Aside from eating together during Noche Buena, some families, if not all, would oftentimes snuggle up and watch heartwarming old and new, classic and modern holiday Christmas flick together to get in the holiday spirit.
Whether you’re in the mood for a tried-and-true classic or one of those irresistible Hallmark Christmas movies, there’s an endless list of holiday films to choose from out there, including family-friendly movies, cheesy-but-festive rom-coms, Christmas horror movies, and more.
Now, get ready to snuggle in your warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite holiday snacks — gingerbread cookies, popcorns, among others! Here are ten movies you and your family and friends would for sure enjoy watching during the Yuletide season.
Released in November 2019, Klaus is an English-language Spanish Christmas film written and directed by Sergio Pablos in his directorial debut, produced by his company Sergio Pablos Animation Studios and distributed by Netflix.
Serving as an alternate origin story of Santa Claus independent from the historical take of Saint Nicholas of Myra and using a fictional 19th-century setting, the plot revolves around a postman stationed in an island town to the Far North who befriends a reclusive toymaker (Klaus).
Klaus received positive reviews for its animation, story, and vocal performances.
It won seven awards at the 47th Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature, and also won Best Animated Film at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. The film was also nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, making it the first animated film from Netflix to be nominated for an Academy Award.
2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy adventure film directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston based on a screenplay by Ashleigh Powell.
It is a retelling of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and Marius Petipa’s and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, about a young girl who is gifted a locked egg from her deceased mother and sets out in a magical land to retrieve the key.
3. The Grinch
The Grinch is a 2018 American computer-animated Christmas fantasy comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss, it is the third screen adaptation of the story, following the 1966 television special starring Boris Karloff and the 2000 live-action feature-length film starring Jim Carrey.
The plot follows the Grinch and his dog Max as they plan to ruin Whoville’s Christmas celebration by stealing all the town’s decorations and gifts.
4. The Knight Before Christmas
The Knight Before Christmas is a 2019 Christmas comedy film directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Cara J. Russell. It was released on November 21, 2019.
The film’s plot revolves around Brooke, a woman who has lost hope of finding her “happily ever after,” and comes across Cole, a knight who has traveled from the 14th century. Cole has been sent into the future by an old crone to fulfill his destiny of being a true knight.
After accidentally hitting him with her car, Brooke thinks that he is suffering from amnesia as he tells her that he is a knight. She wants to protect Cole, so she takes him in to help him until he regains his memory.
What she doesn’t realize is that he is the knight in shining armor that she’s been wishing for all her life.
5. Last Christmas
Last Christmas is a 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson, who co-wrote the story with her husband, Greg Wise.
Based on the song of the same name and inspired by the music of George Michael, the film stars Emilia Clarke as a disillusioned Christmas store worker who forms a relationship with a mysterious man (Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him. Thompson and Michelle Yeoh also star.
6. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby is a 2019 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by John Schultz from a screenplay by Nate Atkin, based on characters created by Karen Schaler.
It is a sequel to the 2017 film A Christmas Prince and the 2018 film A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.
The film once again follows Queen Amber and King Richard as they prepare to welcome their first child. However, when a priceless royal artifact is stolen from inside the palace, the couple must race against the clock to solve the mystery in order to save their family and kingdom.
Krampus is a 2015 American Christmas comedy horror film based on the eponymous character from Austro-Bavarian folklore, written and directed by Michael Dougherty, and co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields.
In the film, a dysfunctional family squabbling causes a young boy to lose his festive spirit. Doing so unleashes the wrath of Krampus, a fearsome, horned demonic beast in ancient European folklore who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. As Krampus lays siege to the neighborhood, the family must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.
8. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated featurette, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers, who previously directed the holiday-themed Prep & Landing shorts.
In the film, Olaf teams up with Sven on a merry mission.
It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened, and Anna and Elsa host a celebration for all of Arendelle.
When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.
9. Angela’s Christmas
Angela’s Christmas is a 2017 Irish-Canadian animation film directed by Damien O’Connor, written by Will Collins and Damien O’Connor, and starring the Oscar nominees Ruth Negga in the role of Angela’s mother, and Lucy O’Connell as Angela.
The plot is based on the children’s story from Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish author Frank McCourt and is set in Limerick, Ireland, in the 1910s.
The story revolves around Angela’s desire to make sure everyone is having a great Christmas.
The film’s cast and production team received a number of nominations at the 46th Daytime Emmy Awards and 2018 Emile Awards.
10. The Lodge
The Lodge is a 2019 psychological horror film directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, written by Franz, Fiala, and Sergio Casci, and starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, and Richard Armitage.
Its plot follows a soon-to-be stepmother who, alone with her fiance’s two children, becomes stranded at their rural lodge during Christmas. There, she and the children experience a number of unexplained events that seem to be connected to her past.
The film generally received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the performances, direction, and screenplay.