While Christmas may look a little different this year, we’re not going to let anything get in the way of our festive joy and excitement.
So while it may still feel a little early for some, we at GLAMOUR HQ are officially on the Christmas countdown, and with that marks the beginning of sofa season (AKA our all-time favourite season). Hurrah!
That means it’s perfectly acceptable, if not encouraged, to stay in your PJs all day, eat Quality Street for lunch, and enjoy back-to-back movie marathons.
So, what should you be tuning into this year?
Unsurprisingly, Netflix has the best of the bunch with its offering of Netflix Originals Christmas movies. Last year, the streaming giant brought us brand new festive hits such as The Knight Before Christmas (starring Vanessa Hudgens as a science teacher whose all but given up on love – until she meats an actual knight) and Oscar-nominated animated movie Klaus, where postman Jesper discovers Santa Claus hiding out in a frozen town in the north.
And this year, Netflix’s offering of original Christmas content is even better. In fact, they’ve just dropped the trailer for the follow up to The Princess Switch – Princess Switch: Switched Again – in which Princess Stacy must help Duchess Margaret get things back on track with boyfriend Kevin.
Holidate has also recently dropped on the streaming site and is already dominating the ‘Top 10’ list (yep, seems like we’re all getting into the festive spirit!) – about two strangers who agree to be each other’s ‘friendly’ date during the holidays. We see feelings coming on.
We also have the highly-anticipated Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey to look forward to. Starring Forest Whitaker as legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle who enlists the help of his granddaughter to ‘heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within’. The star-studded cast also includes Keegan-Michael Key, Anika Noni Rose, Hugh Bonneville, Ricky Martin and John Legend (!!!).
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey drops on Netflix on Friday 13th November and we already in the Christmas spirit just thinking about it.
Sloane and Jackson are fed up with being single on holidays, so they agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones for all of the festivities. All fun and games, until actual feelings start getting involved.
Operation Christmas Drop
Congressional aide Erica Miller drops out of family Christmas to travel across the Pacific, where she lands at a beachside Air Force base and doesn’t exactly get along with her guide Captain Andrew Jantz. But then she learns that Jantz’s facility is running Operation Christmas Drop, which sees them parachuting gifts to remote islands nearby.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again
Christmas flicks don’t get more cheese-tastic than this! Vanessa Hudgens is back as both Duchess Margaret and Princess Stacy, but this time you’ll be seeing triple, as Hudgens will also play Fiona, Margaret’s party-loving cousin.
The official synopsis reads: “When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin, it’s up to her double Princess Stacy of Belgravia to get these star-crossed lovers back together.
“But the course of true love is complicated by the appearance of a handsome royal who’s intent on stealing Margaret’s heart. Throw in the unexpected arrival of Margaret’s outrageous party girl cousin Fiona, a third lookalike who has ambitions of her own, and you have the recipe for Christmas triple trouble!”
Available from Thursday 19th November
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two
Real-life long-term couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell reunite for this sequel, in which Mrs. Claus (Hawn) plays a more prominent role. “It’s time for Mrs. Claus to get her due,” Netflix announced on Twitter.
Available from Wednesday 25th November
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey stars Forest Whitaker as legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle, who enlists the help of his granddaughter to ‘heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within’ after his most prized possession is stolen. The star-studded cast also includes John Legend!
Available from Friday 13th November
Christmas on the Square
Yes, that is Dolly Parton and yes, there will be brand new original songs!
Regina Fuller (Christine Baranski) is a wealthy, bitter ‘Scrooge’ who returns to her small hometown to evict everyone right before the holiday season. But thanks to love, community spirit and a visit from an angel (yep, Dolly Parton), she changes her mind.
Available from Sunday 22nd November
Let It Snow
Hailed as 2019’s answer to Love Actually, Let It Snow is the heartwarming story of a group of teenagers whose lives collide when a snowstorm hits their small town on Christmas Eve. Starring Kiernan Shipka and Odeya Rush, the upcoming film, based on Maureen Johnson’s novel of the same name, is the festive rom-com you *need* in your lives.
Prepare to release your inner 13-year-old with Netflix’s upcoming holiday hit, Klaus. The feel-good animation, starring J.K Simmons, Rashida Jones, Joan Cusack, tells the story of a postman who befriends a local teacher and toymaker when he is stationed on a faraway island. Think Frozen, but festive. Holla!
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby
Pour the mulled wine and prepare to settle in for the hotly-anticipated third instalment of popular trilogy, A Christmas Prince. This time, “It’s Christmastime in Aldovia—and a royal baby is on the way! Amber and Richard host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew an ancient truce, but when the priceless 600-year-old-treaty disappears, peace is put in jeopardy and an ancient curse threatens their family!” Oooh, the tease.
The Knight Before Christmas
Following on from the success of The Princess Switch, Vanessa Hudgens returns to Netflix with another guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The Knight Before Christmas follows a science teacher whose given up on love when she meets an actual knight. Cliched, predictable and dripping in festive backdrops, this charming love story will by adored by even the coldest of hearts.
Make sure to carve out time in your busy party schedule for Netflix’s Holiday Rush, a moving story about a radio DJ who copes with his wife’s death by spoiling his children. When he loses his job, he’s forced to strip back the luxuries and realise true joy comes from the time with his family. N’awh.