Whew! We made it through the holiday movie season! I mean, technically we did. The calendar now says 2022. But I also still have several holiday movies lingering on my DVR. So I may watch a few more over the coming weeks. After all, it will still be winter so a cozy movie with fake snow is kinda-sorta relevant, right?


But for the most part, we’ve reached the end of the 2021 holiday movie season—and what a season it was! Nearly 200 new movies were released. Can you believe that? It’s just bonkers. And if we look at the average of all movies on all channels and streaming services, I’m not sure that the incredible quantity of movies translated to more quality. But while 2021 brought us more movies that were boring, annoying, or just plain low-quality, it also brought us lots of fantastic movies. More diversity. More inclusivity. More different types of people and different types of stories, and I am here for that!

Though I will probably watch a few more movies, I don’t anticipate any of them landing at the top of my list for the year. So today I’m bringing you my top 10 favorite Hallmark movies, top 10 favorite Lifetime movies, top 5 “other” movies, and the movies that landed on the bottom of my list. You can see my whole list, ranked in order that may or may not change every time I look at it, at Letterboxd. Here goes…

Favorite 2021 Hallmark Holiday Movies

  • The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls
  • A Dickens of a Holiday!
  • An Unexpected Christmas
  • Every Time a Bell Rings
  • ‘Tis the Season to be Merry
  • One December Night
  • The Nine Kittens of Christmas
  • Eight Gifts of Hanukkah
  • The Santa Stakeout
  • A Kiss Before Christmas

Favorite 2021 Lifetime Holiday Movies

  • You Make It Feel Like Christmas
  • A Christmas Dance Reunion
  • Saying Yes to Christmas
  • Candy Cane Candidate
  • Holiday in Santa Fe
  • The Holiday Fix Up
  • Ghosts of Christmas Past
  • Secretly Santa
  • The Enchanted Christmas Cake
  • A Picture Perfect Holiday

Favorite 2021 Holiday Movies from Other Channels

  • Single All the Way (Netflix)
  • Love Hard (Netflix)
  • Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas (Roku)
  • Candy-Coated Christmas (Discovery+)
  • A Christmas Witness (ION)

Worst 2021 Holiday Movies (so bad!)

  • Christmas CEO
  • Mistletoe in Montana
  • Coyote Creek Christmas
  • Christmas Sail
  • Christmas at Castle Hart

Want to watch these movies? You can find out when the Hallmark movies will air next on the Hallmark Checklist App, and you can watch many of the Lifetime movies on demand with your cable provider or on Amazon Prime. Enjoy!

What were YOUR favorite holiday movies in 2021?

What should you watch next?


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