Christmas is just a couple of days away and you’re probably looking for some festive movies to watch. Netflix has a whole range of Christmas movies this year that you can watch with either your family / friends / OH or by yourself, ranging from classics like Arthur Christmas to Hallmark-style flicks like The Holiday Calendar and The Princess Switch. Here are my top 10 Christmas movies to watch on Netflix this coming week:
1. The Princess Switch
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a cheesy Hallmark-style movie, and what’s better than one that stars a Disney princess, a.k.a. Vanessa Hudgens? And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, Vanessa Hudgens stars as two identical characters who decide to switch places. Yes, it’s a concept that has been done multiple times before, but it’s totally worth the watch.
2. The Holiday Calendar
Kat Graham and Ethan Peck star in this Netflix original about a struggling photographer called Abby who receives an advent calendar from her grandma. Abby quickly realises that the calendar is magical and can predict the future – it seems to be pointing her towards the love of her life. Will Abby end up with new guy Ty Walker or her childhood friend Josh Barton, who returned from travelling just in time for Christmas?
3. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
If you enjoyed last year’s A Christmas Prince, be sure to check out the sequel, which is equally as ridiculous. Follow Amber as she deals with the pressures of her wedding to King Richard and has a new mystery to solve.
4. Christmas Wedding Planner
If you need a fun, schmaltzy romance, Christmas Wedding Planner is perfect. Aspiring wedding planner Kelsey is in the middle of organising her cousin Emily’s nuptials when a private investigator (called Connor) arrives, threatening to ruin the big day. Connor is sure that there is something shady about the groom, but is he just jealous or is Todd really hiding something from Emily?
5. Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas is a firm fave with kids. It centres on Santa Claus’s son Arthur, who is a bit clumsy and always seems to do the wrong thing. When Arthur discovers that Santa has missed a child, Arthur sets out to prove everyone wrong and save Christmas.
6. Babes In Toyland
I may have only found out about Babes In Toyland last year, but I just know that I would’ve loved it as a child. Following a snow storm, Lisa (portrayed by a young Drew Barrymore) ends up in a magical land inspired by nursery rhymes. She immediately befriends Jack Be Nimble and Georgie Porgie, and together they try to put an end to Mary Contrary’s wedding to the evil Barnaby Barnacle.
7. The Man Who Invented Christmas
The Man Who Invented Christmas isn’t exactly your stereotypical Christmas film, but it’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of A Christmas Carol. Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens, the man who wrote A Christmas Carol, which has become one of the most successful books of all time following its publication in 1843. The Man Who Invented Christmas takes us back to the mid-1800s when Charles Dickens is determined to write a successful novel and draws upon real life inspirations and his vivid imagination to come up with the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge.
8. Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas
Okay, this isn’t a movie, but 30+ minutes of Mariah Carey’s angelic voice belting out Christmas numbers such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Silent Night is bound to lift your spirits. Mariah Carey is also joined by Lacey Chabert, who stars alongside her in the Christmas film A Christmas Melody.
9. A Very Murray Christmas
As with Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas, A Very Murray Christmas isn’t a Christmas movie. However, it features plenty of festive tunes and big names such as Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler and George Clooney to keep you entertained.
Carol is undeniably one of the best alternative Christmas films out there. Based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt, this period drama centres on the forbidden relationship between a young shop assistant and an older woman. Therese (Rooney Mara) is working in Frankenberg’s department store when she meet Carol (Cate Blanchett), who is looking for a doll for her daughter. Therese and Carol are instantly drawn together and embark on a dangerous affair.
Honorable mentions: Love Actually, The Holiday, Christmas Inheritance, A Wish For Christmas, A Christmas Prince, Chalet Girl, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (available in the US), Holiday Joy and Christmas with the Coopers.
Have you seen any of the movies on this list? Let me know if I’ve missed any!