If you’re in search of some fa la la la la festive films to brighten your holiday season, you’re in luck.
When December hits, those who celebrate Christmas shift into overdrive to get the holiday shopping, baking cookies, attending festive gatherings, and singing carols done and dusted.
But you need some “you” time, right? And what better way to unwind and celebrate than to treat yourself and your fam to a Christmas movie marathon? The holiday season brings with it a vast array of cinematic gems that add sparkle to these special days.
Add these movies to your Netflix queue and get into the holiday spirit with our personally curated list of 10 of the best Christmas movies streaming on Netflix right now.
Run Time: 135 minutes
Whenever you find yourself feeling down about the way things are in the world, consider watching Love Actually for a pick-me-up. This 2003 film, directed by Richard Curtis and often hailed as “the ultimate romantic comedy,” beautifully captures a month in the life of various Londoners as Christmas approaches. The story delicately intertwines the lives of its characters, exploring love in its many forms – be it romantic, friendly, or familial. Featuring a stellar cast including Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, and Keira Knightley, this film is a heartwarming reminder of the complexities and joys of human connections.
Run Time: 106 minutes
In this heartwarming comedy directed by McG and inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s children’s book “Bedtime for Mommy,” we meet a family of five. Each member, from the parents played by Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms to their three children (and their loyal dog), is caught up in their own world, leading to a disconnect among them. However, as Christmas approaches, an extraordinary event happens: they find themselves magically swapping bodies. This unexpected twist forces them to experience life through each other’s eyes, leading to hilarious situations and, more importantly, a newfound understanding and empathy within the family. It’s a story that celebrates the true spirit of togetherness during the holiday season.
Run Time: 105 minutes
This story is an adorable and hopeful one, especially for those who find themselves alone during the Christmas season. Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey bring to life the roles of two singles in John Whitesell’s lively romantic comedy. After a rather blah Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidates” for all sorts of celebrations throughout the year. As they navigate St. Patrick’s Day through Halloween and beyond together, their initial agreement starts to take on a new meaning. By the time the next Christmas season comes a ‘calling, their understanding of their arrangement and their feelings towards each other has evolved in unexpected—and romantic—ways.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Run Time: 99 minutes
This Christmas season (and every season, in our opinion) could certainly benefit from a little more Dolly Parton, and Christmas on the Square is just the thing for it. Under the direction and choreography of Debbie Allen, this Emmy-winning musical features Christine Baranski as a Scrooge-like property owner intent on evicting the inhabitants of her hometown to make way for a mega-mall. However, with the help of a spirited Christmas angel (played by Parton, who also penned the film’s songs), she begins to rethink her plans and reflect on her past connections with the town.
The Christmas Chronicles
Run Time: 105 minutes
Who would have guessed that Kurt Russell was destined to be an amazing Santa Claus? In Clay Kaytis’ 2018 holiday film, Russell masterfully portrays a Santa Claus who faces a crisis when his sleigh malfunctions and his bag of gifts goes missing on Christmas Eve night. Teaming up with two children, he races against time to rescue the holiday before dawn. In the sequel, directed by Chris Columbus, Russell’s real-life partner, Goldie Hawn, joins him, playing the role of Mrs. Claus.
Best. Christmas. Ever!
Run Time: 82 minutes
In Mary Lambert’s newest comedic venture, Christmas becomes more than just a festive celebration; it’s a holiday battleground. The film stars Heather Graham as a suburban mother who, due to a comedic twist of fate, finds herself celebrating the holidays with her old adversary (portrayed by Brandy—yes, the BRANDY), a woman whose seemingly perfect life has always been a thorn in her side. This holiday season, watch as they relive old grudges. Will they find a way to understand each other and get over the past, or will the holiday spirit be overshadowed by a clash of the festive titans?
Falling for Christmas
Run Time: 95 minutes
Welcome December with Falling for Christmas, a film that heralds Lindsay Lohan’s much-awaited comeback to acting. Known for her memorable roles in The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday, Lohan shines in Janeen Damian’s romantic comedy as a pampered heiress who suffers amnesia following a skiing mishap. Residing in a quaint lodge as she struggles to regain her identity, she develops a love connection with the lodge’s owner (Chord Overstreet) and his young daughter.
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
Run Time: 101 minutes
Don’t miss Netflix’s animated musical take on Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas ghost story, directed by Stephen Donnelly. This adaptation features Luke Evans voicing the stingy main character, with Olivia Colman as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Johnny Flynn as Bob Cratchit, and Jonathan Pryce as Jacob Marley, among others. It’s genuinely enjoyable—no humbug about it!
Run Time: 120 minutes
In this heartwarming holiday classic, two WWII veteran entertainers, portrayed by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, unexpectedly collaborate with a lesser-known sister act featuring Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. They come together to organize a musical in a quaint Vermont hotel, which is owned by their beloved former commanding officer. The storyline, which might seem far-fetched, held together as if by maple syrup and festive wishes, is beautifully brought to life. The extraordinary talent of the lead quartet, under the skilled direction of Michael Curtiz of Casablanca fame, turns what could have been a whimsical idea into a timeless Christmas treasure.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Run Time: 124 minutes
In filmmaker David E. Talbert’s critically acclaimed Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, a tale of wonder and fantasy unfolds. Forest Whitaker stars as Jeronicus Jangle, a once-great toymaker whose world crumbled when his brilliant creations were stolen by a treacherous apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key). The story takes a hopeful turn with the help of his daughter (Anika Noni Rose) and his adorable granddaughter (Madalen Mills). Together, they set out on a heartfelt journey to restore Jeronicus’s lost legacy and reawaken his sense of wonder and creativity, bringing the magic of Christmas to life.
No matter what you love about the Christmas season, whether it’s the romance of reunited couples, finding new love, new romantic relationships being forged under the mistletoe, or fantasy-laden stories about the magic of the festive time, there is a Christmas movie for you on our list!
So put on your holiday jammies, brew a hot beverage of your choice, and press “play” to watch the wonderment unfold before your eyes with these enchanting tales all about Christmas.