Whether you channel your inner Elf and love everything to do with the ‘C’ word, or you’re more of a Grinch and believe it shouldn’t be spoken about until at least December – Netflix are backing the Elves amongst us. With tonnes of new (and classic) Christmas films all in one place, we’ve narrowed down the 10 best movies that’ll make you feel festive AF.
1. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Everyone loved this Netflix original last year, and now a sequel is coming. Journalist Amber Moore is sent abroad to cover a story about a Prince and ends up falling in love with him (naturally) in the first film. Now, a year on they’re planning their wedding. Will it go as smoothly as Meghan and Harry’s? There’s only one way to find out.
Release date: 30 November
2. Angela's Christmas
Angela goes to church on Christmas eve and comes up with an extraordinary idea. Created by prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt – the 30 minute short film is a heartwarming easy watch that’ll make you feel instantly festive.
Release date: 30 November
3. The Christmas Chronicles
Siblings Kate and Teddy create a plan to capture Santa Clause (Kurt Russell) on Christmas Eve. Their plan takes them on an epic (accidental) adventure and sees them joining forces with Santa and his loyal elves to try and save Christmas before it’s too late. Produced by Chris Columbus the mastermind behind Home Alone and Harry Potter – it’s set to be a new classic.
Release date: 22 November
4. The Holiday Calendar
Photographer Abby is unsure about her direction in life – until her grandpa gives her a magical antique advent calendar, that is. Will she find love this holiday season? Watch the romantic comedy to find out. Note: get snacks and tissues at the ready.
Launched: 2 November
5. How the Grinch stole Christmas
A long awaited animated adaptation of The Grinch is launching in cinemas on the 9th of November, and with Benedict Cumberbatch as the voiceover it’s bound to be a hit. But, if you want to watch the 2010 original (yes, it really is 18 years old) from the comfort of your own home, the Jim Carey version is still on Netflix. It’s time to head back to Whoville, and we couldn’t be more excited.
6. Love Actually
Like baubles and eating too many pigs in blankets, Love Actually is just part of the Christmas experience. Thankfully, Netflix has kept it on its holiday list for another year and you can watch it from now until Xmas day, and beyond.
7. The Nutcracker
If you haven’t got time to head to the ballet this festive season then look no further than Netflix. Be prepared for the movie version of the iconic ‘The Nutcracker’ musical produced by George Blanchine and featuring the New York City Ballet. A must-see for the family that’ll make you want to dance along.
8. Bad Santa
If you haven’t seen the dark festive comedy, then you need to. Willie (played by Billie Bob Thornton) gets a job as Santa at a shopping mall and uses his position to rob the store with his friend Marcus. The foul-mouthed alcoholic is far from the usual father Christmas and strikes up a friendship with one of the kids who tries to make him good. Expect all the lols.
9. Miracle on 34th street
If you want a film that makes you want to grab a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and some ginger bread, then this is it. Dorey and daughter Susan befriend a store Santa who turns out to be the real deal. Throw in a hint of romance for good measure and you have the ideal cosy Sunday movie.
10. Christmas inheritance
It was a hit when it launched last year, and it’s definitely worth a rewatch. Socialite Ellen is set to inherit her dad’s business but before she does she has to visit his small hometown. Finding herself stranded due to a snowstorm, she learns the true meaning of the holiday season.
Cheesy Christmas films never get old!