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Best Christmas Movies on Netflix

Updated December 16, 2020

Be honest: You start thinking about Christmas well before the Thanksgiving tryptophan begins working its way through your system. It’s OK, because this is a safe space — a place where you can indulge your inner elf with as many Christmas movies as your heart desires no matter the time of year.

Rotten Tomatoes has put together a guide to every Christmas movie available on Netflix — at least in December of 2020 — because we’re here to enable your holiday movie addiction. This list includes classics (White Christmas), comedies (Uncle Nick), Netflix originals (The Knight Before Christmas), and more.

The films are organized below first based on their Tomatometer score (from Fresh to Rotten), then alphabetically for those without scores. Then we even noted a few more that lack information in our database. Remember: The disgustingly high number of Netflix Christmas movies you’ll watch between now and 2021 is a secret just between you and your Netflix queue. Enjoy!


RELATED: Check out our list of the Best Christmas Movies of All Time

#54

Alien Xmas (2020)
100%

#54
Adjusted Score: 53092%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a race of kleptomaniac aliens attempts to steal Earth's gravity in order to more easily take everything on the... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chiodo

#53

Klaus (2019)
95%

#53
Adjusted Score: 97831%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful hand-drawn animation and a humorous, heartwarming narrative make Klaus an instant candidate for holiday classic status.
Synopsis: A desperate postman accidentally brings about the genesis of Santa Claus.... [More]
Directed By: Sergio Pablos

#52
Adjusted Score: 93763%
Critics Consensus: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey celebrates the yuletide season with a holiday adventure whose exuberant spirit is matched by its uplifting message.
Synopsis: Decades after his apprentice betrays him, a once joyful toymaker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#51

Let It Snow (2019)
81%

#51
Adjusted Score: 81786%
Critics Consensus: Comfortably cliché, Let It Snow wears its influences on its sleeve, but works anyway thanks an excellent ensemble and just the right amount of holiday cheer.
Synopsis: A snowstorm brings a group of young people together.... [More]
Directed By: Luke Snellin

#50

Get Santa (2014)
79%

#50
Adjusted Score: 79328%
Critics Consensus: With a bombastic performance from Jim Broadbent, Get Santa brilliantly captures the joys of the Christmas holiday.
Synopsis: After crashing his sleigh, Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent) asks a father (Rafe Spall) and son (Kit Connor) for help to... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Smith

#49

White Christmas (1954)
77%

#49
Adjusted Score: 80997%
Critics Consensus: It may be too sweet for some, but this unabashedly sentimental holiday favorite is too cheerful to resist.
Synopsis: Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen)... [More]
Directed By: Michael Curtiz

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 64362%
Critics Consensus: The Princess Switch offers a healthy dose of charming, light-hearted, twin-swap fun and is delightful viewing for any hopeless romantic.
Synopsis: One week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and... [More]
Directed By: Mike Rohl

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 63623%
Critics Consensus: Predictable but sweet, A Christmas Prince is pleasant enough to pass the time during the holiday season.
Synopsis: Christmas comes early for an aspiring young journalist when she's sent abroad to get the scoop on a dashing prince... [More]
Directed By: Alex Zamm

#46
Adjusted Score: 68551%
Critics Consensus: While it's missing some of the magic of the original, The Christmas Chronicles 2 serves up a sweet second helping of holiday cheer that makes the most of its marvelously matched leads.
Synopsis: Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas -- forever.... [More]
Directed By: Chris Columbus

#45
Adjusted Score: 66390%
Critics Consensus: While its plot borders on the absurd, The Knight Before Christmas is endearing and charming enough to make it a worthy addition to the holiday rom-com genre.
Synopsis: A medieval knight is transported to the present day, where he falls for a high school science teacher who's disillusioned... [More]
Directed By: Monika Mitchell

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 69289%
Critics Consensus: A Very Murray Christmas preaches effectively to the converted with a parade of superstar guests and hummable songs that - combined with the host's trademark presence - adds up to a unique holiday experience.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Sofia Coppola

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 69834%
Critics Consensus: Viewers seeking a fresh holiday viewing option -- or those simply in the mood for Santa Kurt Russell -- should find The Christmas Chronicles well worth a yuletide stream.
Synopsis: Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry,... [More]
Directed By: Clay Kaytis

#42
Adjusted Score: 50170%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A year after Amber helped Richard secure the crown, the two are set to tie the knot in a royal... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#41
Adjusted Score: 53045%
Critics Consensus: Jim Carrey shines as the Grinch. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this movie. You'd be better off watching the TV cartoon.
Synopsis: In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#40

Red Christmas (2016)
48%

#40
Adjusted Score: 47687%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A widow and her bickering family gather at her remote estate on Christmas Eve. She must soon protect them all... [More]
Directed By: Craig Anderson

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 47289%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Congressional aide Erica Miller lands at a beachside Air Force base, where she clashes with Capt. Andrew Jantz over his... [More]
Directed By: Martin Wood

#38

Uncle Nick (2015)
45%

#38
Adjusted Score: 33797%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Nick (Brian Posehn) visits his brother's new house on Christmas Eve and revels in the inevitable implosion of the night... [More]
Directed By: Chris Kasick

#37

Holidate (2020)
43%

#37
Adjusted Score: 46399%
Critics Consensus: Holidate's self-aware approach to rom-com formula is refreshing, but it's offset by a questionable premise and unnecessarily vulgar jokes.
Synopsis: Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other's platonic plus-ones all year long, only... [More]
Directed By: John P. Whitesell

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 23618%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 16060%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man seeking the father he has never met ends up barricaded inside of a liquor store with five... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 19580%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: To keep her spirits high when their son leaves for college, Manhattanite Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) has booked a 'second... [More]
Directed By: Ernie Barbarash

#33
Adjusted Score: 26189%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Amber and Richard host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew a sacred truce, but when the priceless treaty disappears,... [More]
Directed By: John Schultz

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 12870%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A photographer inherits an antique Advent calendar that seems to predict her future -- including a budding romance.... [More]
Directed By: Bradley Walsh

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 40363%
Critics Consensus: Featuring twice the moms but roughly half the laughs, A Bad Moms Christmas is a slapdash holiday sequel that falls short of the original with a disappointing dearth of good cheer.
Synopsis: Under-appreciated and overburdened moms Amy, Kiki and Carla rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms:... [More]
Directed By: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

#30
Adjusted Score: 28365%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Blitzen suddenly announces his retirement, Santa needs to find a replacement. Against all odds, Elliot and his best friend,... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Westcott

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Loki and a frost giant plot to conquer the world, a team of heroes assembles to stop Loki from... [More]
Directed By: Mitch Schauer

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two junior elves misplace a town's letters to Santa and set out to retrieve the missing wishes.... [More]

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 22753%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: With his carefree life on the line, a wealthy charmer poses as a ranch hand to get a hardworking farmer... [More]
Directed By: Shaun Paul Piccinino

#26
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An aspiring singer-songwriter dreams of making it big, but she is stalled by her stepmother and two stepsisters. As she... [More]
Directed By: Michelle Johnston

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman (Katie McGrath) escorts her niece and nephew (Travis Turner) to spend the holidays with their grandfather (Roger Moore),... [More]
Directed By: Michael Damian

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bickering couple (Kristy Swanson, Chris Potter) learn a valuable lesson when a blizzard forces them to spend Christmas with... [More]
Directed By: George Erschbamer

#23
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A busy single parent is unaware that the handsome man she just met is actually a country superstar who is... [More]
Directed By: Justin G. Dyck

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#22

#21
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Angela's Christmas Wish is a heart-warming tale of a determined little girl who sets out to reunite her family in... [More]
Directed By: Damien O'Connor

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A magic-less elf is ambushed by an evil puffin and becomes stranded in a magical forest. He and the friends... [More]
Directed By: Jay Surridge

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Izzy is left alone at school when a blizzard hits her town. When she discovers three bumbling crooks have taken... [More]
Directed By: Michael Kampa

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Detective Mackenzie Bennett is hot on the trail of Carson, a suspected diamond thief, and goes under cover to catch... [More]
Directed By: Justin G. Dyck

#17
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Teenagers Kara and Jessie strike up an unlikely friendship while sitting next to each other on a plane that's bound... [More]
Directed By: Harvey Lowry

#16
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A family must save its Smoky Mountains berry farm against all odds.... [More]
Directed By: Gary Wheeler

#15

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#15

#14
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A busy doctor reluctantly agrees to allow an injured prince to convalesce secretly in her pediatric ward.... [More]
Directed By: Justin G. Dyck

#13

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#13

#12

Holiday Rush (2019)
40%

#12
Adjusted Score: 13231%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After being fired, a radio DJ moves in with his aunt, bringing along his four spoiled children.... [More]
Directed By: Leslie Small

#11

Holly Star (2018)

#11
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A cash-strapped puppeteer returns home for the holidays and gets caught up in a treasure hunt with her paintball-obsessed best... [More]
Directed By: Michael A. Nickles

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman who escapes the city in favor of her small hometown finds herself falling for a rancher, but he's... [More]
Directed By:

#9
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Four lovable puppies must save Christmas when four mischievous doggies hijack Santa Claus and the North Pole for their own... [More]
Directed By: Robert Vince

#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jack Whitehall invites his notoriously stuffy father onstage in London's West End for a Christmas comedy extravaganza, complete with celebrity... [More]
Directed By: Richard van't Riet

#7
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The multi-platinum selling comedian performs his first holiday-themed stand-up special with his friends.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Simon

#6
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After taking a very nasty fall on Christmas Eve, grinchy Jorge blacks out and wakes up one year later, with... [More]
Directed By: Roberto Santucci

#5

Pottersville (2017)
0%

#5
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Maynard, a beloved local businessman, is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift... [More]
Directed By: Seth Henrikson

#4

Santa Girl (2019)

#4
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Santa Claus' only daughter sets off to college before she is forced to marry the son of Jack Frost and... [More]
Directed By: Blayne Weaver

#3
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lucky and her friends embark on a Christmas Eve adventure into the city to find the perfect gift, but their... [More]

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A tech entrepreneur's Christmas shopping app is a smashing success, but he starts to believe his invention might be ruining... [More]
Directed By: Monica Floyd

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Unknown Actor
Directed By: Unknown Director

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A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas
A Trash Truck Christmas
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special
Captain Underpants Mega Blissmas
Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday
Christmas Crossfire
Dragons Rescue Riders Huttsgalor Holiday
Happy Holidays From Madagascar
Elf Pets Fox Cubs Christmas Tale
Elf Pets Santa’s Reindeer Rescue
Fireplace for Your Home
Fireplace for Your Home Classic Edition

Fireplace for Your Home Birchwood Edition
Free Rein: The 12 Neighs of Christmas
Go! The Unforgettable Party
The End of Christmas
Midnight at the Magnolia
Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas
Miraculous: A Christmas Special
Neseli Hayat
Peewee’s Playhouse Christmas Special
Pettersson and Findus 2
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle
Ricardo O’Farrill: Abrazo Navideño
Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day
Spookley and the Christmas Kittens
Super Monsters and the Wish Star
Super Monsters Save Christmas
Super Monsters: Santa’s Super Monster Helpers
The Christmas Project
Trailer Park Boys Live at the North Pole
Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special
True Winter Wishes

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