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Netflix Christmas Movies

I enjoy a sappy or funny holiday movie playing in the background while I work on certain projects, so I’ve made my way through quite a few Netflix offerings this year. Here’s my quick rundown on what I think is worth watching; please pop your thoughts in the comments and let me know what’s on your holiday watch list! (This is a much more involved list than the one I shared in my Scottish Pioneer Christmas Tree post, for those that read that as well. Wait till you see what’s at the bottom here!)

My Netflix Holiday Watch List for 2018

Romantic Comedy / True Sappy Christmas Stuff

Once Upon a Holiday was a sleeper hit for me. Perfectly sappy. Lots of Santas. The fabulously Canadian Paul Campbell as the lead love interest. I honestly enjoyed this one way more than I should admit!

Christmas Inheritance was another predictable Christmas romance that I enjoyed watching.

The Princess Switch is perfect for watching with a pre-teen girl who loves a little romance – and my Nashville-loving self enjoyed Sam Palladio as royalty.

A Christmas Prince and the sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding are also on that list of movies that are not going to win any writing awards but tick all the boxes of sappy holiday romance, with castles, royalty, and elaborate parties and decorations to admire. (The sequel was not as romantic and sappy as I was hoping.)

Comedies (some family-friendly, some not)

The Night Before was our sleeper hit last year; lots of laughs, but not for the whole family! The cast alone is worth giving this a shot: Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Franco, and so many more.

Office Christmas Party is another one you don’t want to watch with little kids, and the more spiked eggnog, the more you’ll laugh. Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, and more names and faces you’ll recognize in this one, too.

Four Christmases is always worth another viewing! (Hard to believe it’s 10 years old now!)

Pottersville surprised me; it kept me laughing along and was much more Christmasy than I expected. A quirky bit of fun!

Dark Comedies and other Odd Choices

El Camino Christmas boasts a star-studded cast that had me expecting a lot. It wasn’t the traditional comedy I was expecting, but there were still a few times I couldn’t stop laughing. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this was a hit for us this year.

A Very Murray Christmas is great when you’re looking for something a little different; again, not what I was expecting, but I’m not sorry I watched it. (And trust me, there are lots of holiday movies I’ve watched or started to watch and have regretted!)

Fun Kid-Friendly Options

Bob’s Broken Sleigh is a family favourite for us; super cute and well done!

Happy Holidays from Madagascar gets watched multiple times every Christmas season and it’s funny every time; our kids pretend to be the penguins and go on missions around the house now!

The kids enjoyed Santa Claws and I did end up laughing so much at how bad it was that I cried.

We also watched Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure together and it was pretty cute. (Seems like animals are to kids’ Christmas movies what made-up European royalty are to holiday rom-coms!)

The Christmas Chronicles seems to be on everyone’s list as a top pick this year (with many moms seeming to appreciate Kurt Russell as the jolly old man!); we haven’t had a chance to watch this one yet, as I’m waiting for the next movie night with the kids to try it out.

My NO list

Steer clear of Dear Santa, Holiday Break Up, and Christmas Wedding Planner. I couldn’t even finish the first two and kind of wish I hadn’t bothered finishing the third!

In the ‘meh, if you really want to watch something where two people fall for each other at Christmas but the writing and acting isn’t important to you,’ Angel of Christmas, Merry Kissmas (though I am a sucker for the ‘love in an elevator’ plot), and How Sarah Got Her Wings did all get played in their entirety here. So did The Holiday Calendar, which also wasn’t a hit for me.

More Yes, TV style

I LOVE that Netflix has been sharing lists of the holiday episodes of some of the best TV shows it has; here are a few of my favourites! (These take a little work, as you need to go in & out of the seasons to watch them, but it’s worth it for so many. Maybe next year Netflix will put them together for us to binge.)

The Office Christmas episodes:

Season 2, Episode 10
Season 3, Episodes 10 & 11
Season 5, Episode 11
Season 6, Episode 13
Season 7, Episodes 11 & 12
Season 8, Episode 10
Season 9, episode 9

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Christmas episodes:

Season 1, Episode 11
Season 2, Episode 10
Season 3, Episode 10
Season 4, Episode 10
Season 5, Episode 10

How I Met Your Mother Christmas episodes:

Season 2, Episode 11
Season 4, Episode 11
Season 6, Episode 12
Season 7, Episode 12
Season 8, Episode 10
Season 8, Episode 11
Season 8, Episode 12

Gilmore Girls Christmas episodes:

Season 1, Episode 10
Season 2, Episode 10
Season 3, Episode 10
Season 4, Episode 11
Season 5, Episode 11
Season 6, Episode 12
Season 7, Episode 11
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, Winter

Friends Christmas episodes:

Season 2, Episode 9
Season 3, Episode 10
Season 4, Episode 10
Season 5, Episode 10
Season 6, Episode 10
Season 7, Episode 10
Season 8, Episode 11
Season 9, Episode 10

I also see that a special Nailed It! Holiday! special arrives on December 7; the kids love watching this show, so it’ll be on our list for sure!

So, there you have it. Hours and hours of holiday binge watching. Happy Holidays!

2 thoughts on “Netflix Christmas Movies

  1. Haley December 10, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    They did such a good job with the Christmas Chronicles. I liked it so much I’ve already seen it four times.

  2. Megan December 12, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Santa Claws is my favorite Christmas movie ever.

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