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Netflix has so much content it’s often difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. So, to help you out over the holidays, we have selected 12 Christmas movies worth watching on Netflix.

1. The Ref

We start with a movie much loved by Netflix reviewers. The Ref is a Christmas black comedy released in 1994. The movie stars Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey, and centers around a thief who kidnaps a wealthy and annoying couple on Christmas Eve.

Soon enough, the burglar realizes that he is in over his head when trying to deal with a couple on the verge of divorce, and presses his luck during the entire movie. While you hopefully cannot relate to this film, you can most certainly enjoy it on Netflix during the holidays.

2. Christmas With the Kranks

Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, and “Cheech” (from Cheech and Chong) help to make Christmas with the Kranks a thoroughly enjoyable film. It also teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of, you guessed it, being with family during the holidays.

The movie was adapted from the 2001 book Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. And though it appears at first glance to be a wacky 1990s film, it has some real-life themes that make the movie an interesting watch.

3. White Christmas

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas movie from 1954 is certainly a classic. The movie features Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye who start up a song-and-dance routine after the war and become wildly popular. The two then join a sister act, played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, and head to Vermont to finally experience a White Christmas.

What makes this movie great, aside from the movie itself, are the nostalgic memories you may enjoy while watching it, as it has been regularly broadcast for many, many years during the holidays.

4. Get Santa

Get Santa is a British-based movie with British-based humor. The movie was released in 2014 and features a top notch group of actors and actresses, including Jim Broadbent, Kit Connor, Warwick Davis, and Rafe Spall.

What makes this movie eminently watchable is that it can be enjoyed by kids as well as adults. It also features an interesting plot that will really get the kids in the family cheering for Santa. As if they weren’t doing so already.

5. Love Actually

Another movie based in England is Love Actually, a 2003 film which stars an ensemble cast of actors and actresses. The comedy has received mostly positive reviews on Netflix and is described on the site as witty, romantic, and sentimental.

The movie centers around 10 love stories that intertwine throughout the movie and eventually lead up to a “climax on Christmas Eve.” If you’re a sucker for romantic comedies, you’ll love this film. If not, give it a try anyway, as the London scenery is sure to impress.

6. A Very Murray Christmas

A Very Murray Christmas features the one and only comedic genius that is Bill Murray, among a whole host of other Hollywood A-listers. The movie, pitched as a fake documentary, is hilarious and an “irreverent twist on holiday variety shows.”

The trailer should be all you need to know whether you’d like to check this one out for yourself. However, George Clooney is in it, so we’re guessing that’s half the population sold on it already.

7. Scrooged

Another Bill Murray movie worth checking out, and probably one of his most famous, is Scrooged, a dark comedy loosely based on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Murray plays a TV executive with no love for the holidays.

Along the way, you’ll see some great 80s special effects, a ton of characters you’re sure to recognize, and Murray’s quality humor.

If you haven’t seen the movie, you’re in for a treat, as it’ll surely teach you to appreciate family and friends during the holidays.

8. The Legend of Frosty the Snowman

If you’re looking for something even the kids can enjoy, look no further than The Legend of Frosty the Snowman. As you may have guessed, it’s a story that’s been around for awhile. And for good reason.

This 2005 take on the classic original is very popular, with the same Christmas cheer and melodic songs that inspired generations of children to love Frosty, the magical snowman.

While Netflix hasn’t added the 1969 version, its modern remake is surely one that you’ll want to watch during the Christmas season.

9. Ernest Saves Christmas

An original Christmas movie you can enjoy on Netflix is Ernest Saves Christmas, which stars Jim Varney, popularly known as Ernest.

It tells the story of an unemployed cab driver trying to find Santa’s predecessor in a wacky, round-about way. If you like Varney’s trademark Ernest character or want something different in a Christmas movie, Ernest Saves Christmas will certainly deliver.

And better still, this goofy Christmas classic is great for the whole family.

10. Christmas, Again

Another understated holiday movie is Christmas, Again, starring the very talented indie actor, Kentucker Audley.

Despite the poor reviews on Netflix, this movie does a great job of capturing Audley’s broken character and holiday heartache during the Christmas season. It also captures wonderfully the sorrows that many of us feel during the holiday season.

11. Pete’s Christmas

Capturing a bit of the magic that made Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day an instant classic, Pete’s Christmascenters around a teenager’s neverending, almost cheesy Christmas Day curse.

This time-loop of a movie stars great acting by Zachary Gordon and Bailee Madison, two up-and-coming performers, alongside favorites Bruce Dern and Molly Parker.

Produced in 2013, Pete’s Christmas is quietly becoming a must-see Christmas movie during the holiday season. If you feel like watching a family-friendly movie and haven’t yet given this a chance, you should. It will get you feeling nice and warm just in time for the holidays.

12. Saving Santa

Last but not least is another 2013 holiday production called Saving Santa.

This movie has one of the coolest trailers of all Christmas movies. It tells the futuristic, animated story of Bernard the elf and his tumultuous task of saving Santa from his enemy, Neville Baddington. Starring Martin Freeman, Ashley Tisdale, and Tim Curry, Saving Santa takes you on a wild ride of holiday cheer and Christmas spirit that you surely won’t want to miss.

The animation is great for children, and the jokes will keep adults watching. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

What Christmas Movies Are You Watching?

If you’re looking for more great Christmas movies to watch on Netflix, just click on “Genres,” then “Holiday Favorites” to find more hand-picked holiday films available to watch right now. And then come back here to tell us what gems you found.

What Christmas movies are you looking forward to watching on Netflix over the holiday season? Are you a fan of the flicks featured in the list? Or are you desperate to tell us about a Christmas movie we should have featured?

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  1. ann corrigan
    December 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    What about Holiday Inn ?

  2. Wendy
    December 21, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Jude law

  3. Douglas E Green
    December 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    How about adding the classicsame like Rudolph, Santa comes to town, year without Santa Claus, polar express, and so on. It's not Christmas without them.

  4. Deb Novak
    December 20, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    These are very poor excuses for Christmas movies! I won't be watching any of them!!! Very disappointed!

  5. chelsie
    December 19, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Can you guys please add Rudolph the red nose reindeer and the island of misfit toys

  6. Ali
    December 15, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Well I think you should have Christmas bunny it's a very funny movie and it makes me cry everytime I watch it.

  7. B
    December 15, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Toys is not on the list and definitely trumps a lot of the other movies on here.

  8. Brandi Ratliff
    December 13, 2016 at 3:34 am

    I love watching "The Christmas Kiss" on Netflix and would love if "Christmas Cupid" would be put back on.

  9. Chris
    December 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Mickey's magical Christmas: snowed in at the house of mouse is a must for young children. It's on Netflix but not on the list. Several shorts and Mickey's Christmas Carol at the end. I get a lot of quite tine from this one.

  10. Lillie baugh
    December 8, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Netflix is a stooge all the way no the Santa Claus no die hard no home alone and I could go on but you get it all the movies are third rate time for me to move on to a better streaming service

  11. NancyAnn C Carens
    December 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    How bout some black and white classic: It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife, The ORIGINAL Miracle on 34th Street
    Also, no Elf which just might be our Family's favorite.

  12. Tim
    December 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story

  13. Hannah
    December 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Elf is not there:(

  14. Doesn't matter
    December 5, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I am dispointed that they took off handcuffs and mistle-tones. I watched them every year and want them back on there.

  15. Amy Clancy
    December 4, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Disappointed that Elf is not on :(

  16. Amy Clancy
    December 4, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Disappointed that Elf is not on Netflix :(

  17. Amy Clancy
    December 4, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I was disappointed not to see Elf on Netflix this year. My family loves it! Add Elf please!

  18. Becky Mills
    December 3, 2016 at 1:35 am

    all 3 of the Santa Clause movies starring Tim Allen

  19. Paneka
    December 25, 2015 at 1:14 am

    I am super annoyed and sad that Netflix streaming is lacking 1. Scrooged 2. Elf and 3. A Christmas Story, How did they miss the boat on all of these?

    • Shay Meinecke
      December 25, 2015 at 5:14 am

      I believe Elf was in the lineup last year (US), so Netflix might want to change some things. Also, I think Scrooged in available in to Germany's lineup now.

  20. waicool
    December 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Die Hard

  21. Christy
    December 14, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Ahhh.....Love Actually, a splendid movie indeed. There are a few on this list I haven't yet watched. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. And yes, you had me at Murray!

    • Shay Meinecke
      December 14, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Glad you liked the list. I tried including a wide variety :)

  22. Thomas Wentzel
    December 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    The best version of A Christmas Carol is the 1951 British edition starring Alistair Sim. The best Scrooge ever.

    • Shay Meinecke
      December 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      I've read the same. I'll have to check it out

    • Kris F.
      December 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      I would most definitely agree with this! I watch this 1951 version year. It's absolutely the best Christmas Carol version out there!

  23. Anonymous
    December 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Eight Crazy Nights

  24. Anonymous
    December 10, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    1. Scrooged

    2. The Santa Clause

  25. Kathy
    December 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I see a couple very funny movies not on the list which are my personal favorites. Elf and 4 Christmases. Can you put them on please? :D

    • Kiera
      December 10, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Elf is not on Netflix right now :(

  26. Gavin Mccabe
    December 10, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Can't beat Groundhog Day.

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Can't beat Bill Murray