All The Best Netflix Originals Holiday Movies To Stream
Christmas season is officially here! We couldn’t be more excited for each and every part of it: the carols, the hot cocoa, and the chocolate oranges.
While we’re prepping for Father Christmas there is nothing better than hearing the soothing sounds of Christmas movies.
Lucky for us, Netflix has jumped on the Christmas train, offering us the terribly predictable, cheesy holiday movies that we know and love.
Will the widowed single dad get the girl? You bet he will!
Will the female executive who’s lost her Christmas spirit find it again? No doubt.
Here are some of our favourite Netflix Originals holiday movies, plus some new ones on their way!
A Christmas Prince (2017)
This is probably the original Netflix Originals Christmas movie.
A reporter for a TMZ-ish company, Amber Moore (Rose McIver), heads to the country of “Aldovia” in order to get a story about Crown Prince Richard (Ben Lamb).
Rumour is Richard plans to abdicate his throne, which he is set to take following the death of his father.
When Amber is mistaken as the new tutor for Prince Richard’s princess sister Emily (Honor Kneafsey), she uses the opportunity to learn more about the rumored playboy prince. Shocking no one, they fall in love.
A Christmas Prince is full of sentimental romance and hilarious logical inconsistencies.
The flick proved popular enough to land two sequels!
That’s right, this is a trilogy worthy of a fresh bottle of wine and a big bowl of popcorn.
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Why do so many movies geared towards children start with a dead parent? It has to be one of those Hollywood secrets that we’ll never understand.
Regardless, this is one of the few Christmas movies geared towards tweens and young teens, or at least those that can handle some darker themes.
Firstly, Kurt Russel is Father Christmas. The last movies he had released before The Christmas Chronicles were Tarantino’s Hateful Eight and the western Bone Tomahawk.
Clearly this Father Christmas is a little rougher than those we grew up with.
The film has Santa dodging the police, playing a sax, putting children in an increasing amount of danger, and, worst of all, saying “fake news” unironically.
It’s definitely a break from the norm and more Christmas-y than Die Hard. It’s surprisingly and inexplicably fun.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)
In the second of the Christmas Prince universe of films, we return to the country of Aldovia for Richard and Amber’s wedding.
Poor Amber doesn’t seem to have realized that royal weddings have a lot of protocols attached to them. (Apparently, she’s been skipping Xmas movies for the past 35 years.)
While Amber struggles to learn how to be a proper queen, Richard struggles to understand why his Aldovian economic reform is failing to work.
Nothing says romance like a B-plot about taking down an evil corporate regime trying to put local workers out of business.
Amber and Richard must learn how to compromise past traditions with modern values while discovering who’s profiting off the forced poverty of the Aldovian people.
McIver and Lamb are the real bright spots as Amber and Richard in this campy franchise.
The Princess Switch (2018)
Vanessa Hudgens shows that she can elevate even the most predictable of Christmas movies. The Princess Switch is essentially an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper.
Hudgens plays Margaret, duchess of a made-up European country whose local language, conveniently, is English.
She also plays Stacy, an ordinary baker from Chicago who is a dead ringer for the princess.
The two of them decide to swap lives in order to see how the other half lives, as one does after meeting his or her double.
Interestingly, it seems seamless and appears to only take 20 minutes, tops.
During the switch, Margaret falls for Stacy’s best friend Kevin (Nick Sagar) and Stacy falls for Margaret’s fiancee Prince Edward (Sam Palladio).
At the same time, Stacy and Kevin are preparing for an elite baking competition that would bring major prestige to their small bakery.
Hudgens does really well in the film, giving both of her parts their own unique personality.
This one may be our favourite of our Netflix Originals holiday movies.
The Holiday Calendar (2018)
Nothing quite says Christmas movie like a magical decoration that makes people fall in love.
Struggling photographer Abby Sutton (Kat Graham) receives a magic Advent calendar from her grandfather.
Abby acquires the real-life version of the trinkets inside the Advent calender in ways that make you question if it’s really magic or not.
While Abby dates new guy Ty (Ethan Peck), her best friend Josh (Quincy Brown) struggles with his feelings for her.
We won’t ruin the (predictable) ending.
Holiday in the Wild (2019)
Empty-nester Kate (Kristin Davis) deals with her son moving out of the house by planning a second honeymoon for her and her husband.
Her husband deals with the son moving out by planning his escape.
Seconds after the door closes behind her child (literally), her husband announces that he’s ending their marriage.
Kate heads to Africa herself, where she meets her pilot. Thankfully, her pilot is the gorgeous Rob Lowe.
The tour takes a detour when they find an orphaned baby elephant with whom Kate bonds and takes to a sanctuary.
While it’s a totally ridiculous movie that only loosely connects to the holidays, there is something sweet and lovely about Holiday in the Wild.
Let it Snow (2019)
Netflix’s first holiday YA offering is an adaptation of the book written by superstar authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.
Let it Snow takes place on Christmas Eve in a small midwestern town where a major snowstorm has hit.
We were thrilled to find the script lived up to the authors’ distinction, as this one is completely charming.
Snowed-in confessions of love, moments of jealousy, and someone getting a milkshake dumped over their head are just the tip of the snowman.
With three different stories intertwining, there is a lot of fun to be had, and the characters are engaging and multi-dimensional.
Let it Snow boasts an impressive cast of young talent that includes Kiernan Shipka (The Chilling Adventures of Spider-Man), Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Far from Home), Isabela Moner (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), and more.
Each of them shows up in a big way for this captivating flick.
Every year at Christmas, a new origin story for Santa Claus appears. It’s practically a Christmas film tradition in and of itself.
This year Netflix offers Klaus, which boasts a surprisingly beautiful animation and Santa’s secret partner: a mailman.
Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) is the worst graduate of the Postal Academy who teams up with the mysterious toymaker Klaus (J.K. Simmons) to help deliver his toys.
While Klaus gets all the praise, Jesper finds himself feeling left out. In fact, the kids of Smeesburg, grumpiest town in the world, make fun of the poor guy.
The adults, however, do not want Klaus to spread the joy to their children.
Why? Because they know no joy, probably.
The Knight Before Christmas
If you were a kid who loved time travel stories, this is the film for you.
Vanessa Hudgens (apparently Netflix’s go-to Christmas actor – who can blame them?!) plays science teacher Brooke, who meets Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse).
Sir Cole is a medieval knight sent to the future by a sorceress’s spell, and the only way for him to return to his time is by completing his quest.
Given the astonishingly meager array of time travel Christmas romances, The Knight Before Christmas (get it?!) is a welcome entry into a vast, untapped well.
After the success of the above movies, Netflix has ordered a bevvy of new Christmas films for 2019.
Here are some Netflix holiday movies to watch out for:
Nov. 28, 2019
While Christmas has become an increasingly materialistic holiday, stories about the true meaning of Christmas remain popular.
In Netflix’s Holiday Rush, a radio DJ loses his job just as his kids are hoping to acquire everything on their Christmas lists.
In order for him to secure a new job, he and his family must prove they can live a simple life.
Along the way, they will learn the true meaning of Christmas (presumably).
The film stars Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), La La Anthony (Power), and Romany Malco (A Million Little Things).
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
Dec. 5, 2019
The ridiculousness of A Christmas Prince continues with the third movie of the franchise.
This time Amber & Richard will face the new chapter of their lives: parenthood.
While they’re dealing with the impending arrival of their little prince or princess, they host visiting royals from another kingdom in order to renew a treaty.
When the treaty document goes missing, it could put a curse on the royal family. How does a treaty tie in with a curse and pregnancy?
We have no idea. But the macguffin definitely doubles down on A Christmas Prince’s deeply fairytale tropes.
What are your favourite Netflix holiday movies?