The 38 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix Right Now

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Christmas With You. (L to R) Aimee Garcia as Angelina, Freddie Prinze Jr as Miguel in Christmas With You. Cr. Jessica Kourkounis/Netflix © 2022.
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The holidays are upon us, which means it's time to listen to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" on repeat, deck yourself out in tinsel, and, of course, settle down with one of the best Christmas movies of 2022. Netflix is a go-to destination for anyone itching to have a holiday movie night, thanks to its growing stable of Christmas #content. From family-friendly fares like The Christmas Chronicles and The Princess Switch to new holiday hits like The Noel Diary and Falling for Christmas (Lindsay Lohan is back baby!), the platform has something amazing for everyone leeching off of um, totally validly sharing your Netflix account. 

Feeling overwhelmed about sorting through the best of Netflix's holiday movies to craft a perfect Christmas queue? Well, we're making that Christmas wish come true, at least, because we've done the hard part for you. In no particular order, here's a handy list of the best of Netflix's holiday offerings in time for Christmas.

'The Noel Diary' 

Starring: Justin Hartley, Barrett Doss, Essence Atkins

This Is Us star Justin Hartley leads in this sentimental adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Hartley stars as Jacob, a famous, yet lonely author who hasn’t been home since his mother kicked him out at 16. After her death, he heads back to the house he grew up in to confront his past and runs into a mysterious woman named Rachel (Barrett Doss), who's searching for her birth mother. 

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'Christmas on Mistletoe Farm'

Starring: Scott Garnham, Scott Paige, and Kathryn Drysdale

Stressed-out widower Matt is preparing for a massive pitch at his office job when he learns that he has inherited his estranged father’s old farm. After some convincing from his five kids, Matt packs his family up and moves to the farm for a much-needed Christmas holiday, only to find out the farm is worn-down and without Wi-Fi to work on his pitch. While his kids come up with a plan to stay at the farm forever, Matt has to decide whether to save Mistletoe Farm or head back to London.  

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'Falling for Christmas' 

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Chord Overstreet, and George Young

Lindsay Lohan is back and better than ever in Falling for Christmas. Lohan stars as a spoiled heiress who gets into an accident and loses her memory. While trying to remember her life, a charming single dad and hotel owner lets her stay with him and his daughter right before the holidays. 

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'Love Hard'

Starring: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, and Darren Barnet

In this holiday rom-com, Nina Dobrev stars as Natalie, a writer who flies across the country to surprise her internet boyfriend for Christmas. The only problem is that when she shows up, she finds out the guy she’s been talking to for months has been catfishing her. Instead of flying home, Natalie stays with the catfisher (Jimmy O. Yang) as his fake girlfriend for the holidays, while he helps her to find a real boyfriend. 

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'A Castle for Christmas' 

Starring: Brooke Shields, Cary Elwes, Lee Ross

A Scottish castle in the countryside is the backdrop for this rom-com starring Brooke Shields. Shields stars as a writer who runs off to a childhood spot in Scotland after a scandal threatens her career. Once there she falls in love with a castle and hopes to make it her new home, but finds a grumpy, yet handsome duke already living there.  

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'Single All the Way'

Starring: Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Kathy Najimy, and Jennifer Coolidge

Alongside the iconic Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Urie stars as Peter, a perpetually single man desperate to avoid his family’s questions during the holidays. In a bid to steer clear from his family’s judgment, Peter convinces his best friend Nick to be his fake boyfriend, but of course, feelings change when Peter’s family intervenes. 

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'Christmas With You'

Starring: Aimee Garcia, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Deja Monique Cruz

When pop star Angelina (Aimee Garci) decides to make a young fan’s Christmas wish come true, she ends up getting more than she bargained for. Her visit with her fan turns into a much-longer stay when a snowstorm forces her to stay. With the help of her fan and her handsome dad (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Angelina rediscovers what Christmas is all about.  

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'A Boy Called Christmas' 

Starring: Maggie Smith, Henry Lawfull, Toby Jones, and Sally Hawkins

In this magical film, a boy and his actually magical talking mouse set off to find his father in the fabled village of Elfhelm, the home of elves. Along the way, he encounters a flying reindeer, an evil witch, a giant troll, and more. 

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'A California Christmas'

Starring: Lauren Swickard, Josh Swickard, Amanda Detmer, and Ali Afshar

A charming rich guy pretends to be a ranch hand to try to talk a woman into selling her family's land before Christmas. But then, love.

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'A Christmas Prince'

Starring: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Tom Knight, Sarah Douglas, Daniel Fathers, Alice Krige, and Tahirah Sharif

If you've ever indulged in your own Prince Harry/Meghan Markle-inspired royal fantasy, then this is for you. In it, an American journalist is sent abroad to cover a major royal event and ends up finding her own happily ever after—all set against a Christmas-y backdrop.

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'A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding'

Starring: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Sarah Douglas, and Tahirah Sharif

Set a year after the first movie, the second installment in Netflix's A Christmas Prince trilogy (yes, more on the third film next) sees said American journalist (Amber Moore, played by Rose McIver) returning to the fictional kingdom of Aldovia to plan her wedding, only to find that her simple, down-to-earth tastes don't exactly mesh with royal tradition.

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'A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby'

Starring: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, and Sarah Douglas

Another year, another installment in Netflix's hit Christmas franchise. The third movie in the Christmas Prince trilogy, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby will premiere on the streaming giant on December 5, 2019. You can pretty much guess the plot of this one, right?

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'Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square'

Starring: Dolly Parton, Jenifer Lewis, Josh Segarra, Jeanine Mason, Mary Lane Haskell, Treat Williams, and Christine Baranski

A woman is planning to sell a small town—without thinking about how that's going to affect, you know, all the people who live there—so she receives a much-needed visit from a holiday angel.

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'Operation Christmas Drop'

Starring: Kat Graham and Alexander Ludwig

A congressional assistant and an Air Force captain find love while trying to decide if an Air Force base in Guam (which happens to have a tradition of airlifting Christmas gifts for the locals every year) should close or stay open. Oh, and even though that sounds like boring

bureaucracy, they somehow find love in the process.

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'Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey'

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Davina Phillip, and Ricky Martin

A toymaker and his granddaughter have to team up to save Christmas when the toymaker's apprentice betrays them.

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'Holiday in the Wild'

Starring: Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis

After her marriage ends, a woman decides to take her second honeymoon in Africa alone. There she meets a pilot. They rescue a baby elephant and, of course, find love in the process.

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'El Camino Christmas'

Starring: Luke Grimes, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Kurtwood Smith, Michelle Mylett, Emilio Rivera, Kimberly Quinn, Jessica Alba, and Tim Allen

In this dark comedy, a man in search of the father he's never known ends up barricaded in a liquor store with five other people on Christmas Eve during a shootout.

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'Let It Snow'

Starring: Isabela Merced, Matthew Noszka, Liv Hewson, Odeya Rush, Kiernan Shipka, Mitchell Hope, Shameik Moore, Anna Akana, Jacob Batalon, and Joan Cusack

This teen romantic dramedy (it's doing a lot of lifting across genres, okay?), a huge blizzard hits the small town of Gracetown, leaving everyone snowed in—and leaving the members of the senior class with plenty of time to reflect on life, love, and friendship and confront all their ~feels~.

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'Holidate'

Starring: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Jake Manley, Jessica Capshaw, Andrew Bachelor, Frances Fisher, Manish Dayal and Kristin Chenoweth.

Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star as Sloane and Jackson, two perpetual singles who decide to go as each other's plus ones for the holidays to avoid judgement about their love lives.

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'The Christmas Chronicles'

Starring: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, Lamorne Morris, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Oliver Hudson.

Two siblings decide to capture Santa Claus (you know, as you do) and end up having to team up with a super cool version of St. Nick (played by Kurt Russell) to save the holiday before it's too late.

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'The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2'

Starring:  Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

If you loved the first Christmas Chronicles movie, the cast is back for a second adventure.

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'Holiday Rush'

Starring: Romany Malco, Sonequa Martin-Green, Deon Cole, Amarr M. Wooten, La La Anthony, Alysia Livingston, Andrea-Marie Alphonse, Selena-Marie Alphonse, Roscoe Orman, Malika Samuel, Deysha Nelson, Tamala Jones, and Darlene Love

When Rush, a popular DJ, is fired unexpectedly, he and his four kids move in with his aunt, giving up their luxe lifestyle. Rush and his producer buy the old radio station where he used to work in an attempt to get back at the pop station that bought his out and fired him and, predictably, life lessons and love connections ensue.

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'A Bad Moms Christmas'

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon

The Bad Moms take on their own moms (played by legends Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, and Susan Sarandon) at Christmas time. So. Many. Laughs.

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'Christmas With a View'

Starring: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Joseph Cannata, Vivica A. Fox, Patrick Duffy, Nicole Stamp, and Genevieve Kang

The Thunder Mountain Ski Resort buzzes when it lands celebrity chef Shane Roarke as the new head chef, but one person isn't excited: Clara Garrison. Clara is back in her hometown after failing at opening her own restaurant in the city and butts heads with Shane. But, you know, in a romantic tension-y kind of way.

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'Christmas Inheritance'

Starring: Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, Andie MacDowell, and Michael Xavier

A spoiled socialite named Ellen is forced to travel to the small town of Snow Falls to deliver a special card from her father before he'll agree to let her inherit the family business. During the trip, she ends up snowed in and stuck in the small town, where she learns the value of hard work and helping others and finds her own kind of Christmas miracle. Aww, right?

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'Christmas Wedding Planner'

Starring: Jocelyn Hudon, Stephen Huszar, Kelly Rutherford, and Melinda Shankar

If you love Lifetime Movie vibes and holiday romance, Netflix is the place for you this holiday season. In Christmas Wedding Planner, a wedding planning pro is in the middle of executing her cousin's lavish I Do's when a "devilishly handsome private investigator turns her world upside down." Your made-for-TV-movie loving heart is skipping a beat, admit it. 

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'The Holiday Calendar'

Starring: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck, and Ron Cephas Jones

If you like a little holiday magic in your holiday movies, add this one to your queue. In it, a photographer inherits a magical advent calendar with the power to predict her future. And yes, that includes her love life.

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'The Princess Switch'

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, and Nick Sagar

It's like The Prince and the Pauper meets Disney Channel meets Christmas. In this little delight, Vanessa Hudgens plays Stacy, a down-to-earth baker from Chicago, and Margaret, a noblewoman who is the soon-to-be princess of Belgravia. The identical strangers meet and hatch a plot to trade places. Romantic, Christmas-y hijinks ensue. 

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'The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again'

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Alexa Adeosun, and Suanne Braun

This holiday season (on November 19, to be exact), Netflix is gifting us all with a sequel to The Princess Switch. In the second installment, Duchess Margaret and Kevin hit a rough patch when she unexpectedly inherits the throne, leaving it up to Stacy to save the day. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Because this movie features a new lookalike, a party girl named Fiona, who messes everything up. 

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'The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star'

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Sam Palladio, and Remy Hii

Two’s a company, three’s a crowd is the takeaway in this sequel to The Princess Switch series. Stacy and Margaret (Vanessa Hudgens) have to turn to their audacious doppelganger Fiona (also Vanessa Hudgens) when a royal Christmas relic goes missing. You can expect romance and even more switch-ups in this new installment.

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'The Knight Before Christmas'

Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, and Emmanuelle Chriqui

A 14th-century knight is sent into the future (aka to present day) to fulfill his destiny—where he is promptly hit by a car. The driver, Brooke, is a woman who has basically given up on finding her own happily ever after and who, rationally, assumes he has amnesia from the accident when he tells her he's a knight. Eventually, she comes around...and finds true love in the process.

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'White Christmas'

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Dean Jagger

It's a classic, about a group of people trying to put on a holiday show in Vermont to spread some Christmas cheer. What's not to love? 

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'A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish'

Starring: Laura Marano and Gregg Sulkin

By now we all know the general drill with A Cinderella Story movies, but in this Christmas-y version, a young, aspiring singer (whose stepmother and wicked stepsisters are keeping her career from taking off) works at Christmas theme park "Santa Land," where she meets her handsome, son-of-a-billionaire Prince Charming.

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'Klaus'

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, J. K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso, Neda Margrethe Labba, Sergio Pablos, Norm Macdonald, and Joan Cusack

A young postman is sent to a remote, snowy village where no one writes letters and is feeling pretty disenchanted until his meets Klaus, a mysterious man who lives in a cabin full of toys...

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'A Very Murray Christmas'

Starring: Bill Murray, George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus.

Bill Murray's variety special is almost as delectable as a giant yule log, and is packed full of more celebrity cameos than you'll know what to do with—including Miley Cyrus, who sings "Silent Night" atop a piano while dressed as a sexy Santa. In other words, it's just Miley being Miley.

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'Trailer Park Boys: Live at the North Pole'

Starring: Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith

In this holiday special, the group tricks Ricky into going to Minneapolis (for a live, Christmas-themed show) by telling him they're going to the North Pole.

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'Black Mirror: White Christmas'

Starring: Jon Hamm, Oona Chaplin, and Rafe Spall.

This brilliant Christmas episode of Black Mirror stars Hamm and Spall as two men telling each other stories as a way to pass time while stationed at a "remote outpost." We won't give anything else away (this is a spoiler free zone), but watch it. You won't be disappointed.

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'BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina's Christmas Wish'

Starring: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Adam Conover, and Kristen Schaal.

Long story short, it's Christmas and Bojack is being a Grinch. Coziness and LOLs ensue, as does a certain amount of introspection—as is typical of the show. If you enjoy Bojack Horseman and somehow haven't watched this yet, now is the time.

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Brooke Knappenberger
Editorial Fellow

Brooke Knappenberger is the Editorial Fellow at Marie Claire, where she writes across the board from fashion and beauty to books and celebrities. As a pop culture junkie, Brooke obsessively consumes and writes about the latest movie releases, streaming TV shows, and celebrity scandals. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.