7 Christmas movies you need to binge watch on Netflix these holidays

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Believe it or not, it's that time of year already. We aren't complaining though, Christmas is without a doubt the best time of year.

Besides the obvious constant eating, drinking and being merry, there's always time for our favourite festive season activity - watching cheesy Christmas movies. 

And lucky for you, we've done the hard yards for you (you're welcome) and found all the best Christmas movies available on Netflix these hols, perfect for that full-bellied food-coma binge watching sesh. So here are our top picks:

Love, Actually
It isn't Christmas until you've watch Love, Actually at least once. In our case it's more like 20, but who's counting? Thankfully the Netflix Gods have our backs and have added it to their catalogue so you don't have to hunt down that that dusty old DVD anymore - woohoo! 
For those of you who haven't seen it, first of all, where have you been for the last 15 years?! Anyway, it's basically the ultimate Christmas romcom, following nine different stories that interweave, coming together on Christmas. It stars heaps of famous famous faces including Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, old' Snape Alan Rickman and even Mr. Bean. While your heart will break multiple times, it's an absolute Christmas-time must watch.  

Elf
Another of our faves, also coincidentally from 2003 (what a great year for Christmas movies, are we right?!?), is Elf. Completely cheesy and sometimes cringe-worthy as it is, it's become a cult classic and we're kinda all about Will Ferrell in this cutesie role. 
The movie follows Buddy, a human, who was raised as one of Santa's elves, who sets off on a trip to New York to find his real father. He's crazy child-like and has a lot of weird elf habits so doesn't exactly fit into the human world. As we said, it's cheesy but that makes us love it even more. 

The Holiday
A classic Christmas romcom with all you could ask for really - an all-star cast, love stories, laughs, and drama for good measure. Starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two gals who exchange houses in LA and the UK respectively over the Christmas holidays, and of course both fall in love unexpectedly. Jack Black and Jude Law star as the love interests, so there are plenty of familiar faces. Although it can be slightly over the top, the story is pretty relatable to be honest, with both gals struggling through a break up as they embark on their overseas Xmas holiday. This one's good for some giggles and 'awwww's while snuggled up on the couch. 

The Polar Express
While technically a kids movie, we aren't phased to say we love The Polar Express. Based on an 80s kids book by the same name, this animated gem follows a boy who doesn't believe in Santa until he climbs aboard a train bound for the North Pole on Christmas Eve. It's a super cute adventure, and is a good one for all the family to gather round and watch if you're stuck with the babysitting duties for the fam get togethers. Or, if you're like us, just watch it with your mates as a cute little Christmas viewing. Also fun fact: it stars Tinashe, the pop singer, as one of the voice actors when she was only 9 years old. Pretty cool little cameo!

The Christmas Prince
If you're a Netflix regular, which let's face it, most of us are, you may have seen the sequel to The Christmas Prince pop up a few weeks back. You may also have heard how terribly bad it is. Well, we're not arguing, but we genuinely reckon the original is worth a watch. Yes it's cheesy as anything, but that's sort of the point. It's one of those so-bad-it's-good movies, and that's kinda of what you want for a Christmas flick isn't it? 
Anyway, so the story is about an American reporter who goes undercover in the (fictitious) European country Aldovia to get the scoop on the reported 'playboy' prince who's set to become king. The rest of the plot seems to be very much every other cheesy movie you've ever watched's plots all merged into one, but the movie manages to pull it off somehow. Obviously don't go in with any sky-high expectations and we reckon you'll secretly end up liking it. And if you want to give the sequel a go, well, we'll leave that one up to you. Spoiler alert though: it's prettyyyyyyy bad. 

The Princess Switch
Look, as we said, Christmas movies are all about the cheese right? And this one is oozing with stretchy, drippy, cheesy goodness. Case and point: it stars our favourite High School Musical sweetheart, the one and only Vanessa Hudgens. That's right, all your teenage dreams just came true. 
It's the classic tale of a normal baker girl and a random European princess who run into each other and happen to look like twins. So naturally they decide to swap places so the princess can experience a 'normal' life. Awkwardness and love stories obviously follow. It's definitely guilty pleasure list worthy if nothing else. 

The Night Before
And one for the comedy heads, here's one starring some of our fave funny boys, Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Three childhood friends have spent the last 10 Christmas Eves crazily partying together, but in their 30s now they've decided to stop the tradition after one last hurrah. 
It's basically like a Christmas version of The Hangover, and we're totally here for it. Not the best comedy you'll ever watch, but it's a goodie to get you in the Christmas spirit. It's rated R16 though so keep that in mind if you're watching with the fam.