The best Christmas films to watch on Netflix this festive season

The best Christmas films to watch on Netflix this festive season

Let It Snow - Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore - Photo Credit: Netflix / Steve Wilkie
Words by Kate Streader

Ah, the gift of binge-watching.

Christmas films may not be Oscar material, but life doesn’t always have to be serious. While holiday-themed movies tend to err on the side of cheesy and predictable, they also promise a case of the warm and fuzzies. From rom-coms to heart-warming family dramedies, you’ll want to snuggle up with some snacks by the tree for this quality slate of festive releases.

Let It Snow

In the hallowed spirit of cult Christmas classic Love Actually, Let It Snow follows a group of interwoven stories of love and friendship. As a snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve, everything begins to unravel for a group of high school students. Based on the best-selling novel by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow is just the kind of uplifting viewing you need this holiday season.

Stream Let It Snow on Netflix now. 

The Knight Before Christmas

Taking two tried-and-tested narratives and throwing them together in one film, The Knight Before Christmas combines a holiday love story with a fish out of water trope. A medieval English knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) finds himself transported through time into the present where he meets and falls for a high school science teacher Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens) who has given up on love. Will he find his way home? Will she learn to love? You can probably guess the answer to both, but you know you want to watch it anyway.

Stream The Knight Before Christmas on Netflix now. 

Holiday Rush

Everyone knows that a good Christmas film must offer up a strong moral – from It’s A Wonderful Life to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, we’re repeatedly reminded that this time of year isn’t really about the presents. And so, comes Holiday Rush, a riches to rags tale about a widowed father who loses his job right when his spoilt kids hand over their lavish Christmas wish lists. A reminder of what’s really important, Holiday Rush proves that it’s more about what you do have than what you don’t.

Stream Holiday Rush on Netflix now.


From one of the minds behind Despicable Me, Sergio Pablos, comes Klaus: a festive-themed animation starring Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack. Stationed on a frozen island, selfish postman Jesper (Schwartzman) discovers a mysterious carpenter named Klaus (Simmons) who lives amongst a haul of handmade trucks. The pair forge an unlikely friendship, and alongside Alva (Jones), opt to return joy to their miserable town of Smeerensburg.

Stream Klaus on Netflix now. 

Three Days of Christmas

Spanning three timelines, each set at Christmas time, Three Days of Christmas explores the family dramas which tend to bubble to the surface around the holidays. In this series, you’ll learn that those frustrating family quirks that tend to set tensions high are pretty much universal. Come for the drama, stay for the inevitable happy ending.

Stream Three Days of Christmas on Netflix now.