The 10 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix to Watch This Year
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Watching Christmas movies on Netflix can be a great way to enjoy the holidays, especially if you want to immerse yourself in the season. And don’t worry about your connection, as there are many ways to improve your Netflix stream.

Whether or not you think Netflix is worth the money, Netflix is here to help you chill out and enjoy the holidays—no matter where you are in the world.

Netflix has a lot of content, and it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. To help you relax over the holidays, we’ve done the work for you and have selected several Christmas movies worth watching on Netflix.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate during the holidays, take a look at these free online Advent calendars.

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a great movie for when you just want to sit back, relax with your family, and watch something that the kids can enjoy while staying within the Christmas spirit.

In this film, the Christmas-hating Grinch ruins the holiday for the inhabitants of Whoville, but when one thing leads to another, he learns that Christmas is about more than just shallow gifts and selfish consumerism. We all need such reminders every once in a while, don’t we?

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2. Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa is a crime comedy film that follows a has-been department store Santa Claus who uses his position to break into safes and steals all of the money made during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

This isn’t a movie for everyone, what with its black comedy and dark moments. But if you’re looking for a Christmas movie that isn’t like the rest, then Bad Santa may be right up your street. That it stars the late Bernie Mac is just icing on the cake.

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3. A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

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.

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4. Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually is a Christmas classic that was once available on Netflix long ago, then taken off for some time, but now available again. If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself to watch it at least once!

This ambitious film weaves together nine separate but connected stories, each exploring a different facet of Christmas love: parent and child, sibling and sibling, those who are single, those who are newlyweds, and more.

It’s packed with laughs and joy and feel-goodery, but that tenderness is balanced with bittersweet reality.

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5. White Christmas (1954)

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas movie 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.

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6. Dear Santa (2011)

Dear Santa is a straight-to-TV romantic drama movie starring Amy Acker and David Haydn-Jones. Yes, it’s a Lifetime channel movie, but don’t let that turn you away: Dear Santa is above average for what it is, and perfect for the holidays.

The story follows a well-off woman in her mid-30s who lives off of her parents money. But when one day she happens to read a letter addressed to Santa and written by a seven-year-old girl who recently lost her mother, she begins down a path that changes her life.

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7. Get Santa (2014)

Get Santa is a British movie with British 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.

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8. The Spirit of Christmas (2015)

Tired of the usual Christmas cliches? Then you’re in for a treat. While The Spirit of Christmas has its flaws, you’ll be able to overlook them for its unique spin on what a Christmas film can be.

Follow the hard-working lawyer, Kate, as she attempts to appraise and sell an old bed and breakfast before the year ends, only to find that it’s “haunted” by a cursed spirit. Figuring out how he died could be the key that unlocks the secrets of his curse.

Yes, there’s a romance subplot, but it’s mixed in with an interesting mystery—not of the thriller variety, just straight up drama.

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9. Holiday Engagement (2011)

Christmas is a time for family, but family meetups aren’t always something to look forward to—especially if your family tends to hound you about your life choices and singlehood.

In Holiday Engagement, Hillary hires an actor to pose as her fiance as she returns home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It’s an unoriginal premise we’ve all seen plenty of times before, sure, but the execution here is better than you’d expect. At the end of the day, it’s a fun little romantic comedy with some holiday cheer. Isn’t that all that matters?

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10. A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince is the perfect movie to watch if you’re feeling down, want to shut off your brain, and sink into a sappy movie with a tub of ice cream by your side.

When a young journalist travels across the pond and goes undercover to report on a prince who’s turning king, she gets tangled up in more than she expected. It’s silly, it’s bright, it’s uplifting—all the right emotions for the most wonderful time of the year.

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What Christmas Movies Are You Watching?

If you’re looking for more great Christmas movies to watch on Netflix, see our article on how to find Netflix movies you’ll love. Want to watch these movies with someone who’s in another city or country? See our article on how to watch Netflix with friends who are far away.

Not keen on paying for Netflix? You may be able to find more Christmas movies to watch using one of these excellent free movie streaming websites The 18 Best Free Movie Streaming Sites The 18 Best Free Movie Streaming Sites If you want to watch movies for free legally, you have many options online. Here are the best free movie streaming sites. Read More .

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  1. Paul
    December 5, 2018 at 11:53 am

    "Muppets Christmas Carol"
    "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol"
    "Scrooged"
    "Christmas in Connecticut"

  2. Gene
    December 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Not on Netflix, but one we watch every year: 1984's A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott. Scott's Scrooge is so good you forget that he's supposed to be British.

  3. Dave Wilber
    December 2, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    The new Christmas Chronicles is another excellent movie while will become a regular in our household.

  4. Hazel Kennedy
    December 16, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Would be great to see Shriek the Halls

    • Vic
      December 5, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      I think you want "Shrek the Halls."

      But I'm sure that by Christmas 2019, someone out there in cinema land will make the first holiday horror movie, and I think I know what the title will be.

  5. Hazel Kennedy
    December 16, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Miracle on 34th Street or any old Christmas Movies
    Shriek the Halls

  6. Hazel Kennedy
    December 16, 2017 at 1:42 am

    I would like to see Shriek the Halls, Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooge {1999}, Animated Grinch, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Rudolph, and any old Christmas movies

  7. Lewallen
    November 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Better off finding them on cable. Netflix holiday movies blow.

    • Cindy
      December 4, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      A Dog Named Christmas would be great. I cannot find it on TV anywhere and it is such brilliant acting, perfect storyline, great cast including gorgeous, smart, compassionate yellow lab...look forward to it. Sorry that Gremlins beat it out in in Christmas category...go figure.

    • Cindy
      December 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Gremlins for Christmas.....who picks the Christmas lineup, Scrooge?