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Cosy Night In: 43 of the Best Romantic Christmas Movies

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Festivities are upon us! The romantic holiday season has officially arrived. Surely that means you’re ready to enjoy some of the best romantic Christmas movies once again?

Christmas romance movies are all about cosying up with your loved one. From Hallmark guilty pleasures to must-see old school classics, the best Christmas love films warm your cockles and show you what Christmas is all about: family, love, and that warm, fuzzy feeling you get inside when you’re snuggled on the sofa. 

And if you’re not a fan of romantic Christmas movies…Bah humbug to you! Raise your spirits and give into these rom-com Christmas movies which all have the power to turn your heart of stone back to sickly, melty, gooeyness. 

The proof’s really in the Christmas pudding! These beloved festive films are magical, merry classics for a reason. 

So grab a brandy tipple and a freshly-baked slice of gingerbread. It’s time to commence your cosy night-in with the one you love most.

Our Criteria

We want you to sit down with the right kind of Christmas rom-com this holiday season. That’s why we’ve ranked each of our romantic Christmas movies based on the festive criteria that matters – the laughs, the cries, the sing-along factor, and the feel-good factor:

Laughs

The burst-out-laughing factor. Is it a comedy full of gags and jokes? Does it offer lots of laughs?

Cries

The sobbing uncontrollably factor. Is it a tear jerker? Does it pull at your heartstrings?

Sing-Along Factor

The holiday music factor. Is it a musical full of festive tunes? Will you be humming along?

Feel-Good Factor

The feel-good factor. Will you be smiling from ear to ear once the credits roll? Does it leave you with a warm feeling inside?

Our Top 10

Best Romantic Christmas Movies

Movie

Laughs

Cries

Sing-Along

Feel-Good Factor

Love Actually

The Best Man Holiday

Meet Me in St. Louis

Last Christmas

The Last Holiday

It Happened on 5th Avenue

Miracle on 3th Street

White Christmas

The Holiday

The Happiest Season

Table of Contents

Romantic Christmas Rom-Coms

Looking for rom-com Christmas movies that’ll fill your stockings with love and joy? Fancy a romantic night-in with cosy Christmas love films that make you laugh out loud and cry into your mince pies? Watch these oh so charming Christmas romantic movies from the past few decades. You can’t beat a good rom-com.

1. Holidate (2020)

17/20 Love Score

One of Netflix’s newest festive rom-coms. 

Emma Roberts plays a forever-single Sloane and Luke Bracey is her Australian golfer crush, Jackson. Will she finally fall in love? And most importantly, will her parents ever stop judging her hopeless attempts of meeting ‘the one’? Thankfully Holidate takes a surprisingly fresh route down the rom-com formula too.

2. A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)

16/20 Love Score

A corny but charming Hallmark TV movie. 

Alice (Alicia Witt) plays an antique store owner who visits her fiance’s hometown for the holidays. She’s meeting his family for the very first time, but (somehow?) ends up at the wrong house. Alice soon discovers her bond with the wrong family is stronger than her bond with her fiance’s family. What a palava!

3. Love Hard (2021)

15/20 Love Score

A festive rom-com for the dating-app age. 

Natalie is a journalist who documents her disastrous dates in her weekly column. She’s all out of luck with her endless swipes and likes getting her nowhere. But will she eventually fall for the catfishing lost-cause Josh or his seemingly-perfect friend, Tag?

4. Holiday in the Wild (2019)

16/20 Love Score

A Christmassy comedy for elephant-lovers. 

Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis star in Holiday in the Wild. When veterinarian Kate’s husband confesses he’s no longer in love with her, she travels to Zambia on their planned second honeymoon alone. Luckily pilot and elephant-lover Drew is there to pick up the pieces. It’s Christmas meets conservation.

5. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

17/20 Love Score

A classic rom-com starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. 

Ryan and Hanks star as business rivals with a secret soft spot for one another. Although it’s not a clear-cut Christmas flick, it’s still set amongst the backdrop of tinsel and mistletoe. 

It’s also the third film pairing of Hanks and Ryan (also Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle), so there’s first-rate chemistry between the 2 90s Hollywood titans.

6. The Trouble With Mistletoe (2017)

16/20 Love Score

A sweet Christmas love story.

Based on a bestselling novel by Jill Shalvis, The Trouble With Mistletoe sees San Francisco pet store owner Walla bump into the high school jerk who once stood her up. But what happens when she starts to catch feelings for the man who broke her heart? Does he deserve a second chance?

7. Last Christmas (2019)

20/20 Love Score

A Christmas tale inspired by the music of George Michael.

Written by legendary actress Emma Thompson, Last Christmas sees aspiring singer Kate meet the enigmatic Tom, a homeless shelter volunteer. After a series of clumsy misfortunes, Kate’s life is turned upside when she discovers who Tom really is. Emilia Clarke is wonderfully charming as its lead character, and there’s a big twist you won’t see coming.

8. Love Actually (2003)

20/20 Love Score

An absolute cracker of a British rom-com. 

With its British wit and star-studded ensemble cast, Love Actually has become one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time. The plot follows a series of intertwined stories, including a Best Man who’s in love with his mate’s wife and a Prime Minister who falls for his new secretary.

9. The Holiday (2006)

20/20 Love Score

A life-swap comedy with a stellar cast. 

The Holiday will put a smile on your face this Christmas, mostly because its cast is just darn likeable (Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black). The story follows two lovelorn women who home exchange during the holiday season in the hope of healing their broken hearts. It’s the film equivalent of a warm glass of mulled wine in front of a cosy log fire. 

10. 12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

16/20 Love Score

A Christmassy Groundhog Day.

Amy Smart stars as Kate, a hopeless romantic who finds herself in a strange time-loop. With 12 days and 12 dates to improve her luck, will she finally manage to find the romance she’s been looking for? It also stars Zack from Saved By The Bell as Kate’s love interest (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), so how could you possibly resist?

11. The Christmas Set Up (2020)

18/20 Love Score

Lifetime’s first-ever LGBT Christmas movie.

The plot follows Hugo (Ben Lewis) as a New Yorker attorney who’s set up on a date with his High School crush Patrick (Blake Lee). As the two men fall for each other, Hugo faces the difficult decision of choosing between love and a dream promotion overseas. It’s one of the most authentic TV movies in years thanks to Lewis and Blake being a real-life couple.

12. New Year’s Eve (2011)

18/20 Love Score

Basically the New Year’s version of Love Actually.

With its A-list ensemble cast and holiday-ey atmosphere, New Year’s Eve is a feel-good flick that couples can enjoy on a 31 December night-in. It’s not quite the classic as Love Actually, but its stories are sweetly sentimental. Just what you need when snuggled under a blanket.

13. The Family Man (2000)

18/20 Love Score

A modern-day take on ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Nicolas Cage stars as an uptight businessman who learns the true meaning of Christmas in this adaptation of Dickens classic novel, A Christmas Carol. The moral of the story = family is everything all year round! Cage’s on-screen wife Téa Leoni gives a standout performance too, keeping the whole movie just on the right side of schmaltzy.

14. The Last Holiday (2006)

20/20 Love Score

A joyously charming tear-jerker. 

Queen Latifah stars as Georgia, a retail worker with just a few weeks to live after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. Determined to live her final days gloriously, Georgia embarks on a luxury holiday to snowy Europe. It’s warming, funny, and Latifah shines through as its hugely loveable lead.

15. The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

17/20 Love Score

A time-travelling Christmas comedy.

Josh Whitehouse stars as a 12th-century squire who’s unwillingly sent on a knighthood quest to the present day. He soon meets Brooke (Vannessa Hudgens) who helps him adjust to the 21st century and fulfil the quest he must complete before midnight Christmas Eve..otherwise he’ll be trapped in 2019 forever.

16. The Princess Switch (2018)

17/20 Love Score

A mixed-identity Christmas comedy.

Vanessa Hudgens also stars in The Princess Switch, a festive rom-com that sees two strangers discover they look identical, a humble Chicago baker and the royal Duchess of Montenaro. Struck by their similarities, they decide to switch lives for 2 days. There’s 2 sequels too, The Princess Switch: Switched Again and The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star.

17. Four Christmases (2008)

16/20 Love Score

A wacky Christmas comedy. 

Vince Vaughn and Reece Whitherspoon play a couple who are forced to visit the four homes of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. You’ll love this if you’re a fan of slapstick physical comedy. Somehow it’s a film that makes divorce absolutely hilarious. There’s a killer supporting cast too, including Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, and Kristen Chenoweth.

18. The Best Man Holiday (2013)

20/20 Love Score

A Funny and emotional Christmas romp. 

As the sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, The Best Man’s Holiday sees Terrance Howard, Regina Hall, and all of the original cast reprise their roles. The Christmassy follow-up sees the gang get together once again for the holidays, bringing with them old baggage, old flames, and old rivalries. It’s equal parts hilarious and touching, so expect both laughs and cries.

19. Christmas in the Smokies (2015)

15/20 Love Score

A feel-good country drama.

The future of a family-run farm is jeopardized when big retail expansions take over the local town. Determined to save their farm and their family business, the Haygoods do all they can to cling onto the only life they’ve ever known.

20. Happiest Season (2020)

20/20 Love Score

Hulu’s ultra-relatable festive comedy. 

Although Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has fallen head over heels for girlfriend Abby (Kristen Stewart), there’s one thing standing in her way: she’s yet to come out to her conservative parents. How will the Christmas visit to ‘meet the parents’ go down? If you love Schitt’s Creek’s wisecracking humour, you’ll love this.

21. Serendipity (2001)

18/20 Love Score