With everything going on this year, I know so many people are down and out and not really feeling the holiday spirit. I’m one of those people. But something that always helps is to watch a few movies to lift your mood and escape, even if it’s just for a couple of hours.
Netflix has plenty of holiday shows and movies on right now, but I thought I’d share some of the newest original titles that I added to queue this year.
I watched Holidate to kickoff this season of holiday movies and it was just what I needed, since I wasn’t quite in the holiday spirit just yet.
Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star as two cynical people who meet and on a whim agree to be each other’s date to several events, so they can enjoy the holidays without any romantic hassles or judgement from their families and friends. And of course along the way they fall for each other.
It’s funny, has a great cast, and it’s a bit vulgar…which is a nice change from some of those corny holiday romcoms. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy them, but Holidate is such a nice change of pace!
2. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
I have not watched this one yet but I’ve heard great things. Jingle Jangle is a star-studded fantasy/musical movie for the family, about a toy maker who finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on his doorstep decades after his apprentice betrays him. It stars Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad, Keegan-Michael Key, Anika Noni Rose, and Ricky Martin.
3. Operation Christmas Drop
What originally drew me to watch Operation Christmas Drop was two actors that I adore, Kat Graham & Alexander Ludwig, in a cute little romcom about a congressional assistant and an Air Force captain who fall for each other while working together on a US Air Force base in Guam at Christmas.
Knowing that this was the plot, I did not expect to see a truly heartfelt story about giving to those less fortunate in the spirit of the holidays. This is a very sweet little movie guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit if you’re not really feeling it yet.
4. Dash & Lily
Dash & Lily is a cute little romcom mini-series about two teenagers who fall for each other while trading dares, dreams and desires in a notebook they pass back and forth at locations around New York City. It’s based on the Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares series by Rachel Cohn. It’s such a unique and interesting take that you don’t see very often. Can we get more book to mini-series adaptations, please???
5. The Princess Switch / Switched Again
These Vanessa Hudgens Christmas romcom movies are not very good but are becoming somewhat of a tradition on Netflix, right? I watched A Knight before Christmas last year and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. This year, we get a sequel with The Princess Switch: Switched Again. One of my favorite things is to shut off my brain for a couple of hours and just let myself enjoy a corny movie like this. I know I’ll at least get a few laughs out of it!
6. Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square holiday musical starring the legendary Dolly Parton as an angel who guides a small town “Scrooge”on a musical journey of redemption. It was directed by the legendary choreographer Debbie Allen and also stars veteran actresses Christine Baranski and Jenifer Lewis. Besides the cast and director, this is probably worth watching just for the music and choreography alone.
What are some of your favorite Netflix Christmas movies and specials this year?