5 of the Best… Family Christmas films on Netflix this year

We pick out five of the best family films on Netflix this year to help get you and your loved ones into the Christmas spirit. So get cosy, settle on the sofa and enjoy a festive film treat.

By James Descombes Published: 7 December 2021 - 8.02pm
Netflix Robin Robin, Jingle Jangle and Klaus films

In the words of the famous advert for a fizzy drink brand, “holidays are coming.” And while the sound of that famous jingle may evoke a twinge of Christmas joy, there’s no better way to fully immerse yourself in the festive spirit than cosying up on the couch and watching a Christmas film.

Here’s five of the best family flicks on Netflix this December. 

Plus, don't miss what's on Netflix this month and the best Christmas films and TV specials.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Jingle Jangle Netflix

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker stars as toy inventor Jeronicus Jangle in this Victorian-set musical fantasy film, full of razzmatazz.

The story sees apprentice Gustafson (Keegan-Michael Key) steal Jangle’s most-prized invention, leaving it up to his granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills) and a long-forgotten toy he created to return the magic of Christmas.

With music written by R&B superstar John Legend and high-energy dance moves from Kylie Minogue’s choreographer Ashley Wallen, you can expect your seasonal spirits to be well and truly lifted. 

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Klaus

Klaus Sergio Pablos Animation Studios

Klaus is Netflix's first-ever original animated film, and it secured a Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2020 Academy Awards. It went one step better at the BAFTAs and won the prize.

It’s a film that will warm you up on the coldest of days, as it tells the story of Jesper (Jason Schwartzman), the postal academy’s worst student, who’s banished to the frozen island of Smeerensburg where feuding locals are extremely frosty towards each other. After befriending Klaus (J.K. Simmons), the pair try to cheer up the town. 

Everything you need to know about Klaus > 

Robin Robin 

Robin Robin Netflix Netflix

Netflix’s slice of Christmas magic for 2021 comes in the form of Robin Robin – a new 32-minute animated film created in partnership with Aardman Animations.

Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant star in this story about a Robin that’s raised by a family of mice and has to prove that she really can fit in after making a heartfelt wish on a Christmas star.

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The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2

The Christmas Chronicles with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn 1492 Pictures

The Christmas Chronicles has all the ingredients for a classic Christmas adventure: kids, reindeer, elves and jolly ol’ St. Nick himself (Kurt Russell).

After accidentally spooking Santa, causing him to crash his sleigh, siblings Teddy and Kate have to work through the night to save Christmas.

And the sequel is equally enchanting, with Kate returning as a cynical teenager who's reunited with Santa when a naughty elf threatens to cancel Christmas. Real-life couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return too, as Mr and Mrs Claus. 

Arthur Christmas 

Arthur Christmas Sony Pictures Animation/Aardman

Aardman Animations pull another Christmas cracker out the bag with Arthur Christmas, which follows Santa’s son Arthur (James McAvoy) as he teams up with Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) to save a little girl’s Christmas. Cue comedy and mischief as the hapless Arthur races against the clock to return a little girl’s misplaced present.