Christmas comes but once a year, or so the old saying goes. In reality, people think about the holiday season all year long. That includes people who love Christmas movies, even if its 105 degrees and sunny outside. In the past few years, cable networks and the major streaming services, including Netflix, have been flooding us with new and classic Christmas films to watch, and it can be a chore to find the ones that are worthy of watching. To save you the hassle, we did some research and made a list of the top 10 best Christmas movies you can currently stream on Netflix.
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Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as new Christmas movies are added and older ones leave Netflix.
1. The Christmas Chronicles
One of Netflix’s biggest original movies of 2018 was this Christmas film, which stars Kurt Russel as Santa Claus himself. However, due to the antics of a couple of kids, Santa finds himself stranded in Chicago on Christmas Eve, and there’s a race against time to get him back together with his sleigh and reindeer. If he doesn’t complete his yearly gift-giving before Christmas Eve ends, the world will lose that great holiday spirit. Russel’s depiction of Santa as a hip grandpa is perfect for him, and the movie itself is fun to watch with your family and friends. You can also watch the sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2, on Netflix right now.
This 2019 Netflix original movie was nominated for the Best Animated Movie of that year at the Academy Awards. This movie is basically an origin story for Santa Klaus. A postman who lives in the far northern areas of the world hooks up with Klaus, a humble toymaker. Together, they start sending toys to local children and soon Klaus starts to develop into the Santa Claus we all know and love.
3. A Very Murray Christmas
Ok, we are stretching things just a tad by putting this on our best Netflix Christmas movie list (it’s just 56 minutes long), but its Bill freaking Murray in his own Christmas event. The special has Murray close to launching his live Christmas TV event in New York, but a snowstorm may cause his guests not to make it. Murray tries to go ahead with the special, with mixed results. He’s joined in song with guests like Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, George Clooney, and many others. If you are looking for a somewhat oddball holiday event, this one on Netflix might suit the bill.
4. White Christmas
This 1954 classic musical was a follow-up, of sorts, to the earlier 1942 movie Holiday Inn. That was the first movie that introduced the song White Christmas, but this film builds an entire story around that song. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play two WWII veterans who, along with their girlfriends (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) are trying to save an inn run by their former superior officer. They decide to stage a show to bring in more people. The story is just an excuse for the leads to sing holiday songs written by Irving Berlin, including the title tune. You can’t include a best Christmas movie list without this film.
5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The classic Christmas book from Dr. Suess was adapted to a live-action film in 2000. Jim Carrey may be almost completely unrecognizable physically through the excellent makeup that turned him into the Grinch, but his humor and attitude still come through the prosthetics. The Grinch hates Christmas and wants to take it away from nearby Whoville and its super-cute residents. However, this might be more difficult than he thinks.
6. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
This new 2020 Christmas Netflix movie is a musical that stars Forest Whitaker as a classic toymaker who makes children happy all over the world. However, his apprentice and rival, played by Keegan-Michael Key, manages to steal his toys. Now it’s up to the toymaker’s granddaughter to bring back the magic with one last great toy invention. The movie also includes new songs sung by, among others, John Legend and Usher. It’s one of the best Christmas Netflix movies you can watch.
7. A Bad Mom’s Christmas
This 2017 sequel to the hit comedy Bad Moms shows the title characters (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn) dealing with all of the good, bad and ugly of the holiday season. They are joined in the sequel by the characters’ own mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon). The six women battle with each other as they try to keep some sort of semblance of the Christmas spirit. This movie can get a bit raunchy at times, but you should still have a good time.
8. Holiday in the Wild
If you are looking for a Netflix Christmas movie that doesn’t have much snow or decorations, this 2019 movie could be for you. The movie stars Kristin Davis as a woman who, after her long marriage breaks up, takes a holiday trip to the African nation of Zambia. She spends Christmas at an animal sanctuary in the country and also strikes more than a friendship with a local bush pilot, played by Rob Lowe.
9. The Princess Switch
This 2018 original Netflix Christmas movie stars Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy, a baker from Chicago (there’s Chicago again) who travels to the European country of Belgravia to participate in a Christmas baking competition. However, she runs into her lookalike, Duchess Margaret Delacourt (also played by Hudgens), who wants to find out what it is like to live like a normal person before she marries the prince of Belgravia. Yes, it’s The Prince and the Pauper story retold again, as the two ladies switch identities to find out how the other half lives. It’s the kind of Christmas movie that always has a happy ending, and that’s just what some folks want. Look for the sequel, The Christmas Switch: Switched Again, on Netflix on November 19.
10. A Christmas Prince
Our last entry in our best Netflix Christmas movie list is yet another original movie. Launched on the service in 2017, a Christmas Prince stars IZombie’s Rose McIver. She plays an American journalist who gets assigned to cover a press conference for the prince of Aldovia. She is then mistaken for the new tutor of a young princess of the country, and McIver uses this opportunity to get even closer to the royal family to get a big scoop. However, she soon starts having romantic feelings for the prince. This movie became a big hit for Netflix, and it spawned a sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, in 2018. A third movie in the series, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby, is now available to stream as well.
New Netflix Christmas movies for 2020
2020 brings a ton of new original Netflix Christmas movies. We’ve already mentioned the upcoming Christmas Chronicles 2l Jingle Jangle, and The Christmas Switch: Switched Again. Here’s a look at what else you can stream this holiday season.
- Holidate – Two single adults decide to be each other’s “Plus One” for all the holiday events they go to for a whole year, but things get complicated at Christmas.
- Operation Christmas Drop – Two people find each other while trying to help others in Guam as part of the US Air Force’s Operation Christmas Drop humanitarian efforts.
- Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square – Here’s another holiday musical. This one stars Dolly Parton and tells the story of a town trying to fight off a rich woman who wants to steal the town’s land
- A California Christmas – This non-snowy movie centers on a grifter who, while posing as a humble ranchhand, tries to get the ranch’s owner to sell him her property
These are our picks for the best Netflix Christmas movies that are currently available on the service. We’ll add more options to the list once they make it to Netflix.