With many of us locked up at home and separated from our friends and family, it can be a very dark time. Luckily for us, there is a lot of holiday magic to be found this Christmas. Netflix has released a ton of delicious original Christmas movies and series. So, if you haven’t seen the long-awaited conclusion to The Christmas Prince, A Real Baby trilogy, here’s your chance.
Netflix Original Movies
Kristin Davis plays a mother who plans a romantic trip to Africa with her husband after her son goes to college. Unfortunately for her, her husband opts for divorce. Obviously, Davis decides to go to Africa anyway, probably to eat, to pray, to love his impending divorce. And given that it’s a vacation movie, the chances seem astronomically high that she’ll fall in love with Rob Lowe, who plays his pilot on his trip to Zambia. Netflix also assures us that there are baby elephants.
Let it Snow
Snowstorm on Christmas Eve? Checks. High school students? Checks. An important party to attend and a stolen barrel? Checks. If this is not Christmas that Superbad finds all John Hughes films of all time, I will be very disappointed. Hopefully Kiernan Shipka will play a kind of blonde Molly Ringwald.
This animated original comes from Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos and features a fantastic cast of voice actors, including Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and JK Simmons. It is also about a postal worker, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt that it is full of Christmas magic.
The Knight Before Christmas
Vanessa Hudgens befriends a medieval knight who ends up in present-day Ohio. I’m assuming this is going to be a Christmas version of Kate and Leopold, which I’m totally fine with. In addition, Emmanuelle Chriqui co-stars and the teenage girl in me is very excited to see if she is still as beautiful as on Snow Day.
A widowed radio DJ and father of four loses his job just before Christmas, because apparently they live in a world full of heartless human monsters. The odds are high that this will be the biggest tear problem on the list.
A Christmas prince: the royal baby
If you haven’t seen A Christmas Prince or the sequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, stop what you’re doing and immediately go and watch them. The films focus on Amber, a journalist who lies openly to foreign leaders in the fictional country Aldovia (which I’m sure would be illegal? But Netflix doesn’t seem too concerned with how the laws work in Aldovia) and ends up marrying her Prince. In the second film, they get married. This time, they are going to have a baby. Sorry for the spoilers.
The Princess Switch
Vanessa Hudgens stars not as one, but as two characters – and yes, one of them is a princess. Inspired by Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, The Princess Switch sees the talented baker Stacy take the place of Lady Margaret Delacourt, Duchess of Montenaro, who is desperate for a time out of the spotlight. But things get complicated (besides being sweet, charming and all those good things), when she discovers that a normal life can be a permanent dream. If you like it, check out The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
Netflix original series
The Great British Baking Show: holidays
The most polite, lovable and charming British program in the competitive culinary scene is blessing us with yet another holiday season. It’s hard to say what I’m most excited about, but it will probably be co-host Noel Fielding’s incredible outfits. (The rainbow sweater in the promotional image is everything.) Can’t wait until November 8th for your dose of British cakes? Do not worry. The current season is still broadcasting new episodes every Friday.
You got it! Holiday!
What a beautiful show “disaster”. I can’t wait for Nicole Byer’s Christmas themed jokes and all the nightmare-looking Santa Claus in store for us. In addition, this season has a number of hilarious celebrity judges, from Maya Rudolph to Jason Mantzoukas.
Happy happy whatever
Dennis Quaid is playing a character named Don Quinn. I won’t even tell you what the plot is about. I just want you to spend the rest of the day wondering if his role was offered because it was so similar to his name, if Quaid made Netflix change the character’s name to one more like his or if it’s a total coincidence. When I finally get a chance to see Merry Happy Whatever, I hope to spend the entire duration of the film debating this very important issue. Netflix also claims that the character strongly believes “there is the Quinn way … and the wrong way.” What does all this mean? Please feel free to tweet me your conspiracy theories now.
Sugar Rush Christmas
A Sugar Rush holiday season? Yes please! Netflix has ensured that we will have many cooking shows to watch this holiday season and I’m here for that. This season features several guest judges, including Tiffani Thiessen and Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis.
Magic for humans
A magic show with an episode about Santa Claus? Apparently, Justin Willman will teach children about the magic of giving. I am totally in favor of gently deceiving children into better human beings.
Lost in space
Netflix says this is related to Christmas. Maybe there is a Christmas episode? Apparently, the show starts on Christmas Day. (Assuming they celebrate Christmas in space. Please say that Santa Claus will be on a spaceship.) On the other hand, fans of the first season will be able to watch the new season on Christmas Eve.
House for Christmas
This Norwegian series addresses one painful thing for some who are coming home for Christmas: facing personal questions about why you don’t have a loved one. One Christmas Johanne, a nurse in her 30s, refuses to repeat the experience. Over the course of two seasons of romantic twists, she tries to find a boyfriend before the holidays.
Dash and Lily
A young adult romantic comedy, this series is about Christmas – well, hate it. Dash, 17, is cynical about the holiday, until, through messages left in a notebook, he meets the optimistic Lily. It’s cute how much it can be and, despite Dash’s initial attitude, full of holiday cheer.
- Super Monsters Save Christmas
- True: winter wishes
- Kaylie Team: Part 2 (vacation episode)
- Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas
- A Family Reunion Christmas
- Alexa and Katie: Season 3 (holiday episode)