It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Christmas, and by extension a big fan of Christmas movies. This year I started to get into the festive spirit and start watching Christmas films at the end of October, and of course I made sure to record my thoughts on every single one.
Here is my list of all the Christmas films I watched in 2020, ranked from the best to the absolute worst! Get ready to read the words wholesome and insufferable so many times that they lose all meaning.
Christmas Around The Corner (2018)
Take all of my favourite things and smush them into one movie… Christmas, a bookstore, and a good old enemies to lovers trope. I genuinely loved everything about this film, it was perfect to snuggle up with a hot water bottle and watch on a rainy afternoon. With a lot of Christmas films I feel like once you’ve watched them then you don’t really need to see them again, but with Christmas Around The Corner I would be more than happy to come back and watch it over and over. It also made me want to buy a lot of hats, but that’s beside the point.
I’m knocking points off this one because although it started and ended at Christmas, the majority of the film was actually set during other holidays. Maybe it shouldn’t technically be on my list, but I loved it so whatever. Hands down the most hilarious film on this list. Not to mention it has Emma Roberts and Kristin Chenoweth in it. What more could you possibly want?
Marry Me At Christmas (2017)
The perfect cliche Christmas movie. A small town, a small business, and a big Hollywood star trying to be incognito. There was so much festivity and what I’m pretty sure was real snow. I would absolutely watch this one again.
On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas (2015)
This was the first Christmas film of the year that actually brought a tear to my eye. It wasn’t that emotional, I’m just a sucker for a wholesome ending. I really loved this movie; it had a pretty original plot, believable acting, and a college sweethearts to friends to lovers trope. Always a winner in my eyes. 10/10 would watch this again.
Holiday Date (2019)
This was exactly what a Christmas film should be. I did spend most of the time wanting to hide behind a cushion because the second hand embarrassment was bad, but at the same time it was hilarious and I loved it.
Christmas Under The Stars (2019)
Unbelievably heart-warming. It was a pretty original plot which is always a good sign, and of course you can usually rely on Hallmark to produce a decent festive movie. The acting was good, the plot was good, and I genuinely liked the characters – a combination which is rare in terms of Christmas films! I would definitely recommend.
I was so excited to watch this because it’s Disney, Anna Kendrick, and Christmas all in one film – and luckily it didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t the best Christmas film that I’ve ever seen, but it was really enjoyable and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I also need the entire wardrobe from this film, like now.
Christmas Cookies (2016)
When I say that this has everything you could possibly want from a Hallmark Christmas movie, I mean it. We had a protagonist that started out as annoying but got a redemption arc, we had a small town and a Christmas cookie business. If that’s not enough to sell you then I’ll add that there was an enemies to lovers trope, a gingerbread house competition, and a cast that could all act. Brilliant.
Write Before Christmas (2019)
Call me shallow, but this gets a spot near the top of the list for the casting alone. Compared to a lot of other Hallmark movies, Write Before Christmas did lack something in terms of the plot, but weirdly I still really enjoyed watching it. The band side plot was entirely unnecessary too.
A Christmas Scavenger Hunt (2019)
Can we have a round of applause for the high school sweethearts to enemies to lovers trope? It’s a classic and probably overdone, but you have to love it. This was relatively original as Hallmark plots go, and it was really enjoyable to watch. Insanely wholesome.
Christmas In Evergreen: Tidings Of Joy (2019)
I didn’t realise when I decided to watch this that it was actually the third in a series of movies. Luckily though, it was a standalone plot so I don’t think I missed too much. This was just so wholesome. Small town, giant advent calendar, and an actress that reminded me way too much of Hannah B from The Bachelorette.
Christmas Town (2019)
Candace Cameron Bure in a Christmas film? Groundbreaking. Seriously though, this was a really wholesome storyline and lovely to watch. Would probably watch it again in a couple of years.
Christmas Wonderland (2018)
This was as predictable as it gets, but I loved seeing Emily Osment in something other than Hannah Montana. Childhood sweethearts to enemies to lovers trope excellence.
Call Me Mrs Miracle – Mrs Miracle 2 (2010)
You’ll find the first Mrs Miracle film much further down the list, because I wasn’t impressed with it. In fact I almost didn’t watch the sequel, but I’m glad that I did because it was so much better. This film was all kinds of cliche and I loved every minute of it. Good plot and good characters? It’s a winner for me.
Love Always, Santa (2016)
If I’m totally honest, I wasn’t expecting to love this. The synopsis didn’t grab me and I felt it would probably be one of those weak, low budget films with bad acting. I was completely wrong. It was a really heartwarming story and although extremely predictable, I have to say that I really enjoyed it.
Christmas Made To Order (2018)
I’m going to be honest and say that I did accidentally sleep through the ending of this film, but up until then it wasn’t bad. Extremely predictable and cheesy, but that’s the recipe for a perfect Christmas film. Relatively original plot.
Christmas At Holly Lodge (2017)
This is as predictable as you can imagine, and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen two other Christmas films with almost the exact same plot. I think that out of those, this is the best of them. A really wholesome film and just everything you could want from a festive Hallmark movie!
Coming Home For Christmas (2017)
I promise that this film is a hundred times better than this creepy promotional picture. This was so predictable, although the other option in the love triangle wasn’t as much of a pretentious asshole as they usually are, but it was just a lovely wholesome Christmas film. Big old house? Check. Christmas party? Check. Yules logs? Check check check.
Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws (2009)
You can’t deny that this is an absolute classic when it comes to Christmas films. It’s been a few years since I last watched this one, and I forgot how emotional it made me. The animated scenes are kind of horrendous, but the whole plot is just so blumming cute!
The Mistletoe Promise (2016)
This had a similar concept to Holidate, but the film was set entirely during the Christmas period. It definitely didn’t capture my attention as much as Holidate, which is why it’s so much further down the list. Overall it had a good plot, decent acting for the main characters, and a happy ending. That’s most of the boxes checked!
A Rose For Christmas (2017)
This wasn’t too bad in terms of plot originality, I can definitely say that I’ve never seen a Christmas film based on float building before. It had the regular enemies to lovers trope, grumpy man and optimistic woman having to work together.
Holiday For Heroes (2019)
Pretty wholesome with a small town community, a cafe slash bakery, and a pen pal trope. Enjoyable and chill.
Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe (2018)
As a certified Jane Austen nut, I was unbelievable excited for this film. However other than a relatively weak enemies to lovers trope and horrific names, this had absolutely nothing to do with Pride And Prejudice. Calling your main characters Darcy Fitzwilliam and Luke Bennet does not make your movie Austen themed! If I put my strong feelings about the name aside, I can’t say that this was a bad film. It was actually relatively enjoyable.
Hearts Of Christmas (2016)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Christmas film mainly set in a hospital before, so we’ll add some points for originality there. As for the rest of the film, it was definitely watchable, predictable and wholesome – all the things a Christmas movie should be. Not the best I’ve ever seen though.
Christmas At The Plaza (2019)
Question: How many times can you say “finial d’arbre” in 84 minutes? Answer: A lot. I wish I had been more awake when watching this film because it really wasn’t that bad, I just don’t remember too much of it!
‘Tis The Season For Love aka Christmas Confessions (2015)
A woman goes to her hometown for Christmas, but for once doesn’t fall for her childhood sweetheart. Turn up for the books or what? I was lowkey enjoying this until my feminist agenda kicked in at the end when I realised this guy wanted her to give up all her dreams when he wasn’t willing to make any compromises. Ugh. If we put that aside, however, it wasn’t a bad film.
The Rooftop Christmas Tree (2016)
This one made me weirdly emotional, and I enjoyed it. To be honest I do feel that the story could have been developed a bit better, but it was still good. It was an original plot but still had the regular cliche tropes.
Christmas Unwrapped (2020)
I know the title of this film makes it sound like a Channel 4 documentary on the dark side of the festive industry, but it’s actually not all that bad. Our protagonist wasn’t particularly likeable but she did get better as the film went on, which is often the whole point of the plot of a Christmas film. Enjoyable but wouldn’t watch again.
Christmas On Honeysuckle Lane (2018)
Is there anything better than being able to predict the ending by the third scene? Absolutely not. I will say that this did have some more mysterious plot twists than the majority of Hallmark movies, which I wasn’t a massive fan of seen as I like the straightforward cozy and cookie cutter themes. Still, I did enjoy this and watched it from beginning to end!
A Merry Christmas Match (2019)
This gets bonus points for the Christmas party outfits, because just look how cool they are! I want to dress like this every day. As much as the plot was cute, it was also extremely unrealistic. I know that we don’t watch Christmas films to bask in the realism (Christmas miracles, anyone?) but I just couldn’t get behind such a dramatic story considering she had only known the guy for about three days.
The Christmas Club (2019)
This woman was so unreasonable, I literally cannot get over it. Everything was going great, it was an enjoyable story with a ton of magical coincidences until she needed a loan to get a space for a (ridiculously short) dance recital and got mad at the guy for putting in a good word for her at the bank. He did not give her the money, he did not do anything nefarious, he was literally just being a nice human being. I’m still mad.
Our Christmas Love Song (2019)
I was excited about this film because the synopsis mentioned that our main character was a country music singer, and I was elated when the opening scene was at the Grand Ole Opry. The rest of the movie, however, was a certified disappointment. Honestly it wasn’t that bad, but my hopes were so high!
A Christmas Arrangement (2018)
Let me ask you something… If you bump into a stranger on the street and they ask you what’s on your Christmas wish list, what do you do? I’d run in the other direction because that person is clearly a serial killer. Anyway, a very average Christmas film.
My Christmas Dream (2016)
This is a pretty average Christmas film, and there’s not much to say about it. The characters were okay but not particularly likeable, other than little Cooper. Probably wouldn’t watch it again.
Mrs Miracle (2009)
I feel like this film was trying to be two things at once, and not particularly succeeding at either. Part of it seemed to be a Mary Poppins slash Nanny McPhee rip off, and the other part was more of a classic Christmas romance. Either way, these characters needed to get over themselves. I have no idea how this film got a sequel.
Operation Christmas (2016)
Here we have yet another absolutely insufferable protagonist. This was a different setting and plot than we usually see in Christmas movies, but Olivia was the most self-centred and unreasonable excuse for a main character. Points added for originality, and taken away for bad characters.
My Best Friend’s Christmas (2019)
The plot had promise, but the execution was terrible. I don’t think that I liked any of the characters, which makes it difficult to enjoy. Pretty sure I fell asleep at the end.
Christmas Harmony (2018)
Why is it that almost every Christmas film starts out with the protagonist having an absolutely insufferable boyfriend? Is it a requirement for it to be televised? Maybe. Even though this was a pretty slow moving film, I suppose I did still enjoy it. It was also fun seeing Babette from Gilmore Girls pop up in it too!
A Heavenly Christmas (2016)
This wasn’t too bad until we got to the ending that ruined absolutely everything that the film had worked on building. Essentially this entire film was pointless because – spoiler alert – none of the characters remembered anything that happened. Tell me why!
Charming Christmas (2015)
An okay plot with a strongly dislikable protagonist. Most Christmas films have that one character who isn’t festive and is generally a bit of an asshole, but usually they have some sort of reason or redeeming quality. However our main character, Meredith, was just a sucky person for no real reason. Christopher from Gilmore Girls was the only thing that saved this movie.
A Very Yorkshire Christmas (2019)
There’s a lot I could say about this film, but we’ll stick with the basics: It was awful.
A Date By Christmas Eve (2019)
So bad. So, so bad. I genuinely can’t say anything else.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)
Man, this was a disaster. In hindsight, I should have rewatched the first movie because then I would have understood more of what was going on, but even so. The accent alone made my blood curdle.
A Perfect Christmas aka Holly’s Holiday (2012)
I’m really not sure what to say about this, but any film where the main character bangs her head and wakes up to a store mannequin coming to life isn’t going to be an artistic masterpiece. It was watchable, but I’m not a fan. At all.
Family For Christmas (2015)
It’s impossible to enjoy a film when you truly hate the main character, especially when none of the side characters have any redeeming qualities either. The plot was disjointed, the characters were awful, and it was generally just a bad film. Gretchen, stop trying to make “Family For Christmas” happen. It’s not going to happen.
A Snow White Christmas (2018)
This was a horrific attempt at a festive retelling of Snow White where the antagonist had an uncanny resemblance to Sharon Osbourne. We’re not even going to address the characters names because that was ridiculous on so many levels. Not worth watching.
Seasons Greetings (2016)
This film was really cheesy and pretty naff, but it was bearable up until *spoiler alert* the main character fell off an office block roof and didn’t die. “Thank god for the worlds biggest fruit cake”. No.
Naughty & Nice (2014)
I managed half and hour of this film, but then I had to give up. The acting was horrific, the sets were awful, and although the storyline could have had potential unfortunately the execution was just bad. Believe me when I say you don’t want to bother with this.
A Star For Christmas (2012)
When I say this film was horrific, I mean that in the most sincere way. I realised about five minutes in that I’d already seen this film, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish it that time. This year I only managed to watch 15 minutes before changing the channel. This film contains some of the most awful acting that I’ve ever witnessed. The plot had potential to be wholesome and sweet, but the execution let it down immensely. Take my advice and don’t waste your time watching this film… You’d be better off watching paint dry.