The 30 best Christmas movies to watch on Netflix now: from Love Actually to The Princess Switch

Bill Nighy actually plays In Love - Peter Mountain / Film Stills
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without watching the TV for hours, even though festive movies are utterly terrifying. Fortunately, Netflix has a variety of vacation movies this year. Plan your visit now with our season guide.
Klaus (2019)
In Netflix's first animated original film, a selfish (and utterly irritating) postman named Jesper (voiced by Jason Schwartzman) and a grumpy old toy maker (J.K. Simmons) become friends and try to cheer up the wretched, frosty town of Smeerensburg. Sergio Pablos' animations are charming, although the subplots of the story can get a little complicated.
Vacation in the Wild (2019)
This festive feel-good rom-com plays Sex and Kristen Davis from town as a single woman on a safari in Zambia, trying to get over her husband, who dismissed her two days before her second honeymoon. Fortunately, it turns out that your safari pilot is the catch ... Expect sunny Christmas cheers and lots of baby animals.
The Holiday (2006)
One of the few decent Rom Coms on Netflix, here two heartbroken women, Surrey journalist Iris (Kate Winslet) and Los Angeles movie trailer maker Amanda (Cameron Diaz), are swapping much-needed R&R for Christmas. Both women are attached to each other's emotional baggage, resulting in two new and unexpected love stories. A nice, fluffy film that warms the heart without making it flinch.
Love Actually (2003)
Netflix's big hit for the festive season is Richard Curtis' lovable Christmas classic Love Actually, which should have become a year-end tradition for any respected Briton. With a host of A-listers (and Martine McCutcheon), it also has the 2003 all-time soundtrack, with Hugh Grant et al. Consistently serenaded by Sugababes, Girls Aloud, S Club Juniors and Dido.
El Camino Christmas (2017)
This festive comedy is a Netflix original with a small mouth and an almost impressive C-list from Tim Allen, Dax Shepard, and Jessica Alba. She plays Luke Grimes as a drifter who, after a short-lived reunion with his absent father, takes a Nevada liquor store hostage on Christmas Eve. A lot of learning, growing and connecting will follow.
Christmas legacy (2017)
Like an inverted Sweet Home Alabama, Eliza Taylor plays a wealthy New York debutante who ventures into the small town of Nowheresville to learn the value of all-American transplant and hard work, poses as a citizen, falls in love, and realizes it's in life there is more to it than endless Manhattan parties and drinking. Christmas Inheritance, a Netflix original, is similar to what a Zellweger or a Heigl would have done when romantic comedies were still played in theaters, and seems to be based on the same feeling of pleasantly mild nostalgia.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Although Arthur Christmas slightly disappeared when it was released in 2011 (it didn't even win an Academy Award for Best Animated Film), it has become a modern day classic, with the trademark Aardman wit and warmth and a lovely voice-over Performance by James McAvoy as Santa Claus' clumsy son Arthur who decides to save a little girl's Christmas when Santa Claus forgets to bring her present. Bill Nighy, Michael Palin, and Hugh Laurie are among the rest of the cast.
A Christmas Prince (2017)
A Christmas prince who plays iZombies Rose McIver as a terrible New York journalist who was sent to a press conference in the fictional European country of Aldovia to cover it on a "Playboy Prince". While she is undercover as a tutor for the prince's disabled sister, she falls in love with the prince and discovers a royal scandal. After all that is there, it is the worst there is. It plays like The Prince & Me, Never Been Kissed, and the sequel to Princess Diaries, all of which are thrown in a blender while a cheaper version of Natasha Bedingfield plays on the soundtrack.
Arthur Christmas - Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures
Last Holiday (2006)
If you want to remake an old British incurable disease comedy with Alec Guinness, why not cast Queen Latifah? This happy, festive film shows Latifah as a lonely department store clerk who is told she only has a few weeks to live. She inspires her to take a luxury vacation to Europe for one final blowout in which she plays LL Cool J and fancy meals prepared by Gerard Depardieu.
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
For a less mean Bill Murray, why not try his experimental variety show special from 2015, staged by none other than Sofia Coppola, and featuring cameos from George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, and many other stars? Full of songs and vaguely surreal skits, it's a small non-event, but worth checking out out of curiosity.
Deck the Halls (2006)
Deck the Halls, an unofficial US remake of the ITV comedy Christmas Lights starring Robson Green and Mark Benton, casts Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito as next-door rivals whose competitive vacation fun turns into an all-out war while wives Kristin Davis and Kristin Chenoweth's eyes wagging fingers on the sidelines. It's unmistakably terrible, but it will likely make a lot of background noise during a game of jenga.
Rose McIver and Ben Lamb in a Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding - Reuters
Babes in Toyland (1986)
For the "weird and wonderful eighties nonsense lover" in your life, this cheap and cheery Christmas musical sees a bored-looking 11 year old Drew Barrymore drawn into a magical world where life-size toys roam the earth. Keanu Reeves, at his distractingly enthusiastic best, appears as does Miyagi-san of The Karate Kid, only to drive home the fact that this came out in 1986.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)
Netflix Original A Christmas Prince from last year was so strangely addicting that he wrapped himself in a sequel suspiciously well attuned to our own royal events. Amber and Prince Richard prepare to tie the knot, which scares Amber that she is not fit to be regal. It's no better than the first, but remains inexplicably observable.
The Princesses Counter (2018)
Another film about the worn and predictably entertaining imagination of a life switch. Chicago baker (Vanessa Hudgens) enters a Christmas baking contest in Belgravia where she meets the prince's fiancée, who looks (absolutely unbelievably) exactly like her. They agree to swap lives for two days to literally see how the other half lives. Suspend your disbelief for two hours and you might just get sucked in.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019)
The third film in the Christmas Prince franchise seems the furthest away, but silliness is part of the festive spirit. Queen Amber of Aldovia (Rose McIver) is expecting right on time for Christmas and, along with her husband, King Richard (Ben Lamb), must host King Tai (Kevin Shen) and Queen Ming (Momo Yeung) of Penglia to renew a 600-year sacred truce . Celebrations go dark when the sacred contract paper is lost, a snowstorm breaks in and the young couple realizes that an ancient curse will soon fall on the family ...
Hector (2015)
A radical antidote to the all-American holiday cheese that makes up the bulk of this list is Hector, a realistic drama starring the great Peter Mullan. He is the Hector of the Title, a homeless Scot who travels the country to get to a London animal shelter where he plans to stay for Christmas.
Birth! (2009)
Everything Martin Freeman stars is magically compelling, and this seasonal feel-good indulgence - an impromptu comedy in which elementary school teacher Paul (Freeman) tries to organize a daycare center - is no different.
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018)
Benedict Cumberbatch approaches the grumpy Grinch with green fur and a two-size-small heart who plans to steal Christmas from the residents of Whoville. Can six year old Cindy Lou change his mind? This colorful animation features family-friendly jokes and stunning graphics.
Holidate (2020)
Sloane is fed up with her family asking about their love life, and Jackson wants depressurized dating options for the holidays. So the couple agree to be each other's "holidays" - no sex, no romance. It's a familiar premise, but Emma Roberts and Australian actor Luke Bracey are personable leads, while Kristin Chenoweth is a horny aunt who steals scenes.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
In this Victorian musical fantasy, Forest Whitaker plays a toy inventor who lost everything when his devious apprentice stole his blueprints. Granddaughter Reise is determined to restore his legacy. With lots of Broadway-style razzle, including upbeat dance routines from Kylie's choreographer Ashley Wallen. Ricky Martin and Hugh Bonneville also make up the cast.
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020)
In the sequel to The Christmas Chronicles (also on Netflix), Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn repeat their roles as Santa and Mrs Claus - the latter playing a much more important role this time. You are visited by an unfortunate teenager in the North Pole and you also have to deal with a troublemaker trying to sabotage the festive season.
Dolly Parton's Christmas in the Square (2020)
Have a fun, dolly - admittedly very campy - Christmas with this musical fable. Christine Baranski is the wealthy landowner who threatens to evict city dwellers to make way for a mall. Can partons of angels covered with rhinestones convince them otherwise? Parton also provides the songs and director / choreographer Debbie Allen provides the lively dance routines.
The Knight Before Christmas (2019)
If you like your romcoms with a backorder of time travel (and Kate & Leopold somehow overtook you) this Vanessa Hudgens vehicle is for you. She plays Brooke, a disaffected woman who has forever given up the concept of happiness. Step inside the 14th century knight Cole, sent into the future to fulfill his destiny.
Birth 2: Danger in the Manger (2012)
Another chapter in the brilliant UK franchise, this time with David Tennant as twin brothers - a fearful elementary school teacher and his famous composer and conductor brother - clashing in a national Christmas carol competition. Marc Wootton is back as the irrepressible Mr. Poppy.
Let It Snow (2019)
Kiernan Shipka from Mad Men is one of the ensembles of this YA novel adaptation. On Christmas Eve, in a small, snow-covered town, several teenagers fall in love. A hilarious script by British comedian Laura Solon, Kay Cannon of 30 Rock and Pitch Perfect, and screenwriter Victoria Strouse of Finding Dory makes this a surprising charmer.
Operation Christmas Drop (2020)
Based on the US Air Force's humanitarian mission of the same name in real life, this brilliant film features a congressional aid tasked with investigating a USAF base to find a reason for its closure. But a handsome captain shows her how to air freight the people of Guam for Christmas - and of course romantic flowers.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)
Yes, there is more! Vanessa Hudgens returns - this time she plays not one, not two, but three women who happen to be identical. As Margaret, Duchess of Montenaro prepares for her coronation, she again switches places with Stacy to mend her love life. But the scheming Lady Fiona sees the opportunity to steal the throne ...
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
Continuing the 2016 film, Bad Moms, the original trio - played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn - is accompanied by their own troubled mothers: welcome Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. Expect male strippers, drunken mayhem, and an oddly sentimental trail.
Birth 3: Dude, where's my donkey? (2014)
Martin Clunes, Catherine Tate, Celia Imrie and Jason Watkins join Marc Wootton in the third episode. Clunes plays an Ofsted inspector who is supposed to get married in New York. But when he is hit in the head by Mr. Poppy's ass he develops amnesia. Can he get his memory back before the big day?
A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)
Unfortunately, Jennifer is ambushed by her future in-laws with the wedding on Christmas Eve and is given the opportunity to choose another path by her guardian angel. The Twist: In her alternative life, she explored her romantic feelings for her childhood friend. Sex and the City's Chris Noth shows up as a Catholic priest.

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