Halloween came and went, and almost immediately I switched from Hocus Pocus to Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies. It felt too soon, but I couldn’t control it, the Christmas spirit hit me hard this year. Since I work from home the TV is usually on in the background, and so as you can imagine, I’ve watched a lot of Christmas movies as of late. Some were good, some were bad, and all of them had a mega cheese factor. But isn’t that what Christmas flicks are all about— predictable love triangles and inevitable life lessons?
Because there’s an overwhelming amount of Christmas movies (and I’ve watched 70% of them) streaming between cable, Hulu, Netflix, etc. I thought I’d round up a few of my favorites (in no particular order).
A Christmas Prince — This one is on Netflix, and it’s the actual cheesiest. That being said, I’m a sucker for a royalty meets American love story, and A Christmas Prince is no exception. It’s so damn cute, I’ll probably watch it five more times before Santa comes.
Elf — I mean, it’s a classic. Need I say more?
Christmas With a View — Netflix does it again. Christmas With a View is about a restaurant manager (aspiring restaurant owner) who falls for the ski resort’s new chef. I highly recommend!
The Grinch — Admittedly, The Grinch makes me cry. Every. Damn. Time.
A Christmas Contract — What do you get if you add Peyton, Clay, Rachel, Skills and Chris Keller from One Tree Hill into a Lifetime holiday film (besides a OTH reunion)? One nostalgic Christmas movie. Watch it!
Merry Kissmas — Here’s another Netflix Original that will knock your socks off. Kate accidentally kisses a stranger in an elevator, and they end up falling madly in love. Is it realistic? No. Is it worth watching? Yes!
The Holiday — I am a big fan of The Holiday. I have no shame in watching it year around, but appreciate an excuse to watch it biweekly during the holiday season.
Coming Home For Christmas — Umm, can someone tell me how I can get two hot brothers, like the ones in this movie, to pine after me? Coming Home For Christmas is a Hallmark Channel original, and one of my favs at that.
Christmas Pen Pals — This one hasn’t aired yet (it airs tomorrow), but it’s already set to record. Sarah Drew (April Kepner, for all my fellow Grey’s Anatomy fans) stars in this movie as the creator of a dating app, which is reason enough for me to tune in. Is her Christmas pen pal her soulmate? TBD.
Love Actually — I just watched this all the way through for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It’s not my favorite, but it’s a cute story about love (the reason for the season), and that’s all I can ask for.
Poinsettias for Christmas — Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley James Scott from One Tree Hill) plays a woman who returns home to help her dad save the family’s poinsettia farm. Don’t worry, love triangle included.
Frozen — Does this count as a Christmas movie? Either way, some people (movies) are worth melting for, and I’m here for it— every year.
The Princess Switch — Vanessa Hudgens killed it with this one. This movie is like A Cinderella Story meets Santa, which earns five stars in my book.
Christmas in Mississippi — I’m a big fan of Jana Kramer, so no surprise I was a fan of this movie. It’s your standard Lifetime plot — girl leaves hometown to chase her dreams, girl returns to said hometown for Christmas and rekindles with an old flame, girl falls in love and stays forever — but it’s cute, swear.