Best Christmas Films on Netflix 2020

Christmas has no age limit - it’s a time for everyone to settle down, take a break, and enjoy time spent with family and friends. It’s also the time to stuff yourself silly with food, and spend the majority of the day watching festive films on Netflix. What cinematic choices do you have on offer this Christmas? Find out right here.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A 2018 version of the 2000s classics, an absolute gem of a Christmas movie - Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 

This unforgettable classic is fun for all the family, and the animated version takes on a fresh twist, but holds on to the same humour and affection that we loved from Jim Carrey’s performance.

Are you an animated lover, or live action supporter? You get the best of both worlds this Christmas. 




Klaus poster. Image credit: Netflix

Image credit: Netflix

This Academy-award nominated film is a charming animation following the origin story of Santa Claus.  

Directed by Sergio Pablos in 2019, the movie features focal points of love, hope, and magic, inspiring children and adults alike to believe in themselves this Christmas. 

With a strong message at its core, Klaus is not one to miss this year!



The Knight Before Christmas

Appearing on screens in 2019, this rom-com is another addition to the collection of romantic festive films available on Netflix. 

It’ll definitely be a flash to the past for some watchers, with the main female love interest being portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens, our Gabrielle from High School Musical. 

It narrates the story of a medieval knight who is transported into the modern-day world, and falls in love with a teacher. Though some viewers may find it cheesy, The Knight Before Christmas could be the perfect romantic flick for you this season. 



The Nutcracker

For over two decades, this classic film has moved and inspired people around the world, so directors Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston wanted to create a retelling of Hoffman’s magical story - and they did just that, with the 2018 release of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. 

This fantasy adventure story follows the life of a young girl in search of a key to unlock the egg her deceased mother gave her. 

Told through music and ballet, The Nutcracker is a classic to return to each and every year. 



The Holiday

The Holiday promotional still. Image credit: Netflix

Image credit: Netflix

This popular rom-com from 2006 feels almost nostalgic despite only coming out a decade ago. With Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet starring as the leading ladies, this film narrates the story of two women who swap homes in hope of finding Mr Right.

A balance of both romantic and comedic undertones, this early 2000s film will catapult you right back to the turn of the century. 



The Christmas Chronicles

A Netflix original released in 2018, The Christmas Chronicles is a live action movie which tells the story of a pair of siblings who go on an adventure with Santa Claus to help save Christmas. 

All of your favourite merry components are involved, with elves, reindeer, presents, humour, and holiday cheer all bundled into 104 minutes. 

If you finish this film and love it, you can move onto the sequel, also available on Netflix. 



A Very Murray Christmas

A Very Murray Christmas. Image credit: Netflix

Image Credit: Netflix

If you prefer a little music added to your films, this musical comedy from 2015 features an exceptional cast of celebrities: Bill Murray, Michael Cera, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Dimitri Dimitrov, David Johansen, Jenny Lewis, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Shaffer, Julie White, and the band Phoenix. 

While narrating the tale of a man struggling to pull his live Christmas special together after a snowstorm causes many of his guests to cancel, the film embarks on a musical extravaganza, with each celebrity making an appearance to encourage Murray to perform his show. 



A Bad Moms Christmas

To escape from the cheesy rom-coms that take up a lot of Netflix’s Christmas collection, this 2017 comedy is more suitable for older teenagers and adults. 

Revelling from the success of Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn are back as the stressed-out, human, comedic mothers who now have to cope with managing Christmas while their own mothers come to visit. 




To really hark back to the classics, the 2009, 2012, and 2014 Nativity films are all on Netflix to watch this Christmas. 

Suitable for children and families, each film follows a new storyline, but the charming, improvised comedic elements follow throughout the series.

Perfect for entertaining children, while also teaching them about why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. 



Arthur Christmas

Another beloved animation for children is Arthur Christmas. Created by the same producers who brought Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit to life, this curious comedy answers the childhood question of: how does Santa deliver all of the presents in one night?

Adults will also enjoy this film, as some of its jokes are targeted towards parents. With themes of family unity and generosity at the heart of this animation, it’s definitely one to put one while snuggling your loved ones on the couch. 

More films are released each year, but that doesn’t mean we dismiss the classics of the past. Many of these films are beloved fan-favourites that will never be forgotten, and we hope you enjoy settling down with your friends and family to celebrate this special time of year by binge-watching Netflix. 



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