8 Best Christmas Movies on Netflix


Whenever the family gets together for the holidays, nothing really sets the mood for the season like a few classic Christmas movies. Everyone has their own favorite type, just like the pies and cookies you make for your movie snacks. Luckily, if you have Netflix, there is a wide range of films from which to choose, including something for almost every holiday taste. From animated classics to holiday horrors, we will discuss some of the best Christmas movies on Netflix at the time.

8. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Jun Falkenstein and Alex Mann
Runtime: 1 hr 5 min
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%
MPAA Rating: G
Streaming On: All Netflix

This is a short, animated anthology of three Christmas themed tales starring everyone’s favorite Disney characters. One is a take on the classic O. Henry story, “The Gift of the Magi”, with Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the lead roles. The other two feature Donald Duck in “Duck Tales”, and Goofy and the whole gang in “A Very Goofy Christmas”. This is a great one for the kids, especially those who love the Disney family. Its sequel, “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas”, is also currently streaming, so you have an extra distraction to play during the holidays before those presents get opened.

7. Gremlins (1984)

Release Date on Netflix: 2017
Director: Joe Dante
Runtime: 1 hr 56 min
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming On: All Netflix

One of the best classic 80s comedy and horror films, Gremlins is set during Christmas in a small American town. The holiday provides a backdrop for one of the funniest movies of its genre ever made. While maybe not for the youngest kids, it is certainly a movie most of the family can enjoy, and maybe even one to help them reminisce about being young themselves when they first saw it. It is a blast to watch, even when it isn’t the Christmas season.

6. Believe (2016)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Billy Dickson
Runtime: 1 hr 59 min
IMDB Rating: 4.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming On: All Netflix

This is more of a film for those interested in a holiday tear-jerker. A small town businessman (Ryan O’Quinn) whose factory has just failed, fights to keep the town’s traditional holiday pageant alive, as well as the town itself. The man follows down a path where he faces a more personal crisis of both character and faith, while he works to bring a newly orphaned young man (Issac Ryan Brown) into his life as well.

5. Thomas and Friends: Merry Christmas Thomas (2011)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Greg Tiernan
Runtime: 1 hr
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: no score
MPAA Rating: G
Streaming On: All Netflix

Another one for the kids, “Merry Christmas Thomas” is a must see for any child who is a fan of Thomas the Train. The hero is a locomotive who is in search of the grandest Christmas tree in all the land. Several episodes combine into one holiday themed anthology, gathering all of the kids’ favorite characters like Gordon, Mavis, and Percy, who put on a special surprise party. Thomas always learns lessons about friendship and hard work, so the messages are great for kids, even if they are not yet fans of the hit show.

4. Get Santa (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Christopher Smith
Runtime: 1 hr 42 min
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming On: All Netflix

In a fun romp for the entire family, Santa (Jim Broadbent) gets arrested for trespassing when his sleigh crashes. It is then up to the father and son team who found his broken down sleigh to get St. Nick out of jail, and then they must work together to try and save Christmas. Warwick Davis, known for his role in Star Wars, plays an elf who tries to aid them in their mission. This is definitely one to get a laugh from every member of your holiday crew.

3. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: John R. Cherry III
Runtime: 1 hr 31 min
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming On: All Netflix

For those who are not familiar with Jim Varney’s classic 80s character Ernest, which began as a local commercial character in Ohio, this movie is a trip into comedy nostalgia. For those who remember, it is a funny stroll down memory lane. While this holiday story is not the best of the “Ernest” series of films, it certainly displays Varney’s unique blend of physical comedy and obliviousness. Ernest tries to help Santa find his successor, and runs into countless silly situations from scene to scene. Especially popular with kids for his slapstick style of humor, Ernest is definitely worth a try this holiday season.

2. The Christmas Card (2006)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Stephen Bridgewater
Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: no score
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming On: This movie is no longer available on Netflix, we will update the page as soon as it comes back.

An American army sergeant (John Newton), while on leave from the war in Afghanistan, tracks down the sender of a Christmas card he received addressed to “Any Soldier” as a form of community outreach. He discovers the woman who sent it (Alice Evans), and he falls in love with her. A story of both war and romance set during the holidays, this film is a great choice for late nights in front of the Christmas tree with someone for whom you really care.

1. Dear Santa (2011)

Release Date on Netflix: 2013
Director: Jason Priestly
Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming On: All Netflix

A spoiled rich woman, Crystal (Amy Acker) finds a letter from a little girl asking Santa Claus to bring her daddy (David Haydn-Jones) a new wife for Christmas. He runs a soup kitchen in one of the poorest parts of town, and Crystal starts to become the fish out of water, as she falls for the lonely, widowed father. This holiday-themed romantic comedy is charming, clean fun for the entire family.

Netflix has quite a few more choices for you to take a look at for your holiday viewing. Also, with their regular addition of new titles, you can expect more Christmas movies to be added with each new season. Hanging out and watching some of the best Christmas movies on Netflix should definitely become part of your Christmas tradition.

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