2020 has not been anyone’s year. But what’s better to lighten up your spirit than cuddling up and watching Christmas movies to celebrate the holiday season? From a holiday romance to your classic Christmas tale – Christmas movies are one of our favorite things about this time of year. Although hitting the theaters is not recommended at this time, you can enjoy watching just as much (if not more) in the comfort of your own home. So, grab your hot chocolate and turn on your Christmas lights because these are some upcoming and newly released movies that will get you in the holiday mood!
Netflix has done it again with their new romantic comedy (and perfect date night film), “Holidate.” Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star as two singles who hate the holidays – especially for the constant judgment from their families for their relationship status (or lack thereof). Finding themselves in the same boat, they both decide to be each other’s date for all holiday events including Christmas, New Year, St. Patrick’s Day and even Cinco de Mayo.
Although it’s been criticized for being typical and predictable, some audiences may still find the film pleasant and heartwarming. Sometimes, we all just need a feel-good movie to fill in that void in our hearts. “Holidate” is streaming now on Netflix.
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”
Packed with musical numbers and magical visuals, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a perfect movie for all ages. Bringing the Christmas spirit of Cobbleton Town to your home, the film follows toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker) and his turned-evil assistant (Keegan-Michael Key) who steals his unusual and astonishing toys. Jangle’s granddaughter, who’s played by Madalen Mills, uses her incredible bravery and perseverance to restore the magic and wonder of Christmas. You can catch the film now on Netflix.
This much-anticipated romantic comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis has finally hit our home movie screens. Although it was originally set to be released in theaters in November, “Happiest Season” was instead released on Hulu due to the pandemic.
The film tells a story about Abby and Harper as they visit Harper’s family for the Christmas holidays. However, Abby’s plan to propose is foiled after finding out that Harper has not come out to her conservative parents. Not only will you find yourself laughing and grinning, but you might even shed a few tears. “Happiest Season” is the first LGBTQ Christmas rom-com to be released by a major studio, and it did not disappoint fans. Check it out now on Hulu.
“The Christmas Chronicles 2”
It’s your classic tale of saving Christmas, but it’s not one you should miss. Taking place two Christmas’ after the first film, Kate (Darby Camp) returns to Santa’s Village with her mom’s boyfriend’s son, Jack (Jahzir Bruno) after an attempt to run away. However, things turn upside-down when the wicked Belsnickel steals the Christmas star as a threat to destroy the North Pole and end Christmas. It’s now up to the children, Santa (Kurt Russell) and Mrs. Claus (Goldie Hawn) to save Christmas! The film is available now on Netflix.
This documentary is an unconventional Christmas movie, but it’s still incredibly heart-felt. The documentary tells the story of the 100-year-old USPS’s Santa Program and the hundreds of thousands of letters they receive addressed to Santa each year. Through this program, the USPS gives the public the ability to read these letters and make children’s dreams come true. It’s a truly inspiring and sincere documentary that will have you tearful by the end. The documentary is available On-Demand.
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