Whatever your taste in movies, there will be something to get you in the festive spirit, and that something is almost certainly available on Netflix. There’s so much seasonal material on Netflix, from silly romances set in snow-filled holiday destinations to animated flicks, hit-filled musicals, and a good dose of nostalgia. Christmas is truly with us all year, especially with the list below to keep you binge-watching.
1. Falling for Christmas
Falling for Christmas allows spectators to see Lindsay Lohan and Chord Overstreet from Glee. So what did we do to earn this double dose of Christmas celebrity? Overstreet plays a bed and breakfast owner tasked with caring for Lohan when she develops amnesia after a skiing accident. Surprise, she’s the affluent heiress of a huge ski resort nearby. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for a Christmas miracle that Falling for Christmas leads to a rebirth of Parent Trap or Freaky Friday.
2. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
With this Netflix original starring Forest Whitaker as an aloof toymaker entrusted with caring for his estranged granddaughter on Christmas, playwright David E Talbert enters the Christmas canon. The film is an old-school musical fantasy brought to life through new-school VFX and cutting-edge choreography. It’s hectic and unfocused, but most viewers won’t notice. They’ll be too distracted by the film’s dazzling sights and genuine heart to notice.
3. A Boy Called Christmas
Except for one, every house on a lively neighborhood block is decked for the holiday on Christmas Eve. Three children and a widowed father are doing everything possible to escape a holiday that reminds them of their recently deceased mother. Aunt Ruth (Maggie Smith) arrives with the zeal of Mary Poppins and a bedtime story about Nikolas, a small boy from Finland (Henry Lawfull). The child lives in the woods with his widowed father (Michiel Huisman); when his father goes missing, the son embarks on a mission to rescue him, encountering mystical talking animals, fairies, elves, and the evil Mother Vodol (Sally Hawkins), who wishes to banish Christmas forever.
4. A Very Murray Christmas
Sofia Coppola took a break from gorgeous theatrical features in 2015 to direct this dark, surreal Netflix Christmas special in which Bill Murray (playing himself) tries to film his own snowed-out holiday special. As he wanders through the Carlyle Hotel, he finds a parade of celebrity visitors who join him in yuletide duets, letting him know that his lonely Christmas isn’t quite over.
5. Christmas With You
Even the most implausible possibilities appear to come true during the holiday season. For example, a famous pop diva (Aimee Garcia) might come across a fan video from a young girl who happens to be the daughter of a very sexy and extremely single instructor (Freddie Prinze, Jr.). Another scenario is that the pop singer surprises a fan at her school, only for a blizzard to force her to spend time with their family, possibly write the song that will relaunch her career, and find love all at the same time. What? It is possible.
6. White Christmas
Legendary filmmaker Michael Curtiz directed several of Hollywood’s most notable films, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mildred Pierce, and this important Christmas musical, which was the highest-grossing film of 1954. In addition, a widespread stage adaption debuted in San Francisco in 2004 and has subsequently toured internationally. White Christmas was the first picture released in VistaVision. This widescreen process used twice the surface area of regular 35mm film.
7. The Noel Diary
Do you enjoy the emotional drama This Is Us? In this Christmas film, lead star Justin Hartley plays Jake Turner, who comes home to settle his estranged mother’s inheritance when he meets Rachel. Together, they uncover truths from their past to move on to the future.
8. Single All The Way
Michael Urie plays Peter, a man returning home for the holidays to an eager-to-set-him-up family, so he devises a scheme to bring his best friend (Philemon Chambers) along to pretend he’s his boyfriend. But, of course, his parents have already scheduled a date for him with a new hottie, and Peter begins to suspect that his emotions for his pal are more than platonic.