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Best Christmas movies on Netflix Canada

Christmas movies on Netflix Canada

Not every family tradition starts with turkey. For some, the holiday season is a time to decompress, share a few laughs and enjoy some much-needed downtime. Often that means wearing your PJs all day long and binge-watching the latest Blockbuster videos or the season’s best Christmas movies on Netflix. (Those old enough to know why blockbuster is capitalized will remember racing to the store to get the one of the limited number of new release DVDs!)

While we no longer have to face heading out to a store to get the latest DVD (or, gasp, VHS), the idea of wading through the holiday movie selection on Netflix can be daunting. To help, here are a few of our top picks for movies available on Netflix Canada this holiday season.

Best Christmas movies on Netflix (Canada)

These Christmas movies are listed based on Rating, with the family-friendly versions at the start of this and the more risque options towards the end of the list.

Hallmark Channel: A Holiday Engagement

A Holiday Engagement (2011)

Rating: TV-G
Director: Jim Fall
Starring: Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, Jordan Bridges, Sam McMurray, Haylie Duff
Hilary has a plan to hire an attractive actor to play the part of her fiance. But the plan backfires when she tries to pass off the actor to her family and friends during the holiday season.

Scrooged (1988)

Rating: PG
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allan, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait
Bill Murray brings his wacky ways to this modern-day retelling of the classic tale. As a cold-hearted TV exec, Murray’s Scrooge is taught the real meaning of Christmas with a few laughs along the way.

Back to Christmas (2014)

Rating: TV-PG
Director: Tim O’Donnell
Starring: Kelly Overton, Michael Muhney, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Gloria Loring, Mark Hutter
In this romantic drama, it’s been a year after a young woman’s broken engagement. This time, however, she learns what happy endings are all about in this Christmas do-over.

Christmas in the City (2013)

Rating: TV-PG
Director: Marita Grabiak
Starring: Ashley Williams, Ashanti, Jon Prescott, Shanola Hampton, Kylie Noelle Price
To make ends meet over the holiday season, a woman takes a job at a department store, but her crusty boss fires the in-house Santa before realizing that this Santa is the real deal.

Noel (2004)

Rating: PG
Director: Chazz Palminteri
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Marcus Thomas
Five residents of New York City face Christmas alone and what transpires helps us all remember what the holiday season is really about.

IMDB: Four Christmases

Four Christmases (2008)

Rating: PG-13
Director: Seth Gordon
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight
A couple who are dating is forced to spend Christmas visiting their four divorced parents in one single day.

The Holiday (2003)

Rating: PG-13
Director: Nancy Myers
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Eli Wallach, Jack Black
The perfect romantic comedy for this holiday season, The Holiday shows how two women, who are stuck in dead-end relationships with two-timing men, end up swapping homes and find happiness.

Office Christmas Party (2016)

Rating: 14A
Director: Will Speck, Josh Gordon
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Kate McKinnon
A branch manager must stop the company’s CEO (who happens to be his sister) from shutting down his branch. The plan is to hold a wild holiday party to land stop client. Let the comedy unfold.

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Christmas Punch (2015)
Rating: TV-MA
Director: n/a
Starring: Brendan O’Carroll, Danny O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Dermot O’Neill, Rory Cowan
All Agnes Brown wants is for a little peace during the holiday season but a hostile tree, some well-meaning carolers and a romantic feud threaten to destroy that dream.

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Buckin’ Mammy (2013)
Rating: TV-MA
Director: n/a
Starring: Brendan O’Carroll, Danny O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Dermot O’Neill, Rory Cowan
Agnes Brown is struggling to figure out what her son Bono wants for Christmas, while her family makes plans for a very special tree.

Bojack Horseman: Christmas Special (2014)
Rating: TV-MA
Director: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Starring: Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Adam Conover, Kristen Schaal
It’s Christmas-time and Bojack wants absolutely nothing to do with it. But then Todd shows up with a giant candy cane and the hilarity ensues.

Mother Jones: Love Actually

Love Actually (2003)
Rating: 14A
Director: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney
Here is a romantic comedy of 10 couples as they prepare for the holiday season. The story leads to a few revelations on Christmas Eve.

Tyler Perry’s: A Madea Christmas (2013)
Rating: 14A
Director: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Kathy Kajmy, Chad Michael Murray, Anna Maria Horsford, Tika Sumpter
In this comedy, a couple tries to impress their daughter’s wealthy fiance, but their plans go awry when the maid’s family (which includes Madea) show up.

The Night Before (2015)
Rating: 14A
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan
Three best friends decide it’s time to end the tradition of wild holiday parties, but not before one final chemically-enhanced Christmas Eve in New York City.

Why Him? (2016)
Rating: R
Directed: John Hamburg
Starring: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, Zoey Deutch, Cedric the Entertainer.
A straight-laced, uptight, over-protective father comes face-to-face with his daughter’s eccentric boyfriend (who also happens to be a billionaire). The story transpires over the Christmas holidays, making it a great option for those less-inclined to sentimental holiday flicks. If you watch it, expect goofy humour and tasteless jokes in what has been described as an intelligently stupid comedy.

Krampus: The Christmas Devil
Rating: UR (R)
Director: Jason Hull
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Richard Goteri, A.J. Leslie, Michael Mili, Jay Dobyns
In this B-movie horror, someone kidnaps and tries to kill a child, who ends up growing up to be a police detective. Now this grown man is determined to find the evil fiend who kidnaps kids every Christmas.

Netflix: El Camino Christmas

El Camino Christmas (2017 Netflix Original)
Rating: NR
Director: David E. Talbert
Starring: n/a
Stuck in a liquor store during an alleged robbery, a group of strangers share hidden secrets about themselves and this ends up helping them form a bond on Christmas Eve.

All American Christmas Carol (2013)
Rating: NR
Director: Ron Carlson
Starring: Taryn Manning, Lin Shaye, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Eric Roberts, Shiri Appleby
In this modern-day adaptation of the Christmas story, a self-absorbed, hard-drinking mom is about to lose her kids over the holiday season unless three ghosts can set her straight.

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