The best Christmas movies on Netflix

Ian Sandwell, Rosie Fletcher
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Photo credit: Columbia pictures/Getty Images/Digital Spy - Netflix

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We need to start with some devastating news: Love Actually isn't actually on Netflix UK right now and we don't know if it will be this year in time for a festive rewatch. (Sorry, we'll update you if this changes.)

But don't lose hope just yet. Netflix has plenty of other Christmas treats on offer from all-time classics to their own original crop of festive movies (not you, Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square and Operation Christmas Drop).

So warm up your mulled wine and mince pie, get your reindeer ears on and sit yourself down in front of these list of crackers.

1. Arthur Christmas

Aardman took on the holiday season with Arthur Christmas, a warm-hearted, inventive and witty animation that follows Santa's son Arthur (James McAvoy) as he sets off on a Christmas Eve adventure to deliver one last gift.

It's guaranteed to leave you with the warm and fuzzy feeling that all Christmas classics should.

2. The Holiday

Photo credit: Universal Pictures
Photo credit: Universal Pictures

While it didn't have the best reception on its release in 2006, The Holiday has quietly become a festive mainstay for anyone who falls for its easy charm.

Sure, it's largely unoriginal, but Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black see it through as four charismatic stars unexpectedly find love at Christmas.

3. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Undoubtedly Netflix's best original Christmas movie in 2020, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey isn't just a holiday feast of a movie, but also an important step forward in terms of diversity and representation in festive movies.

The tale of an down-on-his-luck former inventor who learns to reawaken the magic within, thanks to his spirited granddaughter, is a lively and fast-paced Christmas musical that you'll return to year after year.

4. A Christmas Prince

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Photo credit: Netflix

A Christmas Prince became a surprise hit in 2017 as some people loved it so much, they watched it 18 days in a row.

The age-old tale sees a reporter going undercover to get the scoop on a prince, only to fall in love with him in a surprise twist. It proved so popular that there's been two further movies, The Royal Wedding and The Royal Baby, so there's a whole trilogy to enjoy.

5. Nativity!

Look, we're not saying Nativity! is an all-time classic, but there's no denying that the heartfelt British comedy about a school nativity competition has been a hit.

It's spawned three sequels (with David Tennant replacing Martin Freeman for the second) and a stage musical that was headed by none other than Danny Dyer. Now you can see what all the fuss is about, as well as two of the sequels if you like what you see.

6. Klaus

Klaus, the best Netflix original Christmas movie of 2019 (sorry The Knight Before Christmas), tells an alternate origin story for Santa Claus as a spoilt postman befriends a reclusive toymaker on an isolated island.

With more than a splash of Nightmare Before Christmas-esque quirky, dark humour and gorgeous 2D animation, we'd even go as far as saying Klaus is one of the best Christmas movies this century.

7. The Princess Switch

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Photo credit: @vanessahudgens - Instagram

Netflix just seems to know what works when it comes to their original Christmas offerings. If A Christmas Prince isn't for you, then The Princess Switch could be just the ticket with Vanessa Hudgens in a dual role.

It's your typical body-swap comedy, but the princess decides to just swap places (instead of bodies) with a "commoner". Undemanding and sweet festive fun, and the sequel Switched Again provides more of the same joy. A third movie is also on the way.

8. The Christmas Chronicles

To be honest, we're just surprised that it's taken someone this long to cast Kurt Russell as Santa, but we're thankful that The Christmas Chronicles finally did just that.

Instantly becoming one of the best-ever screen takes on the lovable Santa, the movie follows a well-worn festive plot (kids must help save Christmas), yet does it in an unashamedly cheesy way. As does the sequel which is also available to watch right now.

9. Krampus

But if all the other movies on this list are too nice for you, then check out horror-comedy Krampus as director Michael Dougherty does for the festive season what he did for Halloween with the brilliant Trick 'r Treat.

Krampus sees a dysfunctional family unleash the titular ancient evil who punishes non-believers. Hilarious, gory and teaches about the importance of believing in Christmas – the perfect package.

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