Christmas is in just TWO days, so I thought I’d compile a quick list of what’s on Netflix right now. This year there are plenty of Netflix originals as well as old and modern Christmas classics to choose from!
Arthur Christmas is actually one of my all time favourite Christmas films and I think it’s seriously underrated! It follows the story of Santa’s Claus’ clumsy son Arthur who sets out to right a Christmas wrong. A present has been misplaced! They’ve only got two hours to get the present to its young recipient though so it’s a race against time. You can read my full review here.
Miracle on 34th Street
Remember Matilda? Miracle on 34th Street was one of the other hugely popular films that Mara Wilson starred in before she’d even reached the age of 10! In this Christmas classic, a young girl and a lawyer set out to prove that Santa Claus really is who he says he is. This is one for the whole family and all generations will adore it!
Scrooged is another oldie, but a goodie. This adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol stars Bill Murray as a selfish and cynical TV exec with zero Christmas cheer. Consequently he finds himself haunted by three Christmas spirits who are out to teach him a lesson or two.
Outnumbered Christmas 2011
Who remembers the good old days of Outnumbered? The Outnumbered Christmas Special used to be my favourite thing to watch on Boxing Day, but alas, those days are over. In the 2011 edition, robbers visit the Brockmans on Boxing Day, but that turns out to be the least of their worries… Outnumbered is a classic that will have the whole family in stitches so definitely one to watch!
Black Adder’s A Christmas Carol
Rowan Atkinson usually makes an appearance on television when the whole family are gathered round and this time the Black Adder Christmas Special is on show. They’ve put a twist on a classic Christmas tale and this time the Spirit of Christmas convinces a Victorian shopkeeper that meanness is worth a try!
The Night Before
Starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, the night before is a hilarious modern addition to the Christmas classics out there. This definitely isn’t a well-known Christmas film, which is altogether very surprising given the cast members, but it’s one of the better modern Christmas creations.
A Christmas Horror Story
Now this one isn’t going to be for everyone but it is something a little different. In this “Christmas” film we see a series of interwoven stories in which we see people’s Christmas nightmares come true. Not exactly in keeping with these other festive films, but hey, Santa slaying evil is pretty cool right?
After a breakup, 20-something Jenny (Kendrick) arrives at her brother’s home for the holidays. She’s about to shake up his quiet domestic existence with his wife and young son – that’s what siblings are for right?
This comedy-drama is actually about so much more than Christmas and you’ll find a tale about family and female-empowerment. The script for this is entirely improvised, which is an impressive feat, and, of course, Kendrick brings a sparkle to anything she stars in.
A Christmas Prince
Netflix really pushed A Christmas Prince as the film to watch this year on their site. Obviously, it’s super cheesy, but it’s Christmas and this film will warm your heart. It’s about a budding journalist who finally gets sent to cover a big story. The Prince of Aldovia has come out of hiding after his father’s death but is he going ascend the throne? Amber soon finds herself deep in royal family drama and there’s a dash of romance too.
Another Netflix original, another classic cheese-fest. This is a hugely predictable story about a rich brat who goes off to a remote town where she realises the error of her ways and that there’s more to life than Chanel bags. Still well worth a watch though as it still gives your heart a little flutter and maybe you’ll even shed a tear or two!
Obviously I had to save the best til last!
Finally. After years of incessant tweeting, Netflix has answered the call. Love Actually arrived on Netflix on the 14th December – a Christmas miracle indeed! Come on, put the telly on, it’s time to watch Hugh Grant do that sexy side shuffle.
What not to watch
I’ve also thrown in two warnings for good measure. If you’re looking for films to AVOID on Netflix this Christmas, I’d put Deck the Halls and Christmas Eve high up on your list. Don’t be fooled by their star-studded casts, both of these films were absolutely slated by critics and viewers alike!