After a busy year, some rest and relaxation is high on many lists for the December holidays, and there’s often nothing better than settling into a good movie with family or friends. Here are some festive flicks to watch if you’re looking for a reason to Netflix and Chill – we’ve included some recent releases and some old favourites.
Landing for Christmas (2022)
The return of Lindsay Lohan Falling at Christmas (2022), American romantic comedy directed by Jeanine Damien and based on a screenplay by Jeff Bonnett and Ron Oliver. Lohan plays hotel heiress Sierra Belmont, who strives for independence after being named vice president of a luxury ski resort owned by her father, Beauregard Belmont (Jack Wagner). Despite the top job, Sierra wants to follow the example of her influential influencer, Tad Fairchild (George Young). When she hits her head in a skiing accident and loses her memory, Sierra gets a taste for the simple life and her dreams change.
Trailer include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsNIJd45jYM
A Boy Called Christmas (2021)
This British Christmas fantasy film is directed by Gil Keenan, based on the 2015 book of the same name by Matt Haig. In the film, 13-year-old Nicholas (Henri Lofoll), who lives in a forest, sets out in search of his father, Joel (Michiel Huismann), who is on a quest to discover the legendary elven village, Elfhelm. Taking with him a stubborn reindeer named Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Mika (voiced by Stephen Merchant), Nicholas soon meets his fate.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zg00Q7YK48
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020)
A fresh take on a Scrooge-inspired story, this American Christmas musical is directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen. Wealthy Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski) returns to her hometown with less-than-ceremonial intentions – to evict the townspeople and sell the land to a strip mall developer. Angel (Dolly Parton) appears to Regina, counteracting her plans with the power of song.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBRXZedpC2k
The Vacation (2006)
In this romantic comedy, directed by Nancy Merceau, workaholic Amanda (Cameron Diaz) trades her California mansion for Iris’ (Kate Winslet) gorgeous English cottage. Both women want to get away from romance after going through relationship troubles. That all changes when Iris’ brother, Graham (Jude Law), knocks after a drunken night at the pub. And love is in the air across the pond as a stormy California day brings Miles (Jack Black) to Ares’ doorstep.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDi5zH18vxU
Love Actually (2003)
Directed by Richard Curtis, this company favorite needs little introduction. With a star-studded cast, the heartwarming romantic comedy follows several London couples and bachelors grappling with matters of the heart. From the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) who develops a crush on one of his team members, Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), to Colin’s (Chris Marshall) quest to pick up American women at bars, there are many interconnected narratives all set over the festive period. The cast includes A-listers like Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Gregor Fisher, Martine McCutcheon, Kris Marshall, and Rowan Atkinson.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Z3_ifFheQ
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This American animation is directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton. The dark musical fantasy tells the story of Jack Skellington, King of Halloween Town, who stumbles into Christmas Town and plans to take over the holiday. Chris Sarandon (talking voice) and Danny Elfman (singing voice) are cast as Jack Skellington with Kathryn O’Hara as Sally, a rag doll who becomes Jack’s love interest.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr6N_hZyBCk
Home Alone (1990)
When the McCallisters go off on a Christmas holiday abroad, they can’t shake the feeling that they’ve forgotten something important–their youngest son, Kevin, has been left behind. This ’90s comedy directed by Chris Columbus, written and produced by John Hughes, stars Macaulay Culkin.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEDaVHmw7r4
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