It was revealed a few days ago now that How The Grinch Stole Christmas was being removed from Netflix, which is crazy considering we’re only days away from the most festive time of the year.
However, you know what they say, “You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why…” because there are plenty of other great Christmas movies on the streaming service that are well worth your time, and I’m here to talk you through the very best of them.
Christmas is an incredibly important time of the year for me, and it’s made even more special when you get to watch a good festive movie with your nearest and dearest.
Netflix used to have How The Grinch Stole Christmas which was one of my go-to movies, I must admit. I just loved Jim Carrey’s incredibly over-the-top performance and I doubt anyone else could have played the role quite as well as he did.
Anyway, we’ve got to let that movie go as far as Netflix is concerned, but here are some excellent Christmas movie alternatives that are on the streaming platform.
This is a must-watch when Christmas comes around. Nativity! is easily one of the quintessential movies to watch during the festive season.
It has everything. Love, loss, depression, joy, family… Everything that important during this time of year, and I love it for that.
Director/writer Debbie Isset really made a special movie with Nativity!, and it Martin Freeman as a primary school teacher, and I must say, it’s perfect casting.
They then made subsequent sequels, none of which come anywhere close to the original film.
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I know. You look at an animated Christmas movie and immediately roll your eyes, but stick with me on this one.
Arthur Christmas is actually a brilliant Christmas movie. It’s wonderfully animated, features an impressive voice cast and tells a really interesting story about Father Christmas’ son, Arthur Christmas, who lives in his Dad’s shadow and just wants to impress him.
I think Arthur Christmas should be essential viewing this time of year, along with the likes of Die Hard, Love Actually and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (none of which are in this list).
The film features the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and Jim Broadbent.
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
This one is really special. Blackadder’s Christmas Carol takes on the famous story from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and gives is a Black Adder makeover.
Frankly put, it’s the perfect satire of Dickens’ classic novel, but it also manages to keep the books central themes intact.
It also features another brilliant performance from Rowan Attickson as Blackadder.
This has been something I watch every Christmas and I love it and was also very surprised to find it on Netflix.
Watch it before it inevitably leaves the streaming platform.
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Yes, another animated Christmas movie, but much like Arthur Christmas, Klaus really surprised me.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this new Netflix animated Christmas movie as much as I did, and I think it’s a genuinely great movie.
It features a very unique spin on the Father Christmas story. The story of Father Christmas has been told time and time again, yet Klaus manages to come up with something actually original.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this particular Christmas movie become a regular watch in December for families across the globe.
I think the fact that not more people have seen Get Santa is downright criminal.
It’s a really good little Christmas movie which stars Jim Broadbent as Santa, and he gets arrested in the movie.
It’s a much better version of The Christmas Chronicles, which got a lot of press because it’s a Netflix original.
Get Santa is also directed by Christopher Smith who’s pretty well known for his offbeat horror movies such as like Severance and Triangle, and he brings those sorts of sensibilities to Get Santa, but in a good way.
I really do highly recommend you all watch Get Santa this year. It deserves a wide audience.
Which films do you like watching during the Christmas season on Netflix? Would you watch any of the movies on this list? Have you watched some of them already? Let us know in the comments below.
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