The Netflix Christmas hot list: From The Christmas Chronicles 2 to The Holiday - the best festive films and TV specials to watch

Discover the best Christmas films and TV specials on Netflix, from The Holiday and Nativity!, to new movies for 2020 like The Christmas Chronicles 2 and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey...

By Sophia Moir Published: 28 October 2020 - 7.45pm
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Netflix customers can stream a whole host of festive films and TV specials this Christmas.

From family classics such as Nativity! and Arthur Christmas to new movies for 2020 including The Christmas Chronicles 2 and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, there’s no reason not to settle into the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate and your favourite festive movie.

Here, we reveal our pick of the best Christmas films and TV shows on Netflix.

Plus, don't miss what's new on Netflix this month, and discover all the best Christmas TV.

Best Christmas films on Netflix 2020

Holidate

Holidate

When is it on?

Holidate is streaming now on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate being single at Christmas where they face constant judgment from their meddling families. 

So, when these two strangers meet, they pledge to be each other's 'holidate' for every festive occasion in the year ahead.

Operation Christmas Drop

Operation Christmas Drop

When is it on?

Operation Christmas Drop premieres Thursday, November 5 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Netflix's new festive film Operation Christmas Drop is based on the US Air Force's real-life Christmas tradition of the same name that started in 1952.

The film follows a by-the-book political aide (Kat Graham) who falls for a big-hearted Air Force pilot (Alexander Ludwig) while looking to shut down his tropical base.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Jingle Jangle key art

When is it on?

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey premieres Friday, November 13 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a musical adventure set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, which follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker) whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. 

But when his trusted apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter - and a long-forgotten invention - to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within. 

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

When is it on?

Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square premieres Sunday, November 22 on Netflix.

What’s it about?

A rich and nasty woman returns to her hometown to evict everyone but discovers the true meaning of Christmas thanks to the local townsfolk - and an actual angel.

The film features 14 original songs, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

The Christmas Chronicles films

When is it on?

Family blockbuster The Christmas Chronicles (2018) is streaming on Netflix now.

A brand new sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2, is streaming on Netflix from Wednesday, November 25.

What’s it about?

The Christmas Chronicles tells the story of Kate and Teddy Pierce, a brother and sister duo whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa - as you've never seen him before - and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it's too late.

In The Christmas Chronicles 2, Kate is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas.

The Princess Switch films

When is it on?

Christmas movie The Princess Switch (2018) is streaming on Netflix now.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again is streaming on Netflix from Thursday, November 19.

What’s it about?

One week before Christmas, Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro (Vanessa Hudgens), switches places with Stacy, a ‘commoner’ from Chicago, who looks exactly like her.

With the assistance of one of Santa's magical helpers, Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s handsome co-worker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret's fiance, the dashing Prince.

In the film's sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, there's a third lookalike in town.

When Duchess Margaret inherits the throne and hits a rough patch with Kevin, it's up to her double Stacy to save the day before the new lookalike foils their plans.

A Christmas Prince films

A Christmas Prince

When is it on?

A Christmas Prince (2017), A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018), and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) are all streaming now on Netflix.

What’s it about?

In A Christmas Prince, aspiring young journalist Amber is sent to the kingdom of Aldovia to get the scoop on dashing prince Richard, who's poised to be king.

Then, in A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, Amber and Richard are set to tie the knot in a royal Christmas wedding. But their plans are jeopardised when Amber finds herself second-guessing whether or not she's cut out to be queen.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby transports you back to Aldovia where a royal baby is on its way. A priceless artifact has been stolen, jeopardising a 600-year-old sacred truce between nations - and Amber has to unmask the thief before Christmas Eve.

The Knight Before Christmas

When is it on?

The Knight Before Christmas is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse star in the perfectly-titled Christmas rom-com, The Knight Before Christmas. She plays a kind science teacher who has been disillusioned by love and he's the cursed medieval knight that she must help return to his time.

Klaus

When is it on?

Klaus is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A young postman and a reclusive toymaker become unlikely friends in Klaus, an animated Santa Claus origin story by the co-creator of Despicable Me.

Holiday In The Wild

When is it on?

Holiday In The Wild is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe star in Holiday In The Wild, a touching new film about a divorcée who embarks on a safari in Zambia where she rediscovers herself while working at a local elephant sanctuary.

The Holiday Calendar

When is it on?

Festive film The Holiday Calendar is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Struggling but talented photographer Abby (Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries) inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this Christmas?

Best Christmas TV series on Netflix 2020

Merry Happy Whatever

When is it on?

TV series Merry Happy Whatever is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A strong-willed dad navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings her new boyfriend home. Starring Dennis Quaid.

Let It Snow

When is it on?

Let It Snow is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Based on the YA novel of the same name by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow is a new movie about a once-in-century snowstorm that hits a small town on Christmas Eve, affecting the friendships, love lives and futures of several high school students.

Nailed It! Holiday!

Nailed It!

When is it on?

The Nailed It! Christmas special is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Hosted by Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres, this Christmas-themed competition sees home bakers with a terrible track record take a shot at recreating edible festive masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It’s part competition, part hot mess.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

When is it on?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Christmas special, titled A Mindwinter’s Tale, is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A Midwinter's Tale is set during the Church of Night's celebration of the winter solstice, and although the episode will largely focus on the solstice celebration, elements of it will be part of the series' continuity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On the longest night of the year, families gather around the Yule fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. The holidays are also a time for guests and visitors - both welcome and unwelcome - and you never know who'll drop down the chimney.

Classic Christmas films on Netflix 2020

Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas

When is it on?

Festive film Arthur Christmas is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

At Santa Claus's super-secret toy-making facility, Mr Claus (voiced by Jim Broadbent) entrusts his clumsy son, Arthur (James McAvoy), to carry out an ultra-important Christmas mission.

Nativity!

Nativity!

When is it on?

British comedy movies Nativity!, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger and Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? are all streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

In 2009’s Nativity!, teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman, above left) is charged with directing his school's nativity play, falsely boasting that his ex-girlfriend plans to turn the production into a Hollywood film.

In the 2012 follow up, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, the teachers and students at the school go on a road trip to audition for a place in a rock musical competition.

And in the third film in the series, Mr Poppy (Mark Wootton, above right) and the children have to get Mr Shepherd's memory back before his wedding day.

The Grinch

The Grinch

When is it on?

The Grinch is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

This 2018 animation sees The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, living a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. 

When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) realises there is one way to gain peace and quiet - by stealing Christmas and silencing the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.

The Holiday

The Holiday

When is it on?

The Holiday is streaming on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Dumped and depressed, English rose Iris (Kate Winslet) agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky-in-love Californian Amanda (Cameron Diaz) for a much-needed break.

Iris finds herself in a Hollywood mansion while Amanda navigates the lanes of a picture-perfect English village. Soon enough, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads...

 

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