Take a trip to the North Pole or revisit some nostalgic faves when browsing Saint Netflix’s list of holiday flicks

Family reunions, cookie swaps, and holiday parties come back every year. To while away the wintry hours, Netflix has you covered with yuletide entertainment options, from Christmas classics to its own string of straight-to-streaming films (although 2017's A Christmas Prince did not make our list). Stock up on cookies and cocoa, because you've got one long movie marathon ahead of you.

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

'A Very Murray Christmas'
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Sofia Coppola took a break from elegant theatrical features in 2015 for this moody, meta Netflix holiday special, in which Bill Murray (playing himself) struggles to shoot his own holiday special, which has been snowed out. Wandering through the Carlyle Hotel, he encounters a parade of celebrity guests, who join him in yuletide duets as he realizes his lonely Christmas isn't completely lost. What, you thought Coppola and Murray would just make some cheery, cheesy Christmas drivel? Do you know who they are?

EW grade: B (Read the review)

White Christmas (1954)

WHITE CHRISTMAS, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen, 1954
'White Christmas'
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In Michael Curtiz's (yes, the director of Casablanca) time-honored classic, two WWII-vet Broadway superstars meet a pair of song-and-dance sisters with whom they travel to snowless Vermont, where they're reunited with an old boss for whom they decide to stage a musical which may or may not be televised, upon which decision the film's central romance hinges. It's great! People eat liverwurst sandwiches and pretend it's romantic. George Chakiris is a background dancer in the film's worst musical number! If you've somehow never seen it, a very merry Christmas surprise awaits you indeed.

Talent: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Mary Wickes

Falling for Christmas (2022)

Falling for Christmas Lindsay Lohan
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A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight, walking in a winter wonder-Lohan! The definitive early-2000s teen queen, Lindsay Lohan, has returned to the screen as a spoiled hotel heiress, Sierra, who is diagnosed with amnesia after a skiing accident and has to stay under the care of a handsome, rustic lodge owner — played by Glee star Chord Overstreet — until she regains her memory. From its charming clichés to Lohan covering "Jingle Bell Rock" 18 years after Mean Girls, there's so much to fall for in this cutesy holiday rom-com. And with Lohan set to star in three more major Netflix films, Falling for Christmas marks the beginning of the Lohainnaisance, which is the greatest Christmas gift of all.

Talent: Lindsey Lohan, Chord Overstreet, Jack Wagner, George Young, Alejandra Flores, Olivia Perez

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

'Jingle Jangle'
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For years, Netflix has contributed handily to the annual Christmas movie release calendar, and this entry from 2020 is worth a rewatch. David E. Talbert's musical fantasy envisions the festive world of a brilliant toymaker, his scheming apprentice, and the inventions of a dancing doll and adorable robot. The story zigs and zags all over a dazzling holiday wonderland, but they've already warned you right there in the title — it's a Christmas Journey, just step up and take it!

EW grade: B+ (Read the review)

Single All the Way (2021)

Single All The Way
'Single All The Way'
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It's pretty egregious that it took until the 2020s for a streamer to release a cheesy, formulaic holiday rom-com that centers on an LGBTQ+ couple (2020's Happiest Season, on Hulu, was neither formulaic nor cheesy — nor, regrettably, especially romantic or comedic). But Netflix, thankfully, came to the rescue, with Michael Mayer's cozy romance about two best friends who pretend to be a couple (works every time!), only to discover that maybe they should be more than friends after all. Plus: Kathy Najimy and Jennifer Coolidge are in the classic roles of wacky and/or pushy relatives!

Talent: Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Luke Macfarlane, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Najimy  

Let It Snow (2019)

'Let It Snow'
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The Netflix Christmas oeuvre expanded in 2019 with this charming teen ensemble rom-com, a relatively understated entry in the streamer's catalog (compared to, say, the very sparkly musical Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square). When a snowstorm hits a small Midwestern town, romance sparks and secrets spill among its teenage population. Also, Joan Cusack plays an infamous local eccentric, and a fictional pop star shows up! We did only say relatively understated.

The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

The Knight Before Christmas
'The Knight Before Christmas'

We know what you're thinking: It is sacrilege to choose, out of the entire Vanessa Hudgens Netflix Christmas canon, anything other than 2018's iconic, unimpeachable The Princess Switch, or even its sparkling, double and triple-switching sequels. But, hear us out: The Knight Before Christmas is even better. Hudgens plays a young woman who is single until she meets an actual Medieval knight who has been magically transported to her small Christmas movie town at Christmastime! She teaches him about modern life, including how to navigate actual Netflix on her TV. Extremely festive!

Talent: Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui

Love Hard (2021)

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Nina Dobrev in 'Love Hard.'
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Combining the titles of two Christmas classics, Love Actually and Die Hard, Love Hard is seemingly nothing like the two and yet still a solid choice. The Vampire Diaries alum Nina Dobrev stars as Natalie, a dating columnist who finds out she's been catfished by her long-distance boyfriend, Josh  — played by stand-up comedian Jimmy O. Yang — after paying him a surprise visit at his New York home. For the holidays, the pair pretend to date around Josh's family under the condition that he helps her date his friend Tag (Darren Barnet), whose pictures Josh used to catfish Natalie. This rom-com may surprise you (in the best way), so don't judge it by its profile pic!

Talent: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Darren Barnet, Harry Shum Jr., James Saito, Rebecca Staab, Althea Kaye

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

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'The Christmas Chronicles'
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In compiling this roster of holiday entertainments, I first had The Christmas Chronicles listed simply as That Kurt Russell Santa Movie, which is probably what you call it, too. That's because Christmas Chronicles pretty much means nothing — the headline of this very list could probably be The Christmas Chronicles and nobody would blink an eye — but the phrase "Kurt Russell Santa" conjures an entire world of roguish yuletide possibilities. You watch The Christmas Chronicles only to see Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, which is more than enough to recommend it. Watch its 2020 sequel, The Christmas Chronicles 2, more commonly known as The Kurt Russell Santa Movie Plus Goldie Hawn This Time.

EW grade: N/A (Read the review)

Talent: Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Lamorne Morris

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