It's the most wonderful time of the year: the time to stay indoors, curl up with a blanket, and watch cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix. There is something about the month of December that allows us permission to partake in things that bring joy. This includes all of the romantic and fun holiday movies the season has to offer.
No longer is holiday watching limited to Hallmark, either. The channel that once dominated the winter months now has some competition from streaming sites. And as always, Netflix has taken the lead, creating their own Christmas films, some of which have become instant classics (although not always for the right reasons). Netflix doesn't just have original films. The site also has a wide selection of classic Christmas movies both old and new that are available to watch all year round.
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We've rounded up a selection of the best Christmas movies on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. So grab your hot cocoa and fuzziest socks and get ready to get in the holiday spirit.
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How The Grinch Stole Christmas
In all its forms, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a must watch Christmas movie. Everyone knows the heartwarming story about the green curmudgeon who comes to learn the true meaning of Christmas. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, now on Netflix, stars Jim Carrey and Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen as the adorable and improbably tall-haired Cindy Lou Who. Carrey chews scenery and generally menaces as the titular Grinch. The movie is worth watching for his performance and the over the top holiday set decorations and Who costumes alone. It's also one of those movies that's perfect to put on at a party to entertain guests of all ages.
White Christmas is a classic. The film stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as talented performers who fall in love with two sisters played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The foursome find themselves at a Vermont inn for Christmas run by the guy's old army general. However, the inn is in danger of closing because there's no snow in the forecast and therefore no guests. The singers arrange a televised performance to hopefully bring in guests and help their friend. There are misunderstandings and matchmaking and seriously impressive song and dance numbers. They don't make Hollywood musicals like this anymore.
It's important to note that while White Christmas is available unedited on Netflix in 2018, it came out in 1954 when society's views of what was acceptable were very different. The film features a song called, "I'd Rather See a Minstrel Show" looking back with fondness on shows where white actors would mock African Americans (sometimes in blackface). It's the one low spot in an otherwise entertaining movie and a look at how (some) things have changed over time.
Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas
There is nothing that gets you in the holiday spirit quite like Disney - and fortunately some of it's on Netflix this Christmas. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a set of three holiday related shorts featuring Disney characters and narrated by Kelsey Grammer. The first, 'Donald Duck Stuck On Christmas' features Huey, Dewey, and Louie learning the true meaning of Christmas after getting stuck in a Groundhog's Day like scenario where it's Christmas every day. 'A Very Goofy Christmas' shows Goofy trying to prove to his son Max that Santa is real. The final short is 'Mickey and Minnie's Gift of the Magi'. It's based on the story of the same name by O. Henry and features the main mouse himself alongside Minnie. The shorts are cute and nostalgic and perfect for all ages.
When you look at some of the different storylines, Love Actually is actually not a great movie. There's adultery, fat shaming, a woman who gets blamed for her own harassment, and a guy who confesses his love to his best friend's new wife (we're looking at you, Rick Grimes). Like life, Love Actually is a combination of good and bad. The movie shows how messy and complicated and heartbreaking and ultimately rewarding love can be. And there are plenty of charming moments from Liam Neeson bonding with his stepson played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster to Colin Firth learning Portuguese for Lúcia Moniz. Love Actually is one of those movies that can just be enjoyed for what it is, shortcomings and all.