Winter Is Coming & So Are These Netflix Original Holiday Movies

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During the holiday season, our capacity for appreciating schlocky, cheesy movies grows three sizes. The rest of the year, we might be Grinches. But come November, when the temperature drops and prevailing culture tells us to emphasize love in all its forms, we become susceptible to sentimentality.
Case in point: Last November, A Christmas Prince, the Netflix Original Movie that ignited a Twitter storm only eclipsed by To All The Boys I've Loved Before in August. A Christmas Prince was not a "good" movie, but it was a great one. In the movie, Amber (Rose McIver) is an aspiring journalist who sneaks into the palace of Aldovia to get a scoop on the soon-to-be king, Prince Richard (Ben Lamb). The action happens to take place at Christmas, because, as Hallmark has taught us, everything's more romantic with pine trees and snow in the background. It doesn't really make sense; it doesn't really matter.
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After realizing audiences have an appetite for movies that are so bad they're good, the folks at Netflix are releasing many more movies cut from the same goopy mold as Christmas Prince mold — including a sequel to the movie that kick-started trend. These are the Netflix Original Christmas movies coming to the streaming service this winter. We'll update as more are announced.
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The Holiday Calendar
November 2

Like many of the best Christmas romances, the premise of The Holiday Calendar hinges on a candy cane-infused kind of magical realism. Abby Sutton (Kat Graham) is an aspiring photographer who can't express her creativity at her corporate photography job. Around the same time that her old friend (Quincy Jones) returns from his travels abroad, Abby's grandfather (Ron Cephas Jones) gives her an enchanted advent calendar which seems to predict the future. The calendar helps Abby see what she'd been missing.
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The Princess Switch
Premieres November 16

Fact: Holiday movies are either set in suburban hamlets as quaint and impossible as Star's Hollow on Christmas Eve, or they are about improbable schemes involving royals. This movie falls into the latter category. Vanessa Hudgens stars as Stacy, Chicago baker. She also stars as Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro. When Stacy and Margaret realize they look exactly alike, they decide to switch just for fun. Then, they fall in love with men from their new lives. How are they going to get out of this jam? A little bit of Christmas magic, likely.
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The Christmas Chronicles
November 22

The Christmas Chronicles seems like it could seamlessly slot into Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas programming. It has all the elements of a modern Christmas movie: An A-list actor plays Santa (in this case, Kurt Russell); Santa teams up with wise-cracking kids to save Christmas; and the sleigh moves way faster than you'd expect. What sets The Christmas Chronicles apart is the very, very cute elves.
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A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
November 30

At last, a royal wedding we can actually attend. At the end of A Christmas Prince, Amber (Rose McIver) and Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) reconcile on the streets of New York. Now, they're preparing for their wedding. Will Amber's estranged father come out of the woodwork and create problems, a la Thomas Markle? Will the people of Aldovia accept an American commoner as their (symbolic) leader? Will Amber have to give up her career in journalism, or will she blog throughout the lead-up to her wedding? We'll see on November 30.
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