This time of year, there are few things better than snuggling up under a blanket and turning on a good movie. Why not watch something a little festive to get into the holiday spirit? Whether you’re by yourself or with your family, you’re sure to love at least one of the best Christmas movies on Netflix.
The 10 Best Christmas Movies On Netflix For Any Holiday Celebration
1. White Christmas
Although Netflix lacks many popular Christmas classics, it does have White Christmas. This 1954 film features several amazing musical numbers, including a performance of “White Christmas” by none other by Bing Crosby.
2. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
The original story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is truly timeless. But this 2000 live-action adaptation, starring Jim Carrey, put a modern spin on it. The story was even expanded to give a backstory about the Grinch’s troubled past with the Whos of Whoville.
3. While You Were Sleeping
Many consider this film to be Sandra Bullock’s breakout role. While it’s not a Christmas movie in the strictest sense, as it’s more of a romcom, it does take place around the holiday season. In fact, the rescue scene at the beginning of the film happens on Christmas Day. More importantly, While You Were Sleeping celebrates family, love, and compassion.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
If you didn’t get a chance to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas around Halloween, now’s the time to do it. For many kids (and adults!), it’s a yearly must-watch because of its charming characters, fun soundtrack, and amazing stop-motion clay animation. Plus, this beloved film will be getting a comic book sequel next year.
5. A Christmas Horror Story
If you enjoyed 2015’s Krampus, this one’s for you. Unlike Krampus, though, A Christmas Horror Story only received a limited theatrical release that same year. It’s also more of a true fantasy horror film, with very few comedic elements. And it’s definitely not appropriate for children.
6. The Santa Clause
One of the most popular Christmas movies of the 90’s, The Santa Clause is the first in a trilogy starring Tim Allen. This funny and heartwarming film follows Allen’s character’s transformation into the new Santa Claus, making it perfect for any family movie night. All three films will join the other best Christmas movies on Netflix this December 12th.
Like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins is a great watch for either Halloween or Christmas. However, unlike some of the other family films on this list, this one is more for older children. It’s one of the best Christmas movies on Netflix that combines comedy, horror, and impossibly cute and mysterious creatures.
8. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Have you always wanted to see the famous Radio City Spectacular Starring The Rockettes? Fortunately, you don’t have to fly to New York City to do it – you can watch it right on Netflix! Experience the magic of Radio City’s yearly Christmas extravaganza from the comfort of your own home.
9. Santa’s Apprentice
Santa’s Apprentice, the only animated film on this list, may go on to become a true Christmas staple. Santa is faced with retirement and begins to look for an apprentice, who must be a kind-hearted orphan named Nicholas. He finds a boy who meets all of his requirements and helps him find more confidence in himself.
10. A Very Murray Christmas
Scrooged, starring Bill Murray, has become something of a cult Christmas classic over the years. Although it’s not available on Netflix, A Very Murray Christmas is. It’s a musical comedy that not only includes Bill Murray, but many other stars such as George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Poehler, and Chris Rock.
Almost all of these are family friendly films that you can enjoy with pretty much anyone. Just make sure that if you’re hiring a babysitter for the evening, you choose someone who will show your child the Christmas movies you’ve picked out. One way to find out if you can trust them or not is by running a background check. You don’t want to have to worry about your babysitter accidentally playing A Christmas Horror Story for your child.
What do you think of this selection of Christmas movies on Netflix? Which one’s your favorite? Let us know if your family has any festive movie night traditions too!
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