‘Tis the season to trim the tree, conquer holiday shopping, snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate, and hit play on a great holiday movie. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by watching some of your fave festive classics, the cheesy Hallmark rom-coms, and the Netflix & Hulu originals? So if you’re ready to stay glued in front of your television, check out our round-up of our top 10 favorite holiday movies you should watch this weekend. Whether you’re in the mood for something that pulls at your heart strings or looking for a comedic escape, these movies are sure to give you that merry and cheerful feeling ASAP. Happy streaming!
1. The Preacher’s Wife
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to watch Whitney Houston alongside her co-stars Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, and Jenifer Lewis. The Preacher’s Wife is an endearing, heartwarming, family-friendly film that tells the story of Henry Biggs, a pastor of a struggling Baptist church in New York City. His marriage to a choir singer is also failing and fizzling out a bit. He gets help from an angel who enters his life to show him what’s most important. There’s nothing better than this beautiful film, and you’d be lying to yourself, your family, and everyone around you if you insisted otherwise.
2. The Holiday
The Holiday is the perfect romantic comedy for a laugh in front of the fireplace. Two women troubled with guy-problems meet thanks to a house exchange program, where they swap homes in each other’s countries, and from there they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
3. Almost Christmas
As a family mourns the loss of their matriarch, they must learn to come together and embrace each other with love and warmth. They all are trying to console their dad and cope with this being their first Christmas without her, but are clouded by their own personal problems. Almost Christmas is a moving, funny, and well-acted film acted by an outstanding and talented cast.
4. The Princess Switch
The Parent Trap meets Christmas, a princess, and a baker. Two women share an identical face and decide to switch their identities for 2 days and unexpectedly each find their own prince charming. Bundle up with a warm blanket and enjoy this very light Christmas movie.
5. Office Christmas Party
If you are looking for a funny (R-rated) movie that will keep you laughing and put you in a jolly mood, Office Christmas Party is the perfect answer. In this wild ensemble comedy, co-workers plan a festive gathering that quickly spirals out of control. Sit back and laugh your way through some serious holiday-themed mayhem.
6. The Spirit of Christmas
This movie gives “Christmas spirit” a whole new meaning. Kate Jordan, an attorney workaholic, takes a trip to Vermont where she meets and falls for a handsome, brooding man who happens to be a ghost (and from a different century)!
7. This Christmas
At holiday time, family matriarch Ma’Dere Whitfield assembles her family for their first reunion in years. However, family ties show signs of strain when various secrets come to the forefront. An ensemble cast lights up the screen in this heartwarming tale of family and unity.
Completely over the ‘being single during the holidays’ feeling, two strangers, Sloane and Jackson, agree to be each other’s plus-ones… but there’s a catch. It’s all platonic, no romance attached! Will they eventually see how compatible they are? This Netflix Original is sure to make you laugh all the way.
9. Christmas with a View
When a celebrity chef becomes the new head chef at her job, Clara is not impressed and instantly dislikes him. But the two can’t seem to cross paths everywhere they go. You’re sure to catch the feels when you watch this pair’s navigate their romantic tensions.
10. Coming Home for Christmas
After their parents separate, two estranged sisters reunite in hopes of having a family Christmas that’ll repair their mom and dad’s marriage and bring them close again. They plan to do this in their family home. The only problem is someone else is now living there.