These tales usually involve a busy modern lead, a quaint snowy village and an available love interest. Here are titles that find magic in that formula.
There are literally dozens of new seasonal movies to watch from your sofa. These titles stand out from the pack.
After her Philadelphia radio station closes for repairs during the holidays, a D.J. (Keshia Knight Pulliam) must broadcast from festive Bethlehem, Pa., where she works to solve a local mystery — and meets a handsome divorcé (Michael Xavier) and his matchmaking daughter.
‘Write Before Christmas’
Dumped by her boyfriend, Jessica (Torrey DeVitto) decides to send Christmas cards to the most important people in her life — including her brother in the armed forces and a former boy-band member — and unexpectedly affects each recipient in a major way. Chad Michael Murray co-stars.
‘The Knight Before Christmas’
Vanessa Hudgens is back in her second Netflix holiday movie, following “The Princess Switch” from 2018. This time she’s starring in a “Kate & Leopold”-esque tale of a medieval knight (Josh Whitehouse) who is magically transported to the present day and connects with a jaded science teacher (Hudgens).
Candace Cameron Bure has starred in the highest-rated Hallmark Christmas movie for the last four years, so it’s a safe bet this one will be a hit with fans, too. Here, Bure’s Lauren leaves Boston for a new life, but an unexpected stopover in a tiny Christmas-obsessed village will make her rethink everything.
‘Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas’
Jess (Aisha Dee) goes on a perfect first date, only to “ghost” the guy when she dies in a car accident on her way home. With the help of her best friend (Kimiko Glenn), she must learn to ascend to the afterlife in this more-fun-than-it-sounds dark comedy that counts Lisa Kudrow among the executive producers.