Must-stream Netflix Christmas movies to watch this year

Taylor Gadsden
Taylor Gadsden
Nov 8, 2018

The holiday season means spending time with the ones you love, and for us TV and movie buffs, we know there’s no better way to spend time with family than on the couch, binge-watching Christmas movies.

Luckily, Netflix has enough old and new holiday favorites to scratch your Christmas flick itch until long after the new year.

Check out some seasonal movies you’ll want to add to your Netflix queue.

Classic Christmas movies on Netflix

Love Actually

Christmas in London has never been so romantic. Follow 10 intertwined love stories in this romantic comedy set during the frantic month before Christmas.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

You’ve read the book and seen the animated special. Now see “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in a new way. Jim Carrey brings Dr. Seuss’s Grinch to life in the live-action adaptation of the popular children’s book.

White Christmas

Add an oldie (but goodie!) to your next gift-wrapping night in. This classic musical features Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as two performers that team up with a sister act to save the inn of their commanding general.

Bad Santa

A conman and his sidekick pose as Santa and his “little helper” to cause some Christmas Eve mischief in this 2003 comedy.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

This Disney Christmas anthology with narration by Kelsey Grammer features Mickey Mouse and friends in three holiday shorts, including “Donald Duck Stuck on Christmas,” “A Very Goofy Christmas” and “Mickey and Minnie’s: The Gift of the Magi.”

New Netflix original Christmas movies for 2018

The Holiday Calendar

A photographer inherits a magic, antique advent calendar that may be pushing her in the direction of love. Kat Graham stars in this new Netflix Christmas romantic comedy.

A Christmas Prince and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

Everyone loves a royal romance! After it first premiered, Netflix called out 53 subscribers on Twitter for streaming this Christmas romantic comedy over and over. Follow a journalist overseas to get the story on a handsome prince who’s next in line for a throne. Then, watch “The Royal Wedding” sequel premiering on Netflix on November 30th!

The Christmas Chronicles

When brother/sister duo, Kate and Teddy Pierce decide to catch Santa Claus on camera, their Christmas becomes the most memorable one yet. Stream what’s sure to be a new Christmas favorite on Netflix on November 22nd.

What Christmas movies is Netflix missing?

You may be wondering, “Does Netflix have ‘A Christmas Story’ or ‘A Christmas Vacation’ available for streaming?” Netflix has a limited selection of Christmas classics from year to year, but luckily, you won’t have to search far to find them elsewhere. Users can find holiday favorites on other popular streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Here are a few you won’t find on Netflix.


Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, who’s raised alongside Santa’s elves after crawling into Santa’s bag one Christmas Eve. This popular kids Christmas movie is available on Amazon Prime Video for rental and purchase.

The Santa Clause

When divorced dad Scott knocks Santa Claus off the roof on Christmas Eve, he tries on the magical suit and is transported to the North Pole to assume the role as St. Nick. This Christmas favorite for the family is available for rental or purchase on Amazon Prime Video.

A Christmas Story

If there’s anything this holiday classic teaches us, it’s to keep our tongues away from frozen telephone poles and that there’s no such thing as the perfect Christmas gift. Watch the holiday adventures of Ralphie Parker on Amazon Prime Video.

Home Alone

Kevin McCallister’s Christmas wish comes true when he wishes his family away and awakens to see they’re nowhere to be found. Stream a Christmas favorite for the family on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Starz with a subscription.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Griswolds are planning a family Christmas for the books, but nothing is ever easy for Clark and family in this hilarious holiday sequel. Rent or purchase the third installment in National Lampoon’s Vacation series on Amazon Prime Video.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Peanuts special! Charlie Brown and his dog, Snoopy search for the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless animated classic. Watch on Amazon Prime Video or with a subscription.

The Polar Express

Based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is the story of a young boy whose faith in Christmas is renewed when he’s given a ticket to the North Pole. Rent or purchase this heartwarming tale on Amazon Prime Video.

It’s a Wonderful Life

When George Bailey is about to jump from a bridge on Christmas day, his guardian angel appears to show George just how much is life is worth to those around him. This drama/fantasy classic features classic Christmas themes and is available for rental or purchase on Amazon Prime Video.

Check out these and other great holiday films with a subscription to Netflix and other popular streaming services.

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