From Jingle Jangle to Christmas On The Square, we are 100% here for each and every one of Netflix’s new Christmas movies.
Look, we admit it: 2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. Thankfully, though, Netflix knows exactly how to put a big fat smile back on our faces: by unwrapping a list of new Christmas movies set to debut on the streaming platform over the next two months.
From romcoms like Operation Christmas Drop and Holidate, to musical extravaganzas like Jingle Jangle and Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square, each of these festive films looks guaranteed to be a mug of hot chocolate for the soul (with extra marshmallows, obviously).
To help you ease into that festive spirit, we’ve rounded up a list of what’s dropping and when. All that’s left to do is load up on festive snacks, pull on your ugliest Christmas jumper, and settle back into your duvet cocoon for a feel-good viewing party.
Please note that this article was originally published on 9 October, but has been updated throughout to include new titles, trailers and release details.
My Christmas Inn
With the holiday season in full swing, Jen Taylor (Sister Sister’s Tia Mowry) is about to score a big promotion at her ad agency in San Francisco. Her life is unexpectedly turned upside down, though, when she inherits a cosy inn in Alaska from her aunt.
When she goes to inspect the property and meets a handsome attorney, she’s surprised to find that nothing is what she expected. And, as she throws herself into the small-town community’s fun and festive Christmas traditions, and she starts wondering if the inn might just be the place she belongs.
In Christmas Crossfire, Edda and Sam take a trip to an almost empty village, where they are unexpectedly separated and plunged into a terrifying fight between men who have nothing to lose. Will they reunite before it’s too late? And, more importantly, will they survive the trip?
Christmas Crossfire will be available to stream from 4 December.
Fed up with being harassed by their families over their single status, two impossibly attractive strangers (Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey) agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long. In true Hollywood fashion, though, it isn’t long before they catch real feelings along the way…
Stranded at school before the Christmas break, a precocious girl gets into the spirit of saving when a trio of robbers trespass and hold the janitor hostage.
When gallery curator Heidi returns home for the holidays, she bumps into her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, perfectly capturing the Christmas spirit, called Wonderland Farms. The more time Heidi spends in Pleasant Valley decorating for the Christmas SnowBall, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again. But, with Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley…
Operation Christmas Drop
Congressional aide Erica Miller (Kat Graham) is chasing a promotion, so she decides to forgo her traditional family Christmas in favour of a trip across the Pacific at her boss’ behest.
Her mission? To find reasons to defund a beachside Air Force base, which quickly leads to a clash with her handsome guide, Captain Andrew Jantz (Alexander Ludwig).
However, as she learns more about the customs and communal spirit of Andrew’s adopted home, Erica soon softens… and sparks quickly begin to fly. Because of course they do.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a musical adventure set in the fictional town of Cobbleton, home to legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker). So far, so festive.
When Jeronicus’ ex-apprentice steals his most prized invention, though, it’s down to his bright and inventive granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills) to “heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within” with a long-forgotten invention – a magical robot named Buddy.
A Perfect Christmas List
Starring Beth Broderick (as in, yes, Zelda Spellman from the original Sabrina The Teenage Witch series), A Perfect Christmas List sees a woman concoct a Christmastime scheme in order to repair the damaged relationship between her daughter and granddaughter.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again
The highly-anticipated Netflix original film sequel to The Princess Switch, Switched Again brings Vanessa Hudgens back into the fold once again. This time, though, she won’t just be playing Duchess Margaret and Princess Stacy: she’ll also be taking on a third doppelganger, in the form of Margaret’s party-girl cousin Fiona (distinguishable from the others thanks to her blonde hair). If that ain’t enough to tempt you in, we don’t know what will.
When asked if she will be playing a fourth character in The Princess Switch 3, which is due to begin production in Scotland later this year for a holiday 2021 release, Hudgens didn’t exactly mince her words.
“No, no, that’s just too outrageous. We’re already at max outrageous here with three characters, we’re just going to keep it at that,” she told The Wrap.
“And I would 100% lose my mind if I tried to add another me, even though it would probably be Scottish [and] I love that accent and it would be a great excuse to master the Scottish accent. But no, that’s not happening.”
This stop-motion animation might be aimed at actual kids, but that doesn’t mean big kids won’t be fans as well. All about a race of kleptomaniac aliens trying to steal Earth’s gravity in order to nab everything on the planet, it seems the fate of the Earth depends on Santa, his elves, the spirit of Christmas and a sweet little alien named X!
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
In this festive musical, Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski) returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer.
And, because she’s in full Scrooge mode, she does it right before Christmas, too. Bah, humbug.
However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel (hey there, Dolly!), Regina starts to have a change of heart.
The Christmas Chronicles Part Two
It’s been two years since siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed. Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker named Belsnickel threatens to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas for good, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell).
Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
The first collaboration between Shonda Rhimes-led production company Shondaland and Netflix, this documentary follows film and stage star Debbie Allen and her Los Angeles dance studio as they prepare for their annual holiday presentation, Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.
Which sounds, yeah, like something we’re 100% into.
Angela’s Christmas Wish
Another one for kids, Angela’s Christmas Wish is a heart-warming tale of a determined little girl who sets out to reunite her family in time for Christmas. Based on characters from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, it promises to be a tender and funny story about the importance of family and togetherness.
Just Another Christmas / Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem.
After taking a very nasty fall on Christmas Eve, grinchy Jorge blacks out and wakes up one year later, with no memory of the year that has passed.
Cue a Groundhog Day moment, as he soon realises that he’s doomed to keep waking up on Christmas Eve after Christmas Eve, having to deal with the aftermath of what his other self has done the other 364 days of the year.
Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.