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The 10 Best Netflix and Hallmark Christmas Movies

A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding

There is much to enjoy about this time of year: an abundance of baked goodies, Christmas music, festive decorations, and people generally being in better moods. Out of all the wonderful things about the Christmas season, one of my favorites is the annual slate of Christmas movies from Hallmark and Netflix. Many are surprised by this about me, but they shouldn't be.

Netflix and Hallmark Christmas movies are as good of examples of storytelling through the medium of TV as can be found. They're warmhearted, fun, and heartstring-tugging tales set during one of the best times of the year. As a general rule, the acting is serviceable, the script usually has a clear through-line of action and a well-defined climax and resolution, and the technical aspects are done well —  and all without a trace of the irritating cynicism that seems to be the dominant cinematic tone of today's directors. Yes, the plots are simple and the movies will never vie for prestigious awards. But why should that matter? Obviously, for those with a heart, it shouldn't matter, because, best of all, these movies are like the Christmas spirit equivalent of doing shots of Everclear: both are chock full of what you want and both work very quickly. So, if you haven't already, take some time this Christmas season to watch the ten movies listed below. If you've already watched them, no doubt you need little prompting to enjoy them again.

10. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

To be honest, I was a little disappointed with Netflix's sequel to A Christmas Prince (further down this list). But, my disappointment was a product of my high expectations. Watch this one (and you should watch this one), but do so with realistic expectations.

9. The Holiday Calendar

My one quibble with The Holiday Calendar is how quickly Abby, played by Kat Graham, comes to doubt the direction in which the antique calendar has been pointing her. I won't say more, because I don't want to give anything away. Other than that, this is a fun movie that is fairly well acted.

8. A Royal Christmas

I have a huge soft spot for the "normal girl finds out her beau is royalty" genre, as this list demonstrates. A Royal Christmas borrows heavily from The Princess Diaries, but who cares? It's fun, provides good dramatic tension, and comes complete with a heartwarming ending.