15 Great Christmas Movies on Netflix to Give You All the Holiday Cheer You Need Right Now
Thanks to Netflix, we can watch these top Christmas movies all day, every day.
You probably already turn to Netflix to watch all the best shows on Netflix right now and keep up with new Netflix Originals, but the streaming service is also a great spot to find holiday favorites. There are quite a few great Christmas movies on Netflix, from festive classics to a ton of brand new Original films that you can only watch there. (There are also good Halloween movies on Netflix, if you just can’t get enough of the spooks and skeletons.)
Originally, Netflix was just a place to watch movies or shows produced by traditional studios; now, Netflix is making a lot of original content, and its lineup of original Christmas movies for 2020 for kids, families, and adults is set to be even bigger than last year’s, which was large enough to give Hallmark a run for its money. Netflix has started releasing its new Christmas movies for 2020—keep an eye out for the last holiday releases as we move through December—but there are still plenty of great holiday movies to watch now. (And if there’s a hard-to-find Christmas movie you really want to see on Netflix, you can always make Netflix suggestions.)
Netflix’s collection of Christmas movies includes everything from some of the best Christmas movies around to cheesy, goofy holiday rom-coms and funny kids’ movies. There are plenty of touching, emotional movies, too, if you’re looking to feel festive and big-hearted this holiday season.
As you’re planning your holiday activities, be sure to leave time for some quality movie-watching between figuring out how to put lights on a Christmas tree and planning out your Christmas gifts—you really don’t want the holiday season to end before you’ve had a chance to take in these movies. If nothing here catches your eye, check back; we’ll be adding new movies as they hit Netflix through the rest of the season.
One of the most classic of all classic Christmas movies, this 1954 movie is a true holiday season must-watch. It’s appropriate for the whole family—if you can tear the kids away from the animated movies—and offers the kind of Christmas spirit that’s hard to recreate.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Packed with big names and featuring songs by John Legend, this beautiful, playful Christmas movie follows a young girl on a mission to help her toymaking grandfather recover his greatest creation. The songs (and dance numbers) will play over and over in your head, and adults and kids alike will love the heartfelt story. For a joyful Christmas movie that feels fresh and creative, look no further.
Fireplace for Your Home: Birchwood Edition
Sure, it’s not a Christmas movie in the traditional sense, but there’s nothing more festive than a roaring fire. If you don’t have a fireplace (or the energy to build a fire in your fireplace), filling your space with coziness is as simple as turning on this almost-movie. It even has realistic crackles and pops—play your favorite Christmas music along with it, and you’ve got a picture-perfect December evening. The only downside is that the run-time is an hour, so if you want hours of fire-front coziness, you’ll have to restart the video a few times.
This delightful animated Christmas movie follows a spoiled postmaster to his new station in a distant, unpleasant outpost, where he meets a certain woodsman with a fluffy white beard and a penchant for making toys. As a new retelling of the story of Santa Claus, this film is creative and interesting, with enough touching moments and heartwarming scenes to make any grinch smile; as a Christmas movie from Netflix last year, it was nominated for an Academy Award, and it’s sure to become an annual classic in 2020.
The Knight Before Christmas
A 2019 addition to Netflix’s growing collection of romantic Christmas movies, this film tells the story of a medieval knight magically transported to modern-day Ohio, where a disillusioned teacher is preparing for a loveless holiday season. Predictably, PG-rated romantic antics ensue, but that doesn’t make this cheesy flick any less worthy of a watch, especially if you’re making cookies or wrapping presents at the same time.
A successful radio DJ (and recent widower) is ready to celebrate the holidays with his four spoiled children—until he loses his job and has to cut back during the season of giving. This family-focused movie has a heartfelt, encouraging message about what really matters during the holiday season: Watch for plenty of warm feelings any time of year.
Holiday in the Wild
For a slightly atypical Christmas movie, watch this film about a woman who sends her son off to college and plans a second honeymoon for herself and her husband—only to go on the trip alone after her husband announces his plans to leave her. While on safari, the former vet rediscovers her love for animals and ends up staying longer than expected on an elephant sanctuary, where she channels a powerful message for elephant conservation (and meets a dashing man, of course).
The Holiday Calendar
Yet another of Netflix’s growing collection of sappy romantic Christmas movies, this one follows an aspiring photographer stuck in her small town in a dead-end job. An antique Advent calendar passed down from her grandmother arrives just in time to point her toward love—and a more fulfilling career.
A Christmas Prince
As Netflix’s first foray into the Christmas rom-com world, this sweet, goofy movie set a trend that the streaming service is continuing to follow, with a sequel published the following year and a third movie released in 2019. The movie itself is reminiscent of Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas romantic comedies—a budding journalist sneaks into the castle to get the scoop for an article on a dashing, playboy prince. Romance ensues, of course.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
A follow-up to 2017’s A Christmas Prince, this Hallmark-esque movie follows Amber and Prince Richard as they reunite for their winter wedding. Wedding-planning mishaps and cultural clashes set the tone for the movie, though it all comes together for a happy ending eventually—and we’d expect no less from a cheesy, great-to-watch-while-wrapping-presents romantic Christmas movie.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
The third romantic holiday film in the Christmas Prince series, this 2019 release follows the married (and expecting) Queen Amber and King Richard ahead of the Christmas-time birth of their child. A diplomatic crisis (and a mystery) disrupts the happy time, but this Christmas movie on Netflix is still the heart-warming, goofy, charming watch everyone wants this time of year.
The Princess Switch
Vanessa Hudgens stars as a pair of doppelgangers, Parent Trap–style, in this sweet holiday movie that combines mistaken identity, baking, royal romance, and more. If you’ve already watched every Hallmark Christmas movie available, this is the next best thing.
The Christmas Chronicles
A Netflix Original Film from 2018, this live-action, kid-friendly movie follows a pair of siblings as they embark on an all-night adventure with Mr. Claus himself to save Christmas. With Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, adorable elves, reindeer, and plenty of other classic Christmas elements thrown in, this movie will make kids and adults alike laugh—and rumor has it that there’s going to be a sequel in 2020, just in time for Christmas.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The famous Dr. Seuss book gets the live-action treatment in this Ron Howard-directed film. Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch, with other notable stars like Christine Baranski and Molly Shannon in supporting roles. Kids and adults alike will enjoy seeing how Cindy Lou Who tries to melt the Grinch’s cold, cold heart.