The best films to watch on Netflix this Christmas, whatever your mood

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The streaming service has released details on all the festive films dropping this December. Here are our picks of the best 

The festive period means many things to many people. For some, it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. For others, it’s party season: the chance to don sparkly dresses, snog inappropriate people and drink copious amounts of prosecco. Perhaps Christmas makes you think of Wham!, silly jumpers and the lights on Regent Street. Such an emotionally potent time may also conjure up feelings of anxiety about dealing with difficult family dynamics, or a pervading sense of sadness at the loss of a loved one.

Or perhaps, for you, the absolute most important thing about Christmas is the films.

If that’s the case, you’re in luck. Netflix has just announced all the Christmas movies dropping on the streaming service before January, and there are some corkers to add to your watch-list.

Below, we’ve organised the best of Netflix’s festive offerings by genre. Happy watching…

New Christmas Films  

The best of Netflix’s new content for December 2017.

El Camino Christmas

Christmas Inheritance

Drops: 15 December

A Netflix Original film starring Australian actress Eliza Taylor as an “ambitious heiress” who gets stranded at the inn in her hometown over Christmas (by a snowstorm, natch) and is forced to earn her keep. No word on whether it’s any good, but sounds like it could be a pleasingly easy, cheesy watch.

El Camino Christmas

Drops: 15 December

This dark comedy - another Netflix Original - has a slightly more glamorous pedigree than Christmas Inheritance, although it shares a similar-ish plot.

Written by Theodore Melfi, who co-penned the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures, it tells the story of a young man (Luke Grimes, aka Fifty Shades’ Elliott Grey) who gets stuck in a liquor store over Christmas. Jessica Alba, Tim Allen and Dax Shepard all co-star.

The cast of Miss Me This Christmas

Miss Me This Christmas

Drops: 19 December

Regina (Erica Ash) and Franklin (Redaric Williams) are a couple of “music industry heavyweights” who got married on Christmas Day - but now, they’re facing divorce. Will they be able to get it together in time for 25 December? We think we know the answer.

You Can’t Fight Christmas

Drops: 19 December

OK, this one sounds silly but could also be great? Brely Evans plays a ‘Christmas designer’ (whatever that is) who falls in love with a grumpy Scrooge-like dude just before the holidays. Again, the outcome seems predictable, but there’s nothing wrong with that. 

Heartwarming Christmas Films  

Classic and modern festive movies guaranteed to give you the warm fuzzies. 


Love Actually

Drops: 14 December

We don’t need to tell you about Love Actually. You know Love Actually. You’ve seen Love Actually. But now you can watch it on Netflix, which is convenient and great.


Drops: Already on Netflix

This critically acclaimed UK drama, released in cinemas in 2015, follows a homeless man trying to make it through Christmas while living on the streets and in shelters. It’s sad, but surprisingly uplifting without being schmaltzy. Watch with tissues.

Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore in Babes in Toyland

Miracle on 34th Street

Drops: Already on Netflix

Possibly the warmest and fuzziest Christmas-in-New-York film of all time, starring teeny-tiny lispy Mara Wilson as lonely six-year-old Susan and twinkly Richard Attenborough as Kris ‘Santa Claus’ Kringle.

Babes in Toyland

Drops: Already on Netflix

A young Drew Barrymore stars in this made-for-TV adventure movie from 1986. Barrymore plays Lisa, a tough 11-year-old who looks after her siblings and refuses to be treated like a child - especially she’s transported to Toyland, a topsy-turvy world populated by monsters, trolls and Keanu Reeves (yes, really). Wacky Eighties fantasy fun. 

Funny Christmas Films and TV Specials  

Because Christmas is a time for laughter.

Bill Murray in Scrooged!


Drops: Already on Netflix

Bill Murray takes the lead in this goofy 1988 twist on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He plays Frank Cross, a thoroughly unpleasant television executive who doesn’t see why his staff shouldn’t work over the holidays. Of course, he sees the error of his ways in the end - and there are lots of laughs along the way.

Happy Christmas

Drops: Already on Netflix

Directed by cult American filmmaker Joe Swanberg (the man behind thoroughly excellent Netflix rom-com-drama series Easy), this critically-acclaimed indie comedy stars Anna Kendrick as Jenny, a feckless millennial who rocks up at her hipster older brother’s for Christmas. Along with her best friend (played by Lena Dunham), Jenny persuades her brother’s reserved wife to re-evaluate her life. Don’t be fooled by the basic promo shots: this is a smart, subtle and slyly funny film.

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol

Drops: Already on Netflix

If you’ve never seen any of the genius that is Blackadder, here’s a good place to start. The legendarily sardonic sitcom aired on BBC1 throughout the Eighties, with each season set in a different time period. This special episode, originally broadcast in December 1988, stars Rowan Atkinson as Ebenezer Blackadder, an exceptionally nice man in Victorian England whose kindness is continually exploited by the people he meets.

When Blackadder is visited by the Spirit of Christmas (Robbie Coltrane), he realises that “bad guys have all the fun” and vows to change his ways. Narrated by Hugh Laurie and featuring iconic British actors including Miranda Richardson, Miriam Margolyes and Jim Broadbent, it’s deliciously eccentric British fun.

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Moya Crockett

Moya is a freelance journalist and writer from London, and a former editor at Stylist.