With the holiday season upon us, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a cozy blanket, a warm cup of hot cocoa, and watching a heartwarming Christmas movie. While the classics like “Home Alone” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” never fail to put us in the holiday spirit, there are some lesser-known Christmas movies that deserve just as much love. Here are 7 hidden gem Christmas movies to add to your holiday watch list.
1. “Love Actually” (2003)
A star-studded cast including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and Keira Knightley, “Love Actually” follows the lives of eight couples as they navigate their love lives during the holiday season. With a mix of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, this movie is both funny and romantic, making it the perfect holiday feel-good movie.
2. “Comfort and Joy” (2003)
This Hallmark movie tells the story of Jane, a woman whose entire life revolves around her job. When she suddenly finds herself unemployed and without anyone to spend Christmas with, she must learn to appreciate the simpler things in life and find the true meaning of the holiday season. With charming characters and a heartwarming storyline, “Comfort and Joy” is a must-watch for any holiday movie lover.
3. “The Holiday” (2006)
Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black, “The Holiday” is a romantic comedy about two women who swap houses for the holiday season. Along the way, they both find love and learn to embrace the magic of Christmas. With stunning scenery and a charming storyline, this movie is a feel-good watch that will leave you with a smile on your face.
4. “A Christmas Prince” (2017)
This Netflix original movie has become a Christmas cult classic in recent years. When a journalist goes undercover to get a story on a dashing prince, she ends up falling for him. With its fairytale-like plot and swoon-worthy romance, this movie is perfect for those who love cheesy holiday romances.
5. “The Nativity Story” (2006)
For those looking for a more religious-themed movie, “The Nativity Story” is a beautifully crafted retelling of the biblical story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. With stunning visuals and powerful performances, this movie will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas.
6. “Arthur Christmas” (2011)
This animated movie tells the story of Santa’s son, Arthur, who must embark on a mission to deliver a forgotten present before it’s too late. With its charming characters and a heartwarming message about the importance of family, “Arthur Christmas” is a must-watch for the whole family.
7. “The Family Stone” (2005)
When Meredith brings her uptight and conservative fiancé to meet her free-spirited family for Christmas, chaos ensues. With a star-studded cast including Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rachel McAdams, this movie is both hilarious and heartwarming, showing that the most important thing during the holiday season is the love and support of family.
This holiday season, why not take a break from the usual Christmas movies and give these hidden gems a chance? Whether you’re in the mood for a light-hearted romantic comedy or a heartwarming family film, there’s something on this list for everyone. So grab your loved ones, and some festive snacks, and get ready to be swept away into the magic of Christmas. Happy Holidays and happy watching!