The festive cheer is here! With the holiday season in full swing, Netflix is unwrapping a collection of fresh Christmas-themed movies, series, and specials. We’ve got the scoop on everything headed your way over the next few weeks.
If you need guidance choosing the perfect Christmas watch, browse through all of Netflix’s merry titles here. Alternatively, use the category codes on Netflix to filter through the jolly selections.
This list was initially a sneak peek at upcoming releases and has since been updated to include other newly licensed movies that have landed on Netflix in the US and UK.
Here are some of the new global Netflix Original and licensed Christmas movies that arrived in 2023:
Love at First Sight
Released on Netflix: September 15th
Got it! Even though “Love at First Sight” came out in September, it’s actually a good fit for the holiday season. The movie takes place in the five days before Christmas, even though it doesn’t really promote itself as a Christmas flick.
Critics and fans liked it, so it’s a great time to give it a watch or rewatch. When we reviewed it earlier, we gave it a PLAY rating.
Strawberry Shortcake: Perfect Holiday (2023)
Released on – November 1st, 2023
Note – it’s currently listed for Netflix in the US and the UK. Availability in other regions might differ.
Coming to Netflix is a Christmas animation special belonging to the beloved kids’ franchise, Strawberry Shortcake, joining the existing specials and series on the platform.
This 45-minute special follows Strawberry and her Berry friends as they team up to rescue Winter Swirl from a cookie-stealing villain.
Featuring voices like Ana Sani, Diana Kaarina, and Andrea Libman, the special promises an engaging adventure for fans.
Gabby’s Dollhouse: The Mermaid Christmas Cruise
Released on Netflix: November 6th
Gabby’s Dollhouse on Netflix has been graced with multiple specials across its eight existing seasons, and there’s more festive fun on the horizon.
According to DreamWorks Animation, the upcoming special promises a delightful holiday treat:
“Meowy Christmas! Gabby and the Gabby Cats are geared up for a fresh holiday escapade. Join them as they visit Santa Kitty, Candy Cane, and the kitty-reindeer while helping deliver presents.”
The Claus Family 3 (2023)
Hailing from Belgium, the holiday-themed fantasy drama “The Claus Family” made its Netflix debut in 2020, followed by a sequel in 2021. Fast forward two years, and director Ruben Vandenborre is bringing us another chapter in the Claus family’s tale.
According to Netflix, here’s a glimpse of what to anticipate in the third installment, presented in Flemish (but fear not, English dubs are available):
Note – “When the gift delivery takes an unexpected turn and Grandpa Noël faces trouble, siblings Jules and Noor must unite to rescue Christmas. Will they succeed?”
Best. Christmas. Ever!
Released on Netflix: November 16th
While Christmas isn’t the main focus of this new body-switch comedy film, we’ll mention it here anyway.
The storyline revolves around the Walker family experiencing a peculiar body-switch phenomenon after a peculiar encounter with an astrological reader.
The cast includes recognizable actors such as Ed Helms (known for The Office), Jennifer Garner (from Yes Day), Emma Myers (featured in Wednesday), and Rita Moreno along with Brady Noon.
The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday (2023)
Released on Netflix: November 30th
Another Christmas special on the horizon for Netflix in 2023 is a 22-minute feature from DreamWorks Animation Television, acting as a companion to the main movie.
This prequel dives into our endearing rogues as they concoct a Christmas heist.
Unfortunately, there won’t be a back-to-back binge opportunity with “The Bad Guys” since the main movie was recently taken off Netflix.
“Virgin River” Season 5 – Part 2 premiered on Netflix on November 30th.
After the intense fifth season of “Virgin River” that kicked off in September, the series will take on a more festive and traditional vibe toward the end of November, featuring two holiday-themed episodes.
We’ve covered plenty more details about the new holiday episodes in our preview for Virgin River Season 5.
Christmas As Usual
Released on Netflix: December 6th
Fresh from the Nordics, particularly Norway, comes a new romantic comedy directed and written by Petter Holmsen. The movie features Ida Ursin-Holm, Kanan Gill, and Mads Sjøgård Pettersen in starring roles.
Here’s the official description for this new film:
“To celebrate their engagement, Thea takes Jashan home — but his Indian roots and her family’s Norwegian traditions clash in a chaotic Christmas.”
“I Hate Christmas” Season 2
Premiered on Netflix on December 7th
The Italian Christmas-themed romantic comedy series, “I Hate Christmas” (also known as “Odio Il Natale”), made a quick return for its second season, just a year after the debut of season 1.
For those who missed the first season, here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:
A single nurse, after fibbing to her family about having a boyfriend, embarks on a frantic quest to find a partner before Christmas—just 24 days away.
Holiday in the Vineyards
Released on Netflix: December 13th