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Nov 29, 2023

New Christmas Movies 2023: What to Watch this Holiday Season

Whether it’s a family comedy, a romantic tale, or a magical animation, these new Christmas movies are set to bring laughter, joy and wonder, becoming a beloved part of the season's celebrations.

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New Christmas Films 2023

As the festive season of 2023 approaches, a delightful array of new Christmas films is set to premiere, promising to sprinkle the magic and warmth of the holidays onto our screens. This year's lineup is more diverse and enchanting than ever, ranging from heartwarming rom-coms and whimsical musicals to action-packed thrillers and comedies that promise both laughter and poignant moments.

Take a look at our festive favourites:

Candy Cane Lane

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  • Synopsis: In a quest to clinch the title in his neighbourhood's annual Christmas decoration contest, a man forms an unlikely agreement with a mischievous elf. Seeking an edge in the competition, he agrees to a magical pact, unaware of the ensuing mayhem. The elf, wielding a whimsical spell, brings the famed "12 Days of Christmas" to vibrant life.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Eddie Murphy, Tracy Ellis Ross, Jillian Bell
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Age Rating: 12
  • Release Dates and Platforms: December 1st 2023, Prime Video

The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday

  • Synopsis: In the captivating prequel to the popular feature film “The Bad Guys” an adventurous tale unfolds with the notorious group known as the Bad Guys. Renowned for their cunning heists, they eagerly anticipate Christmas morning - the one time of the year when the entire city is distracted with gift unwrapping, creating the perfect opportunity for their grand holiday heist. However, this year takes an unforeseen turn when Christmas is abruptly cancelled, throwing their plans into disarray.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Kari Wahlgren, Chris Diamantopoulos, Keith Silverstein.
  • Genre Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family
  • Age Rating: TV-Y7
  • Release Date and Platforms: November 30th 2023, Netflix

Merry Little Batman

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  • Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, young Damian Wayne finds himself alone in Wayne Manor. Embracing the spirit of his legendary father, Damian becomes “Little Batman” ready to protect the grand manor and the wider streets of Gotham City from any lurking supervillains.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Luke Wilson, Yonas Kibreab, James Cromwell
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
  • Age Rating: No official rating yet
  • Release Date and Platforms: December 8th 2023, Prime Video

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever

  • Synopsis: This winter holiday season is shaping up to be unusually hectic for Greg Heffley. Amidst the festive cheer, a mishap occurs when Greg, while building a snowman with his best friend Rowley Jefferson, inadvertently causes damage to a snowplow. This accident leaves Greg fretting over whether he will receive the much-anticipated video game console on his Christmas wish list. Adding to his holiday blues, a heavy snowstorm traps him at home with his family. Stuck indoors, Greg must navigate the challenges of being cooped up with his surly older brother Rodrick and his bothersome younger brother Manny, turning his holiday break into a test of patience and endurance.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Erica Cerra, Wesley Kimmel, Hunter Dillon
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Age Rating: PG
  • Release Date and Platforms: 8th December 2023, Disney +

The Naughty Nine

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  • Synopsis: Andy, a spirited fifth grader known for his mischievous antics, wakes up to a startling discovery on Christmas morning: there's no present for him from Santa. Convinced he's been unjustly placed on the "naughty list," Andy decides to take matters into his own hands. He assembles a team of eight fellow "naughty listers," each with their own special skills, for a daring mission: an elaborate heist at Santa's Village in the North Pole to claim the gifts they believe they're owed.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Winslow Fegley, Derek Theler, Deric McCabe
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Age Rating: TV-PG
  • Release Date and Platforms: 22nd November 2023, Disney Channel

BEST.CHRISTMAS.EVER!

  • Synopsis: Jackie’s annual holiday newsletter, filled with her family's achievements and perfect moments, arrives in the mailbox of her old college friend, Charlotte, leaving her feeling inadequate in comparison. However, this year’s festivities take an unexpected turn when Charlotte, her husband Rob, and their children find themselves stranded at Jackie and her husband Valentino’s home, just days before Christmas. Charlotte, seeing a golden opportunity, is determined to uncover the truth behind Jackie's seemingly flawless life.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Heather Graham, Brandy Norwood, Jason Biggs
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Age Rating: PG
  • Release Date and Platforms: November 16th 2023, Netflix

Genie

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  • Synopsis: Genie is a modern remake of the 1991 British TV film "Bernard and the Genie," also authored by Richard Curtis. In this holiday movie, a career-driven man finds himself in a bind as his personal life begins to crumble just before Christmas. In a twist of fate, he uncovers an old jewellery box, inadvertently freeing a magical genie.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Melissa McCarthy, Paapa Essiedu, Denee Benton
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Age Rating: PG
  • Release Date and Platforms: November 22nd 2023, Peacock

Dashing Through the Snow

  • Synopsis: Eddie, a social worker for the Atlanta police department, is considered the town’s Scrooge. On Christmas Eve, a duty call interrupts his time with his daughter. This unexpected work detour not only lands him in a complicated situation with a prominent local politician but also leads to an encounter with a stranger. This chance meeting turns out to be life-changing, as the man he meets helps him rediscover the joy and enchantment of Christmas.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Lil Rel Howery, Ludacris, Madison Skye Validum
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
  • Age Rating: PG
  • Release Date and Platforms: November 17th 2023, Disney +

Family Switch

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  • Synopsis: The Walker family consists of five members - mother Jess, father Bill, 16-year-old daughter CC, 14-year-old son Wyatt, and 2-year-old Miles - who find their lives turned upside down following an unusual incident at the Griffith Park Planetarium. In a bizarre twist, the family experiences mind-swapping chaos: Jess and her teenage daughter CC switch consciousness, as do Bill and his son Wyatt. Amidst this confusion, all four members are in a race against time to reverse the spell that has drastically altered their lives. They must work together to untangle the magical mix-up that has not only swapped their minds but also given them a unique perspective on each other's lives and challenges.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms, Emma Myers
  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Age Rating: PG
  • Release Date and Platforms: 30th November 2023, Netflix

Checkin' it Twice

  • Synopsis: In this heartwarming holiday movie, viewers are introduced to Ashley, a dedicated real estate executive, and Scott, an aspiring minor league hockey player. Their paths cross unexpectedly due to a mix-up with their credit cards at an airport gift shop, sparking an unforeseen connection between them.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Kim Matula, Kevin McGarry, Brittany Mitchell
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Age Rating: TVG
  • Release Date and Platforms: 20th October 2023, Hallmark Channel

EXmas

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  • Synopsis: Graham, anticipating a traditional family Christmas, arrives home only to encounter an unexpected surprise - his family is already in full festive mode, joyously celebrating with Ali, his ex-girlfriend. The unexpected presence of Ali, mingling and laughing with his family, catches Graham off guard, stirring a whirlwind of emotions and old memories.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Leighton Meester, Robbie Amell, Michael Hitchcock
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Age Rating: 12
  • Release Date and Platforms: November 17th 2023, Freevee

Silent Night

  • Synopsis: "Silent Night," is a gripping revenge narrative from the visionary director John Woo and the producer behind "John Wick," viewers are plunged into the turbulent world of a father, portrayed by Joel Kinnaman, tormented by the loss of his young son. Notable Cast and Crew: Joel Kinnaman, Catalina Sandino, Kid Cudi
  • Genre: Action
  • Age Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, drug use and some language
  • Release Date and Platforms: December 1st 2023, Lionsgate

It's a Wonderful Knife

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  • Synopsis: In the small town of Angel Falls, Winnie Carruthers is grappling with a far-from-perfect life, a stark contrast to the heroism she displayed a year ago when she saved her town from a deranged killer on Christmas Eve. Her world takes an even more surreal turn when a wish born out of frustration catapults her into a terrifying parallel universe. In this alternate reality, Winnie quickly realises the grim truth: her absence has led to a darker world where things are significantly worse.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Jane Widdop, Joel McHale, Justin Long
  • Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
  • Age Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence, drug use and some language
  • Release Date and Platforms: December 1st 2023, Shudder.

Journey to Bethlehem

  • Synopsis: This heartwarming live-action musical is a celebration for the whole family, beautifully intertwining beloved Christmas tunes with vibrant new pop songs. It brings a fresh and musical twist to the age-old tale of Mary and Joseph, and the miraculous birth of Jesus. Standing as a novel addition to the beloved collection of holiday classics, this film reimagines the traditional Christmas story in a way that's never been seen before, promising to become a cherished musical experience for audiences of all ages.
  • Notable Cast and Crew: Antonio Banderas, Milo Manheim, Fiona Palomo Genre: Adventure, Family, Musical
  • Age Rating: PG
  • Release Date and Platforms: 17th November 2023, Affirm Films, select cinemas.

Finding the Best New Christmas Movies: Streaming and Beyond

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Streaming Services: Your Holiday Movie Haven

To immerse yourself in the festive spirit with the best Christmas movies of 2023, streaming services are your ideal destination. Platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Freevee and HBO Max are brimming with holiday cheer. They boast an impressive array of Christmas-themed films, from the latest releases to beloved classics, all available at the click of a button.

Physical DVDs: Cherishing Festive Classics

Owning physical copies of your favourite Christmas movies offers a special kind of joy. Retailers such as Amazon, HMV, or local supermarkets are great places to purchase DVDs and Blu-rays, including collector's edition box sets that connect you directly to the festive charm. These physical copies often include extras like behind-the-scenes footage, director's commentary, and unique artwork, adding an extra layer to your viewing experience.

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