6 best Netflix movies and shows to watch for Christmas Day 2022

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). (L-R) Kate Hudson as Birdie and Jessica Henwick as Peg. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2022.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). (L-R) Kate Hudson as Birdie and Jessica Henwick as Peg. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2022. /

For a lot of families, it’s a tradition to watch the Christmas Day parade on TV or tune into the various showings of A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone, and the like. But if you’re looking for something different to watch on Christmas, there are plenty of Netflix movies and shows to check out.

Whether it’s a movie or show centered around the holidays or one of the many high profile new releases, there’s something for everyone to watch on Netflix this Christmas. The streaming service saved some of its best titles for last in 2022.

Netflix new releases like Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and The Witcher: Blood Origin are some of the biggest of the year. You don’t want to miss the movie and show everyone will be talking about well into the new year, and there’s many more great picks to watch on Christmas, too.

Best Netflix movies to watch Christmas Day 2022

To catch up on some of the latest hits and new releases, these are the three best Netflix movies to watch with friends and family on Christmas Day!

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022. /

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated new Netflix movies of 2022, the sequel to the hit 2019 movie Knives Out finally arrived on Netflix. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery earned rave reviews during its limited theatrical release in November, and it’s sure to end the year as one of the biggest releases on Netflix. Spend the holiday basking in the lavish mystery event of the year.

I Believe in Santa

A dark horse on Netflix’s 2022 Christmas movie lineup, I Believe in Santa dropped on Dec. 14 and traveled straight to the top 10 movies ranking. While not as high profile as Falling for Christmas, Christmas with You, or The Noel Diary, it’s still a cozy romantic comedy perfect for a lazy day or night indoors with a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Matilda: The Musical

You have probably seen the viral dance clip from Matilda: The Musical circulating online, and if you finally want some context, the movie makes its Netflix premiere on Christmas Day. The musical film is an adaptation of the 2011 stage play, and it’s the perfect choice to watch with the whole family. What’s Christmas without an event movie to bring everyone together?

Best Netflix shows to watch Christmas Day 2022

Between two new releases and an underrated holiday-themed comedy, check out three of the best Netflix shows to add to your watch list on Christmas Day, beginning below with The Witcher: Blood Origin.

The Witcher: Blood Origin
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The Witcher: Blood Origin

On Christmas Day, Netflix releases the eagerly awaited prequel spinoff of the hit series The Witcher. Considering the confusing recent news about the show, the fans could use a treat, and that’s where The Witcher: Blood Origin comes in. Taking place 1,200 years before the events the original, Blood Origin tracks the rise of the first Witcher and stars Michelle Yeoh. Win win!

Merry Happy Whatever

Netflix released the one-and-done family sitcom Merry Happy Whatever in 2019, but it’s still worth a watch in 2022. Dennis Quaid stars in the comedy as a single dad bringing his family together for the holidays, who struggles when his youngest daughter brings her boyfriend home for Christmas. Anyone who needs a good laugh about the chaos of family gatherings should definitely check out Merry Happy Whatever.

The Recruit

Noah Centineo returned to Netflix in December 2022 with his new starring role in the spy thriller series The Recruit. The series immediately shot up to the peak of the top 10 ranking and became a hit with fans. If spy thrillers with a touch of comedy are your cup of tea, spend the holiday diving into what could very well be the next big Netflix original series.

What Netflix movies and shows will you be watching on Christmas Day? Share your picks in the comments!

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