The holiday season is SO much fun — there are parties to attend, trees to cut down (LOL I’ve never done that), Christmas markets to visit, and gifts to buy. It’s so full of hustle and bustle, but I don’t even mind because the streets are decorated like a total winter wonderland.
As much as I do enjoy the craziness of the holidays, I think we can all agree that one of the most magical ways you can participate in a little #SelfLove during the season is to curl up on the couch with a fluffy blanket, a hot beverage, and a delightfully cheesy holiday movie. There are SO many good ones to choose from — I love The Holiday, The Santa Clause (1-3), Love Actually, Christmas With the Kranks, and so many more (all but Prancer — I could not possibly hate that movie more #HesMagicalCarol). But I don’t own a ton of DVDs, and my budget really doesn’t allow for several dozen $3.99/night rentals. That, my friends, is why I prefer to get my holiday cheer from one very special place: Netflix.
In recent years, Netflix has added TONS of holiday movies to its repertoire — check out a few of my absolute favorites, then get to binging!
1. A Christmas Prince
If you haven’t seen (or heard of) this new instant classic, I’m not sure where you’ve been. It’s Netflix’s first-ever original Christmas movie, and it’s the perfect mix of festive, adorable, and corny (In the words of Iris Simpkins, “I’m looking for corny in my life.”). It tells the story of a young journalist assigned to cover the royal family of (the made-up country of) Aldovia, then turns into a fun tale of secret-keeping, romance, snowball fights, and royal drama. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and it certainly did nothing to dispel my current obsession with all things royal (Looking at you, Meghan and Harry!).
2. The 12 Dates of Christmas
I’m unashamed to share that I am literally watching this movie as I write this article. The 12 Dates of Christmas stars Amy Smart and
Zack Morris Mark-Paul Gosselaar as two good-natured people set up on a blind date on Christmas Eve. Zack Mark-Paul has a way better attitude about it though — so much so that the heavens deem it necessary to teach Amy a good ol’ lesson — she relives the exact same Christmas Eve day over and over (12 times, to be exact) until she gets it right. And does she? I don’t know — you’re going to have to watch it for yourself.
3. Marry Me for Christmas
If you’ve ever felt annoyed at the holidays because your family won’t stop pestering you about your love life, this one will hit you where it hurts. Although her successful career is impressive enough, Marci wants to show off a little something else for her family at the holidays — so she finds herself a fake fiance. Why have I not thought to do this before!? Note to self: Find myself a fake (or real) fiance as hot as Marci’s!!!!
4. The Spirit of Christmas
If you’re a practical person in any sense, you probably won’t love this movie. But seeing as I am not, I found myself completely enchanted by the story of a big city lawyer who encounters some Christmastime paranormal activity while staying at a haunted (but adorable) inn in the country. To be fair, this movie makes about zero sense — but it’s really charming and festive, and the male lead is easy on the eyes. I watched this one with my parents while I was home for Thanksgiving — I’m weirdly glad I did, because it is a litttttle spooky (so many people are going to make fun of me for saying that, but I think it’s important to warn those of you who, like I am, are easily scared).
5. Christmas in the Smokies
Picture this: A rural mountain setting. An ambitious woman who lives with her parents and helps them run the family business/farm. A sexy ex-boyfriend who now happens to be a country music star. Put it all together, and you’ve got yourself a holiday hit! When said ambitious woman learns that her family’s business is in serious trouble, she is basically forced (damnit!) to reconnect with her hunky ex-boyfriend to solve the crisis by Christmas. Note: While there is romance in this movie, there is literally no kissing. Literally nothing more than hugging. It’s good because it’s appropriate for all ages, but it’s bad because I love a good kiss or five under the mistletoe. Is that too much to ask for!?
HOW IS THIS MOVIE NOT A BIGGER DEAL!? Noel is about a bunch of different people at Christmastime (five VERY FAMOUS PEOPLE, might I add) whose lives connect in a handful of different ways. Penelope Cruz and Paul Walker are sexy, Alan Arkin is thought-provoking, Susan Sarandon is captivating, and Robin Williams is Robin Williams (aka perfect) — it’s a feel-good Christmas classic, and you should have already stopped reading and started watching so get your sh*t together and turn on Netflix dangit!
7. Back to Christmas
There are plenty of Christmas movies that give the protagonist a do-over — but this one does it pretty darn well. After a Christmas Eve gone wrong, Ali finds herself reliving last year’s Christmas — effectively also reliving a chance to get herself a different ending. It’s sweet, fun, and has two very similar-looking yet equally-attractive male leads to look at — Merry Christmas indeed!
8. White Christmas
It’s the OG Christmas movie, y’all! (Okay well actually the real OG is It’s a Wonderful Life but that’s not on Netflix so here we are.) Movies from the 50s are so much fun — White Christmas is full of singing, dancing, and old-school glitz and glamour. It’s great to watch with your fam, with your friends, or with a date — it’s got something for everyone.
Worth noting: All three Santa Clause films will also be available on Netflix on December 12th (Score!). To everyone except the guy who created Prancer, have a very merry Christmas and a very full Netflix queue.