It’s the most magical time of the year, and you know what that means: CHRISTMAS MOVIES! Chris and I have a nightly tradition to curl up in bed after work and watch a Christmas movie on Netflix. There’s also usually some peppermint ice cream or hot chocolate thrown in. 🙂 As far as movies go, there are a couple of new additions to Netflix this year that we absolutely loved! So without further ado… our favorites:
This is our favorite Christmas movie on Netflix right now!! Chris really enjoyed it as well. For a cartoon, it did not feel like a kids’ movie – it immediately pulled me in and had me laughing and crying the whole way through. The story is an unusual retelling of the classic Santa Claus story – it’s incredibly creative and heartwarming and perfect for the entire family. The ending was particularly touching and I could not stop crying (or maybe that’s due to the pregnancy hormones, haha). This was a BEAUTIFUL story and I absolutely loved every second of it. Definitely put your phone down while watching, you’ll want to catch every second.
Chris and I watched this one on the big TV in his man cave and it honestly felt just like watching a movie at the movie theater! The filmography in this one is SO high-quality, the acting is great and the wintery scenes are just beautiful. This film about two competing toymakers is also a musical – and we LOVED the music – some of the songs I wanted to download afterward so I could listen to them again. The only “critique” of this movie is that sometimes the actors’ singing was a little “off” from their mouths, so you could tell they were lip-synching. But that did not bother me too much or take away from the film itself!
I really liked this one, and it seems like a lot of you guys did, too! It’s a good one to watch early in December because it’s based in Guam and it doesn’t have the cozy snowy scenes (lots of palm trees, instead!)… but it’s still filled with a lot of Christmas spirit. Erica is a congressional assistant tasked with investigating a U.S. Air Force base in Guam with the intention of finding a reason to recommend its closure. Andrew is an Air Force captain, and he’s on a mission to convince her that it should remain open. The film is based on a true story, and I LOVED the fact that it featured a lot of women in powerful job positions. I love how this one focuses so much on giving back, as it’s the true meaning for Christmas. It really gets you in the spirit to make a difference!
No sequel ever matches up to the original, but if you’ve seen the original “Princess Switch,” then this sequel is worth the watch! In this one, Vanessa Hudgens plays not two but THREE different characters, and they all manage to “switch things up” again. I will always be a fan of Vanessa Hudgens, and she does a great job playing three different characters. The film is really cute, if a little cheesy at times!
This one was new to Netflix last year and I absolutely loved it, so I had to watch it again this year! After receiving a mysterious Advent calendar from her grandfather, Abby soon realizes every gift she receives from the calendar is a clue about what is going to happen to her that day. There’s a lot going on in this movie… Abby’s cute best guy friend, a new guy that Abby has just started seeing, and Abby’s desire to get away from her dead-end job as photographer at the mall. I really loved the ending of this one (and it’s realistic, too, haha). This one is a must-watch!
This one is a good one to watch with the family… especially if you have daughters – I would describe it as the Disney Channel meets Hallmark! It’s about two thirteen year old girls who switch places and spend Christmas with the other’s grandparents. It’s a little cheesy, but it teaches self confidence in young girls and the importance of family and kindness. There is also a surprise ending!
Chris and I both loved this one!! Set on a swanky ski resort, it automatically establishes cozy Christmas vibes right from the start. The whole ski resort is buzzing when a celebrity chef is named the new head chef. Clara, who manages the restaurant, is less than excited about his arrival, but it’s not long before sparks begin to fly. I thought Clara was really pretty, and the whole story seemed pretty realistic to me the entire time. Like I said, even Chris loved this one!
I somehow managed to get Chris to watch this movie with me, and he agreed it’s one of the better ones on Netflix! Don’t tell Chris but I had a slight crush on the movie’s main male character, Connor, he’s soooo cute. The gist of the movie is this: wedding planner Kelsey Wilson is about to kick off her career by planning her cousin’s lavish wedding. She’s doing a great job, that is until Connor McClane shows up, a private investigator that’s been hired to investigate the groom. The acting isn’t all that great, but I really fell in love with all the characters. Oh and one other note: the ending is RIDICULOUS, however, it didn’t really affect my overall love of the movie.
This one is another one that’s new to Netflix this year, and we both really enjoyed this one – it’s funny and heartwarming! The acting is better than in a lot of the other Christmas movies, if that entices you 🙂 hehe. In this film, a really successful radio host loses his job during Christmas and has to move his four spoiled kids back into their starter home. Throughout the film, the family learns to cherish the things that matter most, and the ending is so sweet!
I know a lot of people really liked this one, but oh my gosh… I did not! It’s SUPER raunchy, and there’s a lot of cussing and talk about sex. I really love Emma Roberts as an actress so I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t like her role in this movie. The premise is pretty cute: two strangers agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones for every holiday all year long, only to realize that they have been falling in love with each other along the way. Although it sounds really charming, Netflix manages to make it pretty vulgar! Also, if you’re expecting a full-on Christmas movie, I don’t think this is the best pick, as there are really only Christmas scenes at the very beginning and the end. Curious to hear others’ thoughts on this!
I feel bad for saying this, but I turned this one on and I had to turn it off only ten minutes in. It was very cheesy and the musical aspect was just too much for me! Did anyone else manage to make it past ten minutes and, if so, what did you think?
This movie was new to me this year, and although I wouldn’t categorize it necessarily as the “worst” Christmas movie, I thought it was pretty darn bland and cheesy, and just couldn’t buy into the characters. I’m putting it on the “worst” list so that you don’t waste your time watching it! Random, but I thought the “prince” in the film looked so old that the age difference between the two characters seemed really jarring! Did anyone else think this?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you have any additions to add, let us know in the comments (or if you watched one of these and had a different opinion!).