The 15 Best Christmas Movies & Series on Netflix

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With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a Christmas movie or series? In this post, I will share my recommendations of the 15 best Christmas movies and series on Netflix.

A Christmas Prince Netflix movie poster#1-3 A Christmas Prince (2017), A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018), and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019): The first A Christmas Prince movie was released in 2017, and since then Netflix released two more movies since then. A Christmas Prince follows an undercover journalist who poses as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince while the following movies are about the planning of the royal wedding and preparing for the arrival of the royal baby. The movies are a bit on the cheesy side, but they are sweet. They are also all set around Christmas, which makes them perfect to watch during the holidays.


The Knight Before Christmas Netflix movie poster#4 The Knight Before Christmas (2019): The Knight Before Christmas was released last year, and it is about a medieval English knight who is magically transported to the present day where he falls for a high school science teacher. The movie is a bit cliche, but it is a cute light-hearted romance movie. Also, Vanessa Hudgens and the other actors are likable, and I would recommend watching this movie.




The Princess Switch Netflix movie poster#5-6 The Princess Switch (2018) and The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020): The Princess Switch is another Christmas movie that Vanessa Hudgens plays in. In the movie, a Chicago baker named Stacy competes in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia where she runs into the prince’s fiancée Margaret who looks just like her, and they decide to switch lives for two days. In the second movie, Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne of Montenaro, and Stacy steps in to help, but a third look-alike attempts to foil their plans. Like with the previous movies, The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch: Switched Again are a bit cringy, but the storyline is sweet. However, the second movie is not as good as the first.


Elf movie poster#7 Elf (2003): Elf is an older movie that you have probably seen, but it is about a human who was raised amongst elves at the North Pole, and he travels to New York to search for his biological father. Elf is an entertaining comedy that is different than all the Christmas romance movies out there.






How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie poster#8 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): How the Grinch Stole Christmas is another older Christmas movie you most likely have seen, but it follows the Grinch who lives in solitude outside Whoville and hates the townsfolk and Christmas. However, Cindy Lou, a six-year-old girl sets out to reform him. Like Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is not a Christmas romance movie and instead, it is a great movie for the whole family to watch.



#9 Gremlins (1984): Gremlins is not your typical Christmas movie, but it is a classic. Gremlins is set during Christmas when Billy’s father gifts him a pet named Gizmo, but Billy breaks the three important rules concerning Gizmo and a horde of mischievous monsters is released on the town. I love Gremlins, and I wish I could have Gizmo as a pet. Even though Gremlins is considered a scary movie, it is not a regular horror, which makes it great for older kids.




holidate Netflix movie poster#10 Holidate (2020): Holidate was released this year on Netflix, and it follows Sloane and Jackson who are fed up with being single on the holidays, and they agree to be each other’s platonic date for all the holidays. The movie begins on Christmas, goes through all the holidays, and ends on Christmas, so it is appropriate to watch during this time of year and any other holiday as well. Holidate is predictable, but it is cute and funny.



Let it Snow Netflix movie poster#11 Let it Snow (2019): Let it Snow was released last year on Netflix, and it follows a group of young people who are brought together during a snowstorm. The movie is a teenage version of the Christmas romance movies included in this list, and I liked that it followed the different storylines. The movie is lighthearted, and I would definitely recommend it.





Merry Happy Whatever Netflix series poster#12 Merry Happy Whatever: Unlike the previous movies included in this list, Merry Happy Whatever is an 8 episode sitcom (laugh-track included) that follows a father as he navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings home her new boyfriend for Christmas. Merry Happy Whatever has a great cast, and it is fun to watch.





Home for Christmas Netflix series poster#13 Home for Christmas (Hjem til Jul): Home for Christmas is another series with 6 episodes that is about a woman who starts a 24-day hunt to find a boyfriend to bring home for Christmas. The series is in Norwegian, but you can watch it either dubbed or subbed (I prefer subbed for live-action movies and series). The series is quirky and funny, which makes it enjoyable to watch. The second season of Home for Christmas is being released on December 18th.


Nailed It! Holiday! Netflix series poster#14 Nailed It! Holiday!: Nailed It! Holiday! has two seasons where amateur bakers with a bad track record compete in a holiday-themed baking competition. I love Nailed It! and the holiday version is perfect to watch with all the festive desserts the bakers attempt to make.





Sugar Rush Christmas Netflix series poster#15 Sugar Rush Christmas: Sugar Rush Christmas is the seasonal variation of Sugar Rush where 4 teams race against the clock in 3 challenges to create a cupcake, confection, and a cake, and the winning team wins $10,000. I love that Candace Nelson (from Cupcake Wars) and Adriano Zumbo (from Zumbo’s Just Desserts on Netflix) are the main judges, and the Christmas-themed challenges are fun and festive. There are two seasons of Sugar Rush Christmas to watch.


If you are looking for more Netflix recommendations, be sure to check out My Top Netflix Picks post for the best drama, sci-fi, mystery/thriller, and reality tv series I recommend!

What is your favorite Christmas movie or series?


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49 thoughts on “The 15 Best Christmas Movies & Series on Netflix

  1. Thanks for sharing these. I’m always looking for new movies or shows to watch on Netlfix, and have only seen Elf out of these. My favourite Christmas movie is The Muppets Christmas Carol.

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  2. Hey girl! For some reason I couldn’t find the spot to comment on your latest post so I’ll just copy and paste it here-

    Karalee!!! Oh how I miss keeping up with your posts. This is an excellent wish list. A crockpot is such a must!! And I LOVE the Urban Decay setting spray (I actually just reordered some since I ran out the one that has lasted me FOUR (yes, FOUR) years!!!). Thanks for sharing and I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas ❤

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    1. Somehow the comments got turned off on the post but I fixed it haha
      I miss keeping up with your posts too! I’ve been so busy with the holidays & my master’s programs that I’m just now getting around to replying to comments…
      I did a crockpot for Christmas & I already made a spinach lasagna & aparagus risotto in it!
      Oh wow that’s amazing it lasted 4 years!

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      1. Oh that happened to me recently too! What’s the deal WP?! haha. Trust me, I gettt it. It’s tough to keep up when life gets busy, but man do I miss blogging on the reg! That spinach lasagna and asparagus risotto is making my mouth absolutely water!

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      2. That’s so weird it happened to you too. Like get your act together WP lol
        I do miss blogging regularly too!
        & they were delicious!
        I think the next thing I want to make in the crockpot is a chili mac

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  3. I haven’t seen any of the Christmas Prince movies but, I think I may have to watch all three sometime! I loved The Princess Switch & Vanessa Hudgens but, for some reason, the Christmas Knight couldn’t reel me in & I turned it off before finishing it.

    Let It Snow sounds SO SO good though, I am definitely gonna watch that one. Oh & Merry Happy Whatever was such a funny one, I loved it. 😀

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    1. The Christmas Prince movies are cheasy, but they’re so cute. That’s a shame you didn’t like the Christmas Knight! I watched it w/ my mum & we both enjoyed it!
      I hope you liked Let it Snow if you watched it!

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  4. Holidate made me angry, honestly. Just beating us over the head with the idea that we’re deficient if we don’t have a date for the holiday and that anything less than heterosexual marriage before 30 means we’re going to die alone.

    And all the peer pressure to do drugs and swear. Oof, poorly written.

    Jingle Jangle, on the other hand. Lovely and family friendly and gave me lots of warm fuzzies!

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    1. I know Holidate isn’t for everything like my boyfriend didn’t like it, but being single on the holidays is a common theme in movies & series like Home for Christmas. Johanne is 30 & goes on a 24-day hunt for a boyfriend to bring home for Christmas.

      Jingle Jangle is on my watch list so that’s great to hear you liked it!


  5. Nice list Karalee! I always love when series make a Christmas special, the cheesier the better. Last year I was watching that home for Christmas. It was fun but I don’t think I finished it. This year I am looking forward to watch Dolly Parton’s Christmas on Netflix and some good old musicals 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I love cheesy Christmas movies too!
      You should finish Home for Christmas!
      I watched Christmas on the Square with my boyfriend last week & I really didn’t like it. I love musicals, but with this one, it was literally just nonstop singing

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    1. Yes! I rewatched Gremlins over the weekend & Elf the other week with my bf! They’re both great movies!
      If you watch any other movies, I hope you enjoy them!


  6. I love Gremlins! Definitely a must watch though never thought of doing so on Christmas! haha but Princess Switch and Knight Before Christmas are real cute Christmas movies! I have yet to check out the other Netflix original Christmas movies but I plan to!


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  7. Hi Karalee. We’ve just subscribed to Netflix (I know, I know, we’re years behind everybody else!) so this is a useful summary of Christmas films – just the sort of thing that my wife likes to watch at this time of year. I have to say, though, being a bit of a Grinch myself, I hate the Elf movie (but then I’m not a fan of Will Ferrell generally).

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    1. It’s better late than never! YThere’s a ton of great movies & series on Netflix & I hope you find something you like even if it’s not the Elf movie haha


  8. I am so excited for my next set of days off so I can watch some of these! I have wanted to watch The Princess Switch since it was released but never got around to it! Also, Elf is one of my all time favourite Christmas movies.

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  9. The Knight Before Christmas is one of my absolute faves! There’s some here that haven’t watched so that’s what I will be doing tonight!

    Amber | The Unpredicted Page

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