Now that December has officially begun, we can’t help but indulge in all kinds of holiday goodness. Our miniature Christmas trees are set up in our tiny apartments and we’ve unashamedly purchased dozens of boxes of candy canes to munch on over hot chocolate and peppermint-infused rum.
The only thing left to do is get cozy under a blanket and press play on our utlimate holiday movie marathon. So, please join us on our journey through the best Christmas titles Netflix has to offer.
1. White Christmas (1954)
In the classic holiday film White Christmas, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star alongside Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen as singers set to perform a Christmas musical in rural Vermont. Amidst their preparations, Crosby and Kaye’s characters run into their former WWII commander (Dean Jagger) who is struggling to make ends meet and keep his business afloat. The boys decide to pull together and plan a yuletide musical extravaganza inorder to help put Jagger back on his feet.
2. Scrooged (1988)
Scrooged is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies ever made. Based on the Charle’s Dickens classic tale “A Chrismtas Carol”, this holiday film follows the story of Frank Cross (Bill Murray) a successful television executive and workaholic whose cold and distant nature drives even his closest loved ones away. After unemotionally firing a dedicated staff member on Christmas eve, Cross is visited by a series of ghosts who cause him to re-evaluate his life and make right his wrong-doings.
3. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
It wouldn’t be a true Ernest movie without some form of ridiculous shenanigans afoot. Santa encounters unexpected trouble while traveling to Florida in hopes of passing on his torch and the only person who can save the day is his taxi driver, the infamous Ernest P. Worrell. His journey is unpredictable to say the very least, but Ernest is determined to help Saint Nick and save Christmas.
4. Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
Another solid choice for your Christmas movie marathon is the 1994 adaptation of Miracle On 34th Street. When the acting Santa Claus for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is too intoxicated to play his role, a concerned citizen aptly named Kris Kringle steps up to help out. His undeniable authenticity as Saint Nick earns him a permanent spot in Macy’s until his true identity comes into question. It’s up to a dedicated lawyer to prove that Kringle is in fact the real Santa Claus.
5. Snow Day (2000)
While I personally don’t have the privilage of seeing snow that often, especially not to the extent of a snow day, growing up I always wondered what it would be like to have school canceled for an entire day due to mounds of ice. What would I do first? Build a snowman, maybe have a snowball fight. The possibilities are endless, at least that’s what Hal and Natalie Brandston learn when they have their very own snow day full of all kinds of unexpected adventure (including a cameo by Chevy Chase.)
6. Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually is probably one of the most underrated Christmas movies on our list. If you have not seen the film yet, this is your season to do so. Nine interconnected stories focus on the realistic complexities of love and the journey we all take to find that one person we are meant to be with. It’s the perfect movie to watch with your best girl friends and a nice bottle of wine.
7. Christmas With The Kranks (2004)
Though we like to only think of Tim Allen as the Santa Clause, he also starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in this hilarious holiday film about a couple hoping to escape town during the Christmas season. Their plan is quickly turned upside down when a pair of obsessive neighbors are determined to give them the holiday spirit they’re so desparately trying to avoid. The Kranks soon find themselves to be social outcasts due to their lack of Christmas enthusiasm.
8. Last Holiday (2006)
When shy saleswoman Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she decides to spend her precious time left jetsetting across Europe and experiencing life like a millionaire. Byrd quickly charms everyone she meets including a world renowned chef and her long-time crush Sean Matthews (LL Cool J).
9. 12 Dates Of Christmas (2011)
Let’s be honest, we all love to binge watch ABC Family’s 25 Days Of Christmas even when they play some of the cheesiest holiday movies known to man. However, this particular film (though still cheesy) is actually a pretty adorable love story with some of our favorite actors. The romantic comedy stars Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar who re-experience their first date on Christmas Eve 12 times in a row.
10. Happy Christmas (2014)
Next on our list of merry holiday movies, is Happy Christmas starring our lady crush (Anna Kendrick) alongside Lena Dunham. Party girl Kendrick moves in with her brother’s family after a difficult breakup and quickly turns their lives upside down. Tbh, I have not watched this one myself yet, but any film with Anna Kendrick is pretty much guaranteed to be a good time.
11. A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Last, but certainly not least is the Bill Murray Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas. This Netflix original was released last year and is the perfect way to get yourself into the holiday spirit. All you’ll need is a nice bottle of scotch to enjoy with this Murray-filled musical comedy.