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Holiday Worthy Movies To Watch On Netflix

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Love Hard

It wouldn’t be the 21st century if there wasn’t eventually a catfish Christmas rom-com. Nina Dobrev stars as a hopeful-romantic whose plans to surprise her online beau with an IRL visit quickly prove to be more complicated than she expected. Upon learning that the person she’d been chatting with, played by Jimmy O. Yang, was using pictures of a local man on his profile, she forces him to set her catfisher up with who she believes to be her true match.

Single All the Way

Clearly we, as a society, have landed on the nice list this year to receive yet another Jennifer Coolidge appearance on our screens. Single All the Way might fit into most of the formulas expected from a Netflix holiday rom-com, but, being the first of its kind to focus on a queer couple, it’s a step in the right direction for films depicting joyous queer love.

Fireplace For Your Home

Sure, many of the naysayers might say things like, “An hour-long video of a fireplace isn’t a movie,” or, “You’re practically just watching a screensaver.” To that I say: Seeing is believing. Sure, Fireplace for Your Home and its groundbreaking sequel “Birchwood Edition” might not be cinema, but it’s arguably one of the greatest additions to the Netflix holiday category. Not only is it festive and ambient, but it’s the perfect middle ground for when your Christmas party is too boisterous for a movie, or when your family has been arguing over what to watch for hours.

Robin Robin

From Wallace & Gromit to Chicken Run, there’s nothing quite like the magic of the British claymation studio Aardman. Robin Robin is no exception. This Christmas special tells the story of a young robin raised by mice who, desperate to fit in with her family, makes a wish upon a Christmas star. Not only with Aardman’s new felt-adorned animation style make you feel warm and fuzzy, but the 30-minute run time makes this a perfect family watch before bed.

A Boy Called Christmas

Following in the footsteps of fellow Santa Claus origin stories like Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, A Boy Called Christmas is a clever reimagination of how a young St. Nicholas came to find his purpose. With a cast including Kristen Wiig, Henry Lawfull, Toby Jones, and Sally Hawkins, and incredible special effects, this is another great fit for a family-friendly holiday movie night.


Holidate has a unique brand of kitsch. But the charm of Emma Roberts pulls off this quirky flick about a duo who, tired of navigating the questions of being single every holiday, decide to couple up. I bet you can't guess what happens to them!

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

You don't watch Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square for its high-end writing. You watch it to feel good. And to listen to crazy songs and to believe in something greater than you. And if anyone judges you for it, you remind them that it won the Emmy for best movie made for TV and then you scream "I will always love you!" in their stupid faces.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

One of Netflix's newest holiday films has all the hallmarks of a perfect Christmas tale: someone who has lost faith in the holiday, loneliness, and then the resurgence of the spirit, thanks to the love and company of a long-lost family member. Plus, bonus points for not just regurgitating the same, whitewashed Christmas narrative overused every year.

The Holiday Calendar

A photographer inherits a seemingly magical Advent calendar that predicts her future—right down to her dating life. This one definitely aims for the Hallmark quality of holiday movie, and it gets pretty close. Bring on the corniness.

Holiday in the Wild

Rob Lowe is a man of many talents, so why wouldn’t a new holiday Netflix movie be one of them? In this one, Lowe is somehow a tour guide in Africa who meets Kristin Davis, who’s there on safari. She agrees to help at an elephant sanctuary alongside Lowe’s character. There’s a lot of the usual “We’re just friends.”


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