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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.
However, with the amount of content available on Netflix, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. To help you relax, have a good laugh, or feel a bit sentimental during the holidays, we’ve found the best Christmas movies to watch on Netflix.
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?
2. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dan Aykroyd, Christmas with the Kranks is a hilarious holiday tale.
When their daughter leaves for the holiday season, Christmas just won’t be the same. So the Kranks decide to forget Christmas altogether and sail away on a cruise. But last-minute plans change, and their daughter decides to come home after all. Unfortunately, the Kranks aren’t prepared for that and what ensues is a Christmas comedy your whole family will love.
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.
4. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
When Christmas Eve rolls around, no one likes to be stranded in an airport. But when it’s a group of Unaccompanied Minors, it can turn into quite an adventure.
Watch as this cluster of mischievous kids bond as they do their best to entertain themselves until they can make their way home to their families. You’ll laugh as they try to outsmart an airport official and laugh even harder as they outrun the airport security guards.
For a jolly good giggle this holiday season, gather the family, and check out Unaccompanied Minors.
5. White Christmas (1954)
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 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.
6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
For another classic story in Whoville, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a great animated story for kids of all ages.
Follow the grumpy, green Grinch as he tries to steal Christmas by turning himself into Santa and sledding his way through Whoville with his faithful sidekick Max. It’s the same Dr. Seuss traditional story you love with beautifully colored animation, upbeat and fun music, and the main character you love to hate every Christmas.
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.
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.
9. A 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 A 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?
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.
What Christmas Movies Are You Watching on Netflix?
So, there we have it, the best Christmas movies on Netflix. You should also check out the best Christmas movies on Disney+.
If you want to watch these movies with someone who’s in another city or country, see our article explaining how to watch Netflix with friends far away.
And if you’d rather not pay for Netflix, you’ll find more Christmas movies to watch on the best free movie streaming sites.