When the holiday season comes around, there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as sitting back and watching a comforting Black Christmas movie. However, for Black audiences who want to see themselves reflected in the media they consume, finding a fun Christmas movie is no small task.
While you might have struggled to find Black-led Christmas movies before, this list has you covered. Here are the top Black Christmas movies on Netflix for you and your loved ones to enjoy this year.
1. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
First on the list of our favorite Black Christmas movies on Netflix is Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, starring Forest Whitaker and Phylicia Rashad. This magical film is completed with music by John Legend and brings to life the story of a toymaker whose magical invention is stolen by an apprentice.
The toymaker’s granddaughter, an adventurous young girl excited about the possibilities of Christmas magic, embarks on a journey to find the prized possession and bring joy back to Christmas, healing the past. Jingle Jangle is full of heart, stunning music, and fun for the whole family.
2. The Holiday Calendar (2018)
Christmas movies are best when they’re full of magic and the beauty this season brings, and The Holiday Calendar certainly meets this mark. Starring the talented Kat Graham as a photographer who inherits her family’s advent calendar–which happens to be able to predict the future–The Holiday Calendar is a beautiful story of finding love, achieving your dreams, and remembering that home is where the heart is. It’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy on a cozy night in!
3. A Naija Christmas (2021)
This enchanting film follows a mother and her sons as they desperately try to find a partner to marry as part of their mother’s Christmas wish–and to become the inheritor of her gorgeous house. Originating from and filmed in Nigeria, A Naija Christmas shines a light on Nigerian talents like Efa Iwara and Uzoamaka Aniunoh to create a charming, funny, and heartwarming tale of family, first love, and what it means to celebrate the holidays.
4. Holiday Rush (2019)
Following a widow and his four children navigating life after the father loses his job as a DJ and moves his family in with his aunt, Holiday Rush is the perfect movie to put on for the whole family to enjoy together. Packed with timeless, heartwarming messages of selflessness and gratitude for what we have, Holiday Rush is perfect because it reminds us what Christmas is truly about.
Starring Romany Malco as the family’s patriarch, Holiday Rush will make the whole family laugh–and might make you shed a tear or two.
5. A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)
Our list of the best Black Christmas movies on Netflix is A New York Christmas Wedding, starring Nia Fairweather as Jennifer, a woman to be married on Christmas Eve. Before her wedding, Jennifer follows Christmas tradition when she’s visited by an angel who takes her through her past to uncover what her life would have been like if she had admitted her feelings for her childhood best friend.
A New York Christmas Wedding isn’t only notable for its timeless tale of love, loss, and hope but for its LGBTQ+ inclusivity. If you’re looking for a genuinely inclusive Christmas movie that’s the perfect blend of modern storytelling and classic tales, A New York Christmas Wedding is what you’re looking for.
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