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With the holidays fast approaching, there’s no better way to get in the spirit of things than by watching a festive movie. Luckily, there are plenty of great options available to stream on Netflix. Whether you prefer holiday classics like “White Christmas” or animated favorites like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something to spark your interest. Read on to find some of the best Christmas movies you can watch now.
‘A Very Murray Christmas’
Bill Murray co-wrote and stars in this Christmas-themed musical comedy directed by Sofia Coppola. It follows Murray as he worries that no one will show up to his live Christmas special due to a snowstorm in New York City. The film features an ensemble cast of celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler and Chris Rock, among others.
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen star in this classic holiday musical from 1954. The film follows a pair of war veterans who fall in love with two sisters and follow them to a resort owned by their former commanding officer. The movie earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for the track “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep).”
‘Kung Fu Panda Holiday’
Jack Black again lends his voice to Po in this holiday take on the Kung Fu Panda franchise. The animated flick may be a good choice for those seeking a family-friendly option. The movie follows the titular panda as he is caught between his obligations as the Dragon Warrior and his family’s holiday traditions during the Winter Feast.
In this 2014 flick, Santa suffers from a bad allergic reaction after receiving a group of kittens as a gift from a well-meaning child. As he tries to recover, the kittens have to take over Santa’s task of delivering presents to all the boys and girls before Christmas morning.
This 2009 film is the fourth installment in the “Air Buddies” spin-off series. The North Pole adventure follows a group of rowdy golden retriever puppies on their mission to save Christmas. George Wendt, Christopher Lloyd and Danny Woodburn star in the film.
‘The Search For Santa Paws’
Fans of Disney’s holiday hit “Santa Buddies” may want to check out this prequel. The film follows puppy Paws as he works to save the spirit of Christmas after Santa’s memory fades. Zachary Gordon and Mitchel Musso lend their voices to the character of Paws and Santa Paws.
‘Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas’
Curious George fans will enjoy this 2009 holiday tale starring the beloved children’s character. The movie follows George and the Man in the Yellow Hat as they count down to Christmas. While they prepare for the festivities, they must also decide what present to give each other.
‘Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure’
Lovable St. Bernard, Beethoven, is back for a holiday adventure. In this 2011 flick, the pooch tries to save the holidays after a wayward elf crashes Santa’s sleigh and loses his bag of toys. Kyle Massey, Munro Chambers and Kim Rhodes appear in this family-friendly film, while Tom Arnold voices the character of Beethoven.
‘Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas’
Follow Mickey through three charming Christmas stories in this 1999 compilation film. “The Gift of the Magi,” “Duck Tales” and “A Very Goofy Christmas” feature the iconic mouse alongside some of your other favorite Disney characters, including Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and others. Kelsey Grammer narrates each segment.
Looking for a non-fictional exploration of Christmas? Check out this 2015 documentary, which follows a group of Yuletide-obsessed people who go all out to celebrate the holiday. Some of the participants even celebrate all year long.
‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’
Jim Carrey brings Dr. Seuss’ iconic character to life in this 2000 holiday hit. Just as in the classic book, the movie follows the Grinch as he devises a plan to rob Whoville of Christmas. But some kindness from little Cindy Lou Who may be enough to give him a change of heart.
Santa gets arrested for trespassing after crashing his sleigh in this 2014 film. A father-son duo is left to spring him from jail and save Christmas.
If you love Dreamworks’ hit “Trolls,” you’ll also enjoy this 2017 holiday special. The movie follows Queen Poppy as she enlists Branch and the Snack Pack for help creating a holiday for Bridget and the other Bergens. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel and the rest of the cast reprise their beloved animated characters from the original film.
‘Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas’
Disney fans will love this 2004 sequel to “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.” The animated holiday feature follows Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and all of their friends as they celebrate the spirit of the season. Meanwhile, Scrooge McDuck continues to “bah-humbug” the festivities.
The romantic comedy-turned-Christmas classic tells 10 intertwining love stories, all set in London. The movie follows an ensemble of characters as they cross paths in the days leading up to Christmas Eve. It features an A-list cast, including Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley.
Socialite Ellen is set to inherit her father’s company in this 2017 original Netflix movie. But before she can do so, she must first visit his hometown to learn the value of hard work. “Christmas Inheritance” features Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy and Andie MacDowell.
‘A Holiday Engagement’
Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long and Jordan Bridges star in this 2011 holiday comedy. The movie centers on a woman who hires a good-looking guy to act as her boyfriend when she goes home to visit her family for the holidays. But it isn’t long before her plan backfires on her.
‘A Christmas Prince’
If you still have royal fever, this 2017 Netflix original may be the perfect holiday flick for you. It follows an aspiring young journalist after she’s sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince who is set to become king. Rose McIver and Ben Lamb co-star in the movie.
’48 Christmas Wishes’
In this 2017 Christmas-themed movie, a small town’s letters to Santa accidentally catch on fire. In order to retrieve the missing wishes, two elves have to venture out of the North Pole.
This 2011 romantic comedy stars Amy Acker as 20-something Crystal, who comes across a letter mailed to Santa by a young girl asking for a new wife for her dad. After discovering the note, Crystal sets out to make the girl’s wishes come true. David Haydn-Jones and Patrick Creery round out the cast.
‘Christmas In The Smokies’
As its name suggests, the 2015 movie takes place in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. It follows an ambitious woman as she tries to save her family’s historic farm. At the same time, her ex, now a country music star, returns to town.
‘The Spirit Of Christmas’
Holidays and romance come together in this 2015 drama. The film follows an attorney as she travels to Vermont shortly before Christmas to oversee the sale of an inn. Once there, she ends up falling for a handsome but cursed ghost.
In 2015’s “Merry Kissmas,” Kayla is having some doubts about her engagement to a famous choreographer. Her discontent turns into complete confusion when she shares a kiss with a stranger. Karissa Staples and Brant Daugherty star in the film.
‘You Can’t Fight Christmas’
Here’s another Christmas-themed love story for romantic comedy fans. The film centers around a money-minded businessman who steps in to revitalize his family’s hotel. But he ends up clashing with the hotel’s festive, Christmas-loving decorator.
A 20-something pining for her old boyfriend gets a second shot at love in this 2012 film. She gets a chance to reunite with her ex at their high school reunion. “Christmas Crush” stars Rachel Boston, Jonathan Bennett and Jon Prescott.
‘A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale’
A spoiled 21-year-old is thrilled when she discovers her wealthy employer plans to build a salon and spa over the local dog park nearby. But she’s forced to reconsider when a handsome new friend asks for help protecting the park. Lexi Giovagnoli, Jonathan Bennett and Dina Meyer star in the holiday-themed comedy.
‘A Christmas Star’
Noelle is convinced she can perform miracles because she was born under the Christmas star. She gets her chance to prove herself and save the day when trouble comes to town in this 2015 film.
The 2008 holiday-centered drama follows Sarah and Pete, who have drifted apart from each other, and from their now-grown-up daughters. But they get a shot at reconciling during a holiday visit that brings up old feelings. The movie stars Cheryl Ladd, Barry Bostwick and Julia Sobaski.
‘Angels In The Snow’
A bickering couple decides to take their children on a Christmas vacation in this 2015 family drama. Once there, they end up giving shelter to a stranded family, who teaches them all a lesson about love and respect. Kristy Swanson, Chris Potter and Colin Lawrence star.
‘Fireplace For Your Home’
OK, this isn’t exactly a Christmas movie, but it’s perfect if you’re looking to replicate some fireside holiday magic. These videos help you feel like you have your very own, old-fashioned, crackling yule log fireplace. Adding to the holiday feel? They’re all set to favorite Christmas tunes, like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Joy to the World.”