Christmas is my favorite holiday. However, I am not someone who is ready to start decorating and celebrating in October. I want to get through Thanksgiving first, please! As usual, though, retailers are already gearing up for holiday sales. Christmas items started appearing in the big box stores before we even went trick-or-treating! Netflix is jumping on the “early-holiday-fever” train: you can choose from any (or ALL!) of 39 Christmas movies already available to stream on-demand. Additionally, there are four more coming by the end of November, each of which promise to be phenomenal in its own way.
I am going to list what’s yet to come, along with their respective trailers first. After those four, I will post my master list of holiday flicks on Netflix broken down into categories with age-ratings. Some of the titles will have a few notes, such as what the show may be about or whom is starring in it. If and when Netflix adds to this lineup, I will be updating this post, so check back often to make sure you do not miss anything!
New Holiday Movies Coming in November to Netflix
The Christmas Chronicles
If you watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2, you may have imagined that Kurt Russell would make a phenomenal Santa Claus. I mean – that BEARD, though! So what is this comedy about? According to Netflix: “Two siblings team up with Santa Claus for a high-flying holiday adventure. A new Christmas classic from the makers of Harry Potter and Home Alone.”
This movie will release on Netflix on November 22nd. I hadn’t even seen or heard of this until now – and WILL be watching it tonight!
The Princess Switch
This romantic comedy is family-friendly and stars Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame. Here’s the official word from Netflix: “When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places, and things get complicated when they each fall in love with a man who doesn’t know their true identity.”
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Last year, Netflix debuted the original A Christmas Prince movie. The movie was HUGELY popular and featured main character Amanda helping Richard to secure his crown. This follow-up teases that a year later, the pair are about to walk down the aisle. However… Amber just isn’t sure she is cut out to be a Queen.
This is a half-hour animated special that was new last year over in Ireland. It was such a break-out hit that Netflix picked it up for this season. Here’s the Netflix summary: “A trip to church with her family on Christmas Eve gives young Angela an extraordinary idea. A heartwarming tale based on a story by Frank McCourt.” Cool FYI: Frank McCourt is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the autobiography Angela’s Ashes.
Christmas Movies Already Playing on Netflix
Even though some people have yet to finish eating their candy or take down their skeletons, Netflix is already streaming some of your favorite holiday movies. Here is the complete list, broken down by rating and with the genre in parentheses after each title.
Animated and Kids Holiday Movies (Rated G)
Santa’s Apprentice (animated) – Santa may not want to retire, but the time has come for him to train an apprentice to pass the reins to. An pure-hearted orphan named Nicholas turns out to be the perfect boy for the job, but with his lack of confidence and fear of heights, he may not be able to make the cut. The fate of Christmas lies in Santa’s hands -will he step down and train his successor?
- Santa Buddies (animated)
- Disney’s Santa Paws and Santa Paws 2 (Puppies!!)
- Disney’s Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (animated)
- Disney’s Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (animated)
- Disney’s Mickey’s Magical Christmas (animated)
- Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (I remember taking my girls to see Beethoven in theaters when they were little. Did I just give away my age?!)
Santa Claws (animated – features KITTENS!!)
- The Nutcracker – Yes, the ballet version!
- Stick Man – Featuring the voices of Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, Sally Hawkins, and more, this endearing animated film follows Stick Man, a happy family twig who finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime when a little boy throws him for a dog to fetch and he ends up traveling halfway round the world. Will he make it home in time for Christmas? A certain jolly man may be the judge of that.
Family-Oriented Rated G Holiday Movies
- Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version)
- White Christmas with Bing Crosby (Is there ANYONE who has never seen this film?!)
- 48 Christmas Wishes
- Christmas in the Smokies
- The Christmas Ranch
- A Christmas Star
- Believe Miracles are Everywhere
- The Christmas Candle
- The Christmas Project
Family Movies with Rating of PG or PG-13
Get Santa (Comedy) – After Santa crashes his sleigh and finds himself on the run from police, he takes refuge in a garage. His secret is soon out, however, when a father and son discover him sleeping in said garage and decide to team up to help save Christmas.
- Dear Santa (Romantic Comedy)
- Holiday Engagement (RomCom)
- Pottersville (Comedy)
- Christmas Inheritance (Romance)
- A Christmas Prince (RomCom)
- The Holiday Calendar (RomCom)
- Merry Christmas (Romance)
- Christmas Crush (RomCom)
- You Can’t Fight Christmas (RomCom)
- Angels in the Snow (RomCom)
- Miss Me This Christmas (RomCom)
- A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale (Comedy)
A Very Murray Christmas – This Netflix Original Christmas special sees Bill Murray round up an all-star cast for his own special holiday variety show. If you’re looking for a classic format with a funky twist, look no further than A Very Murray Christmas; it’s got Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, and more!
Comedies Rated R
Bad Santa – Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham, this dark comedy sees a con man put on Father Christmas’ suit while he bands together with his crew to pull off a particularly special scam during the holiday season. One thing’s for sure – this Santa is definitely not making the nice list this year.
Bad Santa 2
Which holiday movies are you most looking forward to watching this year? What are your favorites of all time?