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Movies and TV Shows to Get in the Holiday Spirit

Top Hallmark Movies on Netflix | Illustration by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian

Tis the season to wrap up in a blanket and watch Hallmark movies on Netflix. Here are a few movies and series to watch to put you in the holiday and carefree spirit. 

“The Knight Before Christmas” 

“The Knight Before Christmas” stars Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse. Whitehouse, who plays Sir Cole, travels from medieval times to the present and has to navigate our world during Christmas. A crone sent Sir Cole to the future so he could complete a quest. This movie is silly, but it is perfect to watch when you want a simple holiday romance story.  


Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey take center stage in “Holidate” as two strangers who strike a deal to be plus ones for their holiday gatherings. Roberts, playing Sloane, and Bracey, playing Jackson, are both tired of the pressures they face during the holiday season. Though some parts of the movie are unrealistic, it is a break from traditional rom-com movies.  

“Virgin River” 

“Virgin River” is a Netflix series that stars Alex Breckenridge as a midwife named Melinda Monroe who moves from the city to the small-town Virgin River. While Melinda does not quite fit in with the community, she finds her place in the town and begins to grow her confidence. However, Melinda is haunted by her old life and constantly tries to run away from the past. This series, while not being holiday-related, is still a great story with a hometown feel. 

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” 

This movie is a retelling of “The Christmas Carol” that focuses on Jenifer Lewis’s character Margeline who is a present-day Scrooge. Margeline wants to sell her small town and evict the residents on Christmas eve so that a large company can build a mall on the land. It features 14 new Dolly Parton songs and has great character arcs.  

Roxanne Roessner

Wright Life and Laker Life Editor

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