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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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?