10 Best Holiday Movies On Netflix – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Netflix offers plenty of great Christmas films, including original movies, musicals, and animated holiday flicks.
The holiday season usually means binge-watching feel-good Christmas movies. A good Christmas film helps fans escape the cold winter weather and offers audiences an entertaining, lighthearted watch. Luckily, Netflix has these types of films in abundance.
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Netflix has increased its Christmas movie catalog significantly over the last few years, releasing a handful of original movies each December. With a mix of originals, classics, and animated features, the possibilities are endless for holiday viewers.
Falling for Christmas follows a young, recently engaged heiress who suffers a skiing accident. When she wakes up, she has amnesia and is in the care of a lodge owner. In the days leading up to Christmas, she begins to fall in love with him.
Falling for Christmas is heralded as Lindsay Lohan’s return to acting after a long hiatus and has proven to be popular with viewers. Lohan's on-screen presence was praised by critics, who also noted Falling for Christmas' easy-to-follow storytelling and wholesome ending, even if it was predictable. Thankfully, Lohan signed a two-picture deal with Netflix, and her next film, Irish Wish, releases in 2023.
Starring Vanessa Hudgens in a dual role, The Princess Switch focuses on Stacy, a Chicago baker, who visits Belgravia and meets a princess named Lady Margaret. The princess wishes to be a "normal person" and not be bound to her royal duties, so she switches places with Vanessa because they look so alike. They each fall in love, with their suitors unaware of who they truly are.
The Princess Switch was followed by two sequels. Hudgens later played a third character, Fiona, in the sequels. The Princess Switch was hugely popular with fans, earning it a solid 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. It also received praise for its heartwarming, lighthearted story.
In The Christmas Chronicles, siblings Kate and Teddy find Santa Claus at their house. When they get into his sleigh and Santa takes off with them in tow, they inadvertently cause the sleigh to crash. With all the presents lost, the three must work together to deliver the presents and save Christmas.
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Kurt Russell's casting as Santa Claus made the character more like an action hero and was a very untraditional, but refreshing take. In a cameo appearance, Russell's real-life wife, Goldie Hawn, appears as Mrs. Claus. The film's fun humor, refreshing take on Santa Claus, and lovable characters helped The Christmas Chronicles earn a sequel.
Father Christmas is Back has four sisters reuniting for the holidays in a Yorkshire mansion. Pandemonium ensues when one of the sisters secretly invites their estranged father, who left their mother many years before. To make matters more difficult, he also brings his new, younger wife.
Father Christmas is Back has an impressive ensemble cast that includes Kelsey Grammer, Elizabeth Hurley, John Cleese, and Nathalie Cox. The family also looks to uncover a secret that changed their family forever all those years ago while navigating the misunderstandings during the Christmas holiday.
A Netflix original musical, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey finds an eccentric toymaker's world changed when his granddaughter, Journey, is dropped at his doorstep. Journey shares the same passion for inventing that her grandfather does, and she works to help him after his latest invention is stolen by his former apprentice.
Jingle Jangle received high praise from viewers and critics alike and was nominated for ten NAACP Image Awards, winning two. That was the most nominations at the NAACP Image Awards that year. For its thrilling musical numbers, Christmas spirit, and fun story, Jingle Jangle is a welcome addition to Netflix's holiday movie catalog.
A perennial Christmas classic, White Christmas is a musical that follows World War II veterans Bob and Phil, two performers who fall in love with Betty and Judy, a sister act. The four of them band together to save a Vermont inn at Christmas.
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White Christmas stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. It is considered one of the best Christmas films ever made and popularized the song "White Christmas" that dominates Christmas radio each year. It is impressive that the movie's popularity has endured over almost 70 years.
Single All the Way follows Peter, a single man who must deal with an all-too-familiar problem during the holidays: explaining why he is still single to family members. After his plan to bring his boyfriend to meet his family falls apart, Peter asks his best friend Nick to come with him and pose as his boyfriend. His mother sets him up on a date with a handsome personal trainer, James, which causes complications in their plan.
Single All the Way was praised for its inclusive LGBTQ+ storyline, which was incorporated without using their sexuality as a plot device. Although Single All the Way follows the same formula as many holiday-themed movies, it was an entertaining film.
Taking place in the 19th century, Klaus is an origin story of Santa Claus. Klaus is a reclusive toymaker who befriends his postman, Jesper. As one act of kindness sparks another, their small town in the Arctic Circle is home to the beginning of the longstanding tradition of Santa Claus.
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Klaus landed an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature and was seen as a refreshing take on the origin of Santa Claus. It was the directorial debut of Sergio Pablos (a co-creator of Despicable Me) and boasted an impressive voice cast, including J.K. Simmons, Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, and Norm McDonald.
The Netflix original film Holidate stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey as two strangers who agree to be platonic dates for holiday functions throughout the year. They slowly begin to fall in love over the year, which makes their arrangement difficult.
While Holidate takes place over a whole year, the bulk of the plot happens around Christmas. It was a refreshing change of pace on the rom-com formula and boasted impressive chemistry between its two leads. Netflix later reported that the film was watched by 68 million households in its first three months of release.
Netflix’s latest original film offering, Christmas with You, stars Aimee Garcia and Freddie Prinze Jr. When a pop superstar (Garcia) is given an ultimatum by her record company to produce a hit Christmas single, a chance meeting with a super-fan turns to love as she begins to fall for the fan's father (Prinze Jr.), who is a music teacher.
Christmas with You is able to stand out from the various "pop stars and regular people" romantic comedies due to the two leads' chemistry, catchy songs, and charming story. Prinze Jr. also features in a lead role in a live-action film for the first time in almost 15 years.
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