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The Best Christmas Movies on Netflix to Get You in the Holly, Jolly Spirit

Watching Christmas movies is almost as big of a tradition as celebrating the day itself, and there’s no better place to turn for your entertainment than Netflix. Not surprisingly, the streaming service has already collected hundreds of films that tie into the season and promise to bring you plenty of holiday cheer.

There are light-hearted comedies, dramas that tug at the heart-strings, musicals, dance extravaganzas, animated films and the return of some old favorites (we’re talking to you, Grinch!). In other words, there’s a little something for everyone.

Surprisingly, former Disney actress Vanessa Hudgens has become the holiday queen of Netflix with films like The Princess Switch, which she starred in during 2018, and 2019’s The Knight Before Christmas. Her debut holiday movie became so popular that the sequel The Princess Switch: Switched Again, which Vanessa, 31, also produced, became available this year.

“The reason why I started doing these Christmas films is because [the] holidays can be stressful, and I love the fact that we have films to find escapism,” the Second Act star previously explained to Entertainment Weekly.

However, receiving a producer credit on the Princess Switch sequel was a major step in her career. “I’ve been thinking of it for a long time, and I have my own point of view on art. I feel as long as you have a point of view and perspective, that’s all it really takes to be able to make something your own,” the California native told Glamour about producing. “Coming into it, I was like, ‘This is a great, lighthearted film. I just want to bring joy to people. No need to get too heavy or serious.’ It seems like a good place to start, and then going through the process and being able to be a part of creating the film to be what it is felt even more collaborative. To me, that’s really fulfilling.”

Despite showing off her acting chops in past gritty films, Vanessa also loves spreading happiness to fans. “It’s a crazy time in the world, and everyone could use a bit of light-hearted love,” the Grease Live! actress previously told Refinery29. “If I can be a part of bringing families together at a time that can be difficult and allowing a little escapism or inspiration, I think that’s wonderful and beautiful.”

See all of Vanessa’s movies plus tons more this year in the gallery below!