If you follow me on Instagram Stories (if you aren’t, do it now) then you will know that I LOVE a cheesy Christmas film. You know the colour by numbers plot ones that are TERRIBLE but equally AMAZING. They just warm your cockles and get you in the festive mood like nothing else. Well, goddess knows we need this more than ever in the cesspit that has been 2020! The past couple of years Netflix have developed a reputation for bringing it with their Christmas selection and this year they are continuing strong. Here are my best new Christmas films picks for what you should watch to brighten winter 2020. I’ve listed these in order of when you can see them from and I’ve added where you can watch them at too.
The Holidate, Wednesday 28 October, Netflix
First up, Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey (he was Trey Palmer in Home and Away for my fellow aussie soap fans, and was in Little Fires Everywhere for those of you who are cooler) play Sloane and Jackson who hate being single on holidays where they face constant judgment from their meddling families. So they pledge to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion in the year ahead.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Friday November 13, Netflix
Wow, does this one have a great (and predominately black) cast – Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad and Hugh Bonneville to name but a few. The trailer for this gave me goosebumps and Greatest Showman vibes – I think it could be the runaway lead Netflix Christmas film this year! It’s a Christmas musical featuring music by John Legend. I think kids will love this one too.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again, November 19, Netflix
Netflix’s Christmas universe (yes they have a universe and it’s the best ever, hello Aldovia) expands with the sequel to the 2018 fan-favourite The Princess Switch for this holiday season. I mean it really shouldn’t have worked but it really did.
In Switched Again, when Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, it’s up to her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans.
Christmas on the Square, Sunday November 22nd, Netflix
Don’t worry Team, Dolly is here to save Christmas 2020! An embittered “Scrooge” of a woman (the fabulous Christine Baranski) plans to sell her small town, regardless of the consequences to the people who live there. I’ve no doubt that someone, probably Dolly, will help her to see the error of her ways.
Christmas Chronicles 2, Wednesday November 25, Netflix
One of the biggest Christmas movies Netflix has released under its Original library is Kurt Russell’s portrayal of Santa in The Christmas Chronicles which debuted two years ago. Now, he’s back for another outing with Chris Columbus (Home Alone and Harry Potter) returning to direct. The first movie was superb so there are high hopes pinned on this sequel. One to watch with the kids, we can’t wait.
Never has Santa been hotter. There I said it.
Five Star Christmas, Thursday 26 November, Hallmark
Starring Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill fame) and Victor Webster. ‘Lisa (Lenz) is determined to secure a five-star rating for her dad’s bed & breakfast. But when she meets (and falls in love with) a mysterious B&B guest, she’s shocked to learn he’s the travel critic behind the review.’
Hallmark TV is available via the Prime Video app and they are also shown on Sky, Channel 5 and Movies24 (channel 325).
Happiest Season, Hulu, Friday 27 November
A gay Christmas rom com?! Sign me the F up! Directed by Clea DuVall and staring Kristen Stewart, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, Victor Garber, Mary Steenburgen and Alison Brie this is set to be awesome! Billed as ‘A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.’
Dear Christmas, Friday 27 November, Lifetime
Lifetime is known for releasing a lot of Christmas movies each year, and for 2020, the network has already announced 30 films! Lifetime movie regular Melissa Joan Hart will star in Dear Christmas, about a woman who hosts a podcast about “holiday romances,” but hasn’t had one of her own. Until she heads back to her hometown and falls for a firefighter (Jason Priestly). Of course!
Even though Lifetime is an American channel, it is available to watch in the UK on Sky (channel 164), BT TV (channel 329), Virgin TV (channel 208), and Talk Talk TV (channel 329).
Robin, Robin, December tbc, Netflix
From the animation team behind Flushed Away and Chicken Run comes Robin Robin a new Christmas short due out just before the holiday season.
And if like me, you think you could easily write one of these films, how about adding this Christmas book, Build Your Own Christmas Romance, to your Christmas wish list (affiliate link below). Thanks to my Instagram follower @designbykinship for letting me know about it!
I hope you enjoyed my new Christmas films to watch this winter choices. If you liked this post you might also like my ‘Ultimate guide to the best Christmas films for families with young children’:
Which new Christmas films 2020 are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments!