It may not be the most wonderful year, but that doesn't mean we don't get to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. And even if we aren’t looking forward to celebrating the holidays with family political arguments, we at least have festive decorations, Starbucks drinks that taste like peppermint and, of course, Christmas movies to keep us in the spirit.
Now please don't think we’re being snarky when we say the bar is low when it comes to Christmas movies. They're cheesy. They're predictable. They're EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT RIGHT NOW. What more could one desire from a holiday flick than a little bit of laughter, a whole lot of fake snow (these things were all shot in July for sure) and an ending we saw coming since the first five minutes when Lacey Chabert sighed and told her best friend, "I guess I'll be alone again this Christmas..."?!
But with all of the Christmas film options out there (and believe us, there are a freaking ton), we’re here to help you decide which ones to prioritize. And as perhaps the only piece of evidence that 2021 wasn't all bad, these three soon-to-be-classics all came out this year.
Here, this entertainment editor’s top picks for the best Christmas movies of 2021 (plus, one must-watch Christmas show as a bonus).