Looking for something to get you in that Christmas mood? Got Netflix? Then you’re in luck, because the streaming service is well-stocked with seasonally-themed movies and TV specials alike.
Whether you’re looking for Yule LOLs, winter chills or family-friendly festive fun, there’s something for you in our list. So grab a mince pie and some egg nog, fire up the telly and get ready to stream.
Additional words by Tom Wiggins, Stephen Graves and Khumail Thakur
Man travels home for his traditional Christmas celebration isn’t a unique story by any stretch. But when that man is Hector, a homeless Glaswegian played by Peter Mullan, and the journey is to a London shelter he stays in every year, the cliches in this Ken Loach-style movie can be forgiven, particularly when the performances are this good and the atmosphere is so well created.
While its depiction of life in a homeless shelter seems rather rose-tinted, and makes you wonder how real the social realism really is, Hector’s heart is very much in the right place. If it manages to convince a few people to donate to homeless charities in time for Christmas, that can’t be a bad thing.
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish
Reindeer and turkeys might be the two animals more commonly associated with the festive season but on Netflix there’s room for horses too. Well, one horse in particular: BoJack Horseman, the depressed former TV star who just happens to be a talking gee gee. The subject matter is typically downbeat, with BoJack and his roommate Todd watching an old Christmas special from BoJack’s glory days in Horsin’ Around, in which his adopted daughter wishes Santa Claus can bring her parents back from the dead. How very meta.
Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol is made all the more entertaining by the zaniness of Bill Murray's character Frank – an egotistical and sardonic television producer who thinks it a good idea to staple antlers to a mouse.
Frank must go through his redemption with the crude, cigar-smoking Ghost of Christmas Past, the hyper-active, ball-busting ghost of Christmas Present and the ominously creepy Ghost of Christmas Future. The nutcase from Police Academy running around is the cherry on top of this well iced Christmas cake.
White Christmas (Black Mirror)
Black Mirror's 2014 seasonal special certainly deserves a spot here. In a departure from the series' regular episodes, it consists of three separate tales - all weaving together to form an overall uber-story starring Rafe Spall and Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
If you're familiar with and a fan of Black Mirror's "technology is actually bad" theme, you'll find plenty of that to feast on here, as it takes aim at augmented reality (and its potential uses for pick-up artists), smart home gadgets, digital copies of human consciousness and the ability to "block" people in real life. Merry Christmas, tech fans!
Mumbai trains are not an ideal fantasy place for a kid. Polar Express, however, will stop by your fantasy world to take you to the North Pole.
This musical fantasy film is about a boy who discovers a train that takes him to the North Pole. On his journey, he meets all kinds of special people, a few kids on the train same as him as well.