30+ Romantic Christmas Movies on Netflix That Will Have You Looking For Mistletoe
The holiday season is all about love: love of family, love of friends, and, of course, maybe even the kind of love that winds up under the mistletoe. It’s no wonder that so many movies about the Christmas season include romantic storylines – after all, according to romance movies, the only thing more romantic than rain is snow. Add in firelight and a general feeling of warmth and cosiness, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a romance movie.
Romantic Christmas movies aren’t just limited to the made-for-TV movies that cable networks churn out every year. In fact, some of the cutest Christmas movies have been around for decades, and they’re still just as heartwarming to watch. On top of the old classics, there are plenty of new movies coming out every year, both on TV and on streaming, and that catalog continues to grow. No matter what your favorite trope is, there’s probably a holiday romance for you. Opposites attract or grumpy meets sunshine? Definitely! Enemies or rivals to lovers? Of course! Fake dating? That’s a holiday movie classic! There’s just something fun and comforting about a movie that you know will have an uplifting ending, no matter what specific tropes, twists, and turns pop up along the way.
If you’re looking for a movie that hits that sweet spot of holiday charm and swooning romance, look no further. We’ve rounded up all of the best romantic Christmas movies you can find on Netflix right now. Along with the old favourites that have been around for a while, you’ll also find info about some of the cutest holiday movies that are debuting this year, complete with when you can expect them to arrive. Get the hot cocoa ready, grab your favorite cosy blanket, and keep reading to find an equally romantic and festive movie to stream this winter.
An ambitious entertainment lawyer returns to his sister’s small town, hoping that he can sign a singing sensation and give his career a jump-start. When he leaves the big city behind and heads to that small town, he feels like a fish out of water, but absolutely nothing will get in the way of him closing his very important deal. Of course, life has other plans, and he soon meets a local woman in town who gives him a whole new perspective on what he wants out of life and what will truly make him happy.
Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star in this rom-com as two singles who have one very cynical thing in common: they really, really hate the holidays and all the expectations that come with it. After crossing paths on one particularly terrible Christmas for both of them, they make a pact to accompany each other to every festive occasion, calling one another for a date the next year so that they can avoid the stresses of family pressure. As they spend more time together, however, they start to fall for each other, which makes everything so much more complicated than they’d planned.
A Christmas Prince
From the moment it debuted and became an unexpected viral sensation, A Christmas Prince was destined to be a modern classic and a cheesy holiday fave. It’s one of those deliciously silly, fluffy holiday rom-coms with a fun, lighthearted premise. A young reporter is assigned to go abroad to report on the playboy prince of Aldovia. Naturally, she instead falls for him when she goes undercover, and the feelings are definitely mutual. The problem? He doesn’t know she’s a reporter, and the longer the ruse goes on, the more likely it is that they’ll both end up getting hurt.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
This sequel to 2017’s fan-favorite A Christmas Prince picks up where the story of Prince Richard and Amber left off. This time, the story follows the couple as they prepare to tie the knot. Wedding planning is stressful enough under any circumstances, but add in the pressures of a big royal wedding, questions over a prince marrying a foreign commoner, and all the extra attention – is it any wonder that things start to go awry? Richard and Amber have to figure out how to get past these obstacles in time for a magical wedding.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
It’s Christmastime in Aldovia, the most magical time of year! In the third installment of this Netflix original rom-com series, a royal baby is on the way, and everyone is trying their best to make sure everything goes according to plan. Queen Amber and King Richard prepare for their first child’s arrival, which coincides with a pair of foreign dignitaries visiting their kingdom, making things even more hectic for the royal couple and their household. But when the priceless treaty goes missing, peace is jeopardized and an ancient curse erupts, leaving the duo in a precarious situation as they try to save their kingdom and become new parents.
The Knight Before Christmas
In this Netflix original holiday romance, a medieval knight is sent forward in time by a sorceress’s magic, landing him in the modern day where he finds himself extremely confused by this strange new world. As he tries to figure out where he is and how to get back home, he winds up crossing paths with Brooke, a clever and kind science teacher. She’s all but given up on love after being hurt before, but her newfound friendship with Sir Cole just might change her mind – even though he’s still planning to try to return to his own time.
Christmas With a Prince
Equally cheesy and romantic, this 2018 flick follows a pediatric specialist who is forced to care for a handsome prince after he breaks his leg on a nearby ski slope. As he tries to keep his injury and his presence under wraps, they duo develop a sense of trust between each other. From that trust, they soon develop a romantic connection, which only complicates matters further given that they already lead very different lives. Of course, this is a holiday rom-com, so it’s pretty safe to assume that things will all work out in the end!
Let It Snow
Adapted from The New York Times bestselling book by YA authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, the movie follows an ensemble cast of high school friends whose midwestern town is hit by a massive snowstorm on Christmas Eve. A secret relationship reaches a breaking point, a pop star tries to find a brief respite from fame and attention, a mother and daughter try their best to take care of each other, and a big party results in everyone’s lives colliding. Think Love Actually with a YA spin, as everyone’s love lives and dreams intersect on the night before Christmas.
If you’re looking for a classic Christmas romance movie with just the right amount of mystery hijinks, then this one’s for you. When Detective Mackenzie Bennett is put on a case to find a suspected diamond thief, the trail turns hot and she begins to fall for the very man she was looking for. Are her feelings getting in the way of solving the case, or is he actually innocent in all of this? It’ll take all of her finely honed skills to figure out what’s real and what isn’t – and if she can trust the guy she’s falling for.
The Princess Switch
Vanessa Hudgens stars in this film about a Chicago baker and a duchess who look identical and decide to trade places to get a taste of each other’s lives. In classic “princess and the pauper” fashion, both women find themselves surprised that the other’s life isn’t actually the easy, breezy paradise they’d imagined it to be. While baker Stacy falls in love with Lady Margaret’s fiancé, Prince Edward, Margaret spends time with Stacy’s BFF Kevin and his daughter Olivia. Both women realize how much they love their new lives, but the switch can’t last forever, and neither of them are sure what to do when it comes to an end.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again
In this holiday sequel, things go awry when Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro. Two years after their first “switch,” Stacy and Edward are happily married, while Margaret and Kevin are no longer together since she’s worried about how much her life will change once she’s on the throne. Everyone reunites for the holidays and tries to mend fences, but things go completely off the rails once Margaret’s cousin, Lady Fiona, shows up. Looking exactly like Margaret and Stacy, Fiona plans to take advantage of their identical appearances for her own gain. With royal plots brewing and romances on the rocks, it’s up to Stacy, Margaret, and their friends to get everything untangled in time for the coronation.
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing The Star
Scheming Fiona is back for the third installment of The Princess Switch series, and it’s her turn to steal the spotlight. Stacy, Margaret, and their families reunite for a traditional Christmas celebration, but this year, things are a bit different. Unlike previous get-togethers, the Vatican lends Margaret a priceless relic for safekeeping. However, before the end of the celebration, the relic is stolen, causing a massive uproar between the royal family and the Vatican. With no other choice, Stacy and Margaret are forced to turn to Fiona and her charming ex for help.
NYC-based radio DJ and widow, Rush Williams, loses his job right around Christmas. Making matter worse, his spoiled kids hit him with a list of pricey gift requests that he has no hope of fulfilling without his high-profile gig. His producer, Roxy Richardson, and his Aunt Jo, come up with a plan to help him buy another station, but it means the Williams family will have to downsize to a much simpler life. In spite of these setbacks, can they still find a way to make the holiday season magical? It’s going to take some serious work on everyone’s part to find a new kind of Christmas spirit!
Operation Christmas Drop
In this romantic comedy, a congressional aide named Erica forms an unexpected bond with her guide during an assignment at an Air Force base. Erica is actually on base to investigate it and find a reason to close it down, while her guide, Andrew, is trying to convince her that it should remain open. As they butt heads over the future of the base, Erica learns about their tradition of airlifting goods and presents to nearby small islands for Christmas. When she gets involved with helping their mission, she starts to change her mind about what the best decision – for her and for the base – really is.
Christmas With a View
A restaurant manager finds her world flipped upside down when a new chef is hired at the ski lodge where she works. She’s still reeling from a recent business failure, so working with someone new is not exactly at the top of her wish list. Since they’re stuck together, the duo wind up growing closer to each other. However, it turns out the new chef has his own hidden past that could drive them apart. With the holidays approaching, there’s plenty at stake for the restaurant and for their emotions – will they finally find a way to be a team?
A Very Country Christmas
In a small town, an interior designer and single mom is just trying to get her career off the ground and juggle her work with her life as a mother. She soon meets a charming newcomer to town, and they form a bond that soon sparks into something more. Little does she know that he’s actually a huge country music star who’s trying to get out of the spotlight by hiding out in his hometown. When the truth comes out, they’ll both have to decide what they want out of their futures and if they can even be together.
Holiday in the Wild
Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe star in this holiday romance that proves rom-coms aren’t just about 20-somethings! Distraught after her son leaves for college, Manhattanite Kate Conrad books an extravagant trip to Africa with her husband, but he shocks her by ending their marriage before they can jet off. Jilted and left trying to pick up the pieces, Kate carries on for a solo safari and ends up on an elephant rescue mission with her pilot, Derek Holliston, who convinces her to extend her stay through Christmastime. Something tells us sparks just might fly between the two of them.
A Princess For Christmas
This 2011 Christmas flick is about as cheesy as can be, but who doesn’t want that sometimes? After her sister and brother-in-law’s deaths, a young woman takes care of her niece and nephew, all while barely scraping by. When she gets invited by her late sister’s estranged in-laws to bring the children to stay at a beautiful castle for the holidays, she embarks on a trip that teaches her about love, family, and the importance of Christmas. And, yes, that’s Supergirl‘s Katie McGrath and Outlander‘s Sam Heughan as the romantic leads, years before their breakout roles!
Santa’s only daughter sets off for college before she has to take over the family business in this 2019 rom-com. Stuck with the expectations of her family – not to mention an arranged marriage to the son of Jack Frost (whom she’s never met) – she runs away to college, hoping she’ll be able to make her own way in the world. Exciting experiences and young love await her in this new chapter of her life, but there are still a few twists and turns she’ll have to overcome before she can find what she’s been looking for.
Christmas in the Heartland
When two girls from completely different worlds sit by each other on a plane bound for their hometown, they spark an unlikely friendship that inspires them to switch places for the holiday. Rich prep-schooler Kara learns what it’s like to be part of a rural, working-class family, while Jessie encounters a kind-hearted grandfather and a high-class grandmother who’s determined to give her a makeover, so she can fit in with their high-society friends. Both girls learn a lot about themselves and the different meanings of love, but they’ll have to switch back sometime – and they’re not sure how they’ll break the news to the people they’ve grown to care about.
The Holiday Calendar
In this Netflix original movie, a photographer working a dead-end job receives a holiday Advent calendar as a gift from her grandfather. At first, she just thinks it’s a sweet present that isn’t particularly useful for her. However, after her life completely takes a turn for the better whenever she uses the calendar, she realizes it may have magical powers and tries to figure out exactly what’s going on and how it works. As she starts to realize the calendar’s magic, she learns that it just might be giving her hints about the future and pointing her toward true love.
It’s the ultimate holiday movie: a beautiful Vermont inn, Old Hollywood banter, classic Christmas songs, and snow as an actual plot point. The plot is sweet, simple, and heartfelt, straight out of the old-school song and dance, “let’s put on a show” tradition. Years after the end of World War II, a pair of Army vets turned entertainers decide to put on a Christmas show to help their former general. Along the way, the duo fall in love with a pair of showbiz sisters. Plus, Bing Crosby sings “White Christmas,” and it’s exactly what Christmas itself sounds like.
Like so many great holiday movies, Christmas Inheritance follows that well-worn tale of a protagonist discovering the magic and meaning of the season. Here, that protagonist is Ellen, the socialite heiress to her father’s gift business. When Ellen is tasked with delivering a Christmas card to his former partner in a small town, she gets stranded there and falls in love with the town – and a charming local. The holiday season won’t last long, and she’ll soon have fulfilled the terms of her inheritance, but she might be making some more permanent changes, too.
Christmas Wedding Planner
Kelsey, a wedding planner who’s about to make it big, faces problems when a private investigator is hired to look into her cousin’s lavish holiday wedding that she is planning. Before she knows it, the wedding and her love life are about to undergo change. Will the wedding still go on as planned, or will the frustratingly charming PI uncover something unexpected? Will Kelsey keep focusing on planning other people’s happily ever afters, or is she finally on the road to finding her own? Everything comes to a head just in time for the holidays.
This mid-2000s romantic comedy is a modern holiday classic! Iris, a journalist, and Amanda, a movie trailer editor, meet online on a site for people looking to swap houses for the holidays. Both women are fresh off of nasty disappointments in their love lives, and they see their international house swap as a chance for a reset. While Amanda finds herself falling for Amanda’s charming brother in England, Iris befriends Amanda’s elderly neighbor who is actually a film legend and grows close to sweet composer Miles. They’re both falling in love with their vacation lives, but they struggle when it comes to figuring out how to blend their real lives with what they’ve learned.
Darren Barnet of Never Have I Ever and Nina Dobrev of The Vampire Diaries team up for a brand-new holiday rom-com. A young woman from LA travels to her hometown to meet up with the guy she matched with on a dating app, just in time for Christmas. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect match – she’s been catfished. In an unexpected twist, the catfish actually knows her long-ago crush, and he makes her a deal: he’ll set her up with her crush, if she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend through the holiday season. What could possibly go wrong?
When it’s available: Nov. 5
Father Christmas Is Back
In this brand new holiday comedy starring Elizabeth Hurley and Kelsey Grammer, four bickering sisters all head to their lavish family estate to spend Christmas together. During this very tense gathering, things only get messier when they discover that a special guest is waiting to crash their holiday festivities. Surprise! It’s their long-lost father, turning up just in time for the holidays and with years of baggage to unpack. As the sisters try to deal with their intense family drama, they learn a lot more about what it means to stick together and love one another.
When it’s available: Nov. 7
A Castle for Christmas
Cary Elwes and Brooke Shields in a holiday romantic comedy? It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving! A wealthy American author has set her heart on buying a castle in the Scottish countryside as a place to relax and retreat from fame and all the pressures of her life and career. There’s just one major problem: the reclusive Scottish duke who owns the castle doesn’t want to sell to a foreigner. As they spend more time together trying to figure out a deal that works for both of them, sparks fly between these two very different people.
When it’s available: Nov. 26
Single All the Way
Michael Urie stars as Peter, a gay man who’s desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status over the holidays. He manages to convince his best friend Nick to join him and pretend that they’re dating, not just friends, to get his family off his back. What he doesn’t know is that his mother is setting him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James. When he arrives and the romantic intrigues ensue, Peter suddenly has a lot to think about when it comes to finding love and letting his family get involved in his life.
When it’s available: Dec. 2
A California Christmas: City Lights
A California Christmas is getting a sequel! Starring real-life husband and wife Josh and Lauren Swickard as the romantic leads, a whole year has passed since Joseph and Callie started their lives as a married couple. They’re finally settling into their new life together, running their dairy farm and winery, and things are looking up for them and their loved ones. Suddenly, Joseph has to go back to the city when family and work obligations collide, putting literal distance between the couple, and causing their marriage to waver. Will they figure out how to make things work?
When it’s available: Dec. 16
1,000 Miles From Christmas
Raúl hates Christmas for a very good reason: everything bad in his life has happened around the holidays. To avoid the merriment, he spends Christmas every year on a far-away beach. Unfortunately, this year his boss enlists him on a business trip to audit a candy factory in a town that loves Christmas. To make matters even worse, he has to share accommodation with Paula, a local teacher who is trying to beat the world record for the largest real live nativity scene ever created. It’s the classic tale of a grinchy grump learning to let go of his loathing of the holidays and embrace the joy of the season.
When it’s available: Dec. 24
A Naija Christmas
If you’re a big fan of Netflix’s international offerings, you definitely should check out this new comedy that puts a Nigerian spin on all those holiday movie tropes that we know and love. Before the holidays, a trio of unmarried brothers all scramble to find wives they can bring home by Christmas in order to fulfill their mother’s dearest wish. Of course, things take a turn as romance and family collide in one big holiday complication. Meanwhile, their mom sets out to plan the most beautiful Christmas celebration ever, one that she can always be remembered for.
When it’s available: December