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The holidays are the perfect time to cozy up with the one you love most and watch romantic Christmas movies together! Pop the popcorn and prepare the hot cocoa, because it’s the perfect season for snuggling up with your favorite treats while you enjoy holiday movies. It’s basically the perfect Christmas date!
Even if you are single at the moment, the holiday season is still the perfect time to watch sappy romance movies alone or with your besties! Whether your idea of the perfect romantic Christmas movie is to go with an old-school classic or something a little more modern, there will be plenty of romantic Christmas movies on this list for you to choose from!
You’ll find romantic Christmas movies on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and Apple TV below, so wherever your favorite place to watch is, we’ve got you covered!
Romantic Christmas Movies
Romantic Christmas Movies on Amazon
With Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney as a part of this classic old Hollywood cast, there’s singing, dancing, and plenty of gorgeous Christmas scenes set in the fictional Vermont town that the group travels to over the holidays.
It’s a Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life sits at the top of most lists of classic romantic Christmas movies for good reason, as this old black and white shows one man how drastically different his life would be had he never been born; the love story between James Stewart and Donna Reed never goes out of style.
Christmas in Connecticut
This black and white Christmas movie from 1945 is a classic early Hollywood romance that begins with the perfect amount of deception to set the stage for hijinks galore as the two love interests fall for each other, all set in beautiful Connecticut at Christmas time. Plus, It stars the magnificent Barbara Stanwyk!
The Holiday Affair
Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh as a part of a love triangle at Christmas time? Yes, please!
When Harry Met Sally
Okay, while this romantic movie doesn’t revolve around Christmas, it is set during the winter holiday season and it is, no doubt, one of the most romantic movies of all time, so we think it qualifies as a great romantic movie to watch during the holiday season!
A Holiday for Love
This 90’s Christmas romance sees Melissa Gilbert as a single mom who falls for a man who was sent to downsize workers at the local factory; their blooming romance changes quite a few lives.
While You Were Sleeping
Ahh yes, the Sandra Bullock/Bill Pullman romance that takes place over the Christmas season and involves a coma and deception. It’s all the great rom-com tropes and then some, plus some great Christmas family hijinks; what’s not to love about this romantic Christmas movie from the 90s?
The Preacher’s Wife
A remake of the 1940s The Bishop’s Wife, this version features Denzel Washington as an angel sent to earth to help the preacher but ends up falling for his mesmerizing wife, played by Whitney Houston. With Denzel and Whitney in all their 90’s glory, this Christmas romantic movie is a great addition to your list of movies to watch this holiday season.
John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale star in this smart Christmas rom-com about a pair that experiences a magical Christmas Eve after an adorable meet-cute, only to then test fate to see if serendipity will bring them back together. Ten years later, we get to see if fate comes through!
Bridget Jones’s Diary
This classic Christmas rom-com sees a 2001 Renee Zellweger in a classic love triangle over the holidays in London. With Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in the mix, this clever Christmas romance offers laughs galore as we follow Bridget Jones’ journey to love.
Another early 2000’s Christmas romance set in London, the star-studded cast includes heavy hitters like Laura Linney, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Keira Knightley, all coming together to showcase the various love stories of their characters at Christmastime. This Christmas rom-com is just fantastic!
Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart star in this goofy Christmas romantic comedy as a pair of old friends reunited after Reynolds returns to their hometown for Christmas. It’s got a lot of that classic Will They, Won’t They tension paired with silly Back Home for the Holidays escapades to keep everyone entertained.
The Family Stone
The Family Stone is a Christmas romantic comedy that involves the whole family and all the classic Bringing the Girlfriend Home for Christmas shenanigans that can ensue. Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, and Luke Wilson star in this hilarious romantic comedy.
In a perfect “let’s swap places” kinda way, The Holiday follows two women (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) who have been burnt by love and decide to house swap with each other on two different sides of the globe to get away from their disastrous romances, only to find new romance awaits with romantic interests in their new destinations.
The Christmas Train
A Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas romance, The Christmas Train has stars like Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Dermot Mulroney, Joan Cusack, and Danny Glover driving the story of a ride on a Christmas train bringing together old lovers just in time for the holiday.
The Perfect Holiday
This goofy Christmas romantic comedy follows a mall Santa (Morris Chestnut) and a divorced mother (Gabrielle Union) who are falling in love but must make it past a few humorous rom-com obstacles like her not knowing her new love interest is a mall Santa and her kids not being ready to see their beloved single mom move on from their dad. With additions like Katt Williams and Queen Latifah thrown in the mix, this is a romantic comedy set at Christmas that keeps the laughs coming.
This romantic Christmas movie features a woman on a mission to bring back a town Christmas tradition that her late mother used to organize, only to discover she’ll have to work closely with her high school sweetheart to do so. I’m sure you can guess what happens along the way!
Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star in this romantic comedy that sees them struggling to survive not one, not two, not three, but FOUR family Christmases that they had attempted to avoid. Cue the Christmas shenanigans.
The Christmas Yule Blog
This Lifetime Christmas movie sees a travel writer who is given an assignment to write about a Christmas parade in a small town, only to discover that there’s a little more romance to be found with one of the locals than she’d bargained for.
Ghost of Girlfriend’s Past
In a nod to A Christmas Carol, Ghost of Girlfriend’s Past sees a commitment-phobic bachelor have to reckon with the ones he’s loved and pushed away, leading him to understand what he’s lost and how he can finally make lost last.
While Last Holiday doesn’t really revolve around the Christmas holiday, it does take place during Christmas and New Year’s and sees Queen Latifah playing a woman deciding to grab life by the horns after a surprise terminal diagnosis tells her she has just weeks to live. Spoiler alert, there is a happy ending, including finally landing the man of her dreams.
This dramatic Christmas romance tells the story of two women in the 1950s who engage in a hopelessly impossible love affair for their time. It will pull at your heartstrings in every direction, and while the Christmas season isn’t the main focus of this movie, the scenes of a classic 50’s Christmas perfectly encapsulate the journey these two women go on together.
Christmas Ever After
This Lifetime Christmas movie is a classic romance featuring a romance novelist trying to hit a deadline, only to find that the owner of the B&B she has gone to to write in bears more than a passing resemblance to one of her popular characters; of course, romantic sparks fly!
A Match Made at Christmas
This lighthearted Christmas romantic comedy has the classic hallmarks of Christmas rom coms, including the whole can’t-stand-each-other-last-to-know-they’re-falling-in-love bit.
A Christmas in New York
Following six different stories of couples staying in a New York hotel at Christmas, there are young couples trying to figure each other out and mature couples who seem to have love all figured out.
A Crown for Christmas
A young struggling artist signs up to be a governess for a young princess, only to find that the princess’ older brother, the king, ends up playing a more significant role in her life than she’d bargained for. Comfortably predictable, it’s hard to dislike a tale of a woman stumbling upon her own fairy tale romance for Christmas!
A December Bride
With the trope of “fake fiance” driving the plot, A December Bride sees romance building at Christmas time between Jessica Lowndes and dreamy Daniel Lissing of When Calls the Heart fame.
‘Tis the Season for Love
One of those classic Hallmark Christmas movies that follows a young woman who returns to her hometown after striking out in the world beyond, only to discover that love was right where she left it.
A Christmas Detour
Candace Cameron Bure stars as the engaged woman who sees her plans to meet up with her fiance for Christmas changed at the last minute by a travel mishap, only to find herself falling for the man before her in a twist of fate.
Christmas with a Prince
Based on a Harlequin romance, Christmas with a Prince sees a young doctor forced to care for a prince who she knew from his arrogant boarding school days, only to find he’s grown up in all the right ways.
A Very Merry Mix-Up
Another twist of fate Christmas rom com, an engaged woman ends up in the wrong place, with the wrong family, only to find out that she’s right where she’s supposed to be.
A Christmas to Remember
Mira Sorvino is the lead in this romantic Christmas movie that follows a woman who gets amnesia following a nasty car crash, but ends up falling for the man who saved her and took her in.
The Christmas Ornament
This Hallmark Christmas movie sees a widowed woman finding love again with a charming man who owns a Christmas tree lot.
Love You Like Christmas
One of those classic Hallmark Christmas movies where the woman is forced to take a step back from her high pressure career when her holiday plans are ruined by car trouble, landing her in a classic Christmas town that sets the stage perfectly for romance!
Falling for Christmas
When a champion figure skater ends up severely injured, she heads to a rehabilitation center in the snowy mountains where she finds Christmas charm and warmth along with a dreamy local man who shows her there’s more to her life than just her competitive skating career.
Christmas in Mississippi
When a photographer heads back to her Mississippi hometown, she finds herself suddenly forced to spend time with a former hometown flame.
The Christmas Promise
A grieving woman who has recently lost her fiance finds hope for the future with the cute and patient carpenter who is helping to renovate her home.
A Very Country Christmas
This Christmas romance sees a country music star trying to find himself outside of fame and ends up finding true love along the way.
Let it Snow
In this Hallmark Christmas movie, Candace Cameron Bure plays an execute who heads to Maine to update a newly acquired lodge property, only to find there’s more there worth keeping than she’d anticipated… including the owner’s charming son.
One of those “tough nut to crack” types, this Christmas romcom’s lead is a detective who finds that her lead suspect in a case is more of a love interest than a target.
Christmas with a View
When a restaurant manager at a ski resort in a small town is made to work with a charming new chef, they both end up finding that there’s more between them than they’d thought.
A New York Christmas Wedding
When a woman starts to second guess her life as her Christmas wedding approaches, her guardian angel appears to show her all the different paths she could’ve taken in love, with an option to start over.
Christmas Wedding Planner
This romantic Christmas movie is about a – you guessed it – Christmas wedding planner who ends up having to reckon with a Private Investigator who was hired to sabotage the very wedding she is planning, but neither one can escape the Christmas romance blossoming between them.
The Santa Squad
An out-of-work art teacher takes a job with the Santa Squad to help bring Christmas magic back into the lives of a handsome widower and his two daughters, and she ends up finding Christmas romance, too.
A Husband for Christmas
When two co-workers engage in a sham marriage for a variety of reasons, they end up finding out that there may have been a little something more between them than they’d realized, just in time for Christmas!
12 Dates of Christmas
In a Groundhog Day of Christmas Eve dates situation, a woman continues to relive the same date over and over until she finally gets the message.
While a woman thinks she has the perfect life and career, she thinks the “perfect” man is out of reach, until he suddenly appears before her, showing her that perfect isn’t maybe what she was looking for after all.
When a woman makes a Christmas wish so her neighbor will fall in love with her, she finds her wish has gone awry when it landed on the wrong neighbor! Silliness follows as the real object of her affections finally seems to notice her.
When two single parents start falling for each other at Christmas time despite their kids being rivals, they have to figure out how to navigate a romance that just can’t be denied.
Romantic Christmas Movies on Netflix
A Christmas Prince
A young journalist travels abroad to cover a handsome young prince, only to find herself falling quickly for his charm and his kingdom.
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
In this romantic sequel to A Christmas Prince, a pending birth makes this Christmas romance even more exciting!
The Princess Switch
The Princess Switch is a Christmas rom-com that follows two lookalike women as they swap places with each other and their very different lives, only to find that they’ve both got a lot to learn about love.
Let it Snow
Different than the romantic Christmas movie of the same name listed above, this Let it Snow follows a group of high school seniors as they explore love and friendship during a snowstorm on Christmas Eve in middle America.
In this Christmas romcom, a woman travels across the country to meet her internet love, only to find she’s been catfished. Her story doesn’t end there, of course, and she’s soon back on track to finding real love.
When two attractive strangers decide to be each other’s holiday dates to stop the barrage of well-meaning relationship questions from family, they end up finding that there might be something real brewing between them.
A Castle for Christmas
In keeping with the theme of so many romantic Christmas movies on this list, an author played by none other than Brooke Shields, runs from scandal at home escapes to Scotland, where she falls in love with a castle – and the duke who owns it.
A California Christmas
In this charming Christmas romcom, a wealthy man is tasked to force a small farm to sell to his family’s business, only to end up falling for the woman and her family.
A California Christmas: City Lights
This sweet sequel to A California Christmas shows the pair planning a wedding, this time off the farm and in the city at Christmas.
Single All The Way
In order to avoid the usual “why are you still single” questions at his family’s home at Christmas, one man enlists his best friend’s help to play the role of his boyfriend, only to find that maybe there was something more there all along.
The Knight Before Christmas
In a magical time warp, a dashing knight from the 14th century ends up crossing paths with a high school science teacher in Ohio at Christmas, leading to plenty of holiday shenanigans, and yes of course, love.
Holiday in the Wild
Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis star in this fish-out-of-water holiday romance that takes place in Africa.
Operation Christmas Drop
This lighthearted Christmas romance takes place as a straight-laced political aid ends up falling for the gregarious Air Force pilot who she is supposed to be keeping in line.
Romantic Christmas Movies on Hulu
Second Chance Christmas
A devoted husband lovingly accepts his wife’s memory loss as an opportunity to win her heart again at Christmas, This is a super sweet Christmas romance for the married couples out there!
A Cinderella Christmas
When a woman must suddenly leave the Christmasquerade Ball, the man who she was dancing with must try to find her with very little to go on in this homage to the classic Cinderella tale.
With an incredible cast that includes the likes of Kristen Stewart, Alison Brie, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, and so many more, this touching and funny LGBTQ+ Christmas rom-com follows a woman who takes her girlfriend home for Christmas, without mentioning that her family doesn’t know she’s a lesbian until they’ve already arrived.
A Christmas Movie Christmas
When two sisters discover they are trapped in a Christmas movie, they find that following the formula for Christmas movie romance isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Romantic Christmas Movies on Apple TV
The Sweetest Christmas
When a woman qualifies for the American Gingerbread Competition, she’s over the moon – until her oven breaks and she has to ask a blast from the past for help.
Christmas Under the Stars
A man loses his job in finance right before the holidays and takes a job working a Christmas tree lot where he just so happens to also find the love of his life.
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
This sweet Hallmark Christmas movie follows a writer enlisted to write an article about a classic Christmas town called Evergreen, only to fall in love with both the town and one of it’s most charming inhabitants.
Christmas in the Air
A disorganized single dad falls for a professional organizer and the two end up being the perfect match at Christmas.
There are so many great romantic Christmas movies out there on all kinds of different streaming services, so you don’t have to look very far. Hopefully this list of Christmas movies will get you started on your search!
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Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband Nathan, and son Malcolm. When not working on their sites or traveling the world, the Hartles can be found cuddling, reading, and hanging out with their cats.