As many of us gather in our homes and separate from our friends and family, it can be a very gloomy time. Lucky for us, there is plenty of holiday magic that can be found this Christmas. Netflix released lots of lovely original Christmas movies and series. So if you have not yet seen the long-awaited ending to The Christmas Prince trilogy, A Royal Baby, here’s your chance.
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Holidays in nature
Kristin Davis plays a mother who plans a romantic trip to Africa with her husband after their son is on his way to college. Unfortunately for her, her husband chooses a divorce instead. Of course, Davis decides to go to Africa anyway, presumably to Eat Pray Love her impending divorce blues away. And considering it’s a holiday movie, the odds are astronomically high that she’s going to fall in love with Rob Lowe, who plays his pilot on his leg to Zambia. Netflix also assures us that there are elephants.
Let it snow
Snowstorm on Christmas Eve? Check. Senior schools? Check. An important party to attend and a stolen keg? Check. If this is not Christmas, Superbad meets every single John Hughes movie ever, I’m very disappointed. Kiernan Shipka hopefully plays a kind of blonde Molly Ringwald.
This animated original comes from Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos and has an amazing cast of voice actors including Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and JK Simmons. It’s also about a postal worker, but I would give it the benefit of the doubt that it’s filled with Christmas magic.
The knight before Christmas
Vanessa Hudgens becomes friends with a medieval knight who ends up in present-day Ohio. I guess this is going to be a Christmas version of Kate & Leopold that I’m totally OK with. Plus Emmanuelle Chriqui co-stars and the tween girl in me are very excited to see if she’s still as beautiful as she was in Snow Day.
A radio DJ widower and father of four loses his job just before Christmas because they apparently live in a world full of heartless monster people. The odds are high, this will be the biggest tower cutter on the list.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
If you have not seen A Christmas Prince or the sequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, stop what you are doing and go and see them immediately. The films focus on Amber, a journalist who openly lies to the foreign leaders in the fictional country of Aldovia (which I’m pretty sure would be illegal? But Netflix does not seem too concerned about how laws work in Aldovia) and end up marrying their prince. In the second movie, they get married. This time they have a baby. Sorry for the spoilers.
Vanessa Hudgens plays not just one, but two characters – and yes, one of them is a princess. Inspired by Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, The Princess Switch sees the talented baker Stacy take Lady Margaret Delacourt, Duchess of Montenaro, who is desperate for time out of the limelight. But things get complicated (as well as sweet, charming and all the good) when she discovers that a normal life can be a permanent dream. If you like it, check out The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
Netflix original series
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays
The most polite, beautiful and delightful British show in the competitive cooking scene blesses us with yet another holiday season. It’s hard to say what I’m most excited about, but it’s likely to be co-host Noel Fielding’s stunning outfits. (The rainbow sweater in the promo picture is everything.) Can’t wait until November 8 for your British Baking solution? Do not sweat. The current season is still streaming new episodes every Friday.
Nailed it! Holiday!
What a beautiful “disaster” of a show. I can not wait for Nicole Byer’s joke-themed jokes and all the nightmarish Santas that await us. Plus this season has a lot of funny famous judges, from Maya Rudolph to Jason Mantzoukas.
Happy happy no matter what
Dennis Quaid plays a character named Don Quinn. I will not even tell you what the action is about. I just want you to spend the rest of your day wondering if he was offered the role because it looks so much like his own name if Quaid had Netflix changed the character’s name to one more similar to his, or if it is a total coincidence. When I finally get a chance to see Merry Happy Whatever, I expect to spend the entire duration of the film discussing this very important issue. Netflix also claims that the character strongly believes “there’s the Quinn way … and the wrong way.” What does it all mean? You are welcome to tweet me your conspiracy theories now.
Sugar Rush Christmas
A Christmas season with sugar speed? Yes please! Netflix has made sure we have plenty of cooking shows to watch this holiday season, and I’m here for that. This season features a number of guest judges, including Tiffani Thiessen and Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis.
Magic for humans
A show about magic with an episode about Santa Claus? Apparently, Justin Willman wants to teach kids about the magic of giving. I’m too careful to trick kids into being better people.
Disappeared in space
Netflix claims this is Christmas related. Maybe there’s a Christmas episode? Apparently the show starts on Christmas Day. (Assuming they celebrate Christmas in space. Please tell me Santa will be in a spaceship.) On the head, fans of the first season binge-watch the new season on Christmas Eve.
Home for Christmas
This Norwegian series tackles a painful thing for some who return home for Christmas: Asking personal questions about why you do not have a significant other. One Christmas, Johanne, a nurse in her 30s, refuses to repeat the experience. Over two seasons with romantic twists, she tries to find herself a boyfriend before the holidays.
Dash & Lily
A young adult rom-com, this series is about Christmas – yes, hate it. The seventeen-year-old Dash is cynical about the holidays until, through messages left in a notebook, he gets to know the optimistic Lily. It’s sweet as it may be, and despite Dash’s original attitude filled with holiday cheer.
- Super Monsters Save Christmas
- True: Winter wishes
- Team Kaylie: Part 2 (Holiday Episode)
- Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas
- A Christmas meeting with family reunion
- Alexa & Katie: Season 3 (Holiday Episode)