The 10 Highest Rated Christmas Movies on Netflix You Should Watch Over the Holidays

Christmas is the perfect time of year to watch cheesy movies and get into the festive spirit, and Netflix has plenty to choose from.

Sure there are classics like Home Alone or It's A Wonderful Life, but the streaming platform has plenty of fun festive movies including musicals, holiday-themed romcoms and films that all the family can enjoy.

Here are the 10 highest-rated Netflix Christmas movies that are available to watch right now on the platform, with the selection chosen from how they ranked with critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

10. Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square

Who doesn't love Dolly Parton at any time of year? Well the iconic country singer has her own festive-themed film that's a fun new take on the classic A Christmas Carol in which wealthy Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski) returns to her hometown to evict people during the holidays.

Full of great songs and with a heartfelt story, the film also stars Parton as an Angel who tries to show Regina the right path in life. Critics gave the holiday movie 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, while fans gave it an average 50%.

9. Single All The Way

Single All The Way is a new film on Netflix's Christmas lineup as it was only released on December 2, but it has already garnered a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with audiences giving it 74%, while critics gave it 64%.

The film stars Michael Urie and Philemon Chambers as best friends Peter and Nick, and it follows them as the former asks the latter to pose as his boyfriend during the holidays, only for sparks to start flying.

8. The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles certainly has the makings of a classic given it features Kurt Russell as Santa Claus.

The film follows siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce (Darby Camp and Judah Lewis, respectively) as they try to catch Father Christmas on camera, only to go on an adventure that is every kid's dream.

It garnered a solid 68% score from critics, with the audience giving it a much higher 75% score, and the film's sequel did equally well.

7. The Knight Before Christmas

The Knight Before Christmas scored well with critics, but not as highly with fans.

The movie stars Vanessa Hudgens as high school teacher Brooke, who finds herself in charge of looking after a medieval knight (Josh Whitehouse) who has been swept from his timeline and transported to the modern day.

Like all good Christmas movies, The Knight Before Christmas is incredibly cheesy and while it scored 70% with critics it only got 41% with the audience.

6. The Princess Switch

The first of Vanessa Hudgens' festive movies with Netflix, and somehow in the same universe, The Princess Switch sees the actor play not one, but two roles in the movie (and then three in the sequels).

In a classic Prince and the Pauper-style switch-up, Hudgens' baker Stacey de Novo trades places with Lady Margaret, and falls in love with a prince in the process.

The romantic movie was given an average 71% score with critics, and a middling 50% score with viewers on Rotten Tomatoes.

5. A Christmas Prince

Along the same lines as The Princess Switch, A Christmas Prince sees its female lead, journalist Amber, played by Rose McIver, fall madly in love with Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) while trying to get a scoop on the royal family.

Amber tries to get her scoop by going undercover as a tutor for his sister, but learns that the playboy prince is in fact anything but that.

Critics gave the festive film a score of 73%, but audience members were not as swayed as they gave it 47%.

4. A Castle for Christmas

A Castle for Christmas is another new film on Netflix's festive lineup, which was released on November 26, just in time for the festive season.

Starring Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes, the film sees bestselling author Sophie escape her problems by traveling to Scotland, where she discovers a castle she'd love to buy but has to face off with Duke Myles to get.

The festive film received a score of 75% with critics, although some viewers don't seem to agree as it has an audience score of 38%.

3. A Boy Called Christmas

A Boy Called Christmas was released on November 24 on Netflix, and the film has a very high score of 83% with critics, and 60% with viewers.

The film is all about Father Christmas, following the jolly character from his childhood as he goes on an adventure to find his dad, but instead discovers a village named Elfhelm.

2. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is an incredibly fun musical starring Forrest Whittaker and Keegan-Michael Key.

The film sees Journey (Madalen Mills), the granddaughter of an eccentric toymaker Jeronicus (Whittaker) try to get his book of inventions back from the man who stole them, Gustafson (Key).

Jam-packed with catchy musical numbers and stunning sets, it's no wonder the film was scored at 89% by critics and 71% with viewers.

1. Klaus

Animated Netflix film Klaus came out on top with both critics and viewers, with the film getting a 94% rating with the former and 96% with the latter.

The film follows Smeerensburg's new postman Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) and his friendship with toymaker Klaus (J.K. Simmons).

Serving as a sweet take on how Santa Claus got the title, the animation follows the duo as they go on a journey delivering a sleigh full of gifts.

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"The Princess Switch", "Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square" and "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" are among the highest-rated Netflix Christmas movies. Netflix