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Christmas is a time for family, food, forgiveness… and films

Thanks to Netflix, and the streaming service’s deluge of content, a number of schmaltzy romcoms, including ‘The Holiday’ and ‘The Princess Swap’, had people feeling more festive than a sea of twinkling lights.

Whether it’s because you’ve eaten so much you’re temporarily unable to move from the sofa, or you just need a break, there’s nothing quite like settling in with and a festive classic.

From silly Santa’s to shoot-outs in the snow, here’s our pick of the best Christmas films Netflix has to offer:

The Holiday

Film trailer editor Amanda and wedding columnist Iris exchange homes over Christmas in an attempt to escape their terrible love lives. This Nancy Meyers classic is as predictable as its fake movie trailers, but it’s warm and witty, with a strange but sweet subplot involving an Oscar-winning nonagenarian.

Die Hard

Whatever side you’re on in the infernal debate over whether it’s actually a Christmas movie (Bruce Willis thinks not), it’s hard to deny that Die Hard is a perfect action movie. That it takes place on Christmas Eve, and features lines like, “Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho”, makes it ideal holiday viewing too – particularly if you’re a little sick of festive slush.

The Christmas Chronicles and The Christmas Chronicles 2

Countless actors have donned Santa Claus’s signature red suit and long white beard. But until Kurt Russell’s performance in the 2018 Netflix movie The Christmas Chronicles, no actor has infused their Santa Claus with the spirit of a laid-back rock star—the kind who tells Dad jokes, yet somehow manages to retain his cool status.

Jingle Jangle A Christmas Journey

A musical adventure and a visual spectacle for the ages.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It’s hard to top this adorable modern classic. Based on the genius of Dr. Seuss, Jim Carey is at his creative, whimsical best as the Grinch with Taylor Momsen as the adorable Cindy Lou of Whoville.
The film ended up grossing $345 million worldwide and is an undeniable Christmas cult classic.

Fred Claus

Fred Claus and Santa Claus have been estranged brothers for many years. Now Fred must reconcile his differences with his brother whom he believes overshadows him. When an efficiency expert assesses the workings at the North Pole and threatens to shut Santa down, Fred must help his brother to save Christmas.