12 Christmas movies and shows to watch in 2021 (and 5 to skip)

ELF - One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. (WARNER BROS)BOB NEWHART, WILL FERRELL
ELF - One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. (WARNER BROS)BOB NEWHART, WILL FERRELL /
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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Forest Whitaker as Jeronicus Jangle. Cr. Gareth Gatrell/NETFLIX ©2020 /

Watch: Jingle Jangle

For the whole family? Yes

What it’s about: When a toymaker’s assistant steals his book of toy ideas, the toymaker decides never to invent another toy again. Everyone around him pulls away, and soon he finds that his once bustling toy store is left behind.

That is until his granddaughter arrives. His granddaughter is ready to help the toymaker change his mind, and she also wants to make sure the toymaker’s assistant (who has now become the best toymaker in the area) is revealed for what he really is.

Why you should watch it: Jingle Jangle is a wonderful Christmas movie, and it’s something the entire family can enjoy. There are a lot of songs to learn and sing along to, and there is a great story at the heart of the movie.

Yes, it is one of those Christmas movies and shows that is on the predictable side. It’s hard to make an unpredictable movie or TV show now, though. The magic is within the Journey’s fight to get her grandfather to start creating toys again. She won’t let him give up on the gift that he had, especially when it’s clear she has the same gift.

Where to stream: This is only available to stream on Netflix.