Here Are the Christmas Movies You Should Be Excited About This Year

It’s been a rough year, but Christmas movie fans, the time has come. New 2020 Christmas movies are here. And given that going to a theater isn’t the best idea this year, there are a ton of new movies to watch from the comfort of your own home, whether that means streaming or good old cable. It’s time for snow, Santa, and Melissa Joan Hart as a “holiday romances” podcaster. Sure, Lifetime. Sure.

It’s also time for more diversity and inclusion. Lifetime is releasing its first romance focused on a gay couple this year, as well as its first movie about a Chinese-American family. Hallmark has also said it will begin to feature LGBTQ+ characters. And Kristen Stewart is starring in a rom-com about a lesbian couple set during the holidays for Hulu. So much good stuff, you guys!!

There’s a lot to look forward to, so read on to find out more about 16 new movies for Christmas 2020.


One of Netflix’s first holiday movies for 2020 is Holidate. It stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey as two people who pretend to be dating in order to make it through the holidays without being asked why they’re single. Like, all the holidays. Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, all of them.


Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

The documentary Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker follows iconic choreographer and dancer Debbie Allen as she puts together the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s annual Hot Chocolate Nutcracker performance. It’s her take on the classic ballet.

Release date: On Netflix November 27

Operation Christmas Drop

Kat Graham stars in Operation Christmas Drop as a congressional assistant who has to determine if a military base that delivers Christmas gifts and supplies to Pacific islands should be shut down. Also, she falls for an Air Force guy (Alexander Ludwig).


Feliz NaviDAD

Lifetime is known for releasing a ton of Christmas movies each year, and for 2020, the network has already announced a whopping 30 films. This includes Feliz NaviDAD, in which Mario Lopez stars as a single DAD (get it?), who stopped enjoying Christmas after losing his wife. Now, his daughter (Paulina Chavez) and sister (Marycarmen Lopez) try to help him find a new love and the Christmas spirit.

Release date: On Lifetime November 21

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Christmas lovers who also love Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s relationship (a very specific subset of people), this one’s very much for you. In 2018, Netflix released The Christmas Chronicles, in which Russell stars as Santa Claus and his real-life partner Hawn makes a cameo as Mrs. Claus. In this year’s sequel, she takes her rightful place as co-star.

Release date: On Netflix November 25

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

This year, Netflix is also offering Jingle Jangle. (Not to be confused with the drug in Riverdale.) The holiday musical stars Forest Whitaker as a toymaker named Jeronicus Jangle and Keegan-Michael Key as his assistant, along with Anika Noni Rose, Hugh Bonneville, and Phylicia Rashad.


Happiest Season

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star in Happiest Season, which is about a woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend at a holiday party, but finds out that she hasn’t come out to her family yet. The cast also includes Dan Levy, Allison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Steenburgen, and Victor Garber.

Release date: On Hulu November 25

Christmas Waltz

Lacey “Gretchen Wieners” Chabert is about to star in her ninth Hallmark Christmas movie. Christmas Waltz is about a woman (Chabert) whose Christmas wedding is “unexpectedly canceled.” That’s when a dance instructor (Will Kemp) helps her “rebuild her dreams.” That’s vague, but methinks she’s not going to marry her original fiancé.

Release date: On Hallmark November 28

Angela’s Christmas Wish

Angela’s Christmas Wish is an animated kids movie about a little girl who has to reunite her family in time for Christmas. It’s the sequel to 2018’s Angela’s Christmas.

Release date: On Netflix December 1

The Christmas Setup

The Christmas Setup is Lifetime’s first Christmas original focused on an LGBTQ+ romance. It involves a mom (Fran Drescher) setting up her son (Ben Lewis) with the guy (Blake Lee) he had a crush on in high school.

Release date: On Lifetime December 12

A Sugar & Spice Holiday

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Lifetime is also releasing its first Christmas movie featuring a Chinese-American family, called A Sugar & Spice Holiday. This one is about a woman (Jacky Lai) who is guilted into entering a gingerbread house competition after the death of her grandmother, who was a baker. (Sure!) But, of course, she has a romantic reconnection with an old friend (Tony Giroux) along the way.

Release date: On Lifetime December 13

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Remember the Netflix Christmas movie where Vanessa Hudgens played not one, but two characters? Well, it’s getting a sequel, and this time, there’s three Vanessas Hudgens roles. She’ll return as Duchess Margaret and Stacy, but also play a “party girl” named Fiona.

Release date: On Netflix November 19

Dear Christmas

Another Lifetime movie regular Melissa Joan Hart stars in Dear Christmas, about a woman who hosts a podcast about “holiday romances,” but hasn’t had one of her own. Until she heads back to her hometown and falls for a firefighter (Jason Priestly). Of course!

Release date: On Lifetime November 27

Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding

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Lifetime’s selection this year also includes a sequel to last year’s Merry Liddle Christmas. In Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding, Kelly Rowland and Thomas Cadrot return, and this time their characters are planning their destination wedding amid family drama.

Release date: On Lifetime November 28

Christmas on the Square

Netflix is expected to release a Dolly Parton Christmas movie titled Christmas on the Square this year, but details are pretty hard to come by. According to the film’s IMDb page, it’s about a “Scrooge of a woman” who “plans to sell her small town, regardless of the consequences to the people who live there.” Christine Baranski and Treat Williams co-star, with Debbie Allen directing.

Release date: On Netflix November 22

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special

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