The Best Movies On Netflix For Christmas, Plus The Best Christmas Episodes From Netflix Series

Some of the best series and movies on Netflix are perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit. Not all of the Christmas movies on Netflix are best for quality entertainment; based on their ratings, most critics and audiences agree that films like Small Town Santa and Christmas Ranch aren’t must-watch movies. But there are plenty of high-quality movies, as well as specific episodes from TV series, that are perfect to celebrate the holiday season with.

Best Christmas Movies On Netflix

Get Santa

For those that always expected Santa was going to get arrested one day, this is the movie for you.

A Christmas Horror Story

For those needing a break from all of the yuletide cheer, this horror anthology starring William Shatner will give you a nice breather. Plus, it has a twist ending that you probably won’t see coming.

Miracle on 34th Street

This remake of the classic film is one of the most popular movies on Netflix.

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Though this film didn’t fly with the critics, Netflix subscribers have given it high ratings. The film is about five New Yorkers who discover a new meaning of Christmas, and it features an all-star cast: Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Penelope Cruz, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams.

Love Actually

For those that love romance with their films, Love Actually is billed as “the ultimate romantic comedy.” And it also serves as a reminder that Liam Neeson used to star in movies where he wasn’t trying to rescue his daughter or wife.

Christmas with the Kranks

This is another film that bombed with the critics that Netflix audiences adore.

Just Friends

If movies featuring outrageous comedy are your thing, then Just Friends is the film you are looking for.


This is one of the most popular Christmas films of all-time and it is one of the best movies on Netflix. Bill Murray stars in this story that puts a modern day twist on the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Appearing in the film is a list of names that were staples of the ’80s: Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Robert Goulet, Lee Majors, Mary Lou Retton, Brian Doyle-Murray, and many more. Movie Views describes why this is one of the best movies on Netflix.

“Directed by Richard Donner and adapted by Mitch Glazer and Michael O’Donoghue, Scrooged brings Dickens up to speed for a modern crowd. Although it’s a smidge cruder and more crass, Scrooged nevertheless maintains the heart of the story and proves that remakes and new visions of old material need not be redundant.”

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Netflix Christmas Specials

A Very Murray Christmas

For those that didn’t get enough of Bill Murray in Scrooged, this Netflix original special should fill your appetite.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Celebrate the holiday season with the Rockettes in this singing and dancing spectacle.

Dreamworks Holiday Classics

This series on Netflix features some of the most popular Dreamworks’ characters in five holiday stories.

Dreamworks Happy Holidays From Madagascar

Four animated episodes are featured in this refreshing series: three are centered on Christmas and one is focused on Valentine’s Day.

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special

Nothing says silly-fun like this ’80s special featuring Pee-Wee Herman. Pee-Wee’s special guests include Oprah Winfrey, Magic Johnson, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Best Christmas Episodes From Netflix Series

Aside from their own original shows, Netflix hosts a cornucopia of TV series that are both hits of today and from yesteryear. Some of these series’ episodes are more dramatic, others are laugh-out-loud funny, but they all center on Christmas.

Friends: Season 7, Episode 10 — The One with the Holiday Armadillo

This series ran for 10 seasons so there are plenty of holiday episodes to watch, but this one is ranked as one of the most popular.

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Frasier: Season 5, Episode 9 — Perspectives on Christmas

Not including animated series, Frasier was one of the longest running sitcoms ever produced. The witty banter between Frasier, Niles, Roz, Martin, and Daphne made the show popular, and this holiday addition to the series is one of the funniest episodes.

30 Rock: Season 2, Episode 9 — Ludachistmas

Jack (Alec Baldwin) meets Liz’s (Tina Fey) family in this hilarious addition to the series.

The West Wing: Season 2, Episode 10 — Noel

The West Wing series always provided witty humor paired with dramatic storylines, and this Christmas episode is no different.


The Wonder Years: Season 2, Episode 3 — Christmas

If you like your Christmas filled with nostalgia then this reminiscent series should do the trick.

House: Season 4, Episode 10 — It’s a Wonderful Lie

This series is a great blend of drama, comedy, and mystery, and this holiday episode features all of those. Plus, the character of House is perfect for Christmas; he’s always in a bah-humbug-mood.

The Office: Season 2, Episode 10 — Christmas Party

The Office isn’t just one of the most popular series on Netflix; it’s one of the most popular shows of all-time. This holiday episode is perhaps one of the funniest additions to the series, and that’s saying a lot.


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From The Office to Scrooged, some of the best series and movies on Netflix are perfect for Christmas.

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