The 102 Best Holiday Movies You Can Stream Right Now

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Come, all ye Christmas lovers who are scouring the internet for holiday movies to watch. Whether you’re searching for a kid-friendly classic to enjoy with the family or a festive rom-com to put you in your feels, it never hurts to have a variety of options.

We compiled a comprehensive list of the best holiday movies you can stream right now, including Love Actually, Four Christmases and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So, after you’ve finished baking those holiday cookies and trimming the tree, put on your most festive pajamas and prepare to be entertained by these 102 holiday movies, available on Netflix, Hulu and more.

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1. Eloise At Christmastime (1997)

  • Who’s in it: Julie Andrews, Kenneth Welsh, Sodia Vassilieva
  • Rating: G

Eloise is ready to make Christmas the best one yet at the Plaza Hotel. While she waits for her mother to return for the holidays, she sets off on her long to-do list—from playing matchmaker (and stopping a shady wedding from happening) to helping her nanny get the best gift ever. But don't expect everything to go completely smoothly when it comes to this rambunctious 6-year-old.

2. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)

  • Who’s in it: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel
  • Rating: TV-14

If you're a Marvel fan, and enjoyed the Guardians of the Galaxy films, than you'll enjoy this holiday special featuring your favorite team. The flick follows Mantis and Drax as they vow to make it an unforgettable Christmas for Quill. Be prepared for a lot of quippy jokes, catchy tunes and...Kevin Bacon?

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Warner Bros.

3. Elf (2003)

  • Who’s in it: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, James Caan
  • Rating: PG

A man who was raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop ventures out to New York City in search of his real father. But when they finally reunite, chaos and hilarity ensue.

4. The Noel Diary (2022)

  • Who’s in it: Justin Hartley, Barrett Doss
  • Rating: TV-PG

A successful writer is shocked to learn that his estranged mother has passed away, and he’s responsible for sorting her affairs. When he finds a diary among her belongings, he embarks on a heartwarming journey of self-discovery.

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New Line Cinema

5. Four Christmases (2008)

Vaughn and Witherspoon deliver tons of laughs as Brad and Kate, a couple who has to visit all four of their divorced parents for Christmas.

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TriStar Pictures

6. Mixed Nuts (1994)

  • Who’s in it: Steve Martin, Caroline Aaron, Rob Reiner, Juliette Lewis
  • Rating: PG-13

On Christmas Eve, Philip, who runs a crisis hotline, learns that he and his team are getting evicted from their office. Things get even more complicated when he has to deal with a coworker who has feelings for him, a dancing crossdresser and a penniless mother-to-be.

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Front Street Pictures

7. A Christmas Detour (2015)

  • Who’s in it: Candace Cameron-Bure, Sarah Strange, David Lewis, Marcus Rosner
  • Rating: NR

Paige Summerlind is stoked to see her fiancé and future in-laws for the holidays. But when her flight gets detoured, she meets a bitter bartender who has lost all hope in finding love. That quickly changes after they start to bond—and Paige begins to have second thoughts about her upcoming wedding.

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8. Let it Snow (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Isabela Merced, Kiernan Shipka, Mitchell Hope, Odeya Rush, Shameik Moore
  • Rating: PG-13

Based on the book by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow follows a group of high school seniors whose lives intersect after a snowstorm hits their small town on Christmas Eve. Mysterious encounters, budding romances and impromptu parties ensue.

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Maven Pictures

9. Black Nativity (2013)

  • Who’s in it: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige
  • Rating: PG-13

Based on Langston Hughes' play of the same name, the musical drama film follows a young teenager who travels to New York City to spend the holidays with his estranged family.

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10. Holiday in the Wild (2019)

  • Who's in it: Kristin Davis, Rob Lowe
  • Rating: PG

After her husband suddenly ends their relationship, Kate Conrad goes to Africa for a solo safari. She meets Derek Holliston and works with him to rescue a baby elephant, and when she extends her stay throughout the holidays, she realizes she might be falling for her new partner in crime.

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Blackmaled Productions

11. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

  • Who’s in it: Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan
  • Rating: R

A group of college friends reunite to celebrate the holidays together, but when old feuds resurface and romances are rekindled, things get a bit complicated.

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Anderson Digital

12. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

  • Who’s in it: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn
  • Rating: TV-G

Through the narration of a mailman, this film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. He tells the tale of a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (yes, those Kringles). When Kris grows up, he wants to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown but is faced with obstacles that make the task (almost) impossible.

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Silver Pictures

13. Fred Claus (2007)

  • Who’s in it: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, John Michael Higgins
  • Rating: PG

Meet Fred Claus, the troublemaking brother of Santa Claus. When his crimes finally catch up to him, Santa bails him out and has him work at the North Pole to pay off his debts, but this only creates more chaos for St. Nick.

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Warner Bros.

14. The Polar Express (2004)

  • Who’s in it: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye
  • Rating: G

Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book, a young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. After meeting some friends along the way (and the big man himself), he quickly learns that the magic of Christmas comes to those who believe.

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Hughes Entertainment

15. Home Alone (1990)

  • Who’s in it: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara
  • Rating: PG

After 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family vacation to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. When he’s accidentally left (you guessed it) home alone by his family the next day, he’s happy to have the house to himself. However, it’s not long before he must protect his family’s house from a pair of evil (and clumsy) burglars.

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Buena Vista International

16. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

  • Who’s in it: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey
  • Rating: PG

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, has become bored with the spooky holiday (we can’t relate). One day he stumbles into Christmas Town and becomes so infatuated with the idea of Christmas that he decides to create his own version.

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Walt Disney Pictures

17. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

  • Who’s in it: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam Lavorgna
  • Rating: PG

In this delightfully cheesy holiday film, one teenager gets himself into a pickle when he’s kidnapped by some high school bullies while on his way home for Christmas.

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Twentieth Century Fox

18. Jingle All the Way (1996)

  • Who’s in it: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson
  • Rating: PG

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them (of course), and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one. A friendly reminder to get your shopping done early.

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Warner Home Video

19. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000)

  • Who’s in it? Elmo Shropshire, Michele Lee, Susan Blu, Alex Doduk
  • Rating: NR

Jake is already having a rough Christmas Eve, but when his grandmother gets lost in the cold it takes a turn for the worse. While looking for her, he’s discovered that she’s been the victim of a hit-and-run. Soon enough, he realizes that the one and only Santa Claus might be responsible.

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Universal Pictures

20. Love Actually (2003)

Even if you’ve already watched it a dozen times, this classic rom-com never gets old. Love Actually follows eight different couples as they navigate the holiday chaos before Christmas.

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21. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

  • Who’s in it: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski
  • Rating: PG

Carrey stars as the bitter and antisocial Grinch who absolutely hates Christmas. When he embarks on a mission to stop the festivities by stealing holiday gifts and decor, he discovers that there’s more to the popular holiday than toys, trees and colorful decorations.

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Brooke Palmer

22. The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Harry Jarvis
  • Rating: TV-14

When a medieval knight, Sir Cole, is magically transported to modern-day Ohio during the holidays, he meets and quickly befriends a science teacher named Brooke. After Brooke spends time helping him navigate this new world, Sir Cole falls for her and feels less inclined to return home.

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23. Klaus (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
  • Rating: PG

When postman Jesper is given an ultimatum to either start a post office in the Arctic Circle or be cut off from the family’s fortune, he’s ready to quit. However, after he meets teacher Alva, the duo soon forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious carpenter who lives in a cabin full of handmade toys. Together, they bring the holiday spirit to a dreary town that needs it most.

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Johnson Production Group

24. A Bride for Christmas (2012)

  • Who’s in it: Arielle Kebbel, Andrew Walker, Sage Brocklebank
  • Rating: TV-G

In this Christmas version of She’s All That, Jessie is convinced that she may have finally found the one after calling off three previous engagements. But little does she know that her charming new partner is with her as part of a bet to get engaged by Christmas.

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Snowy Road Productions

25. Coming Home for Christmas (2017)

  • Who’s in it: Danica McKellar, Neal Bledose, Andrew Francis, Lindsay Maxwell
  • Rating: PG-13

McKellar (aka Winnie from The Wonder Years) stars as Lizzie Richfield, who finds herself in a complicated love triangle after she lands a job as a house manager for the Ashford Estate. Even worse, planning a Christmas Eve gala for the owners (aka the most dysfunctional family ever) proves to be a big challenge.

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Touchstone Pictures

26. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

  • Who’s in it: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark
  • Rating: PG

It’s a Christmas emergency: Santa Claus needs a successor and the accident-prone Ernest is just the man to help him out. Or not.

27. A December Bride (2016)

  • ​​Who’s in it: Jessica Lowndes, Daniel Lissing, Jay Hindle, Pauline Egan
  • Rating: G

Up-and-coming interior designer Layla isn't too thrilled that her cousin is about to tie the knot with her ex-fiancé. Or the fact that the guy who introduced them wants to be her date. Still, she reluctantly accepts—and winds up with a fake groom in the process.

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28. A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Laura Marano, Gregg Sulkin, Isabella Gomez
  • Rating: PG

There’s a mean stepmother and a couple of evil stepsisters in this Netflix film about an aspiring singer who works as an elf at a Christmas tree lot. One day, she suddenly has a change of luck.

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29. Christmas Cupid (2010)

  • Who’s in it: Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, Chad Michael Murray
  • Rating: PG-13

A Los Angeles publicist is forced to reconsider her life choices when she is visited by the ghosts of her ex-boyfriends on the eve of Christmas.

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Brown Bag Films

30. Angela’s Christmas (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Lucy O'Connell, Ruth Negga, Malachy McCourt
  • Rating: TV-Y

The Irish-Canadian short film is just 30 minutes long, but it packs more than enough humor and poignant scenes. Based on Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, the movie follows little Angela, who’s greatest desire is to help everyone else enjoy the holiday.

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Rainforest Films

31. This Christmas (2007)

  • Who’s in it: Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Regina King, Lauren London, Loretta Devine
  • Rating: 16+

Join the Whitfields as they gather together to celebrate Christmas for the first time in over four years (cue the epic one-liners and awkward family moments).

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32. One Christmas Wish (2015)

  • Who’s in it: Amber Riley, Matreya Fedor, Priscilla Faia
  • Rating: 7+

Feeling a bit lonely around the holidays, a young college student places an ad out in the paper to find a family to celebrate Christmas with. Oh, and did we mention it’s also a musical?

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Will Packer Productions

33. Almost Christmas (2016)

  • Who’s in it: Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, Mo’Nique
  • Rating: 16+

Almost Christmas centers on a dysfunctional family that celebrates their first Christmas together after the family matriarch’s unfortunate passing.

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Twentieth Century Fox

34. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1982)

  • Who’s in it: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
  • Rating: PG

Set one year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City—and the same burglars are still out to get him.

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Insp Films

35. Christmas in the Smokies (2015)

  • Who’s in it: Sarah Lancaster, Alan Powell, Jill Wagner
  • Rating: G

During the holiday season, Shelby Haygood is determined to save her family’s berry farm, going as far as to seek the help of her dreamy country star ex-boyfriend in the process.

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Lifetime Television

36. His and Her Christmas (2005)

  • Who’s in it: Dina Meyer, David Sutcliffe, Alexia Fast
  • Rating: 7+

A bitter feud turns into a sweet romance when two rival star journalists meet each other for the first time. Meyer and Sutcliffe star as the main couple, Liz Madison and Tom Lane.

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The Asylum

37. Santa Claws (2014)

  • Who’s in it: Ezra James Colbert, Nicola Lambo, John P. Fowler (voices)
  • Rating: PG

In this silly yet adorable film, Santa has an allergic reaction to a gift sack of stowaway cats. To save Christmas, the kitties have to figure out a way to deliver all of his presents on their own.

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Air Bud Entertainment

38. Puppy Star Christmas (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Kaitlyn Maher, Mackenzie Sol, Makenzie Moss, David DeLuise
  • Rating: PG

You can enjoy a festive film and get your puppy fix with this adorable classic. After discovering that a rival team plans to ruin Christmas, a group of dogs travels to the North Pole and attempts to save the world’s holiday spirit.

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Big Blue Marble Media

39. The Christmas Project (2016)

  • Who’s in it: Jacob Buster, Anson Bagley, Caitlin E.J. Meyer, Caroline Labrum
  • Rating: 7+

A writer recalls his most memorable Christmas as a child: when he and his brothers were forced to deliver presents to their bullies. But as the siblings try to get even, they eventually learn the importance of kindness.

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40. Holiday Rush (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Romany Malco, Sonequa Martin-Green, La La Anthony
  • Rating: PG

After spoiling his kids with pricey holiday gifts, DJ Rush Williams finds himself between a rock and a hard place when he suddenly loses his job. In order to keep pursuing his passion, he realizes that he’ll have to sacrifice his family’s luxurious lifestyle for something much simpler.

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41. Frozen (2013)

  • Who’s in it: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
  • Rating: PG

Yes, we absolutely consider this a Christmas movie (even though we watch it all year round). The popular Disney flick follows Anna and her pals to save their home from the infinite winter caused by the queen, who just so happens to be her sister. Plus, there’s also a sequel you can watch right after.

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Marvista Entertainment

42. The Spirit of Christmas (2015)

  • Who’s in it: Jen Lilley, Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky
  • Rating: 7+

In the movie, a young lawyer, Kate, tries to get an old inn appraised and sold. But things get rather complicated when she learns that the ghost of a handsome man, Daniel, has been haunting the bed and breakfast every year around Christmas time.

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Walt Disney Pictures

43. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman
  • Rating: PG

When she receives the gift of a locked egg box on Christmas Eve, Clara embarks on a magical journey to try and retrieve its key. This family-friendly film will definitely be a hit with the kids.

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Warner Bros.

44. Jack Frost (1998)

  • Who’s in it: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross, Mark Addy
  • Rating: PG

A father who can't keep his promises to his son dies in a car accident. But one year later, he's back as, um, a snowman. Now that they can do all the things they've missed when Jack was human, can he make things right with his son before he's gone forever?

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Paramount Pictures

45. White Christmas (1954)

  • Who’s in it: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
  • Rating: G

For a real-deal Christmas classic, look no further than the one filmed specifically around Bing Crosby’s hall-of-fame holiday tune. It’s about a song-and-dance duo that takes their show on the road to Vermont. Plus, it stars George Clooney’s aunt, Rosemary Clooney.

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Hallmark Hall of Fame

46. Christmas in Conway (2013)

  • Who’s in it: Andy Garcia, Mary-Louise Parker, Mandy Moore
  • Rating: 7+

For Christmas, Duncan wants to give his hospital-bound wife a gift that she’ll never forget, and he comes up with a brilliant idea—a Ferris wheel ride in their own backyard. Garcia plays Duncan, Parker plays his wife Suzy and Moore plays her hospice nurse, Natalie.

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47. A Christmas Carol (2009)

  • Who’s in it: Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara (voices)
  • Rating: PG

A grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge is not happy when he is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who take him through his past to reveal that his miserable way of living is, in fact, no way to live at all.

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Parallel Films

48. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

  • Who’s in it: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce
  • Rating: PG

If you’re a huge fan of The Christmas Carol, then here’s your chance to get to know the man who created the classic tale. The Man Who Invented Christmas follows Charles Dickens and the journey that led to the making of his popular novella.

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49. A Christmas Prince (2017)

  • Who’s in it: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Sarah Douglas, Honor Kneafsey
  • Rating: PG

Amber Moore, an aspiring young journalist, is sent to Aldovia to report on a charming Prince who's about to become king. But what she gets is way more than a scoop.

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Snowman Enterprises

50. The Snowman (1982)

  • Who’s in it: Raymond Briggs
  • Rating: G

No, Frosty isn’t the only snowman in town. This gentle adventure tale is based on the book by Raymond Briggs and follows a boy who builds a snowman—that comes to life—after the family pet passes away. This one has very little dialogue and a short running time (just 26 minutes), which makes it ideal to watch with the younger kiddies.

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Sony Pictures

51. Arthur Christmas (2011)

  • Who’s in it: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent
  • Rating: PG

Ever wonder how Santa delivers presents to every single child in just one night? According to this film, he does so with a high-tech operation in the North Pole. Unfortunately, this year, Santa missed one child (yikes) and he enlists the help of his clumsy son Arthur to make things right.

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RKO Radio Pictures

52. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

  • Who’s in it: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
  • Rating: PG-13

When George Bailey wishes aloud that he had never been born, an angel appears to show him exactly how life would be without him.

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Capital Arts

53. The Perfect Holiday (2007)

  • Who’s in it: Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard
  • Rating: PG-13

When Emily Taylor overhears her mom wishing to get a man's attention, she turns to Santa Claus and asks him to help her mother find love.

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54. The Holiday Calendar (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ron Cephas Jones
  • Rating: TV-G

Abby Sutton, a struggling photographer, inherits an Advent calendar from her grandfather and discovers that it has magical qualities—and that it just might lead her to Mr. Right.

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Michael Gibson

55. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis
  • Rating: TV-PG

Sister-brother duo Kate and Teddy are determined to catch Santa Claus on camera. However, their mission soon turns into a wild adventure that involves Santa’s loyal Elves.

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Tapestry Films

56. Serendipity (2001)

  • Who’s in it: Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Eugene Levy
  • Rating: PG-13

Jonathan and Sara are attracted to each other from the moment they first meet, but after experiencing what seems to be a bad omen, they separate in hopes that fate will eventually bring them back together. (FYI, Cusack and Beckinsale have the best chemistry.)

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Columbia Pictures

57. The Holiday (2006)

  • Who’s in it: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black
  • Rating: PG-13

Winslet and Diaz star as Iris and Amanda, two ladies who try to avoid their love problems by agreeing to switch homes during the holiday season.

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Columbia Pictures

58. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

  • Who’s in it: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
  • Rating: PG

With their daughter away, the Krank family decides to opt out of Christmas altogether (to their neighbor’s dismay). But when she decides to come home, chaos ensues as they try to figure out how to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.

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59. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

  • Who’s in it: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
  • Rating: G

Another adaptation of A Christmas Carol, this time reimagined by a set of beloved characters—aka the Muppets. This feature-length film also includes original songs, so be prepared for them to be stuck in your (and your family’s) head all day.

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Warner Bros

60. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

  • Who’s in it: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis
  • Rating: PG-13

In the third edition of the National Lampoon series, the Griswold family’s plan for a Christmas vacation quickly turn into a chaotic disaster. This one's worth a watch for the barrel of laughs, plus in order to inspire us to go all out with the Christmas decorations.

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Running Pony Productions

61. Christmas at Graceland (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown, Tamara Austin
  • Rating: G

When Laurel crosses paths with her old flame, a music promoter who’s now spearheading Graceland’s Christmas Show, she revisits her own musical past in hopes of continuing her singing career.

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Marvista Entertainment

62. A Cinderella Christmas (2016)

  • Who’s in it: Emma Rigby, Peter Porte, Sarah Stouffer
  • Rating: NR

The only thing better than a fairy tale remake is a Christmas fairy tale remake. After Angie dances with Nikolaus at the Christmasquerade Ball, she suddenly leaves, and Nicholas has no choice but to find her with the help of a single clue.

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Capital Arts Entertainment

63. Santa Girl (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Jennifer Stone, Devon Werkheiser
  • Rating: PG-13

Santa Claus' only daughter is being forced to marry Jack Frost, a guy she has never met, before she takes up the family business. But before her time runs out, she decides to experience the real world and attend college with her loyal elf, Cassie Claus.

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Walt Disney Pictures

64. The Santa Clause (1994)

  • Who’s in it: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd
  • Rating: PG

It’s Tim Allen (again) at his finest. When he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, he’s transported to the North Pole to assume the role before the following Christmas arrives, much to the delight of his son.

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Marvista Entertainment

65. Christmas Belle (2013)

  • Who’s in it: Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Famiglietti
  • Rating: TV-PG

Right before Christmas, Belle travels on business to handle the estate sale of a mansion. Her client, Hunter, isn’t the easiest person to work with, but as they spend more time together, Belle learns that there’s a lot more to him than his tough demeanor.

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66. Christmas with a View (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Vivica A. Fox
  • Rating: TV-PG

Clara, a ski resort restaurant manager, is initially put off by her new celebrity boss and head chef, Shane. But as they spend more time together, they start to develop feelings for one another.

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67. The Last Holiday (2006)

  • Who’s in it: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt
  • Rating: PG-13

Latifah is the shy and soft-spoken Georgia Byrd, who, after learning that she has a terminal illness, decides to make the most out of the time she has left. In the process, she strikes up a romance with her co-worker and longtime crush, Sean Williams.

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20th Century Fox

68. The Family Stone (2005)

  • Who’s in it: Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams
  • Rating: PG-13

The movie follows Meredith Morton, an uptight, conservative businesswoman who struggles to bond with her boyfriend’s relatives during the holiday season.

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20th Century Fox

69. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

  • Who’s in it: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart
  • Rating: G

Kris Kringle steps in to replace a drunken Santa Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and people love him—that is, until he starts going around town claiming to be the real deal. A young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is, in fact, real.

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Warner Bros.

70. A Christmas Story (1983)

  • Who’s in it: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley
  • Rating: PG

A young boy with an uncommon name of Ralphie attempts (and fails numerous times) to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Heartwarmingly nostalgic and seriously funny, there’s a reason TBS plays this film commercial-free for 24 hours straight every Christmas.

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Overture Films

71. Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

  • Who’s in it: John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodriguez
  • Rating: PG-13

The Rodriguez family gathers together to celebrate Christmas with their parents, but it turns out to be far from smooth—especially when the family matriarch, Anna, announces that she plans to divorce her husband.

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72. A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)

  • Who’s in it: Alicia Witt, Mark Wiebe, Scott Gibson
  • Rating: 7+

When Alice sets out to meet her future in-laws for the first time, things go haywire when she loses her luggage and breaks her phone. As a result, she ends up at the wrong home—only realizing her mistake after she successfully bonds with the entire family (and their bachelor son).

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Sideways Dog Productions

73. Cup of Cheer (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Storm Steenson, Alexander Oliver, Liam Marshall
  • Rating: PG-13

Imagine the cheesiest, most predictable holiday romance movie—but with a comedic twist. In this Canadian film, a journalist named Mary visits a small town for the holidays and falls for the most unlikely person.

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Walt Disney Pictures

74. One Magic Christmas (1985)

  • Who’s in it: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Rating: G

A guardian angel must help a young mother, Ginny Grainger, understand the true meaning of Christmas, with the help of her six-year-old daughter, Abbie.

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75. Christmas at the Plaza (2020)

  • ​​Who’s in it: Elizabeth Henstridge, Ryan Paevey, Bruce Davison, Julia Duffy
  • Rating: NR

A young historian named Jessica teams up with Nick, a dashing decorator, to set up an exhibition on the history of Christmas at The Plaza Hotel. Although she’s already in a relationship, she finds herself falling for Nick. Will she choose to stop this budding romance on its tracks? Or will she stay with her boyfriend for Christmas?

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76. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad
  • Rating: PG

A skilled inventor slash toymaker loses his creative spark after his apprentice steals his best creation. But when his adventurous granddaughter, Journey, is sent to stay with him, she embarks on a mission to reignite that spark.

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Muse Entertainment Enterprises

77. Christmas Jars (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Markian Tarasiuk, Jeni Ross, Ron Lea
  • Rating: G

Inspired by Jason F. Wright's novel of the same name, this heartwarming film follows a young journalist named Hope, who uncovers the secret behind a special holiday tradition after finding a jar filled with money at her door.

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MarVista Entertainment

78. The Christmas Setup (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Ben Lewis, Blake Lee, Ellen Wong, Fran Drescher
  • Rating: 7+

The Nanny’s Drescher plays Kate, a woman who cleverly sets Hugo up with his high school friend and crush, Patrick, when he returns home for the holidays. Sparks fly between two, but when Hugo gets an opportunity to move abroad for a promotion, he has to choose between love and his career.

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MarVista Entertainment

79. Christmas Ever After (2020)

  • ​​Who’s in it: Ali Stroker, Daniel di Tomasso, Charlotte Legault, Ellen David
  • Rating: G

With her deadline fast approaching, Izzi Simmons, a romance writer, finds herself struggling with writer’s block during the holiday season. But fortunately, her creative juices start to flow when she meets and falls in love with a widower named Matt.

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80. Random Acts of Christmas (2019)

  • ​​Who’s in it: Erin Cahill, Kevin McGarry, Jaden Oehr
  • Rating: G

While working on a story that involves random acts of kindness during the holiday season, a journalist bonds with a struggling writer who helps her understand the spirit of Christmas—although there’s more to the handsome man than meets the eye.

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Crown Media Productions

81. Christmas Cookies (2016)

  • ​​Who’s in it: Jill Wagner, Wes Brown, P. Lynn Johnson
  • Rating: G

Hannah, a corporate agent, is on a mission to buy a famous cookie company. But when she meets the owner, who's determined to keep his factory running, she starts to have second thoughts as she embraces the Christmas spirit and falls in love.

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82. The Princess Switch (2018)

  • Who’s in it: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
  • Rating: TV-G

Think The Parent Trap, but with a modern-day twist and a bit of holiday cheer. Hudgens stars as the talented baker, Stacy DeNovo, and her royal doppelgänger, Margaret Delacourt. When the two discover that they look exactly alike, they come up with a clever plan to trade places during the holidays.

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83. The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Ben Lamb
  • Rating: TV-G

The sequel introduces an all-new doppelgänger: the royal’s cousin Lady Fiona Pembroke (also played by Hudgens), who wants to steal the crown.

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84. The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Remy Hii
  • Rating: TV-G

The third movie follows Margaret and Stacy as they prepare to host an international Christmas festival. But when a family relic called The Star of Peace is stolen from the palace, they’re forced to enlist Fiona to help track it down.

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85. A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Henry Lawfull, Kristen Wiig, Michiel Huisman
  • Rating: PG

The movie reimagines the story of Father Christmas, following Nikolas as he embarks on a thrilling adventure to find a magical town called Elfhelm. And yes, it’s based on the namesake book by Matt Haig.

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86. Holidate (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth
  • Rating: TV-MA

Sloane is a twenty-something single woman, who’s fed up with her family always setting her up on awkward dates. When she meets a handsome stranger, they agree to be each other’s “Holidate” (aka platonic plus-ones during the holidays).

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87. Single All the Way (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Michael Urie, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Najimy
  • Rating: PG

When Peter breaks up with his boyfriend, he decides to bring his roommate home for Christmas instead. Chaos ensues when his mom tries to set him up on a blind date with her fitness trainer, James.

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88. A Castle for Christmas (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Brooke Shields, Cary Elwes, Lee Ross
  • Rating: G

In an attempt to escape her latest book flop, an author named Sophie travels to Scotland in the hope of buying a castle.

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89. Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Dolly Parton (duh), Christine Baranski
  • Rating: PG

After her father’s passing, Regina Fuller is determined to sell her small hometown and evict the residents, setting the deadline for Christmas Eve.

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90. Operation Christmas Drop (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Kat Graham, Alexander Ludwig, Virginia Madsen
  • Rating: TV-G

Meet Erica Miller, a young woman who works as a political aide for a high-profile congresswoman. She’s tasked with traveling to Guam to visit the Andersen Air Force Base, where she must determine whether the annual holiday tradition, dubbed Operation Christmas Drop, should be cut.

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91. Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney
  • Rating: PG

In the all-new Home Alone remake, a boy named Max is forced to defend his home against an artifact-seeking couple.

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92. Love Hard (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Darren Barnett
  • Rating: TV-MA

Natalie is desperate to find love. When she turns to a dating app, she falls for an East Coast guy who seems perfect. But when she surprises him with an in-person visit, she realizes that she’s been catfished.

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Stargazer Films USA

93. A Jenkins Family Christmas (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Regina Taylor, Kim Coles, Tammy Townsend, Robert Gossett
  • Rating: TV-14

Two sisters try to continue their family's holiday traditions, even after the death of their father. But when old secrets are discovered, they must decide how to move forward.

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Fabrício Borges

94. Merry Liddle Christmas (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Jaime M. Callica, Thalia Campbell
  • Rating: TV-G

Rowland shines as Jacquie, a young woman who tries to maintain peace and order in her dysfunctional family as they prep for the perfect holiday shoot. And in the process, she starts to fall for their new neighbor.

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Tyler Perry Studios

95. A Madea Christmas (2013)

  • Who’s in it: Tyler Perry, Anna Maria Horsford, Tika Sumpter
  • Rating: PG-13

When Madea joins her good friend to pay a surprise visit to her daughter for the holidays, it turns out that her daughter has an even bigger surprise for them. Expect plenty of drama and, of course, Tyler Perry's signature brand of humor.

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Walt Disney Pictures

96. Noelle (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Anna Kendrick, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader
  • Rating: G

Santa's daughter must take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the Santa role, decides he doesn’t want the job. Who knew Santa had kids?

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97. A Naija Christmas (2021)

  • Who’s in it: Rachael Oniga, Mercy Johnson, Efa Iwara, Kunle Remi
  • Rating: TV-14

The comedy centers around three sons, who are desperate to fulfill their mother’s final wish: find wives before Christmas.

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98. Falling for Christmas (2022)

  • Who’s in it: Lindsay Lohan, Chord Overstreet, George Young
  • Rating: PG

Similar to the movie Overboard, a hotel heiress loses her memory in a skiing accident mere moments after getting engaged. A widowed lodge owner finds her and nurses her back to health, all while teaching her the true meaning of Christmas and falling in love. Who will she choose once her memory returns?

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Universal Pictures

99. Last Christmas (2019)

  • Who’s in it: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson
  • Rating: PG-13

Kate has dreams of making it big in the music industry. But her future doesn't look too promising, thanks to her recent eviction and her dead-end job at a Christmas store. One day, however, she crosses paths with a mysterious guy named Tom, who changes her life for the better.

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100. The Preacher's Wife (1996)

  • Who’s in it: Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance
  • Rating: PG

Reverend Henry Biggs has not only hit a rough patch in his marriage, but his church is also at risk of shutting down. When he prays to God for help, he gets his answer in the form of an angel named Dudley. But when the angel starts to fall for Henry's wife, things get complicated.

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Sony Pictures Releasing

101. Eight Crazy Nights (2002)

  • Who’s in it: Adam Sandler, Jackie Titone, Austin Stout, Rob Schneider
  • Rating: PG-13

Adam Sandler ventures into voice-acting for the first time ever in this animated musical comedy, which revolves around a 33-year-old Jewish troublemaker named Davey. Set during the Hanukkah season, Davey is sentenced to community service after he gets in trouble with the law. His task? To serve as assistant referee for the youth basketball league.

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102. The Happiest Season (2020)

Stewart stars as Abby, a woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend, Harper, while visiting her family for the holidays. However, there's just one problem: Harper's family doesn't know she's gay.

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