Need a little company this weekend? Share it with these Netflix Christmas movies and TV episodes.
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Netflix has plenty of Christmas classics to stream. This month, they offered all three Santa Clause movies. The nostalgia is fun! If you’re looking for something a little more original, however, you can check out all the original Netflix Christmas movies and specials. Here’s what to watch:
If you’re looking for a little Christmas romance
This year, Netflix made their own cheesy Hallmark-like holiday movies. If you are looking for a little Christmas romance, A Christmas Prince and Christmas Inheritance are just what you need. They pull from traditional Christmas movie tropes. The female leads in both movies go undercover somewhere foreign to them where they meet a nice, but misunderstood man. Along the way, they learn a bit about themselves and find the true Christmas spirit.
Even though they’re a little predicable, they’re predicable in a way that is cozy and familiar. They have a few laughs, some feel-good romance, and plenty of cookies. If you only have time for one, A Christmas Prince benefits from the strength and talent of Rose McIver. She carries the role of journalist and Christmas heroine well. Christmas Inheritance is a bit goofier, but I enjoyed it just as much. They both — spoiler alert! — end with satisfying kisses, so they definitely deliver on the romance front, too.
If you’re looking for a few Christmas laughs
Many of Netflix’s original series have fun Christmas episodes. There are a few from my favorite comedies that are sure to make you laugh. Any one of them would be a great break from family Christmas drama.
The BoJack Horseman Christmas Special has a great balance between joyful and grumpy. Like regular episodes of BoJack Horseman, the Christmas episode doesn’t take itself too seriously. It recognizes human (and horse) faults and delivers an off-kilter story that will make you smile.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 episode “Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!” has Kimmy and the gang celebrating “fake Christmas.” The episode gives Titus a Christmas Carol story line with a little modern twist. It also ends with my favorite Christmas parody song ever — a hilarious version of “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
Season 2 of Fuller House celebrates a new holiday every episode. The Christmas episode “Nutcracker” is one of my favorites. There are plenty of times to laugh with Kimmy taking Ramona’s place in the dance concert and Jackson wearing a mistletoe hat, but it also delivers some classic Christmas feels at the end.
If you’re looking for something to watch with kids
Spending your Christmas with little ones? Netflix has a few options for you to enjoy with them. I have a stronger than average love for children’s media, but I think these Netflix Christmas movies will delight Christmas-lovers of any age. Home for the Holidays and A StoryBots Christmas are both fun options to watch with kids.
Home for the Holidays is a Christmas special starring the characters of DreamWorks’ 2015 movie Home. Tip teaches Oh and all the Boovs about the holidays. It’s charming and has a good message — that Christmas is really about the feelings, not the things. It gets a little help with songs from Kelly Clarkson and Ben Schwartz, which are great. I’m still humming along to one of the songs Ben Schwartz performs called “Eight Days of Latkes.”
A StoryBots Christmas skews a bit younger. The StoryBots, who answer children’s questions and try to guide them through tricky situations, find out that Santa is missing. It turns out Santa doesn’t want to do his job anymore and the StoryBots must help save Christmas. It doesn’t have the charming songs of Home for the Holidays, but it still has some family-friendly Christmas cheer.
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t overwhelm you with holiday joy
We can’t all embrace the Christmas spirit all the time. Sometimes the tree, the carols, and the trimmings can be a bit much. Luckily, Netflix has you covered on this front, too. The Netflix Christmas movie, El Camino Christmas, is a little more along the lines of Die Hard than A Christmas Story. The movie follows a man named Eric Roth who takes five hostages into a liquor store on Christmas Eve. It gets a little holiday joy at the end, but for the most part it is a movie about suspense rather than a movie about joy.
If you’re looking for something a big lighter, Ricardo O’Farril’s stand-up special brings all the Grinch-y laughs. Ricardo O’Farrill: Abrazo Navideno starts with a scene many will find familiar: a family fighting over Christmas dinner. He quickly leaves the dinner table in favor of a stage, where he complains about all the worst parts of Christmas. It’s funny, relatable, and best of all brings some anti-Christmas smiles.
If you’re looking for some good ol’ Christmas cheer
Bill Murray’s Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas, brings a Murray twist to Christmas specials. There are plenty of celebrity guests, including Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus, and Chris Rock. It has an impressive number of songs, as well, fitting 17 of them into the special’s one hour. The special also gets a story line, with Bill Murray trying to put on this Christmas special for an audience that can’t see him because of a blackout across the entire east coast.
The characters are endearing, the music is fun, and the story gives just enough conflict for Christmas spirit to solve. Bill Murray leaves you with all the Christmas feels. It’s a great way to bring a little more Christmas cheer into your holiday weekend — or anytime you might need it.