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Eleven Holiday Movies and Shows To Stream This Season

From 'Love Actually' to 'The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show,' these are the best holiday shows and movies to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more.
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As it gets chillier outside, it gets harder to resist the urge to snuggle up with a warm fire, a cup of hot chocolate, and your favorite blanket. Honestly, just thinking about that makes me want to curl up in flannel pajamas with my laptop. Such lazy winter days in call for the perfect entertainment, and with streaming services, there are thousands of titles at your fingertips.

Wondering where to begin? Look no further. We rounded up 11 of the best holiday films and shows available (or soon to be available) on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Prime Video. From classics like Love Actually to brand-new originals like Noelle, these are sure to leave you feeling warm, fuzzy, and counting down the days until Christmas.

Let It Snow

When a snowstorm strikes a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school students have their worlds turned upside down. Love, friendship, and humor permeate this Netflix original, and you’re sure to see some familiar faces. Kiernan Shipka of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Shameik Moore of Dope are just two of the stars in this teenage rom-com. Let It Snow hit Netflix on November 8. Watch the trailer here.

The Knight Before Christmas

Following her viral Netflix hit The Princess Switch, Vanessa Hudgens is back with another royal rom-com. Hudgens plays a science teacher, and co-star Josh Whitehouse plays a 14th-century knight who needs her to return him to his time. The film is complete with horseback riding and super campy Christmas set design, and what more could you want? The Knight Before Christmas came out on Netflix November 21.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

Remember when the internet couldn't stop talking about Netflix’s A Christmas Prince? The royally festive film is getting a new addition, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby. After American journalist Amber's (Rose McIver) riveting love story with Prince RIchard (Ben Lamb) in the first movie, the couple is expecting a royal baby! It’s a Christmas miracle. But first, Amber has to save her family and find a missing peace treaty in their home of Aldovia. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby dropped on Netflix December 5, so if you have yet to watch, it looks like you have the perfect reason to spend a cozy evening in.

The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show

Who could possibly not get into the spirit with this? Country star Kacey Musgraves teamed up with Amazon Prime Video for a holiday special, complete with guest appearances from the likes of Kendall Jenner (who hilariously recreated a certain Love Actually moment) and performances alongside Lana Del Rey, Camila Cabello, and Troye Sivan. Narrated by Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show is everything I need for Christmas this year. The special came just in time for post-Thanksgiving festivity on November 29, and now it's there for you whenever you need a holiday pick-me-up. Watch the trailer here if you need more convincing.

Noelle

Ever wondered about Santa’s family? What are his kids like? Well, look no further and wonder no more, because Noelle and Nick are your answer. Starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, this comedy chronicles Nick’s dysfunctional journey to becoming the new Santa. When Noelle suggests he take a vacation, Nick doesn’t return and leaves her scrambling to save Christmas. Billy Eichner even makes a cameo, so really, need I say more? The film debuted November 12 alongside the launch of Disney+, so maybe it's your perfect excuse to try the new streaming platform. Watch the trailer here.

Merry Happy Whatever

When Emmy (Bridget Mendler) brings home her new boyfriend, Matt, for Christmas, her father, Don Quinn (Dennis Quaid), has his guard up. Through plenty of of awkward moments, Matt learns to love his soon-to-be family. This comedy encapsulates the hilarious stresses of the holiday season, but shows just how much family means to you. Ashley Tisdale plays Mendler’s sister in the show, and my Disney Channel memories are all coming back to me. Watch the trailer for Merry Happy Whatever here, and catch the full show on Netflix, where it started streaming on November 28.

Holiday in the Wild

When Kate (Kristin Davis) ends up single after her husband ends their marriage, she takes herself on a solo honeymoon trip to Africa. There, she meets pilot Derek (Rob Lowe), with whom she rescues a baby elephant and nurses it back to health. Together, the duo grow close and Kate realizes just how much she loves what she’s stumbled upon. You can watch this buzzed-about film on Netflix now—check out the trailer for a glimpse. 

Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas

Can’t get enough of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”? Look no further than Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas on Netflix, where you can be serenaded by Carey for an entire hour. The film features live performance of Carey’s classic Christmas songs and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Love Actually

This iconic holiday movie follows the stories of nine interwoven lives that are all grounded and connected by the most human of emotions: love. Love Actually is the perfect holiday movie, rom-com, and feel-good story wrapped up in one. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and watch it on Hulu, whether it's your first time seeing it or your 50th.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back for a third season, and it’s honestly the perfect cuddle-up-with-hot-chocolate show for the holidays. With its vintage New York vibe and witty humor, it makes an incredible binge-watch. Make some cookies and light a fire, because Mrs. Maisel made her grand return to Amazon on December 6! Watch the trailer here

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This iconic claymation film is a blend of spooky and festive, a perfect transition from Halloween to the holiday season. Jack Skellington enters Christmastown and discovers a world of love and holiday spirit, sending him into a series of misadventures. Watch the film on Disney+.

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