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Countdown to Christmas: 25 Best Holiday Movies to Watch

Christmas Movie Countdown: 30 Holiday Films to Watch

2020 is not the year to plan for anything, but the one thing you can plan for is a movie-driven countdown to Christmas with the 25 best holiday movies to watch.

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And while most Christmas movies get a pass for being extremely cheesy, these are not one of them — although some do teeter the line. But these movies either tug at your heartstrings or make you laugh or both. And overall they inspire love and family moments.

So what better way to forget the troubles all 2020 has brought by getting in the holiday spirit with these films.

Countdown Christmas with these 25 best holiday movies.


Friday After Next

Whether you had a house full or not this Thanksgiving weekend, why not kick off our 21 holiday films to watch list with something funny like ‘Friday After Next.’ The last installment of the Friday franchise (thus far) still has us doubling over in laughter as Craig (Ice Cube) and his cousin Day Day (Mike Epps) try to come up with a way to pay their rent in 24 hours after getting robbed by Santa.

 

 

The Last Holiday

We’re always told to never take our family for granted but what about our own lives. Get a friendly reminder to live your life to the fullest and follow your dreams with the help of LL Cool J and Queen Latifah.

Where to Stream: Netflix

 

 

Perfect Holiday

The holidays are all about love and family and in this cute romantic comedy that’s exactly what Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union blend together.

Where to Stream: Netflix

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The Christmas Pact

This Kyla Pratt-led holiday film has it all — a sweet childhood promise, a relatable love story, and something Lifetime is not known for… a black Santa. It’s one of the rare Lifetime films that pushes black vibes during Christmas time not just black actors in an all-white Christmas film.

Where to Stream: Lifetime

 

 

 

Jingle Jangle

Jingle Jangle is an instant holiday classic. There’s music, dancing, fantastic styling, a heartwarming story, and iconic nemsis. It’s the Christmas musical all ages can enjoy and a storyline that is refreshingly original. Oh and did we mention the whole cast is black…yup, refreshingly original.

Where to Stream: Netflix

 

 

The Preacher’s Wife

Between Christmas spirit and Christmas miracles, this holiday is all about the magic that surrounds it, which is why ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ is the perfect film for you and your family to watch.

Where to Stream: Hulu

 

 

A Diva’s Christmas Carol

Even Scrooge needs love too, especially during the holidays. Take a musical journey with Vanessa Williams as Ebony Scrooge, a wicked singer who gets a wake-up call ahead of her performance at a Christmas charity in ‘A Diva’s Christmas’

Where to Stream: N/A

 

 

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Merry Liddle Christmas

One major plus about this movie is the tech agenda. It pushes a storyline of black women in tech so hello to an under-used storyline, we love it, welcome it, and hope we get more of it. The film was so good, they made a sequel.

Where to Stream: Lifetime

 

 

This Christmas

You have eye candy, a great storyline, and the creation of one of the best Christmas remakes in recent years. That’s just three reasons as to why This Christmas is one of the best holiday films to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Where to Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Holiday Heart

Seeing Ving Rhames as a transgender and Alfre Woodard as a crackhead doesn’t seem like a holiday-spirited film but it is.

Where to Stream: N/A

 

 

Best Man Holiday

We can’t promise you won’t cry nor can we promise that you will laugh hysterically but we can promise you will fall in love with the ‘Best Man’ cast all over again. Despite the sequel being over 10 years later it was created perfectly and puts you in a nostalgic holiday spirit.

Where to Stream: Prime Video

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An En Vogue Christmas

We’re never gonna get tired of watching the lifetime Christmas musical that involves the legendary En Vogue as well as David Alan Grier. The film centers all around music and getting over old grudges just in time for the holiday.

Where to Stream: Prime Video

 

 

The Kid Who Loved Christmas

The holidays are all about family and ‘The Kid Who Loved Christmas’ teaches us that those who you call family doesn’t have to necessarily be blood-related. Family is what you make it and who you fight for in this feel-good holiday film.

Where to Stream: N/A

 

 

Bad Santa

There is nothing really spirited about this film besides the season it takes place in and the spirits the characters indulge. However while this Santa is not one you’d hope swoops down your chimney, he still finds a way to show off his kinder side.

Where to Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Jingle All The Way

This hilarious family film will give all parents flashbacks of their Black Friday shopping experience. Especially those who dived for toys and almost caught a case trying to get the season’s hottest kid item in the store.

Where to Stream: Hulu

 

 

Black Nativity

While this is not one of the greatest holiday films, being that it was directed by Kasi Lemmons and based on Langston Hughes’ play, we have to keep it in rotation. Plus, every time you watch it, Black Nativity grows on you just a bit more.

Where to Stream: Hulu

 

 

Love Actually

This film gives all the romantic feels. With 10 different storylines intertwining with one another there is never a dull moment in the film. You will want to watch this film over and over this winter season.

Where to Stream: N/A

 

 

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Almost Christmas

What’s so great about Almost Christmas is that it is one of the most relatable holiday films within this list. This film brings together family, politics, cooking, adultery, old flames, and friends who are like family. All things that make for a good holiday story and storyline.

Where to Stream: Hulu

 

 

Wrapped Up in Christmas

We give this film a pass although it features the well-known t storyline of having an arch-nemesis without knowing their identity and falling in love with said nemesis before realizing they are one and the same. But it also features our favs from the 90s Tatyana Ali, Jackée Harry, Kim Fields, and Jasmine Guy who deliver great performances that we don’t mind the predictable storyline.

Where to Stream: Lifetime

 

 

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Elf

Will Farrell is a human man raised as an elf who then makes his way to New York City in search of his dad. It’s a classic Will Farrell comedy and is quickly becoming a holiday classic.

Where to Stream: Starz

 

 

Trading Places

While Trading Places is not really a Christmas movie, it takes place around Christmas and seeing Eddie Murphy go from being a conman to conning rich conmen is never not funny.

Where to Stream: N/A

 

Home Alone

After nearly 30 years we still can’t get over seeing 8-year-old Kevin McCallister plot and scheme his way out of a home burglary.

Where to Stream:Disney+

 

 

 

Fat Albert’s Christmas Special

It’s Fat Albert, need I say more.

Where to Stream: N/A

 

 

 

The Holiday Calendar

Me: I’m tired of seeing Christmas Movies
Netflix:  Watch a Christmas Movie with Ron Cephas Jones, Kat Graham and Quincy Brown
Me: Hold my wine

Where to Stream: Netflix

 

 

 

Christmas in the City

I have to say this movie mmmm, but Ashanti, absolutely! She makes this movie so good that we have rewatched it over and over again.

Where to Stream: Lifetime

 

 

Marry Me For Christmas

It’s a cute Christmas love story that’s not too, too cheesy or extremely predictable. Between the writing and the cast, the film will make you laugh, fall in love, but most importantly glued to the screen as it develops.

Where to Stream: Youtube

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