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Best Christmas movies on Netflix

Cuddle up on the couch for the best Christmas movies on Netflix—and don't forget the hot cocoa!

Written by
Danielle Valente

It's time to embrace the Yuletide spirit! The best Christmas movies on Netflix are a perfect way to do so. (And we hear they go well with hot chocolate.) 

Sit back for fun animated Christmas movies for kids (think Klaus) and reimagined classics like The Grinch. No matter what you choose, you can't go wrong! They'll all give you a hankering to get up and rock around the Christmas tree.

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Christmas movies on Netflix

This oddball origin story of Santa Klaus is the first animated feature from Netflix, and features Klaus (Oscar-winner J. K. Simmons), a large, bearded man with a knack for toymaking but who doesn't have much interest in children, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman), the worst postal carrier ever and Alva (Rashida Jones), a cynical teacher. They live in Smeerensburg, the unhappiest place on Earth. If it sounds like a grump-fest, well yes, that's the setup. But don't worry: Icy hearts melt, and even Smeerensburg can find joy. Rated PG. 


Santa experiences a slight fender bender during his annual holiday pilgrimage. Whoops! He elicits the help of a father and son to ensure that the holiday will go on and the toys will be delivered to their rightful owners. Rated PG. 


Is there anything better than Christmas break and a week off from school? Kids look forward to the holiday every year, but what happens when one little girl gets stuck in school? She bursts into superhero mode and protects her institution when the janitor is held hostage. Not your typical seasonal tale, that's for sure! Rated TV-PG. 


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