As we gear up for the festive season, our calendars fill up with tasks such as hunting for the perfect gift, baking cookies, attending parties, and singing carols. However, let us not forget, ’tis the season to binge-watch Christmas movies. There is a wealth of festive films guaranteed to bring joy and warmth to your holiday season. So, why not indulge in a movie marathon before the New Year begins and resolutions take precedence? We have selected fantastic films for you to enjoy on Netflix throughout December. So, grab your comfortable socks, prepare some hot cocoa, and let the holiday viewing commence!
Falling for Christmas
Start the month with a must-watch new release, falling for Christmas, which sees the return of Lindsay Lohan, the beloved star of Y2K. In this heartwarming rom-com directed by Janeen Damian, Lohan portrays a spoilt heir who suffers from amnesia after a ski incident. Her recovery in a cozy lodge leads to a beautiful bond with the lodge owner (Chord Overstreet) and his young daughter.
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
Immerse yourself in Netflix’s modern take of the timeless tale by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Directed by Stephen Donnelly, this animated musical rendition features a star-studded voice cast including Luke Evans, Olivia Colman, Johnny Flynn, and Jonathan Pryce. Watch out for this beautiful adaptation on December 2.
Journey back in time with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, two celebrated entertainers of the WWII era, who join forces with a lesser-known female duo (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to organize a musical extravaganza at an empty Vermont hotel, owned by their former superior officer. Against all odds, this offbeat plot, helmed by Casablanca’s Michael Curtiz, blossoms into an unforgettable holiday classic.
A Christmas Prince
Set aside a lazy Sunday to snuggle up and binge-watch the entire Christmas Prince trilogy. The adventure begins in the 2017 romantic comedy where an American reporter (Rose McIver) visits the fictional kingdom of Aldovia during Christmastime. A romantic entanglement with the Aldovian prince (Ben Lamb) ensues, leading to sequels in 2018 and 2019 with A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby.
A Bad Moms Christmas: The Sequel
Continuing from the 2016’s hit, Bad Moms, the sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas, directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, brings back the unforgettable trio of best friends (Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell). Their newfound liberation is tested by the holiday season’s demands and unexpected visits from their eccentric mothers (Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and Cheryl Hines). These rebellious moms make the festive month of December more entertaining than ever.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey: A Magical Ride
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a high-praised, enchanting musical fantasy directed by David E. Talbert. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Jeronicus Jangle, a once brilliant toy maker whose life takes a downturn when his trusted apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) betrays him by stealing his invention book. Jangle, with the assistance of his daughter (Anika Noni Rose) and granddaughter (Madalen Mills), embarks on a journey to reclaim his inventions and rediscover his inspiration.
Single All the Way: A Love Unexpected
To avoid his family’s yearly nagging about his single life, Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to play his significant other during the holiday season in Single All the Way. Peter’s plan goes awry when his mother (Kathy Najimy) tries to fix him up with her fitness trainer. As the story unravels, Peter starts to realize that his relationship with Nick might be more than just platonic. This heartwarming rom-com, directed by Michael Mayer, featuring Jennifer Coolidge as Peter’s quirky aunt, has quickly become a holiday favorite.
A Castle for Christmas: A Love Story
In A Castle for Christmas, Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes star in this delightful romantic comedy directed by Mary Lambert. Shields portrays a romance author grappling with the fallout of killing off a fan-favorite character in her latest book. Seeking solace, she travels to Scotland only to fall in love with a castle that carries childhood memories of her father. The castle is owned by a prickly duke (Elwes), and as the story unfolds, it’s not only the castle that Shields’ character finds herself falling for.
Alien Xmas: A Space Holiday
Why limit Christmas celebrations to just Earth? In Alien Xmas, a charming stop-motion film by Stephen Chiodo, Christmas spirit goes interstellar. The plot revolves around a greedy alien race planning to rob Earth of its resources by disabling its gravity. However, when their operative X (Dee Bradley Baker) lands on the North Pole, he experiences the magic of Christmas, which might just change his mission.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square: A Musical Extravaganza
Christmas rings in with a bit more cheer with Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. This Emmy-winning musical, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, features Christine Baranski as a hard-hearted landowner who plans to evict her townsfolk and sell the land to a mega-mall developer. The intervention of a sassy Christmas angel (played by Parton, who also wrote all the film’s songs), begins to make her rethink her plans and reevaluate her past with the town.
The Princess Switch
Eager for a movie binge? Add Mike Rohl’s Princess Switch trilogy to your watchlist, where Vanessa Hudgens pulls off double roles — an American baker participating in a Christmas baking competition in the made-up land of Belgravia, and the prince’s betrothed who looks uncannily like her. Tempted by an impromptu exchange of lives, the doppelgangers embark on adventures further explored in the sequels, Switched Again and Romancing the Star.
The Knight before Christmas
Your Vanessa Hudgens Christmas movie spree is not over just yet! In Monika Mitchell’s wonderfully absurd romantic fairytale, The Knight before Christmas, Hudgens portrays a high school educator from the Midwest who inexplicably falls for a knight from the medieval era (Josh Whitehouse). The knight, mysteriously transported to the current times, is on a mission to complete an ambiguous cosmic task by Christmas Eve.
Sergio Pablos gives Santa Claus a rejuvenated backstory in this Oscar-nominated animated movie. J.K. Simmons lends his voice to Klaus, a shy toy creator, who forms an unexpected alliance with a self-absorbed mail carrier (Jason Schwartzman). Their surprising endeavor — midnight delivery of toys to the local children — brings happiness to a strife-riddled town in the 1800s Norway.