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Monday, November 22, 2010
List of Streaming Christmas Movies on Netflix
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This is what I call an act of love…
Here are all of the Christmas movies I could find on Netflix – don’t hold the awful ones against me, I decided not to make any value judgments about your choice to watch Barney celebrating Christmas – ‘tis the season to love, not mock your child’s awful taste… 12 Dates of Christmas - Do you love Christmas and miss Saved by the Bell? Or maybe just one of those two? Come on, this is an ABC Family Christmas movie - if you like one, you like them all. Watch it here before it airs this December! All I Want for Christmas - this movie has all the markings of your classic Lifetime Christmas movie - it's a romance, the title is a line from a song, and the actors and actresses all look mildly familiar, but I can't place where I know them from.
All She Wants for Christmas - I'm pretty sure I saw this one on Lifetime last year. It's about the girl who is trying to save the Christmas Ornament factory. Does that sound familiar? I admit it, it's not a great movie. But it's good enough for Lifetime, and that's good enough for me.
Alpha Bots Christmas - Flying robots waiting for Santa? Well, if I were Santa, I'd catch them all in a net, and use them instead of the elves - imagine how many toys THEY could make!!
Angel Doll, The - Witey and Jerry try to find the perfect Christmas present for Witey's sick little sister. It's rated PG, so I suspect we've got a happy ending headed our way!
Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet - Angelina Ballerina has the privilege of being the Sugar Plum Fairy in a performance of the Nucracker, but she eats too much candy, and is sick the night of the show! What will she do? Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On: Christmas in Mouseland - When you were a young mouse did you ever get cast as the ugly step mom when you wanted to be the princess? You'll know just how Angelina feels. ATM - I just watched this, and was surprised to discover that, while not technically a "Christmas Movie" in the realm of classics like White Christmas and Rudolph - this movie starts out at a big ol' Christmas party, and runs its course through that night. This is an "eh" horror movie. I'm not a huge fan, but since it was Christmastime, I couldn't help but watch the whole thing.
Babes in Toyland - The live action version is no longer available, but now there is a cartoon version from 1997 for your viewing pleasure. Sadly, this version doesn't include the indomitable Drew Barrymore.
Bush Christmas - Hmmm - a band of outlaws - Australian siblings - Dad cancels Christmas - color me excited!!!
Carried Away - This is one I'd never heard of, it's a cool little Indie Christmastime movie! Mix together the drama of a Grandma being put into a home with a dysfunctional Texas family including one movie star member. I'm looking forward to this!
Casper's Haunted Christmas - poor Casper, that annoyingly friendly ghost has to scare someone before the big day. I'm not even referred to as a friendly ghost, and I would feel bad messing with someone this time of year.
New -Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales - Note: this does not include the original A Charlie Brown Christmas, but does have other cutesy Charlie Brown Christmas stories.
Children’s Favorites: Christmas Treasure – Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, and some other cartoon character all celebrating Christmas – hooray! Christmas Angel - Fact: I would love it if all of my Christmas wishes would come true. I would be rocking a size six bod, baking in my oven that would not burn all of my cranberry bread, and not stepping over the messy debris I ignore in my house. Additional Fact: all of my Christmas wishes DON'T come true - but in this movie, they do for Olivia Mead!
Christmas Bunny, The - A young foster child finds a wounded rabbit (on Christmas Eve!!!), and takes her to 'the Bunny Lady' - a lonely woman who lives on a farm.
New -Christmas Carol, A - This is an animated version from 1994, good old fashioned cartoon.
Christmas Classics: Vol 1 - contains the world's greatest Christmas song - "Somewhere in Dreamland" (I apologize to anyone who got really excited there, it's straight up awful - but I have a real soft spot for it).
Christmas Cupid – this is a new (2010) made for TV Christmas movie. A woman is haunted by a client who is trying to make her find true love by Christmas. New - Christmas Kiss, A - Reviewers seem pretty split on this ABC-Family/Lifetime style Chick Flick. A woman who has trouble with her boss, for some reason kisses a random gent on an elevator, only to discover that he is the boss's boyfriend. New - Christmas Lodge - A woman returns to the family lodge where she spent many happy Christmases. Note: according to some reviewers, this movie is pretty heavy with religious/scripture references.
Christmas Memory, A - This movie is actually adapted from a story by Truman Capote, which means that it should be worth watching. If that didn't convince you to queue it up, how about Patty Duke and Depression-era hijinks?
Christmas Orange, The - Rather than the 600 gifts he requested, a boy (who coincidentally was born on Christmas) receives only an orange from Santa. What's up with that??
Christmas Puppy - Here's a little something you might not have known: puppies fix everything. Are you a single parent about to lose your job? Get a puppy - or, you know, watch this movie instead.
Christmas Time in South Park - those offensive little bastards are at it again. Christmas Too Many, A - I am in l-o-v-e with Netflix's description of this movie; they refer to it as a "madcap holiday comedy." Throw in a dash of Mickey Rooney, and I think I found a way to pass the time while my cookies bake! Christmas Town - I've never seen this relatively new made-for-tv looking gem. A single mother visits her father, whose town is "Totally Consumed with Christmas" - my kind of place!
Christmas with a Capital C - A town has to fight with a lawyer who wants to take any religious references out of their holiday celebrations. Cinnamon (Alt Title: My Dog's Christmas Miracle) - I have never seen this - but from what I could gather on Netflix, Wikipedia, and Imdb (do you see what kind of research lengths I go to??) - this is about a dog whose single owner falls for someone - and the dog breaks them up, learns a lesson, then tries to get them together. I can't verify that it's Christmasey, but the alternate title leads me to believe it!. Class - If you're a fan of the 1980s Brat Pack - you'll enjoy this flick! Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, and John Cusack suffer many stressful hijinks culminating in a Christmas holiday.
Crazy for Christmas - I'm pretty sure this was ABC Family, or Lifetime movie. A poor single mother gets stuck chauffeuring around a rich man who is handing out cash to everyone. I'm sure there's a lesson here...
New - Dear Santa - I believe this is from Hallmark, I know that I saw it in a hotel room last month, and it was just the kind of cheesy, sappy, stuff I enjoy to watch/listen to while doing other things.
Desperately Seeking Santa - Three words: Sexy Santa Contest. I strongly suspect this one was made for TV, as I don't really see the box office draw.
Dreamworks Holiday Classics - while the word "classic" might be pushing it - only time will tell! Four holiday tales involving your favorite (?) Dreamworks' stars - the digital casts of Madagascar, Shrek, and How to Train Your Dragon. Dreamworks Shrek's Swamp Stories - time to join everyone's favorite ogre in some fun holiday theme adventures. Not only does this have Christmas - but Halloween as well!
*Eight Crazy Nights - *Hanukkah* - Adam Sandler's animated alter ego takes a Scrooge-like journey of redemption in this not-for-young-children affair.
Exit Speed - a really over the top looking action movie about bus passengers being forced off the road by bikers (according to Netflix this is an "unpleasant Christmas surprise"). Someone ought to watch it and find out for me.
Fat Albert's Christmas Special - Thank you Netflix for reading my mind and realizing I need more of the made for tv cartoons from my 1980s upbringing. I think it's prime time my daughter was introduced by a certain fella saying a certain catch phrase "Hey Hey Hey [Merry Christmas]."
New - Fireman Sam, Holiday Heroes - This is a children's show - my daughter is fourteen now, so I have no idea what it is, but it's Christmasy!!!
Fireplace for Your Home, Holiday Edition – are you, like me, just a bit too poor to afford a lovely, roaring fire? Or, perhaps you’re in a steamy climate which makes a roaring fire quite impractical. Fret no more, enjoy the flickering flames without keeping the Fire Deparment on speed dial with this holiday gem. You have two choices – “Crackling Fire Place,” or “Crackling Yule Log Fireplace.”
Fitzwilly - Dick Van Dyke is a crazy butler (and stuff happens) For the Love of a Dog - this one claims to be an "inspiring holiday film" - fingers are crossed that is the Christmas Holiday. I will try to watch it and decide if it belongs here - if you see it and can answer - please leave a comment below! From Time to Time - What's better than going to stay at your ancestral home for Christmas? If your Grandmother is Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter (okay, technically, the actress Maggie Smith who played Professor McGonagall).
Gift of the Magi, The - this is one of my favorite Christmas stories (originally written by O. Henry); that story is where I learned what a pageboy haircut is. The movie is based in the early 1900s, and looks incredibly sweet.
Golden Christmas, A – A boy and girl who buried a time capsule years before have to figure out their past. With golden retrievers.
Golden Christmas 2, A: The Second Tail - The golden retrievers are back - and this time they're playing matchmaker! Golden Winter - You guessed it - it's those little golden retrievers again. I wonder when the grown up retrievers are going to show up on Dr. Phil, talking about what it's like to be a former child star.
Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas - This looks like a 2011 Version of a Full House Christmas (not the plot, but the family friendly TV show made movie length silliness), the ratings are actually quite good - I've never seen the show, but I just might have to watch the movie!
Happy, Happy - A Norwegian black comedy about infidelity at Christmas time. I'm a happy, happy person, so I think this is probably right up my alley.
He-Man And She-Ra: A Christmas Special - Wow! In the mid-1980s, you got together with your cousins at Christmas time (heck, in 2011 we're still rolling that way in my family) - that even includes super heroes. Step back to Christmas, 1985 - no time machine needed!
Heart of Christmas, The - Aw man, a cute little kid is diagnosed with cancer before Christmas? I'm SUPER DUPER hoping this one ends with an awesome Christmas miracle (but I haven't watched it yet, so don't get mad at me if it's one of those 'life lessons' type of movies)
*Hebrew Hammer – *Hanukkah* no, this is not a Christmas movie, but it does have the diabolical son of Santa trying to wipe Hanukkah off the calendar.
Hercules Saves Christmas – I’m getting more and more excited about watching this (incredibly ridiculous sounding) movie as I type the description. When you think Christmas what comes to mind: Presents? Jesus’ birth? A talking dog whose job it is to write Santa’s “nice list,” and has the ability to act as an orphan boy’s lawyer? If your answer was number three – I promise you’ll love this movie!
Hogfather - this is not specifically about Christmas, it's about "Hogwatch" - the Christmas-like holiday in Discworld. This is a really fantastic adventure-filled fantasy movie. I am so glad Netflix brought it back!
Holiday Engagement - This one reminds me of 'The Wedding Date' (with Debra Messing - you probably didn't see it, I think I'm one of the only people who did), except it's Christmas!!! This is fluffy Christmas made for TV magic at its best/worst (is there really a difference). I can't wait to watch it!
Holiday Favorites: Volume 1 - If they number the volumes, you know it has to be good. My thought is that they'll really want to wow us in Volume 1 - get us interested in the next four...
Holiday Favorites: Volume 2 - An assortment of animated Christmas shows from 1952. I'm most interested in "The Shanty Where Santy Lives," and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Holiday Favorites: Volume 3 - This one is dated 1954, but the shows date back to the 1940s - I think the top choice from this bunch has got to be "Jerky Turkey" - seriously, I can't think of a more appealing name.
Holiday Favorites: Volume 4 - Are you excited yet? I guess Santa trades in the pipe for a cigar, and while he's not the posterboy for healthy life choices, I'm still planning on watching.
Holiday Favorites: Volume 5 - One of these holiday favorites is "Santa Claus's Punch & Judy" - I have my fingers crossed that this is not a cautionary tale about Judy taking punch from strangers...
Holiday in Handcuffs – Poor Trudie – she has terrible hair, an awful job, and now she’s kidnapped a man to make him pose as her boyfriend for her terrible family Christmas. This movie puts the Fun back in Felony!
How About You - A younger sister takes care of a retirement home in Ireland or something - check it out - on the cover she looks REALLY excited
How the Toys Saved Christmas - This is another inexpensive animated Christmas movie. This movie, however, has a couple of things the rest don't: Mary Tyler Moore and Tony Randall!
In Search of Santa – Penguin princesses go in search of Santa! Wrong pole, sillies!! New - Jack Frost - this is the live action version starring Michael Keaton, where he comes back to life as a snowman. I believe this one actually made its start in theaters.
Kipper: Let it Snow – Super cute little puppy gets into the snow and Christmas time! What could be better?
Kung Fu Panda: Holiday - Here is one of those newer "holiday" movies; it's winter, it's a special, meaningful holiday, etc. etc. etc. In this new arrival, Po has to deal with some wackiness, and then learn the meaning of Chris- Oops - I mean - the meaning of "Winter Feast."
Last Holiday - Starring LL Cool J and Queen Latifah, this is one I can't help but recommend. It's cheesy, but cute. QL stars as a sweet woman who's constantly being walked all over by everyone, and pines away for the cute guy at work. She is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and decides to live it up and do all the things she'd always been too afraid to. Gorgeous Christmasey scenery and decorations.
Littlest Angel, The – Poor little angel is torn between heaven and earth. Bonus: he has a dog who also is rocking a halo. New - Magical Cartoon Christmas, A - This is a compilation of "classic" Christmas cartoons - including a favorite from a cheap-o VHS we had when I was a little girl "Somewhere in Dreamland."
Midnight Clear - Stephen Baldwin? Hmm. Despair? Hmmmm. I'm not sure about this - seems a bit dark (and not the fun, scary kind, but the sad, I can't get out of bed for months kind).
Miracle on 34th Street - Apparently this was a made-for-tv version of the 1947 movie, made in 1955 - I'm withholding judgment until I see it.
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol - that silly little scamp Mr. Magoo is at it again - this time he's playing the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic Dicken's tale 'A Christmas Carol.' I hope you, like me, have a place in your heart for cartoons from the early 1960s.
New - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - One of, if not THE, best Christmas movies of all time! This has been a family tradition since the 1990s. LOVE it!!! Despite the fact that I watched it as a child, I would recommend waiting to watch it with yours until you've seen it yourself.
Nightmare Before Christmas, The - This is one of my absolute favorites (my daughter's numero uno) - This fantastic Tim Burton movie is the story of Jack Skellington, whose intentions are good, but efforts to take over Christmas are just awful. I am so excited to see this available on Netflix!!
New - Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble - This looks pretty cute - a reindeer has to accept his mom's new boyfriend and his new stepbrother (so would that be mom's new boyfriend or new husband?). One ridiculous reviewer was horrified by the idea of a divorced parent getting remarried; so if you like this, make sure to leave a positive review.
Noel - Penelope Cruz and Susan Sarandon make up for the presence of Paul Walker, I'm sure in this tale about five New Yorkers alone at Christmas, and discovering the meaning of the season or something.
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture – This is, without fail, the best recorded version of the ballet I’ve seen. If you don’t have a chance to get to see it performed live this year, I’d recommend queuing this up.
One Christmas - Which is more of a bummer: being named Buddy or having a Con Man for a father? You decide - this little mid-1990s gem takes place in the 1930s - I know I'm watching it!
One Magic Christmas - Here is a previously unknown (to me) movie from 1985 about a stressed out Mama experiencing some sort of Christmas miracle. I have to say - the cast honestly has me intrigued - Mary Steenburgen, Henry Dean Stanton, and a very young Sarah Polley.
Perfect Gift, The - Ruben Studdard is that really you? Yes! The headliner on this holiday gem is none other than one of the previous winners of American Idol. This movie is about the madness that ensues when both sets of inlaws arrive for the same holiday.
New - Polar Express, The - this is the beautiful version with Tom Hanks - lovely music, and beautiful imagery. A boy travels to the North Pole on the Polar Express. It's time to restore your faith in the Big Guy!
Power Rangers Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever - I admit that the Power Rangers have never really grown on me. I will also admit that I sat through countless hours of them when I was a babysitter to a family with four young sons. I might even sit through them for 23 more minutes to see this special!
Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The – If you’ve not had the opportunity to see these incredible women perform in person – I think you should jump at any chance you’re afforded (we saw them for the first time last winter in Boston – they are AMAZING). Luckily for everyone, those who have, and haven’t seen the Rockettes perform – you can watch the show on your TV or computer – seriously – this is awesome stuff!! Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale - Get ready for horror, subtitles, and Jingle Bells! This NR import is not for the faint of heart.
Reindeer Games - described by one reviewer on imdb.com as "a throwaway Christmas thriller." If you can put up with A certain actor whose name rhymes with Pen Raffleck, then I think you'll enjoy it! Reindeer Spotting: Escape From Santaland! - Apparently this is a really depressing documentary about Finnish Drug Addicts. I'm not making that up - I'd recommend you not check it out, but I felt obligated to include it because of the title, and the photo.
Saint Nick - this is a super evil looking (and, by all reports horribly dubbed) horror movie - not a pleasant tale of our favorite Catholic saint!
Santa and the Three Bears - Naughty bear cubs decide to skip the big sleep, and keep an eye out for the big guy. I suspect they deserve coal, but instead will get a heart warming lesson.
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe – Santa’s daughter (Jenny McCarthy) is tapped by her old pops to take over the family business, but is torn between her awesome life in NYC and making millions of children happy.
Santa Claus (1959): A dark take on the classic story - with appearances by the Devil, a demon named Pitch, and, of course, Santa Claus (did I mention he's from outer Space?).
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – It sounds like the martians are fed up with kids being so into Santa so they get the idea of kidnapping him (and a couple of kids) and bringing them back to Mars.
Santa Claus: The Movie – One of the elves defects and starts working for an evil toy baron who wants to put Santa out of business (how dare he!!?!?!?). Search for Santa Paws, The - If you liked Santa Buddies, you definitely want to watch this prequel! If your children like Santa Buddies, and you need an hour and a half to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine, then they definitely need to watch this!
Snow – I actually own this ABC Family made for TV gem. Santa’s reindeer go through a magic portal and end up being stuck in a zoo. Ready for some romance between Santa and a lovely zoo keeper? Me too!
Snow 2: Brain Freeze – uh oh! Something happened to Santa and he’s lost his memory of his wife (who just might be a certain zoo keeper). What will they do??
Snow Days – a mix of Christmasey episodes of Barney, Bob the Builder and other toddler TV stars.
Snowglobe – another ABC Family made for TV beauty – a woman discovers that she can go into her Christmas Snowglobe, and it’s totally awesome.
Tangerine Bear, The: Home in Time for Christmas - A poor bear (you guessed it - tangerine colored!) has his smile sewn on upside down, and no one wants to buy him. Sad stuff - I'm honestly not sure how it relates to Christmas, but maybe you can tell me.
Velveteen Rabbit, The - If I remember correctly this book made me cry a lot as a child. Be warned!!! You'd think a story about the love a child has for a toy would make you happy, but I remember crying. It could be I was just going through an emotional time. You judge for yourself.
Very Barry Christmas, A – Barry Buckley’s bad luck leads him to trade lives with Santa. Walk a Mile in my Pradas - If I'm reading the description correctly, it goes a little something like this: A magical Christmas ornament switches the sexual orientation of two men: the homophobic ladies-man starts to prefer the company of gentlemen, and the previously Gay coworker becomes a ladies man. Did I mention it has Tom Armold in it? I'm totally watching. Warning: both my sister and mother tried to watch this and they both hated it enough to turn it off.
War Game – This is the story of English and German soldiers during WWI playing Soccer during Christmastime – the reviews are pretty mixed for this not-very-Christmasey-titled movie
What Would Jesus Buy? – If you feel like Christmas has become too commercial – you’ll probably appreciate this documentary about Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. I love presents as much as the next girl – but I’d definitely enjoy seeing the footage of Rev. Billy exorcising demons from the Walmart headquarters. White Christmas - Quite possibly the greatest movie ever made. Fact: my sister and I can perform the "Sisters" routine in its entirety, and sing the song together on a regular basis. If you've never seen it - watch it! If you've already seen it, why aren't you watching it again??? Winter Wonderland - Our dear friends Bob the Builder, Kipper, and the other animated folks I have the joy of not watching (my baby isn't a baby anymore!) - celebrate the holidays!.
Yes, Virginia – this is an adorable animated version of the true story of a little girl who wrote to the newspaper asking if Santa was real because "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." I’m really excited about this new addition to the Netflix streaming Christmas library!