love and fractured friendships.

Klaus

Before you cruise past this one because it’s animated, trust us, this is one kid's flick that is just as much for the adults. When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) finds himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and Klaus (J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. 

The Knight Before Christmas

After delivering us the beauty that was The Princess Switch last year, Vanessa Hudgens is back with another festive flick. The story goes as this–  after a magical sorceress transports medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) to present-day Ohio during the holiday season, he befriends Brooke (Hudgens), a teacher who's been disillusioned by love. Brooke helps Sir Cole navigate the modern world and how to fulfil his mysterious one true quest—the only act that will return him home… that is if he still wants to return. 

Holiday Rush

Popular New York radio DJ Rush Williams (Romany Malco) has been spoiling his four kids since they tragically lost their mum. Unfortunately, when Rush finds himself unceremoniously ousted from his job, he struggles to fulfil the children’s pricey Christmas lists. In an effort to keep Rush on the air, his producer Roxy and his Aunt Jo plan to help him buy another station—that is if the Williams family can downsize and start living the simple life. Catch this heart-warmer here.

The Holiday Calendar

In The Holiday Calendar, Abby Sutton (Kat Graham) is a talented photographer stuck in a dead-end job in a small town with nothing much to look forward to. That is until she inherits an antique advent calendar from her late grandmother. The twist? The calendar appears to have magical abilities and start to predict her future… from job opportunities to chance meetings with a potential love interest. 

A Bad Moms Christmas

Our fave trio of bad (and yet incredibly awesome) mums are back for the festive season. Stressed out with the looming Christmas holidays and the pressure to create the perfect day for their kids, Amy (Mila Kunis), Carla (Kathryn Hahn) and Kiki (Kristen Bell) turn to their old tricks to get by. What they didn’t count on was their respective and kinda crazy mothers (Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines and Christine Baranski) crashing. 

Once you've gotten through this list, here's everything else you need to binge on Netflix.

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