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The best Netflix Christmas movies

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Madalen Mills in 'Jingle Jangle' (Image credit: Netflix)

It's the holiday season, so there's no better time to binge watch a sleigh full of Christmas movies on Netflix. Between classic holiday fare and fresh originals, the lineup of Netflix Christmas movies will be able to get even the most miser of Scrooge's into the holiday spirits.

From time-tested classics like White Christmas to brand new Christmas fare like A Boy Called Christmas, here are the best Netflix Christmas movies you can watch right now.

A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

A Boy Called Christmas is a brand new Netflix original follows a young boy named Nikolas, nicknamed "Christmas," who sets out to the snowy north in search of his father, who went was on a trek to find the fabled elf village of Elfheim. Nikolas eventually discovers Elfheim himself, but discovers that they don't care too much for humans. Newcomer Henry Lawful stars alongside a cast of classic British stars including Toby Jones, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Merchant, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig and Maggie Smith. Netflix has created a number of new children Christmas classics the last few lists (we'll cover more below), and A Boy Called Christmas is their latest triumph on that front.

A Castle for Christmas (2021)

Netflix has also had success with the Christmas rom-com, with one of its latest, A Castle for Christmas, already proving to be a popular watch. Brooke Shields (stars as a best-selling author who heads off to Scotland as she tries to escape a recent scandal. There, she becomes enchanted with a castle but is at odds with the grump duke who owns it, played by Cary Elwes. Magical setting, check. Classic rom-com setup, check. Get a fire going and enjoy this charming tale.

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

Bill Murray is a treasure, so who wouldn't want to spend Christmas with him? The comedic legend teamed up with Sofia Coppola on this Christmas special that sees Murray play himself as a blizzard threatens his planned Christmas party. But you think that will stop him. Featuring plenty of classic Christmas songs, and a few fantastic guest appearances from the likes of Rashida Jones, George Clooney and Miley Cyrus, A Very Murray Christmas is something different in Netflix's Christmas slate.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Thanks to a recently released sequel, fans of sexy Santa Kurt Russell are fortunate enough to celebrate the upcoming holiday with a double feature of The Christmas Chronicles and The Christmas Chronicles 2. Get your start with the original, where two kids named Kate and Teddy sneak into Santa’s sleigh, but an issue arises and Santa crashes, losing all of the Christmas presents. Now it’s up to the kids and Santa to correctly deliver all of the gifts before Christmas morning.

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020)

The queen of country, Dolly Parton, performs a Christmas miracle in this Emmy-winning Netflix movie. A cold-hearted business woman (Christine Baranski) attempts to sell her home town's land, but an angel (Parton) attempts to convince her of what will happen if she does. Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square has that feel of A Christmas Carol/It's a Wonderful Life with a country soundtrack.

The Holiday Calendar (2018)

Unexplainable Christmas magic is one of the greatest gifts to the subgenre, and The Holiday Calendar is one of the very best examples. Kat Graham (All Eyez on Me, Operation Christmas Drop) stars as Abby, a struggling photographer who receives an antique advent calendar from her grandfather. As Abby opens each door, she discovers the calendar’s gifts can predict the future, as well as help her find the love of her life. 

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

If you’re looking for a charming way to welcome the holiday season, look no further. Jingle Jangle has the heart of a classic Christmas story, but still feels totally fresh and unique than anything made before. It’s a musical fantasy about a jaded toy maker (Forest Whitaker) revitalized with the spirit of creation thanks to his precarious granddaughter, Journey (Madalen Mills). It’s the perfect addition to your holiday watching favorites and soon to be an instant traditional must-watch. Long live Black girl magic.

Klaus (2019)

Jesper Johansson (Jason Schwartzman) is the spoiled brat son of the Royal Postmaster General, and has been trying to flunk out of the postman academy. His disappointed father sends him to the distant town of Smeerensburg and notes that if Jesper fails to post 6,000 letters within a year, he will be cut off from his family’s fortune. Once Jesper arrives in the snowy town, the film transforms into a beautiful origin story of Santa Claus, with J.K. Simmons as the titular Klaus. The Academy Award-nominated film is truly something to behold, and an absolute modern Christmas classic.

Let it Snow (2019)

Adapted from the book by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow is an entangled anthology starring an ensemble cast of some of the best young actors working today. Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Moner, Matthew Noszka, Liv Hewson, Odeya Rush, Anna Akana, Mitchell Hope and Shameik Moore all star in their respective gen Z Christmas tales, with Joan Cusack and D’Arcy Carden also featured. The film follows three different teenagers as they experience a huge snow storm in the town of Gracetown during the Christmas season, with all of their stories intertwining with Christmas cheer.

Love Hard (2021)

Catfish stories and charming Christmas movies seem like an odd combination, but Love Hard takes on that challenge. An unlucky-in-love Los Angeles girl (Nina Dobrev) fall for a rugged East Coast guy online and decides to surprise him for the holidays. However, when she arrives, she learns that the guy behind the app is actually his childhood friend, played by Jimmy O. Yang. 

The Princess Switch (2018)

Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper is a classic novel, but it was truly lacking Vanessa Hudgens and an artisanal bakery in Chicago. A week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with a young baker who looks exactly like her. The duo intend to see how the other side lives, but things quickly grow complicated when they each fall in love with the other’s beau. A smash hit on Netflix, The Princess Switch has inspired two sequels, including the brand new The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star.

Santa Girl (2019)

You know how the Amish have a rite of passage called “Rumspringa” where they’re able to live outside of the community? Well, Santa Girl is sort of like that, but for the daughter of Santa Claus. Santa's daughter is given the chance to attend college for one semester in the "real" world before heading back to the North Pole to marry Jack Frost and attend to the family business. It’s a cute coming-of-age story with some Christmas flair, and a great performance from Barry Bostwick as Santa Claus.

Single All the Way (2021)

Every single person knows the awkward questions they can receive when going home for the holidays about why they aren't seeing anyone. In Single All the Way, perpetual single guy Peter (Michael Urie) attempts to avoid that issue by convincing his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to come to his home for the holidays and pretend they are in a relationship. Rom-com fans can make a pretty good guess at what comes next, but with supporting performances from Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Najimy and more, you know it's going to be a wonderfully crazy family visit.

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021)

Available on Netflix outside of the U.K. (sorry guys, you'll have to wait for it to air on BBC1 on Christmas Eve), Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas is a new special featuring the popular Aardman Animation character. In the special, Shaun and the rest of the flock are excited for Christmas, but when a farmhouse raid goes awry Timmy goes missing. Can Shaun get him back before he becomes someone else's present?

White Christmas (1954)

While Netflix is dominated by original content and lesser-known newer releases, they’re also the home of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a certifiable classic in every sense of the word. The technicolor dream of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen is a must-watch for most, and Netflix’s availability makes it easier for families to keep the tradition alive no matter how far apart those may be celebrating.

BJ Colangelo is an award winning filmmaker and film analyst specializing in dismissed cinema and television. She writes about horror, wrestling, musicals, adult animation, sex and gender, kicking pancreatic cancer’s ass, and being a fat queer in places like Fangoria, Vulture, The Daily Dot, Autostraddle, Playboy.com, and a handful of books college students get assigned to read. She’s also the co-host of the teen girl movie podcast, This Ends at Prom, with her wife, Harmony.