Each and every year, a new over-the-top Netflix movie unlocks something deep and universal in virtually all of us: We love terrible
Christmas films. Yes, give us your 25 Days Of Christmas, with its genuine classics like Elf and , but, also, give us all the cheese you got, preferably drenched over a silly rom-com filled with Christmas trees. The escapism of watching a couple fall in love onscreen in a winter wonderland in the most predictable but charming way is something we all need. Love Actually
Thankfully, there are plenty of over-the-top Christmas films waiting for you on Netflix. There’s actually a veritable trove of festive
so-bad-they’re-good flicks on the streaming service that have become a staple for the season. To continue laughing all the way through to Christmas, we rounded up our favourite films on Netflix that will help you lose yourself in 90 minutes of holiday cheer and impossible plot lines.
So, slip on your cosiest outfit, grab a festive beverage and keep reading to find out what to add to your queue next.
Love at First Sight
Love at First Sight doesn’t advertise itself as a holiday movie, but it is one, nonetheless, given that the story takes place in the days leading up to Christmas. Starring Haley Lu Richardson as Hadley and The White Lotus’ Bohemian Rhapsody’s Ben Hardy as Oliver, this rom-com follows two teens who hit it off on a flight, but lose each other at customs, seemingly forever. But, of course, fate has other plans.
Best. Christmas. Ever!
New on Netflix’s holiday roster this year,
Best. Christmas. Ever! sees Brandy as Jackie, an old college friend of Charlotte’s (Heather Graham), who without fail sends a yearly Christmas newsletter boasting about how good her life is. This year, though, Charlotte and her family show up to see if Jackie’s life really is all she says it is.
Falling For Christmas
A Lindsay Lohan-helmed movie is always a good idea. But a Lohan-helmed, cheesy rom-com starring Glee’s Chord Overstreet is even better. Enter:
. As the spoiled heiress Sierra Belmont, Lohan loses her memory, only to discover the true meaning of life and love (cue the tears). All set in a literal winter wonderland. Falling For Christmas
Holidate isn’t exclusively a Christmas movie, the 2020 film starring Emma Roberts identifies the season as one of many dreaded holidays that cause single people to shudder. Because it’s inevitable that your aunt twice removed *will* make a comment about the fact that you didn’t bring a +1. But what if you had a platonic friend who was your date to all festive-related events? That’s what Roberts’ character Sloane is about to find out. Of course, with hunky Jackson (Luke Bracey) as her date, things get complicated.
The Princess Switch
By now, Vanessa Hudgens is as synonymous with
franchise as she is with The Princess Switch High School Musical. Stacy (Vanessa Hudgens) is a baker from Chicago who finds herself at a prestigious baking competition in Belgravia. Once there, she meets her lookalike, Lady Margaret Delacourt, Duchess of Montenaro (also Hudgens), and the pair switch places. Hijinks and romance ensues.
Operation Christmas Drop
A congressional aide (played by
Kat Graham) is sent to a tropical US Air Force base to make a case for its closure, but while there she warms up to the work they’re doing, as well as one of the officers. Hot stars and a tropical locale? What more could we ask for!
A Christmas Prince
The movie that arguably started it all. I’ve watched
A Christmas Prince. You’ve probably watched A Christmas Prince. A certain group of exactly 53 people watched A Christmas Prince every day for weeks on end after it was released. In this 2017 film, journalist Amber Moore (Rose McIver) travels to Aldovia to cover the rumored abdication of Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) after the death of his father. On her way to getting the scoop, she finds out there’s more to the Prince than meets the eye.
Holiday In The Wild
Kristin Davis) surprises her husband Drew (Colin Moss) with a second honeymoon in Zambia over the holidays. He decides to end their marriage instead. Fortunately, Kate finds solace in Africa with baby elephants and Derek (Rob Lowe).
When an LA-based writer (
Nina Dobrev) finds the love of her life on a dating app, she flies cross country to spend the holidays with him, only to discover that her perfect guy *isn’t* exactly who he said he was. A.K.A she’s been catfished.
A cheesy romance or a cautionary tale? You decide.
A Christmas Prince 2: The Royal Wedding
It’s time to go back to Aldovia. Netflix promised us a
Christmas Prince sequel, and it delivers with the wedding of Amber (Rose McIver) and Prince Richard (Ben Lamb). While the movie should hypothetically focus on the royal nuptials, Wedding also dabbles in international politics, redemption arcs, hacking, and economic theory — all while featuring the worst cinematic decorations in history.
A Castle for Christmas
When a famed author is down on her luck (she had a flop of a book), she heads to Scotland to buy a castle (casual!), coming up against the owner who doesn’t really want to sell. In a classic enemies-to-lovers trope, the movie stars Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes as the lead characters.
Christmas Wedding Planner
With just the title, the movie combines the two themes of most cheesy holiday movies: Christmas and weddings! Now
that’s a feat. Based on the book, by Stacy Connelly, this movie follows a wedding planner who is thrown for a loop when a private investigator arrives to dig into someone at the wedding. Once Upon A Wedding
A Christmas Inheritance
A Christmas Prince is the alpha in this so-bad-it’s-good equation, A Christmas Inheritance is the omega. They both share CW actresses and a Mad Libs-esque plot (woman + lesson to learn + new city + cute brunette man). So, I propose more of this kind of formula. Rebecca Bloom in A Hanukkah Duke, Melissa Benoist in A Christmas Caper. Liz Gillies in 103 Holiday Puppies. Let’s keep this factory going.
A Christmas Prince 3: The Royal Baby
Amber of Aldovia (Rose McIver) is back with a yuletide mystery to solve. This time, it is the question of who stole an ancient treaty between
Aldovia and the Asian country of Penglia. If Amber doesn’t get to the bottom of this whodunit fast, her unborn child could be cursed forever.
Rodeo & Juliet
The name alone should be enough to sell you on this country-fried rom-com, which merely uses the holiday season as a backdrop for its melodrama involving a cowboy and a writer.
Christmas In The City
Welcome to the holiday movie that boasts buff, shirtless santas and a capitalist villainess Ashanti serving up Cruella De Vil realness, sans white hair streak, while purring lines like, “Where’s Bruno?! That lazy lout never brought my gloves.”
There is also a whole “Two attractive brunette people fall in love” plot, but, we’re all just here for Bad Ashanti.
Christmas In The Smokies
Christmas In The Smokies has nearly the exact same name as Christmas In The City, except this movie swaps out a metropolitan department store for something a little bit more down-home.
Smokies, rather than an ambitious man working to save a business, we have an ambitious woman trying to save a business. This time, there’s also a hunky country music singer as well.
You cannot convince me
Pottersville wasn’t legitimately filmed on the Gilmore Girls set. There is no other possibility. So, you can watch A-listers like Christina Hendricks, Ron Pearlman, Ian McShane, and actual two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon run around Luke’s Dinner and Doose’s Market in this quirky Christmas comedy that is inexplicably about Bigfoot.
Although every movie on the list was made in the last six years, almost none of them feel even vaguely millennial.
Breakup, about a couple who breaks up over the holidays and then lies about it to avoid Christmastime pity, doesn’t have this problem. There are smartphones everywhere, discussions of open marriages, and animal-designed onesies.
This is a world I recognise.
A Christmas Kiss II
The fact that a
Christmas Kiss got a sequel leads me to believe everyone is out here kissing strangers under bizarre circumstances and I’m simply missing out. Thankfully, II follows a completely new pairing than its predecessor, so we can rest assured Wendy from Christmas Kiss 1.0 lived happily ever after.
P.S. This is another Jonathan Bennett holiday flick. Jonathan Bennett is secretly the king of Christmas rom-coms.
A Wish For Christmas
Gretchen Weiners, sorry, Lacey Chabert, asks Santa for the courage to stand up for herself. Of course this personality trait only lasts 48 hours and the obvious moral dilemma ensues. Riveting stuff.
48 Christmas Wishes
48 Christmas Wishes sounds excessive. Set in the North Pole, 2 elves lose a whole town’s letters to Santa. Your standard panic ensues, eventually all is resolved and it’s a classic happy ending.
You Can’t Fight Christmas
While most Christmas movies star slender white women who fall in love with square-jawed white men,
You Can’t Fight Christmas gives us some diversity. This one features an all-Black cast and an average-sized leading lady in Being Mary Jane guest actress Brely Evans.
The Spirit Of Christmas
The summary of this film literally made me screech and giddily spin around in my chair, so I’m going to let
The Spirit Of Christmas speak for itself.
“As Christmas approaches, attorney Kate Jordan travels to Vermont to oversee the sale of an inn,” reads the first half of the description. Okay, cool, that makes sense…but, things take a turn. “Where she falls for a handsome but cursed ghost.”
What?! Go watch this immediately.
A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale
This movie combines dogs, lines like, “You should have said, ‘See you
latte,’” and Aaron Samuels, I mean, Jonathan Bennett.
Four stars for you,
A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale! You go, A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale!
Naughty & Nice
There is a Haylie Duff holiday movie just waiting for the world to notice it, and that time has come.
Duff plays an optimistic “love doctor” and revives a man’s metaphorically cold, dead heart. What more could you want? Is it Jerry from
Parks And Recreation? Well Jim O’Heir is here too.
A Christmas Horror Story
If you’re really feeling the anti-romance holiday vibes, there’s also
A Christmas Horror Story, a B-list horror film with a festive twist. To best understand ACHS, please know there is a scene where an elf named Shiny (Ken Hall) screams, “I said I don’t want a goddamn cookie,” goes on a curse-laden tirade against a shocked Mrs. Clause (Debra McCabe), and then hacks at his own hand with a miniature axe, spaying blood everywhere. A Christmas Horror Story is wild.
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