Netflix's Best (and Worst) Holiday Movies

Netflix's Best (and Worst) Holiday Movies

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November 26, 2020

If you're anything like me and the majority of the population that celebrates Christmas you won’t be shy about Christmas films. As soon as December rolls around and the mall Santa appears for their yearly appearance you’ll probably want to watch (or binge…) some festive films to get you into that holiday spirit. Netflix has endless amounts of Christmas films already available to watch, so grab all your snacks and your popcorn and get ready to get a glimpse into this year's best, worst … and cheesiest Christmas movies.

1. Christmas with the Kranks

My absolute favorite Christmas movie and it’s a must-watch if you're in the mood for a light-hearted festive comedy. A family sees their daughter as she has to work over the Christmas period, and they seem to have the house all by themselves for the holidays. The couple decides to “skip” Christmas, causing an uproar in their street.

Rated: PG Rating: 10/10

2. Dash and Lily

I know you're here for Christmas films, but this short one season show is highly worth binging. The twist on teens finding love during the holidays is a heartwarming show that has just premiered on Netflix. A loner who hates Christmas ... and a girl who adores Christmas fall for each other, but they’ve never met.

Lily left a notebook on the bookstore's shelf hoping to find her Christmas love. As the holiday draws closer, they exchange countless entries in that notebook along with a few challenges along the way.

Rated: PG-13 Rating: 10/10

3. Elf

Continuing with a Christmas classic, if you haven't seen this movie … what are you doing?! An Elf from the North Pole finds out he’s a human and goes to look for his “non-elf” father in the big apple. It’s a little controversial, some people love it and some people have seen it too many times, so they begin to hate it. You can’t go wrong with Elf. It's funny, it’s got an original plot and well worth a watch!

Rated: PG Rating: 9/10

4. The Holiday

If you're more into the Christmas romantic genre, then add this to your list if you haven’t already. We see two women from the US and the UK coming to terms with finding … or avoiding, love over Christmas. They swap lives: houses, cars, everything, but they can’t control who they fall in love with. It’s an interesting plot and the characters we are met with and how they connect is well done, along with the great choice of casting!

Rated: PG-13 Rating: 9/10

5. A Christmas Prince

Now this movie is a Netflix original and it’s a great take on a royal family's prince falling in love with a seemingly normal girl, who's living with them — but not for the real reason they think. Falling in love with the prince was never a part of her assignment, but she still did. And I’ve got great news, if you love the sound of this you’ll be happy to know there are another two installments that are all currently on Netflix!

Rated: PG Rating: 8/10

6. The Princess Switch

Following the royal festive theme, The Princess Switch is another Netflix original that has been on my list since it came on Netflix. Two girls from completely different lives meet and realize they are well, identical. They decide to switch places, but will this facade work? This movie is a feel-good romantic movie and a good movie to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa.

Rated: PG Rating: 8/10

7. Fred Claus

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus … and Fred Claus, Santa’s older brother; but when the family's most disappointing child shows up could he end up saving Christmas? This is a great movie, slightly goofy and at times extremely heartfelt. Definitely, a watch if you want a change in the traditional story of Santa Claus.

Rated: PG Rating: 7/10

8. The Knight Before Christmas

A Netflix original that I saw the trailer for and was really excited for! Unfortunately, I did find it a little disappointing. This movie had the potential to be extremely great, but it just didn’t quite get there for me. The story follows a medieval knight who gets taken into the 21st century and falls for a high school science teacher, and although it wasn’t my favorite holiday movie it still was enjoyable to watch.

Rated: PG Rating: 5/10

9. Christmas Inheritance

Your classic take on the big city girl whose full of money takes on a small town but a little festive. I wasn’t taken back by this movie and felt once again it could’ve been better. It wouldn’t be on my list of Christmas movies to rush to but it was still a bearable and cheesy romantic festive film.

Rated: PG Rating: 4/10

10. Let it, Snow

One of the movies I was most looking forward to watching when it came out on Netflix last year, the cast was great and it seemed like an interesting storyline for a Christmas movie, it had originality. Considering this is at the bottom of my list do I dare say more? The plot for me was all over the place and it was a shame because it did have the potential to truly be a great movie.

Rated: PG-13 Rating: 2/10

It’s not the holiday season without the month being full of good, bad, and cheesy Christmas movies. Netflix has the best selection of Christmas movies and the hours you could spend searching through is time-consuming and you might even notice you’ve eaten all your popcorn before the movie starts. So, you can now sit back and hopefully you're already about to push play on one of these movies. It’s that time when you can enjoy the incredible time of year that is Christmas and involve yourself in one of the many festive stories out there ready to be watched.

Mia Bennett
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Mia Bennett is a writer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Striving to work as a Journalist in her life she is passionate about beauty, fashion, wellness and keeping up with the latest celebrity news.