‘Tis the season for holiday streaming! If you enjoy cuddling up with a cozy Christmas movie, Netflix has so many great titles that the idea of choosing just one might seem a little overwhelming at first. Thankfully, you can stop the endless scroll as we’ve put together our picks for the best original Christmas movies on Netflix.
1. “A Castle for Christmas”
For those who adore classic enemies-turned-lovers tales with a festive twist, “A Castle for Christmas” is an absolute gem. The film stars Brooke Shields as Sophie Brown, an American romance novelist who embarks on a holiday trip to her ancestral homeland in Scotland following a painful divorce and harsh reviews of her latest novel. What ensues is a delightful story of love and transformation as Sophie impulsively purchases Dun Dunbar Castle, a historic but dilapidated estate in Scotland.
However, there’s a significant hiccup: the grumpy Duke Dunbar, portrayed by Carey Elwes, still calls the castle home and refuses to vacate even after Sophie moves in. With the backdrop of a magical snowfall and a heartwarming holiday party, this movie beautifully captures the essence of the festive season, featuring captivating performances from Elwes and Shields and just the right amount of heartwarming holiday cheer.
2. “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”
Starring Forest Whitaker as Jeronicus Jangle, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” recounts the tale of a former inventor who faces adversity after being betrayed by his former apprentice. As the years pass, Jeronicus struggles to move on from the incident, causing strain in his relationship with his daughter Jessica, played by Anika Noni Rose, who resents her father’s emotional distance.
However, the arrival of Jeronicus’s granddaughter Journey, a budding inventor, during Christmas leads to a whirlwind adventure that brings the family together and reminds them of the healing power of the holidays. This film not only delivers a heartwarming story but also features show-stopping musical numbers that will undoubtedly find a place on your holiday playlist. Rose and Whitaker’s standout performances add depth to the emotional journey of forgiveness and reconnection during the holiday season.
3. “The Christmas Chronicles”
“The Christmas Chronicles” takes an unexpected turn in the holiday season when siblings Kate and Teddy find themselves on an extraordinary adventure. What begins as a clandestine ride in Santa Claus’ sleigh quickly transforms into a high-energy escapade when the duo accidentally causes a crash, resulting in the destruction of all the presents inside. At the center of this exhilarating journey is Kurt Russell’s charismatic and modern portrayal of Santa Claus.
Far from the traditional image of a gentle old man, this Santa is a cool, leather-clad, quick-witted adventurer who defies convention by avoiding the customary “Ho Ho Ho” exclamations. This delightful adventure is an ideal choice for families seeking a contemporary Christmas movie experience. The film’s success even led to a sequel, allowing families to continue their holiday journey, this time with a significant role for Mrs. Claus, portrayed by Russell’s real-life partner, Goldie Hawn.
4. “A Boy Called Christmas”
This heartwarming Christmas tale follows Nikolas, portrayed by Henry Lawfull, as he embarks on a magical quest to find his father, Joel, played by Michiel Huisman. Joel has gone missing while in search of Elfhelm, a hidden world rumored to be inhabited by elves. As Nikolas traverses unexpected landscapes, the film beautifully explores themes of belief, hope, and the joy of giving.
His encounters with magical creatures and the discovery of the power of these simple yet profound values become pivotal moments in the tale, resonating with audiences of all ages. The film’s emotional depth, incredible visuals, and strong performances from its ensemble cast, including Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Kristen Wiig, and Maggie Smith, make it a must-watch during this holiday season.
“Klaus” is Netflix’s first animated film to receive an Academy Award nomination, and it delivers a visually stunning and refreshingly original take on the Santa Claus legend. At its core is Jesper, a reluctant postman tasked with delivering 6,000 letters before the end of the year. This proves to be a formidable challenge in the remote town of Smeerensburg, inhabited by two feuding families who prefer quarreling to letter-writing. Jesper’s fortunes take an unexpected turn when he forms an unlikely alliance with Klaus, a reclusive woodsman living alone in a house filled with handcrafted toys.
Critics and audiences alike have hailed “Klaus” as an instant classic, lauding its heartfelt storytelling, emotional depth, and innovative twist on the familiar Santa Claus narrative. With an impressive 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it claims the title of not only the best-reviewed holiday film on Netflix but also the second-best-reviewed animated film on the platform, surpassed only by Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio.” If you have time for just one Christmas movie on Netflix this holiday season, “Klaus” should be your top choice!