Christmas is a stressful time of year for many people.
There are gifts to buy, family to see, and cars to dig out of the snow. Thankfully, the holiday cheer makes up for a lot of it. And when holiday cheer can’t get you all the way there, there are Christmas movies to make up the rest.
Netflix has the deepest roster of Christmas movies of all the major streaming options. So we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas movies available on Netflix.
Be sure to point out any we’ve missed!
Black Mirror: White Christmas
Those looking for Christmas cheer won’t find it here. Black Mirror isn’t necessarily known for its happy endings and it’s 2014 Christmas special, “White Christmas” is no different.
Still, there is an audience out there that definitely wants this level of Scroogery. Plus it stars Jon Hamm! “White Christmas” follows three seemingly disparate stories. Jon Hamm is Matt, a mysterious man with a mysterious job who viewers watch in three different environments: once as a gross pick-up artist helper, once as a digital “cookie” salesman, and once as an occupant in a cozy cabin on Christmas Day.
What do all of these have to do with Christmas? Watch and find out. Then weep for the collapse of humanity.
The Christmas Chronicles
If a Christmas movie is only as good as its Santa (surely someone out there abides by this rule), then Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles is one heck of a Christmas movie. This family film produced by Chris Columbus features Kurt Russell ascending to his final form as Hot Santa Claus.
The plot follows two children who are struggling to believe in the magic of Christmas after the death of their firefighter father. But the spirit of the season seizes them when they encounter the ultimate stand-in father figure: Kurt Russell Santa. The Christmas Chronicles is your classic, by-the-book family holiday yarn with a fun actor at the center and elevated production quality. Its sequel is also available to stream on Netflix.
Since the hallowed days of Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated Christmas specials, there hasn’t been much movement or innovation in the realm of animated Christmas movies. Klaus, written and directed by Sergio Pablos, seeks to change all that in Klaus.
This crisply animated feature serves as an alternative history version of the story of Santa Claus. Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) proves himself to be the worst student as a postal academy and is sent to the North Pole where his lack of letter-delivering abilities won’t do anyone any harm. There he discovers Klaus (J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone and likes to make handmade toys. Sounds pretty familiar.
Klaus is both a technical marvel and an effective little Christmas story.
And here’s the complete list, just in case you don’t like our choices!
5 Star Christmas (2018)
Alien Xmas (2020)
Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)
Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday (2020)
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Christmas Inheritance (2017)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020)
Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2011)
Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of Christmas (2018)
The Holiday Calendar (2018)
Holiday Rush (2019)
Holiday in the Wild (2019)
Home For Christmas (2019)
How to Ruin Christmas (2020)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
Just Another Christmas (2020)
The Knight Before Christmas (2019)
Let it Snow (2019)
Merry Happy Whatever (2019)
Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas (2020)
Nailed It! Holiday! (2018)
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas (2018)
A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)
Operation Christmas Drop (2020)
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special (1988)
Power Rangers: Megaforce: The Robo Knight Before Christmas (2013)
Power Rangers Super Samurai: Stuck on Christmas (2012)
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle (2018)
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)
Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day (2016)
Santa Girl (2019)
A StoryBots Christmas (2017)
Sugar Rush Christmas (2019)
Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers (2020)
Super Monsters Save Christmas (2019)
Super Monsters and the Wish Star (2018)
True: Winter Wishes (2019)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday! (2020)