10 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Watch This Holiday Season

'Tis the season!

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'Tis the season! It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is slowly creeping upon us. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to celebrate traditionally this year, but there are still little things we can do inside to make the holidays memorable.

Most of us have been relying heavily on Netflix for entertainment this year, so why not check out some of the best Christmas/holiday-themed movies the platform has to offer? While Netflix may not have all the tried and true classics that we all know and love, there are still plenty of quality films that provide great entertainment. Below is a list of ten holiday-themed movies you and your family can watch to get into the jolly spirit. So, get comfy and grab some peppermint hot chocolate!

1. ‘Klaus’

This 2019 film follows the story of a selfish reclusive postman so unlikeable that he is considered the worst postman at the academy. After being posted to a frozen town in the north, he meets a woodsman (who may or may not be Santa) and forms an unlikely friendship along the way. Klaus is a touching story and received an Academy Award nomination for ‘Best Animated Feature Film.’

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2. ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’

With a star-studded cast featuring Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, and Phylicia Rashad, Jingle Jangle is a musical focusing on the journey of a wary toymaker who finds joy in his life when his curious granddaughter randomly shows up on his doorstep. A feel-good movie for the entire family, the film is a perfect blend of music and drama with a strong message of perseverance.

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3. ‘This Christmas’

This 2007 film is a tale of a family gathering together for the first time in four years. Sometimes family reunions can bring out the drama, and the Whitfield family uses this opportunity to air out dirty laundry, family secrets, and qualms with one another. Even if you have already seen This Christmas, it never hurts to relive a classic.

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4. ‘The Christmas Chronicles’

Instead of making a wish list like normal children, siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce decide they are going to take things a step further by kidnapping Santa on Christmas Eve. What ensues next is an absolute disaster as they somehow manage to crash Santa’s sleigh in the process of trying to capture him. Kate and Teddy are left with no other choice but to join forces with ‘Mr. Clause’ in an effort to save the holiday before it's too late. A true adventure, The Christmas Chronicles is a film that fully captures the magic of Christmas. 

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5. ‘A Bad Mom’s Christmas’

This one right here is for all the stressed out moms that could use a rebellious getaway. In this film, under-appreciated moms Amy, Kiki, and Carla fight back against the pressure that we all unintentionally put on mothers during Christmas time. As if the holiday stress wasn’t bad enough, the ladies also have to deal with the headache of their own mothers—which we all know can sometimes be stressful. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, be sure to get a Zoom party together for a virtual girls' night.

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6. ‘The Knight Before Christmas'

If you are a hopeless romantic, The Knight Before Christmas is a sappy romantic comedy that you can enjoy this holiday season. In the film, a medieval knight gets transported into the present time, where he meets a beautiful high school teacher disgruntled with relationships after struggling to find true love. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens and provides a different take than what we usually see with a traditional rom-com.

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7. ‘Get Santa’

Could you imagine Santa Claus getting arrested? Well in this film, Santa is in the slammer after being hit with a trespassing violation while crashing his sleigh. With Santa stuck there at the worst possible time, it’s now up to a father-son duo to get him out of jail so that Christmas isn’t ruined for everybody.

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8. ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square’

Anything with Dolly Parton is sure to be wildly entertaining. Christmas on the Square follows the story of Christine Baranski (portrayed by Parton), a rich woman who has inherited her hometown with new plans to evict everyone right before Christmas. The bratty millionaire then experiences a change of heart as she gets to know everybody in this magical little town. With a cool storyline and original music, Dolly Parton is sure to bring you some additional holiday joy.

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9. ‘Angela’s Christmas’

After a Christmas Eve church outing with her family, little Angela just wants to make sure everyone has the best Christmas ever. A heart-tugging film complete with beautifully designed animations and excellent singing, Angela’s Christmas is a gentle reminder that sometimes it’s the simple things in life that matter the most.

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10. ‘Holiday Rush’

After being fired from his Radio DJ gig, a widowed father of four is faced with the task of making Christmas a special occasion for his spoiled children, who had previously been living a luxurious lifestyle. Things change pretty quickly, and Holiday Rush shows us that family and love are the most important gifts of all. 

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While there are a lot of other great holiday-themed films to watch on Netflix, these are just a few to help get you started. Whether you choose these movies, or something else, we hope the holidays are a merry one for you and your family.

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