When many of us are locked in our homes and separated from friends and family, it can be a very dark time. Fortunately for us, a lot of holiday magic can be found this Christmas. Netflix has released a ton of gorgeous Christmas original movies and series. So, if you haven’t watched the long-awaited conclusion of the Christmas Prince, Royal Baby trilogy yet, here’s your chance.
Netflix original movies
A holiday in the wild
Christine Davis plays a mother who is planning a romantic trip to Africa with her husband after their son goes to college. Unfortunately for her, her husband decides to divorce instead. Apparently Davis decided to go to Africa after all, probably to eat and pray that her impending divorce would turn blue. And given that it’s a holiday film, chances look astronomical that she’ll fall in love with Rob Lowe, who plays her pilot on her leg to Zambia. Netflix also assures us that there are elephants.
Let it snow
A snowstorm on Christmas Eve? Check. Graduates? Check. An important party to join and a stolen barrel? Check. If this isn’t Christmas, Superbad ever meets every John Hughes movie, I’ll be very disappointed. I hope Kiernan Shipka plays some kind of blonde Molly Ringwald.
This animated original comes from Despicable Me co-author Sergio Pablos and features a fantastic cast, including Jason Schwartzman, Rashid Jones and JK Simmons. It’s also about a postal employee, but I’ll give him an advantage on suspicion of being full of Christmas magic.
Knight before Christmas
Vanessa Hudgens befriends a medieval knight who ends up in present-day Ohio. I guess this will be the Christmas version of Kate & Leopold, which I’m totally fine with. With that Emmanuelle Chriqui is acting together and the little girl between me is very excited when she sees if she is still as beautiful as she was on Snow Day.
The widower of a radio DJ and the father of four children loses his job just before Christmas because they apparently live in a world full of heartless monster people. Chances are good that this will be the biggest terrier on the list.
Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
If you haven’t seen The Christmas Prince or the sequel to The Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding, stop what you’re doing and go watch them right away. The films focus on Amber, a journalist who openly lies to foreign leaders of the fictional country of Aldovia (which I’m pretty sure would be illegal? But Netflix doesn’t seem too worried about how the laws work in Aldovia) and interrupts their prince’s wedding. In the second film, they get married. This time they have a baby. Sorry on the spoilers.
Vanessa Hudgens plays not just one but two characters – and yes, one of them is a princess. Taking inspiration from Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Poor,” Princess Switch sees talented baker Stacy take the place of Lady Margaret Delacourt, Duchess of Montenaro, who desperately wants her time left out of the spotlight. But things get complicated (as do the cute, charming and all those good things) when he discovers that a normal life could be a lasting dream. If you like it, check out The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
Netflix original series
Great British Bakery Show: Holidays
The most decent, cutest and most beautiful British show on the competitive cooking scene blesses us with another holiday. It’s hard to say what I’m most excited about, but it’s likely to be the amazing outfit of host Noel Fielding. (The rainbow sweater in the promotional image is everything.) Can’t wait for November 8 to fix your British Baking? Don’t sweat. The current season still airs new episodes every Friday.
Nailed It! Vacation!
What a beautiful “disaster” of the show. I can’t wait for Nicole Byer’s jokes on the subject of Christmas and all of Santa Claus looking like a nightmare to us. Plus this season has a host of hilarious celebrity judges, from Maya Rudolph to Jason Mantzoukas.
Merry Happy Whatever
Dennis Quaid plays a character named Don Quinn. I won’t tell you what it’s about. I just want you to spend the rest of the day wondering if he was offered a role because it’s so similar to his own name, if Quaid Netflix changed the character’s name to another similar to his or is it a complete coincidence. When I finally get a chance to see Merry Happy Whatever, I expect to spend the entire time of the film discussing this very important issue. Netflix also claims that the character firmly believes “there is a Quinn way … and a wrong way.” What does all this mean? Free tweet me your conspiracy theories now.
Sugar Rush Christmas
A Christmas-themed sugar fever season? Yes please! Netflix has made sure we have a lot of cooking shows to watch this holiday season, and I’m here for that. Numerous guest judges are performing this season, including Tiffani Thiessen and Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis.
Magic for people
A magic show featuring an episode about Santa Claus? Apparently Justin Willman will teach children about the magic of giving. I am in favor of gently deceiving children into becoming better human beings.
Lost in space
Netflix claims this is related to Christmas. Maybe there is a Christmas episode? Apparently the show starts on Christmas. (Assuming Christmas is celebrated in space. Please tell me that Santa Claus will be in a spaceship.) Despite this, fans of the first season will get to over-observe the new season on Christmas Eve.
Home for Christmas
This Norwegian series deals with a painful thing for some who return home for Christmas: Facing personal questions about why you don’t have a more significant other. One Christmas, Johanne, a nurse in her 30s, refuses to repeat the experience. Through two seasons of romantic upheaval, she tries to find herself a boyfriend before the holidays.
Dash & Lily
Rom-com for young people, this series is about Christmas – well, I hate it. Seventeen-year-old Dash is cynical about the holiday, until he meets the optimistic Lily through messages left in a notebook. It’s sweet that it can be and, despite Dasha’s initial attitude, filled with festive joy.
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