Who doesn’t love a good Christmas movie? Whether you celebrate or not, Christmas movies are filled with happiness, joy, togetherness, and more. Christmas movies have been a staple of the holiday season for decades.

From the good old-fashioned classics to Netflix’s library of new movies, there’s a movie out there for everyone each December. Let’s look at 12 of the best movies to watch on Netflix to bring a little Christmas cheer your way as the holidays come to town.

12 Christmas Movies to Watch on Netflix

#1 Happy Christmas

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Happy Christmas (2014) is a comedy-drama written and produced by Joe Swanberg. Starring Swanberg, Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Lena Dunham, Happy Christmas follows Kendrick’s character moving in with her brother played by Swanberg in Chicago. As they adjust to life together, with both characters evolving through the holidays, happiness comes from changes in life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

#2 12 Dates of Christmas

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12 Dates of Christmas (2011) was part of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Amy Smart. Kate, played by Smart, relives Christmas Eve repeatedly, including a blind date with Miles, played by Gosselaar. How will Kate break the cycle, and will she choose her ex-boyfriend Jack, pursue Miles, or move on with life this Christmas season?

#3 Back to Christmas

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Back to Christmas (2014) follows a young woman a year after a broken engagement who gets a “redo” fo that fateful morning. What happy ending does she need this Christmas? Starring Kelly Overtone, Michael Muhney, and Jonathan Patrick Moore, this romantic drama will bring out the Christmas spirit in everyone.

#4 The Christmas Project

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The Christmas Project (2016), written by Salley Meyer and based on the novels by Matthew Buckley, follows the Buckley brothers fighting against a group of bullies before Christmas. As their families join the fray, everyone learns how joy and kindness bring out the best in everyone despite their differences during the Christmas season.

#5 All American Christmas Carol

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All American Christmas Carol (2013) is a comedy-drama written by Ron Carlson and Terri Kauffman. Starring Taryn Manning, Beverly D’Angelo, and Wendi McLendon-Covey, a white-trash mom is surprised when three ghosts visit her to show her a path bigger and brighter than she thought possible.

#6 So This is Christmas

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So This is Christmas (2013) co-written by Deborah and Richard Foster, directed by the latter, features Eric Roberts, Evelyn Smith, and Vivica A. Fox. 18-year-old Ashley’s life is going down the drains as she escapes from home by hanging with the wrong crowd. When a handyman working on her home encourages her to join a Christmas play, she begins to find purpose in life by helping others.

#7 The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2007) is an American Christmas tradition. The Rockettes have brought music and performance to millions for decades. Featuring music, dance, costume, and more, The Radio City Rockettes bring their vibrant Christmas performance right to your living room.

#8 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2008) directed by Ron Howard and originally written by the great Dr. Seuss, this classic Christmas tale comes to life starring Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen. As Whoville struggles with The Grinch’s plans to ruin Christmas, one child seeks to change his heart of ice for the better.

#9 A Christmas Horror Story

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A Christmas Horror Story (2015) is for the horror lover out there looking for a darker take on Christmas. Featuring a handful of stories where Santa slays evil, William Shatner, Geroge Buza, Rob Archer, and others star in this scary take on the Christmas holiday. Santa, Krampus, and other legends from Christmas-time stories come to life in this anthology movie.

#10 BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish

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BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Wish follows BoJack and Todd as they watch “Horsin’ Around” to usher in the holiday season. Featuring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and more, the breakout comedy from Netflix brings its own Christmas spirit to viewers. If you’re a fan of BoJack, you want to make this a new holiday tradition.

#11 A Very Murray Christmas

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A Very Murray Christmas (2015) is a comedy musical featuring the one and only Bill Murray. Whether you’re a Murray fan or looking for something that makes you laugh this Christmas, this special featuring Bill Murray worrying over whether people will show up for his special during a snowstorm is for you. George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and other celebrity cameos will keep you guessing just how this kooky Christmas hit will end.

#12 Fireplace for Your Home

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Fireplace for Your Home (2010) started as a joke from the team behind Netflix and has become a cultural phenomenon around the world. Even if you have a fireplace, who doesn’t want to watch the logs crackle and the fire burn without the stress, mess, and tending to that very fire? Fireplace for Your Home comes in several versions, offering Christmas carols, silence, or background music depending on your needs.


No matter how you celebrate the holidays or what type of movies you like, there’s something for everyone on Netflix. Netflix offers a variety of Christmas movies in every genre to get into the holiday spirit, entertain the kids, or just throw something on in the background while hosting the family. Every year they add more and more Christmas movies to enjoy.