10 Romantic Christmas Movies You Can Stream Right Now

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Romantic Christmas Movies: you dream of falling in love with a hunky rancher?

Indeed, Christmas movies have often been a mixed bag. There are the slapstick classics, the somber moralizers, and of course the kids’ stalwarts. But what about the viewers who just want to drink wine, eat a whole cheese board, and dream of falling in love with a hunky rancher? Well, luckily there’s an entire subgenre of holiday romance movies that are that specific.

While, for many years, the hopelessly cheesy romantic Christmas movies was rare breed in Hollywood, the genre was thriving on channels like Hallmark and Lifetime. But over the last few years, the streaming services have gotten in on the act too by acquiring corny festive movies that already exist or making their very own. So if you don’t have cable, but do have Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, you can also get in on the romance, good times, and cheer of these feel-good faves.

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Fascinating 10 Romantic Christmas Movies You Can stream right now

Whether you want to fake date your way through the holidays, return to a small town and rekindle an old flame, or fall in love with unassuming royalty, you can live vicariously here.

1. Holidate

Where to Watch: Netflix

Emma Roberts leads this festive rom-com which is one of Netflix’s newest original offerings. A pair of millennials team up to fake-date their way through a year of holidays. Sounds like a classic fanfic setup to us.

2. Happiest Season

Where to Watch: Hulu

Hulu is bringing Clea Duvall’s lesbian Christmas flick to our screens this holiday season and we couldn’t be more grateful. Mackenzie Davies and Kristen Stewart star as lovers who have to hide their relationship during a holiday vacation — it breaks ground, and hits every cheesy holiday rom-com beat you’ve come to expect.

3. Last Christmas

Where to Watch: Hulu

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding broke the internet with this wild release last year. In case you don’t know what it’s about, Clarke plays a heart transplant survivor and Golding plays her enchanting new love interest.

4. Let it Snow

Where to Watch: Netflix

Though it skews a little younger than the rest of our offerings, this YA Christmas movie is a total delight. A series of cute interconnected stories showcase love, friendship, and family during the festive season.

5. A Cinderella Christmas

Where to Watch: Hulu

Though it wasn’t made by the network, this one has big Hallmark energy. A young event planner who’s regularly exploited by her evil sister falls in love with a wealthy, charming man who needs to get married to get his inheritance.

6. Christmas Inheritance

Where to Watch: Netflix

After publicly embarrassing herself during the festive season, a wealthy and irresponsible socialite has to visit her father’s small hometown to make amends, inherit his huge company, and learn the true meaning of Christmas.

7. The Holiday Calendar

Where to Watch: Netflix

When a cynical young photographer is gifted a magical holiday calendar, she soon comes to realize that it might be telling her future. But what will she do when the calendar hints at a romance she never saw coming?

8. Holiday in the Wild

Where to Watch: Netflix

Rob Lowe and Kristen Davis star in this Christmas vacation schmaltz-fest. A jilted wife (Davis) heads to Zambia for what was supposed to be her second honeymoon where she meets a hunky wildlife enthusiast played by Lowe.

9. The Knight Before Christmas

Where to Watch: Netflix

Finish up your Hudgens triple bill with her most ridiculous yet charming Christmas offering. Here she plays a teacher who falls in love with a literal knight who gets transported through time.

10. A New York Christmas Wedding

Where to Watch: Netflix

With every other big festive film service delivering on queer Christmas too, Netflix couldn’t be left out. This wild story about a bisexual bride to be who’s visited by an angel who shows her what life could have been.

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    From inclusive Netflix and Hulu originals to the more classical Hallmark-style fare, there's something for every romantic who's hoping for a saccharine escape this holiday season.

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