The 10 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix to Watch This Year

Sandy Writtenhouse Updated 19-11-2019

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?

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2. Christmas with the Kranks (2004) [No Longer Available]

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.

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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. Unaccompanied Minors (2006) [No Longer Available]

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.


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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.

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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.

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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) [No Longer Available]

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. A Holiday Engagement (2011) [No Longer Available]

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?

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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 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 The Best Free Movie Streaming Sites Are you looking for the best free online movie streaming sites? Here's where you can watch free and legal movies at any time. Read More .

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  1. Stuart Bowland
    December 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    This list is not up to date. Some of the movies are not there.

  2. John Smith
    November 22, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    While you certainly can't please all with any such list, but one has to wonder how would someone miss Home Alone for family movie list on Christmas, or Die Hard for adults/grow ups Christmas movie list.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      November 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Hi John,

      I agree, unfortunately, those 2 aren't currently available on Netflix either. And this list is only for Netflix movies :( Sorry!

  3. dragonmouth
    November 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    On what do you base your opinion of "best"? These may be YOUR most favorite but, as evidenced by the posts so far, others have their own ideas of "best".

    Some of my favorites are:
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with Burl Ives
    Charlie Brown's Christmas
    It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart
    Miracle on 34th Street
    White Christmas
    Any of the iterations of Christmas Carol

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      November 19, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Dragonmouth,

      Those are some of my favorites too, but unfortunately they're not available on Netflix, so I can't include them. Except for White Christmas which is #5 on my list.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    • John
      November 20, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Yes! Seems like there are enough on Netflix to not post TWO grinch movies.

  7. 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.

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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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?