Best Christmas Family Movies on Netflix this December

The Christmas holidays are finally here and for many, it’s the seasons to spend time with people that are very dear to us. One of the best ways to bond with the family this holiday season is by watching a Christmas-themed movie together.

Christmas and family movies are not just entertaining but they also leave some heartwarming lessons that we can all learn from.

When it comes to the best movie catalog, Netflix is without a doubt the leading streaming platform today. For December, Netflix offers some of the most-loved Christmas and family films of all time. It’s also scheduled to release some new Netflix original films. And since it’s the season of joy and giving, we have compiled the perfect Netflix holiday family movies for your next family movie night.

Home Alone

Christmas is not the same without re-watching the classic movie Home Alone. The 1990 film stars then child-actor Macaulay Culkin, who played the role of Kevin McCallister, an 8-year old boy who was accidentally left home alone by his family during a Christmas vacation in Paris, France. Kevin will have to create booby traps to stop burglars from breaking in to his house.

Watch Home Alone on Netflix.

Arthur Christmas

When a young girl’s gift gets misplaced, it’s all up to Arthur to make things right. Arthur goes on a mission to retrieve the young girl’s present in less than two hours.

Watch Arthur Christmas on Netflix


Elf is a box-office Christmas film hit starring the hilarious Will Ferrell. Ferrell plays an elf named Buddy that grows up at the North Pole believing that he is actually a real elf. Only to find out that he’s not really one of Santa’s little helpers. Buddy will go on a journey to reunite with his biological family in New York.

Watch Elf on Netflix


This 1988 American comedy film is a modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Bill Murray stars as the cynically selfish TV executive who has high demands for a live production show on Christmas Eve, forcing the network staff to work on the holiday.

Watch Scrooged on Netflix


Hugo is a great movie that features an amazing cast, beautiful music score and an inspiring story about a boy named Hugo Cabret. Orphaned and alone, he is on a quest to uncover the secrets behind the broken automaton and a notebook left to him by his late father.

Watch HUGO on Netflix

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Jake is an 18-year old student who hasn’t been home since his mother passed away and his father remarried. A few days before Christmas, his father made a wager with him that if he is home by 6PM on Christmas Eve then he can have his vintage 1957 Porsche. But instead of a direct flight back home, Jake finds himself in a desert dressed as Santa Claus.

Watch I’ll Be Home for Christmas

A Very Murray Christmas

Bill Murray is worried that no one will show up to his TV show. The film is packed with so many talented stars including George Clooney, Chris Rock and Amy Poehler. Expect a lot of Christmas carols and humour in this Netflix Christmas special. The film is exclusively available on Netflix.

Watch a Very Murray Christmas on Netflix

Bad Santa

An alcoholic and sex addict conman Willie Stokes together with his partner Marcus plans to rob a department store during the holiday season. The burglar duo disguises themselves as Santa Claus and his dwarf to be able to work at the Saguaro Square mall.

Watch Bad Santa on Netflix

Christmas with the Kranks

Alone for the holidays, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas altogether and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. Unfortunately, everyone around isn’t happy about the idea of skipping Christmas traditions. This 2004 comedy film stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Watch Christmas with the Kranks on Netflix

12 Dates of Christmas

Kate is on a mission to find happiness on Christmas Eve. In a strange twist of fate, Kate is given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to re-live Christmas Eve twelve times. The 2011 TV-movie stars Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Watch 12 Dates of Christmas on Netflix

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

Join Mickey and the whole gang this holiday as they keep the Christmas spirit alive in our hearts with three segments: Donald Duck Stuck On Christmas, A Very Goofy Christmas and Mickey and Minnie’s The Gift of the Magi. This Disney family movie is a great animated Christmas film for the entire family.

Watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas on Netflix

Santa Buddies

Santa Buddies is a story about a gang of golden retriever puppies as they go on an adventure to the North Pole to save Christmas. Their mission? To return the spirit of Christmas into each and every one in the land.

Watch Santa Buddies on Netflix

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas is a 2014 drama film that stars Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey and Mark Webber. The story revolves around the life of irresponsible Jenny who shakes up his brother’s (and his family) quiet lives.

Watch Happy Christmas on Netflix

Christmas Cupid

Christmas Cupid is a 2010 film starring Christina Milian, Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray. Milian plays the role of Sloane Quinn, a Hollywood publicist who continuously gets involved in press scandals. Sloane is so focused on her career that she needs the help of a ghost to change her ways and have a chance at redemption.

Watch Christmas Cupid on Netflix

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

The Fitzgerald siblings prepare for the return of their estranged father for Christmas for the first time in 20 years. The only problem is, many of his seven children and his ex-wife don’t want anything to do with him any longer.

Watch The Fitzgerald Family Christmas on Netflix

A Country Christmas

For U.S. Senator Max Schmucker, Santa Claus is a mere fictional character and so he ordered the banning of the belief in Santa Claus. This resulted in Santa losing his magical powers and becomes stranded in his barn. It’s now up to two children to help Santa save Christmas before it’s too late.

Watch A Country Christmas on Netflix

The Legend of Frosty the Snowman

From children to adults, everybody loves Frosty the Snowman. In this movie, find out how Frosty came to life in a town of Evergreen. The 2004 animated film was directed by Greg Sullivan and stars Bill Fagerbakke, the voice of Frosty.

Watch The Legend of Frosty the Snowman on Netflix

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a film about Jack Skellington, a skeleton known as the Pumpkin King. Jack accidentally opens a portal to Christmas Town and report its finding to the Halloween Town residents. Jack then ultimately decides to take over Christmas this year.

Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on Netflix

Roman Holiday

This 1953 romantic comedy film features the meeting of Joe Bradley, an American reporter in Rome, and the European Princess Ann. If you’ve never seen this jewel, now’s your chance to get to watch it online. The film stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Watch Roman Holiday on Netflix

A Christmas Star

Noelle was born on Christmas day in a barn, much like Jesus Christ. What the young Noelle also shares with Jesus Christ is that she is blessed with magical powers – she has the ability to change people’s anger into happiness.

Watch A Christmas Star

Christmas Wedding Baby

Lori discovers that her ex is going to serve as the event photographer for her upcoming wedding day. She and her sisters also struggle to find true happiness over the holiday season.

Watch Christmas Wedding Baby on Netflix

Santa’s Apprentice

Santa is about to retire and so he must find the right one to replace him as the new Santa Claus. Santa picks Nicholas as his apprentice, an orphan from Sydney, Australia. Will Nicholas be ready for Christmas Eve?

Watch Santa’s Apprentice on Netflix – it premieres on Dec. 18

Access the movies from the comforts of your home

If you are having some troubles accessing the movies on Netflix, use a VPN service to bypass the geographic restrictions imposed by the streaming channel. Most of the films listed above are available on Netflix US, but you will also need to access some of the holidays on different Netflix regions. Make sure to use a fast and reliable VPN service to unlock Netflix no matter where you are.

Family time is the best experience anyone can get this holiday season. Watch a holiday flick with the whole family and just enjoy each other’s company. Enjoy the collection of movies we have compiled for the holidays.