New Christmas Movies to Keep on Your Radar!

Are you tired of watching old Christmas reruns at home? Well, don’t fret because streaming platforms are coming out with new Christmas movies this holiday season!

As the holidays approach along with cooler weather, nothing sounds better than a cozy winter movie night at home. Instead of sticking with old classics, streaming platforms are coming out with new family-friendly Christmas movies to get you in the holiday spirit!

Family Switch – November 30 (Netflix)

What’s the next best thing to a sequel of 13 going on 30? Seeing Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms switch bodies with their teenage kids! Garner and Helms play a married couple, Jess and Bill Walker, who feel their family is growing apart. The magic phrase, “I wish you could be me,” comes true after the Walkers encounter an astrological reader (Rita Moreno). The Walkers wake up to a full-body switch where they finally understand one another’s daily struggles. Their connection grows stronger as they unite to return to their regular lives.

A Royal Christmas Surprise – November 30 (Roku, Amazon Prime, BET +)

In last year’s Royal Surprise in South Africa, Riley Stephenson learned that her boyfriend, Mandla Amitu, is a prince. Now that she has accepted his family’s royal status, it’s time to see if her family accepts his and vice versa. The two returned to Los Angeles as an engaged couple just in time for the holidays. Riley’s aunt and uncle invite Mandla’s parents to their Christmas engagement party in Kentucky. But Kentucky may be a little different for Queen Nobantu and King Chidike. The couples’ families clash, creating a tense engagement party planning process that reveals yet another royal surprise.

The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday – November 30 (Netflix)

The notorious anthropomorphic outlaws return this holiday season for a Christmas special. This animated family/adventure film based on a children’s graphic novel series, follows Mr. Wolf and his team who plan a heist on Christmas morning. However, their scheme goes awry once Christmas gets canceled. The “bad guys” try to revive the town’s Christmas spirit to save their plan.

Candy Cane Lane – December 1 (Prime Video)

There’s nothing like some Christmas magic that reminds you to be careful what you wish for. An enthusiastic father, Chris (Eddie Murphy), is willing to do anything to win the neighborhood’s annual Christmas decorating contest. He makes a pact with a mischievous elf, Pepper (Jillian Bell), in hopes of leading him towards victory. However, she casts a spell that brings the 12 days of Christmas to life, generating havoc in the town. Chris’ wife, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, and their three children try to break the elf’s spell and save the city. This is Murphy’s first Christmas movie, which he also produced. The humorous, fantastical film with a touch of horror is perfect for a night in with friends or family.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever – December 8 (Disney +)

Our favorite disgruntled teenager, Greg Heffley, is returning in animation for his Christmas debut! Jeff Kinney’s successful book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, turns into a heartfelt holiday film exclusively premiering on Disney this December. After Greg damages a snowplow, he worries he won’t receive his highly anticipated Christmas gift. With tensions already high in his family, it’s just Greg’s luck that they get snowed in. He is stuck dealing with his troublesome older brother, Rodrick, and his younger brother, Manny. The film follows the middle schooler through a series of stressful Christmas endeavors with his family and best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

Yes, Chef! Christmas – December 10 (Lifetime)

The Lifetime original film stars Tia Mowry and the Cake Dynasty star Buddy Valastro in the film revolving around a city’s annual holiday cook-off. Mowry plays Alicia Geller, a culinary school instructor who joins the holiday competition and learns a family secret that could boost her career. She develops a relationship with her mentor (Luke Humphry) as he helps prepare her for success. It premieres Sunday, December 10 at 8/7c, and is ready to stream the next day.

Perhaps some of these new Christmas films can replace the old classics. You can enjoy these new films in the comfort of your own home with some hot chocolate and warm cookies!

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Hannah Shemtov

Hannah Rose is a senior at Emerson College where she studies broadcast journalism and psychology. She has executive produced multiple television news outlets at her school, and interns at AfterBuzz and the Heal Squad. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Hannah winds down with a good film or binge worthy TV show.