The best new Christmas movies to refresh your holiday watch list

Christmas is only one day out of the whole year, but Christmas movies can be enjoyed all year round. For people who have been holding out until after Halloween to get into the festive spirit, however, there is a lot to catch up on. Every streaming service has new holiday specials to warm your heart and give you something to enjoy over a cup of eggnog. There are romantic comedies, musicals, animated tales and even a little action with a holiday twist. Below are the best movies to watch for Christmas 2022, but no one knows if you’ll also be watching them in January.

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Welcome back, Lindsay Lohan! That Wild girls queen makes her return to the screen, and this Netflix hit is the perfect vehicle for her brand of romantic comedy drama. With such a big comeback, the plot is almost irrelevant, but the story follows a young, newly engaged heir who gets into a skiing accident just before Christmas. Surprise! She gets amnesia. Fortunately, a very beautiful cabin owner and his daughter are willing to take care of her and teach her the true meaning of the holiday.

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The Claus 2 family is a sequel to the story of a young boy named Jules Claus who discovers that his grandfather, Noël, is Santa Claus. In this follow-up, Jules helps her grandfather prepare for the busiest time of the year for their generous family. When Jules receives a letter from a little girl with an unusual Christmas request, he will do anything to help her get what she asked for. This is a great family movie about showing love and kindness on December 25th.

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Like Lohan, Freddie Prinze Jr. is back with a Christmas movie. This music-filled story follows a pop star named Angelina, who is tasked with writing a Christmas hit she couldn’t care less about. She hears about a young fan who has made a Christmas wish to meet her, and heads to her small town . There she connects with the child’s widowed father, played by Prinze. She discovers both love and the perfect muse for a Christmas ballad.

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Carlinhos, played by Sérgio Malheiros, discovers that his girlfriend has betrayed him just before the holidays. Not wanting to waste a bonus, he takes a stranger to his family’s mansion for Christmas dinner. Graça, played by Brazilian pop star Gkay, turns the lives of Carlinho and his family upside down, but it’s definitely for the best.

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“I’m proud of my independence. I don’t need a boyfriend to be happy,” Gianna insists, but her Italian family won’t stop calling her a youngster and suggesting she freeze her eggs. To avoid more criticism, the successful nurse decides she won’t go home for Christmas without a boyfriend. And she has 24 days to find him.

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Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

This animated film is another adaptation of the oft-revisited classic tale by Charles Dickens, in which a miserable old man learns the true meaning of Christmas after a series of strategic hauntings. But this version is voiced by some pretty big names, including Luke Evans as Scrooge, as well as Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley and Jonathan Pryce. (There are at least two people who have appeared on The crown.)

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An advertising executive named Andrea falls into a version of Groundhog Day set on vacation. Stuck in a time loop, Andrea must continue the Christmas holidays while trying to appease her demanding boss and reconnect with her family at the same time. She will do it over and over until she gets it right.

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This romantic comedy follows Jacob Turner (Justin Hartley), the best-selling author of The last midnight. Turner hasn’t been home since he was a teenager, and he didn’t travel under great circumstances. His mother is dead and he is there to sell her property. There he finds her diary and discovers some truths about his family history. Accompanied by his former nanny’s daughter, Rachel, he embarks on a quest to heal these family wounds.

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Spirited is also a version of A Christmas carol, but this one stars Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. It is also both a comedy and a musical with a modern twist. The selling point here is clearly the charm of Reynolds and Ferrell, since you already know the story. But watch out for fun cameos among the Ghosts of Christmas.

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If you want some action with your gingerbread men and a very masculine Santa, this movie has it all. A family is held hostage by an elite team of mercenaries on Christmas Eve. Who will save them? That’s right: Santa Claus (played by Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour). Sir. Klaus is at the property and he knows who belongs on the naughty list.

In cinemas December 2. Get tickets

A Christmas Story Christmas

This sequel to the classic film A Christmas story takes place in the 1970s, where the grown-up Ralphie takes his family to visit his childhood home. There, Ralphie will see his old friends, deal with the past and give fans of the original plenty of callbacks to enjoy.

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Hayley (Cora Kirk) and James (Sex education‘s Asa Butterfield) both dread the holidays at their parents’ home as they say goodbye to each other at the train station. Once aboard, they both decide to visit the other and inadvertently switch trains. By the time they realize the mix-up, they’ve each snuck in with the other’s family for Christmas. What better way to get to know your partner than to visit their childhood home without them?

Watch on Amazon Prime December 2.

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