8 Romantic Holiday Movies to Cozy Up With During Your Christmas Break

by Leika Golez   |  Dec 9, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Serendipity/Miramax Films, Love Actually/Universal Pictures
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The days leading up to Christmas Day are typically crammed with frantic gift shopping sprees and countless family reunions. As draining as the holiday rush may feel, there are also plenty of ways to relax during your much-awaited Christmas break. There’s always cute Christmas sweaters, chill staycations, and of course, romantic holiday movies. Jam-packed with mistletoe kisses and family-friendly meet-cutes, these unapologetically cheesy films will keep you ~warm and fuzzy~ during the chilly -ber months. Scroll down for some recs! 

8 Romantic Holiday Movies to Cozy Up With During Your Christmas Break

1. Holidate 

THE CAST:  Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Jake Manley, Jessica Capshaw, Andrew Bachelor, Frances Fisher, Manish Dayal, Kristin Chenoweth

THE PLOT: Two strangers who are tired of being single decide to be each other’s platonic plus-ones for a whole year. 

2. Love Actually 

THE CAST: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson


THE PLOT: Intertwining stories set amidst the Christmas season zero in on love and all of its complexities. 

3. The Family Stone

THE CAST: Diane Keaton, Craig T. Nelson, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, Tyrone Giordano

THE PLOT: With her sister in tow for moral support, a conservative businesswoman meets her boyfriend’s eccentric family during Christmas.

4. The Holiday 

THE CAST: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz

THE PLOT: When two heartbroken women agree to swap homes over the holidays, they gradually learn to love again. 

5. Love Hard 

THE CAST:  Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Darren Barnet

THE PLOT: A writer gets close to her match on a dating app, but eventually ends up getting catfished. 

6. About A Boy 

THE CAST:  Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz

THE PLOT: A wealthy bachelor in London pretends to have a son in his quest of wooing single moms. 

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7. Serendipity 

THE CAST: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale

THE PLOT: After a pair of twenty-somethings fall in love with each other at first sight, they separate and leave their coincidental relationship to destiny.  

8. When Harry Met Sally

THE CAST: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

THE PLOT: Two college friends with contrasting views on relationships keep coming across each other over the course of 12 years. 

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