december 2019 netflix guide

Everything to Watch on Netflix This Holiday Season

10 perfect movies—some holiday-themed, some not so much.

By: Bibi Deitz
Styling: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

It’s almost time to pile into planes, trains, and automobiles to come together with friends and family this Thanksgiving, which can only mean one thing: It’s also time to dig out your stretchiest pants and prepare for some hardcore movie watching. OK, just kidding—the holiday season is about love and kindness and giving back, but it’s also such a treat to take a couple of hours of uninterrupted time and watch a damn movie.

Though we have approximately 100 streaming services to choose from these days, Netflix remains the gold standard (at least for now), especially for film. It makes sense: They’re the ones who started this whole streaming thing in the first place. And though we definitely cheat on Netflix with Hulu, HBO, and Amazon, and we’ve even dipped our toes into Apple TV+ and Disney+, we come back to Netflix every time. Here are the movies we’ll be watching over the holidays.

 

Holiday in the Wild

Does this movie look good? No. Does it look super fun to watch, bowl of popcorn in hand, while it’s snowing outside? A resounding yes. It stars Kristen Davis, who takes a solo trip to Africa after her husband ends their marriage—and winds up on a baby elephant rescue mission alongside a hunky pilot (Rob Lowe).

Marriage Story

Speaking of divorce: Pretty much anything Noah Baumbach does is great, and his latest seems to be no exception—it’s already getting major Oscar buzz. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, the film goes deep on the realities of divorce. Bring the tissues.

Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah

Yes, yes, yes! We fell in love with Tiffany Haddish when we saw Girls Trip, and we haven’t been able to get enough of her ever since. In her first Netflix special, she’ll take us “on a journey through her life, exploring the lessons she’s learned along the way.” In other words, she’ll make you laugh till you cry.

Klaus

This one works for the whole family. Directed by Despicable Me creator Sergio Pablos, it follows Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) as an entitled postal academy student who’s failing on purpose. He figures his dad will just give him a job, but he receives a rude awakening when he’s sent to work the Arctic Circle P.O. And then he finds Santa.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Would it really be the holidays if Dr. Seuss’ classic wasn’t thrown in the mix? Once upon a time (aka when we were children), we were satisfied with reading the holiday masterpiece. But these days, there’s a movie or TV version of everything, and this perfect fable is no exception. (To be fair, there was a TV movie of The Grinch in the sixties, but, like, that’s beside the point.)

White Christmas

Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” is enough of an impetus to trot this classic out. Also starring Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera Ellen, this film will take you right back to the fifties, when good, wholesome fun was the name of the game.

Let It Snow

If, on the other hand, good, wholesome fun isn’t the name of your game, don’t worry: Let It Snow has your back. Featuring various up-and-coming stars including our girl Kiernan Shipka—and Joan Cusack popping in with a cameo as a snowplow driver—this teen movie gets a little friskier than other holiday films (though it still keeps it PG-13).

Christmas with the Cranks

What if you just skipped Christmas? Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis try to do just that in this screwball comedy, passing on the de rigueur outdoor decorations and tree. But their family and neighbors are less than thrilled.

Fyre Fest: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

If you never saw this glorious documentary, the holidays are the perfect time to catch up on a little schadenfreude. The I-can’t-believe-this-really-happened doc explores what happens when a professional con artist scams a bunch of affluent people searching for Instagram content.

The Knight Before Christmas

We would be remiss if we left this one out—not because it looks genuinely good, but because it looks genuinely cheesy, and it definitely fits the bill for an easy crowd pleaser to throw on for the whole fam. Featuring Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse, it has an easy premise: A medieval knight gets lost, winds up in modern-day Ohio, and meets an unlucky-in-love science teacher. Love (and other hijinks) ensues.

 

Everything New on Netflix in December 2019

Dec. 1

  • A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Cut Bank
  • Dead Kids
  • Eastsiders: Season 4
  • Malcolm X
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • Sweet Virginia
  • The Tribes of Palos Verdes

 

Dec. 2

  • Nightflyers: Season 1
  • Team Kaylie: Part 2

 

Dec. 3

  • Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tentação de Cristo
  • Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah
  • War on Everyone

 

Dec. 4

  • The Last O.G.: Season 2
  • Let’s Dance
  • Los Briceño
  • Magic for Humans: Season 2

 

Dec. 5

  • A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
  • Apache: La Vida de Carlos Tevez
  • Greenleaf: Season 4
  • Home for Christmas
  • V Wars

 

Dec. 6

  • Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show
  • The Chosen One: Season 2
  • The Confession Killer
  • Fuller House: Season 5
  • Glow Up
  • Marriage Story
  • Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san: Season 2
  • Three Days of Christmas
  • Triad Princess
  • Virgin River

 

Dec. 8

  • From Paris with Love

 

Dec. 9

  • A Family Reunion Christmas
  • It Comes at Night

 

Dec. 10

  • Michelle Wolf: Joke Show
  • Outlander: Season 3

 

Dec. 11

  • The Sky Is Pink

 

Dec. 12

  • Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos
  • Jack Whitehall: Christmas with My Father

 

Dec. 13

  • 6 Underground

 

Dec. 15

  • A Family Man
  • Dil Dhadakne Do
  • Karthik Calling Karthik

 

Dec. 16

  • Burlesque
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Magicians: Season 4

 

Dec. 17

  • Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America!

 

Dec. 18

  • Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
  • Soundtrack

 

Dec. 19

  • After the Raid
  • Ultraviolet: Season 2
  • Twice Upon a Time

 

Dec. 20

  • The Two Popes
  • The Witcher

 

Dec. 22

  • Private Practice: Season 16

 

Dec. 23

  • Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 1

 

Dec. 24

  • Carole & Tuesday: Part 2
  • Como Caído del Cielo
  • Crash Landing on You
  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
  • Lost in Space: Season 2
  • Terrace House: Tokyo 20192020: Part 2

 

Dec. 25

  • Sweetheart

 

Dec. 26

  • The App
  • Le Bazar de la Charité
  • Fast & Furious Spy Racers
  • You: Season 2

 

Dec. 27

  • The Gift
  • Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

 

Dec. 28

  • Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy

 

Dec. 29

  • Lawless

 

Dec. 30

  • Alexa & Katie: Season 3
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened

 

Dec. 31

  • The Degenerates: Season 2
  • Die Another Day
  • GoldenEye
  • Heartbreakers
  • The Neighbor
  • Red Dawn
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures

 

Everything Leaving Netflix in December 2019

Dec. 1

  • Yoga Hosers

 

Dec. 2

  • Africa: Season 1
  • Blue Planet II: Season 1
  • Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice
  • Frozen Planet: Season 1
  • Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey
  • Life
  • Life on Location
  • Life Story
  • Nature’s Great Events : Series 1
  • Nature’s Great Events: Diaries: Series 1
  • Planet Earth II
  • Planet Earth: Season 1
  • The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans: Season 1
  • The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans: Season 1
  • The Hunt: Season 1
  • The Making of Frozen Planet: Series 1

 

Dec. 4

  • Thor: Ragnarok

 

Dec. 11

  • Get Santa

 

Dec. 14

  • Beyblade: Metal Fusion: Season 1
  • Merlin: Season 1-5

 

Dec. 15

  • Helix: Season 2

 

Dec. 18

  • Miss Me This Christmas
  • You Can’t Fight Christmas

 

Dec. 19

  • George of the Jungle 2

 

Dec. 25

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 711
  • Kurt Seyit ve Şura: Season 1
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

 

Dec. 31

  • About a Boy
  • Billy Elliot
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Daddy Day Care
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Frasier: Season 110
  • Frasier: The Final Season
  • Jackie Brown
  • Leap Year
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Rain Man
  • Rocky
  • Rocky II
  • Rocky III
  • Rocky IV
  • Rocky V
  • Schindler’s List
  • Tears of the Sun
  • The Crow
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Pink Panther
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • White Christmas
  • Winter’s Bone
  • XXX: State of the Union

 

Photos: Shot on site at 6 Columbus, a Sixty Hotel. On Jonelle: Pajamas, Morgan Lane; Bag, Louis Vuitton.

 

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