Cancel Your Plans: These Are the Best New Holiday Movies to Watch Before the New Year

I’m most content when all my to-do list involves is watching every single one of the best new holiday movies before New Year’s Eve. While everyone else is attend holiday parties, decorate the halls, and come after their Christmas shopping, I happily hibernate indoors. You can catch me curled up on the couch in my family’s home covered in blankets and pressing play over and over again to the movies that are sure to give me all the warm and fuzzy feelings.

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I’ll paint you an even clearer picture of my ideal Christmas weekend: fuzzy socks, endless cups of hot chocolate, and yes, spend all day in my pajamas. The only thing that can make it even more perfect? This list of the best new holiday movies below. I’ve rounded up everything Netflix, Hulu and all our favorite streaming platforms have to offer. There are new takes on old classics and (of course) Christmas-themed rom-coms that will make even the Scrooge among us believe in love. So scroll on for a healthy dose of stay-cozy-indoors inspiration—and let me know if there are any must-sees to add to my watchlist.

15 of the best new holiday movies to stream in 2022

Falling for Christmas

Need a feel-good movie that doesn’t require too much emotional investment? (There is a time and a place to see Titanic, and a random Tuesday in December might not be.) Everyone’s favorite late-’90s/early-elder actress is back with an enemy-to-lover trope that’s pure Christmas gold. A hotel heir is stricken with a bad case of memory-impairing amnesia and ends up in the care of a handsome cottage owner (Chord Overstreet of Glee fame). Can she help him and his adorable daughter save the abandoned but charming cabin before Christmas – and maybe fall in love along the way? Watch and find out.

Available at: Netflix

Something from Tiffany’s

You may know him as the easy-going Nathan Uncertain or like the disarmingly sweet Jesse in The Vampire Diaries, but Kendrick Sampson is back and as handsome as ever in this Reese Witherspoon-produced film. Based on the novel by Melissa Hill, prepare to see what happens when a simple exchange of jewelry decides the fate of two couples’ love lives.

Release date: December 9 on Amazon Prime

A Christmas Story Christmas

I’m not sure if I should say I’m proud or horrified that every member of my family knows A Christmas story by heart. But once you’ve seen it more than 25 times, the lines are bound to catch on. Now, almost 40 years later, Ralphie has grown up and is hosting his own holiday. After his father’s passing, Ralphie is tasked with giving his children the magical Christmas he knew as a child. Is he ready for the challenge? Did the famous first film need a follow-up? How do you actually pronounce “fragile”? It is up to you to decide.

Available at: HBO Max

My Christmas fiancé

The recipe for a perfect Christmas rom-com: Italy + fake-for-true love + a beautiful restaurant as a backdrop. The magic of the season is very much alive in this romance-driven film. This movie gives bigger That Wedding date vibes – and if you’re a fan of Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney’s on-screen chemistry, I have a feeling you’ll fall for My Christmas fiancé as well.

Available at: Hulu

Spirited

I’m going to come out and say it: I can’t really get into musicals. I know, I know: I should expect a lump of coal in the stocking, but there’s something about the spontaneous cut to a song that always feels a little… unnecessary. But man oh man there’s something about Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell and Octavia Spencer on stage that makes me want to… sing along? This comic version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas carol does the classic justice. Get ready to have all the songs stuck in your head.

Available at: Apple TV+

Menorah in the middle

IIs there ever a more appropriate time for a little family drama than the holidays? When Sarah goes home to introduce her fiance Chad to his parents, chaos ensues. In addition to her father having a heart attack, she learns that her family’s bakery may have to close. Reconnecting with her childhood friend Ben will help Sarah save the bakery –and show her the true meaning of Hanukkah? (Hint: Expect to have all your predictions come true.)

Available at: Hulu

Christmas with you

There’s no better way to start this review than by pulling New York Times‘roof: “When you’re watching the dullest, most formulaic Netflix fodder, you may find it necessary to fixate on the odd element just to stay invested. By far the most robust component of Christmas with you is Freddie Prinze Jr.’s hair. Who sculpted it to such a disturbing tip? Has it been time travel from the late 1990s?”

Yes, Freddie Prinze Jr. is back. But instead of playing a 90s/aughter heartthrob, he’s the music teacher father of Cristina, a teenager who gets the rare chance to meet her superstar idol, Angelina. Prinze’s surprisingly good songwriting skills may be just what Angelina needs to rescue her from irrelevance. Unfortunately yes-Christmas with you counts as boring “Netflix fodder,” but true, some of the best rom-coms are also the creepiest. Who is with me?

Available at: Netflix

Hannukah on Rye

Set up by a matchmaker, Molly and Jacob are happily basking in the warmth of a new romance. But their budding relationship is threatened when they discover they are competing deli owners – yes, really. Can their love survive the test of lox and schmear? It might just take a Hanukkah miracle to save this love story.

Release date: Dec. 18 on Hallmark Channel

A happy Christmas wish

Hulu does its due diligence to make sure the selection of holiday offerings fits rom-com tropes. Enter: Successful career girl returns to her small hometown after the death of a close relative. IN A happy Christmas wish, Janie comes home to Woodland Falls after her great-uncle abandons her on the family farm. While she initially plans to sell it, Janie is instead persuaded by a childhood friend to organize the annual Winter Wonderland, giving her an opportunity to reconnect with her past. And we all know what happens when a city girl is tasked with organizing a small town festival…

Available at: Hulu

Noel Diary

Here comes Justin Hartley again, ready to steal our holiday hearts (nothing makes me feel like an episode of This is us). IN Noel Diary, Hartley plays Jake Turner, a writer who returns home for the holidays and is tasked with settling his mother’s estate. Discovering a diary could connect Jake with untold parts of his story—and is the perfect introduction to a mysterious love interest. Can piecing together their pasts unlock the key to their future… together?

Available at: Netflix

Christmas on repeat

Is it just me, or does it seem like at least half the main characters involved in holiday rom-coms are advertising executives? Either way, a workaholic gets a chance to change her overscheduled ways when Santa gives her a Christmas wish. Suddenly she is put in a repeating time loop, balancing Christmas Day between family and work. Will she learn the true meaning of Christmas – and what is really important?

Available at: Hulu

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

There’s something about the holidays that makes me crave a good old animated family movie. While there are plenty of remakes of the Ebenezer Scrooge Christmas story (see Spirited above), this is bound to become a favorite. Oh, and for those movie buffs out there, the cast is amazing: Jessie Buckley, Luke Evans, and Olivia Coleman?! All my favorites, all in one soul-satisfying movie.

Release date: December 2nd on Netflix

Everything I want for Christmas

Pardon the cynicism, but I’ve always thought that it’s a little… immature to want your parents to get back together after a divorce. (I say this as someone whose parents divorced years ago and are both living their best lives.) But in the spirit of embracing holiday magic, I’m going to go with Everything I want for Christmas atmosphere. Fortunately, I was surprised to find that a plot where a young girl wants her parents to get back together is handled with a healthy dose of realism – and a few laughs along the way.

Available at: Hulu

The Holiday Dating Guide

I won’t lie – a lifetime move with “Dating Guide” in the title is my idea of ​​a winning holiday movie. Maybe it’s because I feel especially cozy this time of year, or maybe I’m just in the mood to watch other people fall in love with the warm glow of the tree lights. Whatever the reason, The Holiday Dating Guide meets my admittedly not so high standards. Abigale Slater is finishing her first book: a modern dating guide. But to make her publisher happy, she must prove her advice is valid by making someone fall in love with her in 12 days. It gives How to lose a guy in 10 days vibes – and I’m here for it.

Release date: Dec. 17 on Lifetime

Disenchanted

File this under movies to watch when you’re in desperate need of a pick-me-up. I’m not typically one for sequels – and thought Enchanted was a good standalone film – but Disenchanted delivers. While not strictly a holiday movie per se, watching Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Idina Menzel continue their characters’ stories is an absolute joy. I love that the movie asks the question: what comes after happily ever after? It offers a healthy dose of emotion and realism that has been absent from fantasy films for too long.

Available at: Disney+

This post was originally published on November 19, 2021 and has since been updated.

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