You better watch out, Hallmark. You think you have the corner on holiday programming with your saccharine holiday movies about love? Netflix used a couple billions of dollars in development to close the gap on Christmas cheer this year, and will premiere dozens of wintery specials for all the boys and girls on Santa's nice list.
Fans of the Christmas Prince series will be glad to know that A Royal Baby is on the way this winter. And there are a few other exciting original movies being delivered as well, like Holiday Rush, a movie about a DJ who has to teach his kids the true reason for the season when his finances get tight, and Let It Snow, an adaptation of the YA book of the same name about some high school students who get stranded by a snowstorm.
Meanwhile, Netflix's series are also going to be decking the halls with new holiday-themed specials for The Great British Baking Show and Nailed It!, along with the introduction of a Christmas-themed sitcom called Merry Happy Whatever. It's still not quite as ambitious as the most festive competitors in the holiday market, but this is quite a shiny package all the same.
Check out the full list of what's coming to Netflix this holiday season below.
Available Nov. 1
Holiday in the Wild: To keep her spirits high when their son leaves for college, Manhattanite Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) has booked a "second honeymoon" with her husband. Instead of thanking her, he brings their relationship to a sudden end; jilted Kate proceeds to Africa for a solo safari. During a detour through Zambia, she helps her pilot, Derek Holliston (Rob Lowe), rescue an orphaned baby elephant. They nurse him back to health at a local elephant sanctuary, and Kate extends her stay through Christmastime. Far from the modern luxuries of home, Kate thrives amidst majestic animals and scenery. Her love for the new surroundings just might extend to the man who shared her journey.
Available Nov. 8
Let It Snow: When a snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, a group of high school seniors find their friendships and love lives colliding thanks to a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a squad of competitive dancers, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and an epic party at the local Waffle Town. Come Christmas morning, nothing will be the same. Based on the best-selling book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, Let It Snow stars Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, Liv Hewson, Mitchell Hope, Kiernan Shipka, Jacob Batalon, and Joan Cusack.
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays Season 2: Twinkling eyes? White beard? Santa has nothing on Paul Hollywood as he and Prue Leith judge festive treats baked by some favorite former competitors.
Available Nov. 15
Klaus: When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy's worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated holiday comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, Klaus co-stars Joan Cusack, Will Sasso and Norm Macdonald.
Available Nov. 21
The Knight Before Christmas: After a magical sorceress transports medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) to present-day Ohio during the holiday season, he befriends Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), a clever and kind science teacher who's been disillusioned by love. Brooke helps Sir Cole navigate the modern world and helps him discover how to fulfill his mysterious one true quest — the only act that will return him home. But as he and Brooke grow closer, Sir Cole begins to wonder just how much he wants to return to his old life. Directed by Monika Mitchell and also starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Isabelle Franca, Ella Kenion, and Jean-Michel Le Gal, The Knight Before Christmas is a cozy holiday romance about learning to let yourself believe in magic again.
Available Nov. 22
Nailed It! Holiday Season 2: Grab your loved ones because Nailed It! Holiday is back! The messes are-a-plenty as St. Nicole and Jacques Frost deliver the best of the worst baking fails this season. Whether wrecking the halls or destroying the dreidel, jaws will drop as the bakers attempt all new challenges inspired by the holidays. From Santa to Scrooge and angels to elves, these bakers find new ways to destroy the kitchen and ruin more taste buds in Nailed It! Holiday -- even The Grinch makes an appearance to help ring in the New Year! Guest judges include: Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, David Burkta, Bridget Everett, Jason Mantzoukas and Ron Ben Israel. Nailed It! Holiday is produced by Magical Elves.
Available Nov. 26
Super Monsters Save Christmas: It's Christmas Eve in Pitchfork Pines, and the Super Monsters are joining forces to deck the halls, find Santa's missing reindeer and save the holiday!
True: Winter Wishes: Everyone in the Rainbow Kingdom is gathered to celebrate Winter Wishfest, but when Forever Frost escapes the Ice Kingdom, the day might be ruined. Can True set everything right?
Available Nov. 28
Holiday Rush: Popular New York radio DJ Rush Williams (Romany Malco) has been spoiling his four children since they lost their mom. Unfortunately, the kids share their pricey Christmas lists right when he loses his job. To keep Rush on the air, his producer Roxy Richardson (Sonequa Martin-Green) and his Aunt Jo (Darlene Love) plan to help him buy another station — if the Williams family can downsize fast and embrace a simpler life. In this heartwarming film, a loving father reconnects with his children and opens his heart to love when they all learn that true joy comes from not what you have but who you have around you.
Merry Happy Whatever Season 1: Set during the happy but hectic days before and after Christmas, Merry Happy Whatever follows Don Quinn (Dennis Quaid), a strong-willed patriarch from Philadelphia doing his best to balance the stress of the holidays with the demands of his close-knit but eclectic family — and his family doing their best to manage him. But when youngest daughter Emmy (Bridgit Mendler) arrives home from L.A. with a new boyfriend, struggling musician Matt (Brent Morin), Don's belief that "there's the Quinn way... and the wrong way" is put to the test. From Emmy Award-winning creator Tucker Cawley (Everybody Loves Raymond), Merry Happy Whatever is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy that proves while family may not come wrapped up in a neat little bow, it sometimes can still be the greatest gift.
Available Nov. 29
Sugar Rush Christmas: It's the present worth waiting for - Sugar Rush Christmas is here! Hunter March, Candace Nelson and Adriano Zumbo will be joined by guest judges Tiffani Thiessen, Liza Koshy, Donal Skehan, Jeanine Mason, Amirah Kassem and Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis to devour tasty Christmas treats over three rounds of competition. Over six Christmas-themed episodes, the judges help decide which teams should walk away with the $10,000 prize. Sugar Rush Christmas is produced by Magical Elves.
Available Dec. 2
Team Kaylie Part 2 holiday episode: To try to help Amber get through her first Christmas since her mom passed away, Kaylie decides to try and buy Amber the dollhouse she always wanted. Without any money, Kaylie has no choice but to take a job with Chewy and Jackie working as an elf for the local mall Santa. But when Santa is a no-show, Kaylie puts on the beard and takes on the work. It's a disaster, and Kaylie isn't able to raise enough money to buy Amber the dollhouse — but finds a way to make her something special with a more creative touch.
Available Dec. 5
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby: It's Christmastime in Aldovia, and a royal baby is on the way! Queen Amber (Rose McIver) and King Richard (Ben Lamb) are getting ready to take some time off to prepare for their first child's arrival, but first they have to host King Tai (Kevin Shen) and Queen Ming (Momo Yeung) of Penglia to renew a 600-year-old sacred truce. But when the priceless treaty goes missing, peace is jeopardized and an ancient curse looms. Amber will have to figure out who the thief is before the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, for the safety of her family and the kingdom. Director John Schultz and screenwriter Nathan Atkins return for the third installment in the Christmas Prince series.
Available Dec. 6
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas: Lucky and her friends embark on a Christmas Eve adventure into the city to find the perfect gift, but their return to Miradero for the holiday festivities are ruined when as avalanche derails their plans.
Magic for Humans Season 2 holiday episode: Ho ho ho-pen sesame! Magician Justin Willman performs several holiday-themed stunts with mall Santas and California kids who have never seen snow. By the end of this, you will believe that he is Santa Claus... or at least some sort of all-powerful warlock.
Available Dec. 9
A Family Reunion Christmas: It's the most wonderful time of the year, but as we know, for it to be a "Wonderful Life" the McKellans must face the ghosts of Christmas past. The McKellans are back to spread Christmas joy in this holiday special about the importance of family, forgiveness, and empathy.
Available Dec. 12
Jack Whitehall: Christmas With My Father: Comedian Jack Whitehall continues his Travels With My Father series by staying put and celebrating Christmas with his dad live on stage before a studio audience.
Available Dec. 30
Alexa & Katie Season 3 holiday episode: It's Christmas break and Alexa has been getting quite a bit of attention from her ex boyfriend who's going to be home from college. The person she's not getting attention from is Spencer who has started to pull away. When she realizes it's because he's started to lose his hair from chemo, Dylan is the last thing on her mind and she jumps at the chance to help Spencer through this milestone. Meanwhile, Katie runs a canned food drive at Wired. But, as her job and charity work gets busier and busier while her friends are having holiday fun, she has trouble keeping the BAHS out of her HUMBUG.