9 Netflix Christmas Romances

‘Tis the season for Christmas movies. They are all over the airwaves – or rather the internet in my case. They are good, escapist fun, filled with predictable plot lines, shockingly few obstacles and of course, romance. 

I took it upon myself to do some research of the Christmas movies currently streaming on Netflix. Nine movies in total, which sounds pretty gross now that I’m writing it down for people to actually read. I did the research, so you don’t have to. Take a look at the flicks I recommend and the ones I’m begging you not to watch.

Merry viewing.

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The Spirit of Christmas

The premise? A savvy lawyer heads up to Vermont to take care of a trust for one of her firm’s clients. There she finds Daniel, who looks like he should be making cocktails in a San Francisco speakeasy. Daniel is a ghost who takes corporal form for 12 Days every year during Christmastime. Together, they try to figure out who killed him and why he’s still lingering around 95 years after his death.

See or Skip? Definitely, see it.

Why? Part romance, part murder mystery, this movie keeps viewers entertained for the entire ninety minutes. Unlike some of the other Christmas romance movies out there, this actually has some dialogue and doesn’t venture into the too-cheesy zone, which is easy to do. I didn’t find myself multi-tasking or googling random stuff on my iPhone as I watched. Definitely a solid pick for this genre.

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A Christmas Prince

Premise? A junior editor is sent by her magazine to cover the coronation of playboy prince from a tiny European country who is poised to become king. She’s determined to get the inside scoop and manages to be mistaken for the American tutor who has been hired to give lessons to the prince’s much younger sister, who is quite the firecracker.

See or skip? See it

Why? Fans of iZombie will be surprised to find Rose McIver out of her usual white makeup and hair for this holiday romance. This movie comes at the perfect time with the real-life royal wedding frenzy just beginning. The storyline is straightforward and obstacles are easily removed, but that’s standard issues for these movies. Fans of Princess Diaries won’t be disappointed.

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Christmas in the Smokies

Premise? A family farm faces foreclosure unless grown daughter Shelby can scrounge up enough money to pay off her family’s mounting debt. To complicate matters, the man that dumped her as a teen – and current country music heartthrob –  returns home causing Shelby a lot of distress.

See it or skip it? Skip it (seriously, it’s not good)

Why? On paper, this movie should be a hit, but it missed the mark and I don’t have super high standards when it comes to entertaining television, especially kitschy made for TV romances. Each scene in Christmas in the Smokies has about three sentences tops. And that’s counting single words as sentences in some instances. Seriously, this movie is severely lacking in dialogue.

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A Christmas Kiss

Premise? A young designer accidentally falls for her boss’s handsome boyfriend who returns after months of being on the road fundraising for his family’s charitable foundation.

See it or skip it? See it!

Why? Ever hoped of making out with a handsome stranger while you are in a elevator that is on the brink of plummeting to the ground? If you answered yes, this is the movie for you. Okay, I’m being cheeky, but that actually happens within the first seven minutes of the movie. Despite the fact that the guy doesn’t recognize our heroine after making out with her in the elevator, he’s still likable. And her friends provide advice and support throughout the movie and have some of the best lines for sure. This is a cute, fun movie that I’ve seen two years in a row and maybe next year, I’ll make it a third.

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Christmas Kiss 2

Premise? There’s a second one?! Uh, yeah there is. Christmas Kiss II features a promising designer who works for a boss that is not a complete nightmare. She starts to fall for her boss’s playboy brother.

See it or skip it? See it

Why? Just like the original, a kiss occurs in a malfunctioning elevator. That brings the number of movies on this list where a kiss takes place in an elevator to three. That’s almost half of the movies on this list! Clearly, this is a romantic fiction troupe I am just now learning about.

The movie is not as strong as the first. The love interest is a former playboy who wants to change his ways and not nearly as appealing as the leading man other flick. That being said, it’s a cute movie, with a leading lady that is both smart and capable, which is always a selling point.

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Merry Kissmas

Premise? Kayla, the business manager for a famous choreographer – who happens to be her fiancé – starts to question her relationship. When she kisses a cute baker in an elevator, she starts begins to have second thoughts about her pending nuptials. 

See it or skip it? Eh, probably skip it. 

Why? Two likable characters find their way to each other. What’s most unbelievable about this movie however, is that Kayla would actually be with someone as horrible as the choreographer, who is an obnoxious caricature of a man thirsty for power and fame. That being said, out of the movies on this list, I think the main couple in this movie is quite possibly the most realistic. If you are really bored, go ahead and watch the movie, but there are definitely stronger films on this list. 

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Dog Walker’s Christmas Tale

Premise? An (unintentionally? intentionally?) obnoxious college student falls for a dog walker. Probably. I actually didn’t get far enough into this movie to find out, so here is the summary from IMDB:

When spoiled, 21-year old college student Luce Lockhart is forced to take a job over the holidays walking a rich developer’s dog, she is thrilled to discover they are going to build a salon and spa over the quaint local dog park nearby. But when Luce meets Dean, an irritating yet handsome dogwalker actively trying to stop them, Luce is forced to question what the park means to her newfound friends, and whether she can put aside her selfish ways to help save the park before Christmas. – Jake Helgren

See it or Skip it? Skip it! I couldn’t even get through the first ten minutes. Cute dogs couldn’t even save this movie. 

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How Sarah Got Her Wings 

Premise? A woman unexpectedly dies while trying to rescue a dog. Rather than going straight through the pearly gates of heaven, she is sent back as an angel-in-training to complete some unfinished business: helping her ex boyfriend achieve his dreams. 

See it or skip it? See it

Why? There’s a twist! And I kinda didn’t see it coming. So on that basis alone, I think it is worth checking out this holiday flick. I won’t spoil it here, but it is nice to have some diverse story lines pop up in this genre.

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12 Dates of Christmas

Premise? A woman is set up on a date on Christmas Eve. It goes poorly. But she gets to live it over and over (a la Groundhogs Day) until she finally gets it right.

See it or skip it? See it!

Why? Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar star in this movie. It’s nice to get my Zack Morris fix and generally just have people I recognize on the screen. Normally, I am not a huge fan of the whole redoing the same day over and over, but this movie does a great job introducing new elements each time Amy Smart’s character Kate wakes up. And she learns and grows from her mistakes, while making sure to have a little bit of fun (spoiler!) like a ridiculous shopping spree knowing she will just redo the day over and not have to worry about going into crippling debt.