When the weather outside turns frightful, you’ll most likely find me under a pile of blankets on the couch in front of a movie. On cold winter nights, nothing makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside and out like a cheesy Christmas movie.
But because I choose (in true millennial fashion) not to pay for cable TV, good old-fashioned Hallmark movies are sadly out of the question. Instead, Netflix is my go-to source for holiday shows. Lucky for me, they’re got a pretty great selection of Christmas movies, both cheesy and classic. Whether I’m in the mood for a heartfelt holiday classic or a sappy winter love story, Netflix has got it covered.
So grab a mug of peppermint hot cocoa and the coziest blanket you can find. Here are 10 of the best Christmas movies to watch on Netflix this year.
10 Christmas Movies to Watch on Netflix This Year
1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
This is quite possible the greatest Christmas movie ever made. I watch it every holiday season (and quote it regularly year-round), and it just never gets old. Jim Carrey is hilariously perfect as the Grinch, whose anti-social attitude and self-deprecating humor are just too relatable. It’s a masterpiece in my opinion and a must-watch every December.
2. The Christmas Chronicles
It’s wild, it’s wacky, it’s a little bit rock ’n’ roll. This Netflix original follows a brother and sister whose plan to capture Santa Claus on camera turns their Christmas Eve into one crazy adventure. Kurt Russell plays the slightly-naughty, mostly-nice Santa in this family comedy, and he’s unlike any jolly old Saint Nick you’ve ever seen.
3. A Christmas Prince
Royal drama. Family intrigue. A snow-covered castle in the mountains of Europe. And a cheesy love story at the heart of it all. What more could you ask for in a Christmas movie?
4. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
This sequel has everything you loved about the first movie, plus a royal wedding. Need I say more?
5. Christmas with the Kranks
I’m a sucker for Tim Allen Christmas movies, and since The Santa Clause is sadly absent from Netflix, this one is a pretty solid substitute.
In it, the Kranks decide to forego the holidays in favor of a beach vacay, and their Christmas-crazy neighbors are Not. Having. It. I’ll admit it’s pretty corny—but hey, that’s Christmas for you!
6. The Princess Switch
Another royal Christmas movie? Really? Yes, really. This one is like The Parent Trap meets The Princess Diaries meets Trading Spouses. Vanessa Hudgens plays both of the main characters (one of whom speaks a posh British accent), and it’s basically the sugar-coated Christmas fantasy you’ve always dreamt about. Cheesy, yes, but worth the watch.
7. White Christmas
Released in 1954, this is one of those beloved Christmas classics that continue to age well. Taking place in a snowy Vermont inn during the World War II era, this musical features catchy tunes, a heartwarming plot line, and a heaping dose of holiday spirit. Plus, with Bing Crosby’s silky voice and Vera-Ellen’s phenomenal dancing, you just can’t go wrong.
8. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Name a better duo than Disney and Christmas. Your favorite animated mouse and friends star in three classic Christmas tales, each with their own “goofy” twist. It may be intended for kids, but you’re never too old to enjoy the adorable antics of Mickey Mouse.
9. Unaccompanied Minors
If only getting stranded at the airport was this fun in reality. This movie follows five fiesty kids who get snowed in at a Midwest airport without their parents on Christmas Eve. They get into all kinds of shenanigans while they make the best of their sticky situation, and it’s all good holiday fun.
10. The Holiday Calendar
Another Netflix Christmas flick, this movie is about a magical Advent calendar that helps lead a struggling photographer toward true love. (Side note: Where can I get one of those???) Its talented cast includes Kat Graham from The Vampire Diaries and Ron Cephas Jones from This Is Us, and the whole movie is brimming with cheesy holiday charm. You’ll be in love, too, by the time it’s over.
What Christmas movies are on your watch-list this year?