Top 20 Christmas Movies on Netflix in 2017

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The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us, and along with it comes many fantastic movies for all of us to get stuck into by an open fire.

Whether you’re already filled with the festive spirit or need a bit of a nudge. We’re here to give you our top 20 Christmas movies available to stream on Netflix right now.

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20. A Holiday Engagement (2011)

After her seemingly perfect fiance dumps her on the run-up to Christmas, Hillary Burns (Bonnie Somerville) is too afraid to tell her family. So she comes up with a great idea of hiring an actor to play her other half during the family get-together, in order to finally get approval from her judgemental family. This light and pleasant movie is great for any rom-com fans and is a good pick this holiday.

19. A Russell Peters Christmas Special (2011)


A comedy Christmas Special hosted by Russell Peters, breaking down the average monotonous holiday gives a nice attitude to the stand-up performance. He brings attention to all the people who may not be so lucky around Christmas. Tells people to enjoy what they do have, and have fun.

18. So this is Christmas (2013)

‘So this is Christmas’ is a family Christmas movie with a lovely underlying message. The film follows Ashley, a rebellious teenage girl that’s started hanging out with the wrong crowd. But everything changes when she gets involved in a Christmas play for underprivileged children in the area. And on the way to finding the true meaning of Christmas, she also finds her soul mate.

17. Snow Buddies (2008)


This film is primarily for only young children, and you are a very brave adult if you watch this all the way through. This is a Disney Christmas Spin-off and follows five puppies who fall from the sky, and then have to compete in a big dog sledge race. There isn’t much more to say; young children will love it.

16. The Legend of Frosty the SnowMan (2005)


This one is also for parents to sit their young children in front of to keep them busy for an hour. This is a story… I mean legend, of a snowman in the town of Evergreen, which is in desperate need of some magic. His quest is to spread fun-loving and spirit (not the alcoholic kind) around the citizens of Evergreen, to ensure a fantastic Christmas.

15. 12 Dates of Chistmas (2011)


It’s like Groundhog Day, but for Christmas… and dating. After Kate hits her head at a department store, she is forced to relive Christmas Eve over and over to perfect her day. She has to get over her ex, learn to love her step-mother and fall in love with, what seems like the perfect guy. Did I mention it was a blind date?

14. A Christmas Kiss (2011)


Wendy Walton is a designer who after being tasked with organising her boss’s party has a sudden and spontaneous kiss with a mysterious man. Things escalate from there as Wendy struggles to hide her true emotions. Especially when she only finds out that her mysterious lover is her boss’s boyfriend. The film is fun, sweet and romantic, perfect for a Christmas viewing.

13. Pete’s Christmas (2013)


It’s like Groundhog Day, but for Christmas. Pete, played by Zachary Gordon somehow ends up living the same Christmas Day over and over. This wouldn’t be so bad, but it just happens to be the worst Christmas ever. Pete decides to use this situation for good, and ensure that his family have the best day ever. This film is just some family fun that is suitable for all ages.

12. The Heart of Christmas (2011)

Our number 12 spot goes to a little more of a sensitive and sad movie. The Heart of Christmas follows the Locke family after they discover that their 2-year-old son has Leukemia. Just from the plot, you can tell that tears will be falling by the end of the movie, but that doesn’t mean you should miss it, and the great message it delivers.

11.  The Christmas Candle (2013)

Based on the Christmas Novel by Max Lucado, this heartwarming story is set in the Rural English Village of Gladstone in 1864, where legend has it an angel once visited. Now a new pastor is trying to expel this old tradition and bring a new modern feel to the town. The film is packed with great acting, sets and a refreshing plot that’ll keep you interested all the way through.

10. A Very Murray Christmas (2015) Netflix Original


Bill Murray is trying to host an amazing Netflix Only Christmas Special in New York. But New York has been shut down due to a snowstorm. Will they be able to save this party and make it the best musical Christmas show on Netflix? Well, Netflix Hopes so! Guest starring George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Paul Shaffer, Jason Schwartzman, and Rashida Jones.

9. White Christmas (1954)


Families who maybe have older members staying for Christmas should appreciate this 1954 classic; that seems to be still timelessly adored by fans. It’s a musical classic about a song-and-dance team who team up to save a Vermont Inn that happens to be owned by their former Commanding General. Including musical pieces such as ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ and a whole array of wonderful musical scores, that makes it a “feel-good” film. Makes a nice change from modern Christmas movies.

8.  Christmas Inheritance (2017) Netflix Original

This new Netflix original is scheduled to release on the 15th of December. The film stars Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy and Andie MacDowell in this Christmas based Romance film. Eliza plays Ellen Langford who journeys back to her hometown to deliver a special Christmas card to her Fathers old business partner. Unfortunately, on the way she’s stranded by a snowstorm in the town Inn. Now she must earn her keep and in turn finds the true meaning of Christmas.

7. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)


This Disney classic is a three-part anthology-style film starring the one and only Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. The first story is “Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas”, It’s like Groundhog Day, but for Christmas… and Disney. The second is “A Very Goofy Christmas” where Goofy must help his son overcome his disbelieve of Santa Claus. And finally “Mickey & Minnie’s Gift Of The Magi” which is a classic tale of Christmas Spirit and selflessness.

6. Back to Christmas (2014)

Starring Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney and Jonathan Patrick Moore, Back to Christmas is a Romantic Drama following a young woman who miraculously travels back in time one whole year. She has another opportunity to repair her lost relationships, but will she manage it? This sharp and witty film leaves plenty to enjoy and is a good choice to sink a couple of hours into this Christmas.

5. A Christmas Prince (2017) Netflix Original

This new Netflix Original follows a determined reporter who secretly goes undercover as a tutor in order to get a top-level scoop on an infamous playboy prince. But after she gets in over her head, she must keep up the act, despite falling in love. Thie actors and character development are great in this rom-com and is a perfect hour and a half of good Christmas entertainment.

4. Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa is defiantly a Christmas film of a different ilk. Billy Bob Thornton plays a miserable conman who in a stroke of genius decides to dress up and pose as Santa in order to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. The 2003 movie was very popular and was even nominated for a Golden Globe. Many fans will be glad it’s on Netflix and will be watching it this Christmas.

3. El Camino Christmas (2017) Netflix Original

A new comedy fresh off Netflix’s shelves is El Camino Christmas staring Vincent D’Onofeio, Tim Allen and Jessica Alba. After attempting to find his father Eric Roth finds himself taking five hostages in a liquor store, as you do. Christmas eve takes a drastic turn for all involved as they try and resolve the situation peacefully. The acting talent in this film alone should be a reason to have this on your watch list.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Although some would argue The Nightmare Before Christmas is more of a Halloween film than a Christmas film, we still think that it’s defiantly deserving of a spot on this years list. Jack Scellenton is the King of Halloween town, full of Ghosts, Zombies and anything scary. But after he stumbles across the Christmas alternative, Jack becomes determined to bring the true Christmas Spirit and joy to the inhabitance of Halloween Town.

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, Jim Carrey plays the nasty Christmas hating creature who lives on the outskirts of Whoville, a town full of Christmas loving people. The Grinch in fact plots to steal Christmas away from the inhabitance of Whoville, but a small girl, Cindy Lou attempts to befriend the Grinch and show him the true joy of Christmas. This film has plenty to enjoy for both adults and children and is definitely a no-brainer for this Christmas, especially as it’s available to stream on Netflix US.

What other Christmas movies would you like to see on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Alex Hirlam has been a contributor to What's on Netflix and provided weekly roundups for Australia and Canada as well as other features. Alex came to What's on Netflix for an apprenticeship where he spent a year and a half maintaining the libraries of the two regions as well as contributing content. Resides in Norwich, UK.