The holidays are upon us, which means it's time to listen to Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" on repeat (I'm just kidding, don't do that), deck yourself out in tinsel, and settle down with some Netflix. Here's the best of what's available in time for Christmas.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon, and Taylor Momsen
If you're looking for more of a throwback holiday movie night, Netflix is also home to the 2000, live-action version of Dr. Seuss' classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Bonus: The movie features a young Taylor Momsen (aka Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl) in Who makeup.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, and Angela Lansbury
If you love the story of the Grinch, but you don't love the 2000 Jim Carrey version, try 2018's animated take, which is also streaming on Netflix this holiday season.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman
This big budget, CGI-filled take on The Nutcracker is gorgeous to watch and the cast is top-notch.
Starring: Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, Mary Wickes, and Susan Sarandon
Does anything say Christmas like watching the March sisters' story? Answer: No. You'll have to head to theaters in December for Greta Gerwig's take on the classic, but the 1994 version we all grew up with is streaming on Netflix.
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.
Christmas with the Kranks
Starring: Tim Allen, Jaime Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, and Felicity Huffman.
Tim Allen's brought us some truly great Christmas movies (The Santa Clause, anyone?) and Christmas with the Kranks is a nostalgia-ridden classic. The movie title alone should sell you, but it's basically about a couple who attempt to skip Christmas one year, and find that chaos/hijinks ensue. Lesson learned: never pass up an opportunity to exchange gifts and eat fruit cake all day.
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.
Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen.
White Christmas is a truly beautiful classic—with gorgeous dance numbers, memorable songs, and strong vintage vibes. The movie follows a performing duo who head to a remote hotel in pursuit of two talented sisters, and it gifted us the lyric: "lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister, and lord help the sister who comes between me and my man."
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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