Streaming of a white Christmas: A guide to holiday movies on Netflix
Already watched "A Christmas Story" and "Christmas Vacation" a dozen times this season? Overdosed on "Love Actually" and "Elf"? Seen everything Hallmark Christmas movies have to offer? (Which, honestly, if you've seen one or two, you've seen all the plot they've got.)
Thankfully, Netflix is here to make sure your TV screens aren't as empty as that plate of cookies you left out for Santa – from a collection of outside classics like "White Christmas" and the live-action "Grinch" to holiday-themed Netflix Originals from Christmases past and present. There's even a movie starring Michael Shannon as a drunk Big Foot. Yes, this is a real thing.
So to help you the next time you're looking for something festive to stream, we've made this list (and checked it twice) of everything holidays the Big Red Streaming Monolith has to offer this season. Or maybe that's the Big Red and Green Streaming Monolith for this time of the year. Anyways, go and stream yourself a Merry Christmas!
Netflix Originals of Christmas present
"The Great British Baking Show: Holidays" season 2
The nicest, most pleasant reality show competition on any continent comes back for a bonus serving of warm and soothing British accents – and even warmer, more soothing baked goods. It's a show so charming that it even makes fruitcake seem tasty.
"Holiday in the Wild"
Charlotte York and Chris Traeger star in this Hallmark-ready Christmas romance about a woman left on her own after her husband bails on their holiday African safari, only to run into a studly elephant conservationist. Because nothing screams the holidays like the sun-baked, arid plains of Africa. I predict that somehow it will still snow at the very end, just in time for our protagonists' climactic kiss.
"Let It Snow"
Isabela Merced ("Dora and the Lost City of Gold"), Shameik Moore (the voice of Miles Morales in "Into the Spider-Verse"), Kiernan Shipka ("The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina") and Jacob Batalon (Ned from the new Spider-Man movies) all star in this Christmas rom-com about a bunch of small-town teens gathering together during a snowstorm, falling in love and dealing with growing up. Also: From now on, I'm calling Christmas rom-coms "rom-com-pa-rum-pum-pum-pums." I'm very confident it will catch on.
In this gorgeously animated adventure, a postman befriends a toymaker and bring their divided town together with their special gifts. Featuring the voice talent of Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack.
"The Knight Before Christmas"
It's exactly what it sounds like: A literal medieval knight manages to time travel to modern times, where he discovers the charm of Christmas and falls in love with ... Vanessa Hudgens? Wasn't "The Princess Switch" enough Hallmark-esque holiday hooey for you? Whatever, keep getting them checks.
"Nailed It! Holiday" season 2
Wanting to decompress after burning your thirteenth batch of cookies into charcoal bits? There's no better way than "Nailed It!" and its latest holiday special, featuring crummy home cooks attempting to recreate incredible works of Insta-worthy edible artworks. Spoiler alert: They never do – but they always have a good time, and so will you.
A popular Pittsburgh DJ (Romany Malco, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin") loses his job right before the holidays, but thankfully his producer and aunt have a plan to help him buy a different local station and keep him on the air. First, however, he and his spoiled children must downsize their materialistic lives and learn to embrace the simple pleasures in life.
"Merry Happy Whatever"
What's better than a Christmas comedy? How about eight episodes of a Christmas comedy, as Netflix brings its first holiday-themed TV series down the chimney this season. Created by sitcom vet Tucker Cawley (most famous for writing dozens of episodes of "Everybody Loves Raymond") and starring Dennis Quaid and Ashley Tisdale, this three-camera studio sitcom follows a dysfunctional family as they get together for the holidays and try to survive the stress – and each other. And did I mention the youngest daughter is bringing home a new boyfriend for the holiday? Should go over great!
"Sugar Rush Christmas"
No, it's not a show about the racing video game from "Wreck-It Ralph" (though WHERE IS THAT). Instead, this is another baking competition show, combining the bright energy of "Nailed It!" with the actual cooking prowess of "Great British Baking Show" as four teams of two pastry pros compete for $10,000. That could buy a lot of eggnog.
"A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby"
The latest holiday adventures of the world's worst journalist-turned-royal find Queen Amber and King Richard preparing for the best Christmas gift of all: their first child. Meanwhile, they're also preparing for an important meeting over a treaty and trying to avoid ... an ancient curse?! Never stop being ridiculous, you golden film franchise, you.
"Home for Christmas"
In this Norwegian holiday mini-series, 30-year-old Johanne gets fed up with her family's insistence on her finding a boyfriend, so she lies and tells them she's dating someone. Now she has 24 days to actually find one before her family expects to see him at Christmas. Norwegian hijinks ensue!
"Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas"
In this animated Christmas special, Lucky and company race into town to find the perfect gift. The only problem: An avalanche shows up and leaves them stranded far from home for the holidays. Sounds like a very important lesson about the value of online shopping.
"Three Days of Christmas"
Four sisters. Three episodes. Two turtle doves. And one special day that brings it all together (minus the turtle doves), as this mini-series travels through three Christmases – one as kids, one as adults and one in their golden years – in the lives of four siblings.
"A Family Reunion Christmas"
A fan of this summer's Netflix sitcom "Family Reunion," starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Loretta Devine? Then you'll love this bonus holiday special episode – which comes with even more family reunion fun than usual as it will reunite Mowry-Hardrict with Jackée Henry, aka the actress who played her mother on the '90s sitcom "Sister, Sister."
"Jack Whitehall: Christmas with My Father"
Anyone who watches British chat shows and game shows knows that Jack Whitehall is a fun time. And anyone who's watched Netflix's "Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father" knows that his dad plays off him very charmingly, both for comedy and more thoughtful conversation. So what better excuse to reunite them all – Jack, his father and viewers – than a Christmas celebration.
Netflix Originals of Christmas past
"5 Star Christmas"
"Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas"
"BoJack Horseman Christmas Special"
"A Christmas Prince"
"A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding"
"The Christmas Chronicles"
"El Camino Christmas"
"Free Rein: The 12 Neighs of Christmas"
"The Holiday Calendar"
"Home for the Holidays"
"Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle"
"The Princess Switch"
"Ricardo O'Farrill: Abrazo Navideño"
"A Storybots Christmas"
"Super Monsters and the Wish Star"
"A Very Murray Christmas"
Other Christmas favorites
"48 Christmas Wishes"
"Angels in the Snow"
"Benji's Very Own Christmas Story"
"Chill with Bob Ross"
"The Christmas Candle"
"Christmas in the Heartlands"
"Christmas in the Smokies"
"The Christmas Project"
"Christmas Wedding Planner"
"Christmas with a View"
"Christmas with the Kranks" (leaving Netflix on Dec. 31)
"A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish"
"Da Kath & Kim Code"
"A Dogwalker's Christmas Tale"
"A Holiday Engagement"
"How Sarah Got Her Wings"
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special"
"Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas"
"Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special"
"Rodeo & Juliet"
"A Russell Peters Christmas"
"The Spirit of Christmas"
"Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special"
"White Christmas" (leaving Netflix on Dec. 31)
Christmas streaming options for young kids
"Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure"
"Bob's Broken Sleigh"
"A Christmas Special: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir"
"Dreamworks Holiday Classics"
"Elliot the Littlest Reindeer"
"Happy Holidays from Madagascar"
"Kung Fu Panda Holiday"
"The Magic Snowflake"
"Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight"
"My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Best Gift Ever"
"Oddbods: The Festive Menace"
"Pettersson and Findus 2"
"Puppy Star Christmas"
"Santa Pac's Merry Berry Day"
Footage of a fireplace
"Fireplace for Your Home" (in both classic and birchwood editions!)
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