We don't care what anyone says, we can't get enough of festive flicks. Fortunately, the streaming gods at Netflix 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 and candy canes at the ready, these are the best Christmas movies to watch on Netflix NZ.
The Night Before
If you like your Christmas flicks full of LOLs and big-name celebrities, then, The Night Before is for you. Just dropped on Netflix NZ it follows three best friends—played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie—who decide to end their annual tradition of wild holiday partying, but not before one final debaucherous Christmas Eve in New York. It also stars Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling and Miley Cyrus.
Natalie Bauer (Nina Dobrev), an LA-based writer, is a self-confessed romantic. After one too many bad dates, she falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app called Tag. Deciding to risk it all for love, she flies across the country to surprise him at Christmas. But when she gets there, she finds she’s been catfished and Tag is actually Josh. The silver lining? Tag actually does exist and Josh promises to make things right by helping Natalie woo him. This lighthearted romantic comedy is the perfect Christmas flick, complete with snow, LOLs and fuzzy moments. It drops 5 November.
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing The Star
Our favourite royals are back for The Princess Switch 3 and yes it’s one of the best Christmas movies on Netflix. It goes like this: when a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret’s audacious look-alike cousin Fiona who teams with a dashing, mysterious man from her past to retrieve it... rekindling the sparks of a tantalizing Christmas romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch. It drops 18 November.
A Castle For Christmas
A Castle For Christmas has all the hallmarks of a classic Christmas rom-com—picturesque location and a genetically blessed cast. The plot goes like this: Famed author, Sophie Brown (Brooke Shields), travels to Scotland hoping to buy a small castle of her own, but the prickly owner, Duke Myles (Cary Elwes), is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. Working to find a compromise, the pair constantly butt heads, but they just may find something more than they were expecting. This one drops 26 November.
Single All The Way
One of the most exciting Christmas movies dropping in 2021, Single All The Way is Netflix’s very first gay festive flick—and yes it’s amazing. It goes like this: Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter (Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they're now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother (Kathy Najimy) sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (Luke Macfarlane)—the plan goes awry. Single All The Way drops 2 December.
Based on the 1984 song of the same name, and inspired by the music of George Michael, Last Christmas stars Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Katarina, a jaded, semi-alcoholic Christmas store worker who forms a relationship with a mysterious man called Tom (Crazy Rich Asian’s Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him. With a new perspective on life, Katarina starts to believe that Christmas miracles might really exist.
Falling Inn Love
This sweet rom-com follows Gabriela Diaz (Christina Milian) whose loses her job the same week as her break-up. On a whim, she successfully enters a contest to “Win an Inn” overlooking New Zealand’s countryside. Thousands of airline miles later, she discovers The Bellbird Valley Farm is nothing but a crumbling facade. Eager to renovate and sell the property fast, she partners with local Kiwi builder Jake Taylor (Sex/Life’s Adam Demos). But once the final fixtures are hung, Gabriela’s hesitant to leave Jake, the inn, and the inviting community that nurtured her creative side.
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 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 Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
We actually love a sequel, especially when it’s Christmas related (and stars our very own NZ's Julian Dennison) 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 (Dennison) 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 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.
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.
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 from 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.
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 like 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.
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.
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 is 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 Robert Duvall. Watch it here.
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