10 New Movies for the 2021 Holiday Season

Updated: December 11, 2021
The best new movies for the 2021 holiday season on Netflix, HBO Max, and in theaters!
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Holiday movie season is here, and there is something for everyone in the family to choose from. You can head out to the theater, or use streaming services from the comfort of your couch. While you can't go wrong seeking holiday cheer with the classics around Christmastime — including Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Muppets, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, Elf, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Scrooged, and The Polar Express — there are many new movies to enjoy this month.

Whether you want to watch a Disney movie, catch a feel-good flick on Netflix, or see something with a bit more action, our list of Christmas movies and non-holiday films can help make the holiday season even more jolly. So put up the Christmas tree and get cozy.

Home Sweet Home Alone

Home Sweet Home Alone

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Rated PG

Streaming on Disney+

Running time: 1h 30 minutes

This reboot of a beloved Disney holiday favorite features a twist: a married couple is robbed by a kid who was left home alone during the holidays when his family went out of town. The plot follows them trying to retrieve their family heirloom. Full of shenanigans and slapstick humor, Home Sweet Home Alone will appeal to fans of the original Home Alone films, as well as kids new to the series.

Clifford The Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Rated PG

In theaters and streaming on Paramount+

Running time: 1h 37 minutes

In this new 2021 Clifford the Big Red Dog film, Emily Elizabeth and her best friend Clifford adventure around New York City, in this live-action take on the classic children's book series. The whole family will enjoy following the escapades of the 10-foot canine in this story of friendship.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Rated PG-13

In theaters Dec. 17

Running time: 2h 28m

Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to be one of the biggest movies of the year. In the latest release in the Marvel franchise, Peter Parker is dealing with his senior year of high school while being unable to hide his Spider-Man alter ego. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) runs into some familiar foes including the Green Goblin and Doc Oc! Action-packed, the whole family will enjoy this coming-of-age Hollywood hit as Parker finds himself, and maybe meets some other versions of Spider-Man along the way...

Sing 2

Sing 2

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Rated PG

In theaters Dec. 22

Running time: 1h 50m

Starring Matthew McConaughy, Scarlett Johansson, and Reese Witherspoon, this animated animal musical sequel to Sing. Sing 2 follows singer and bandleader Buster Moon as he tries to get an antisocial rockstar to join the artists on stage for a more prestigious performance beyond their local theater.

Single All the Way

Single All the Way

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Rated PG

Now streaming on Netflix

Running time: 1h 41m

No Christmas movie marathon is complete without a sweet romantic comedy. Single All the Way is another great Netflix original. Not wanting to go home for the holidays without a partner, Peter talks his best friend Nate into coming along and pretending to be his boyfriend. But things get complicated when Peter's mother tries to set her son up with her trainer. Filled with Hallmark-style film tropes, Single All the Way is a feel-good Christmas movie love triangle about finding love in unexpected places.

8-Bit Christmas

8-Bit Christmas

Image source: HBO

Rated PG

Now streaming on HBO Max

Running time: 1h 37m

Time travel back to the late '80s and the magic of childhood in this HBO Max original comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris. 8-Bit Christmas follows a young suburban Chicago boy on his adventures and shenanigans in an effort to obtain the latest Nintendo video game system for Christmas.

Encanto

Encanto

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Rated PG

In theaters now; will begin streaming on Disney+ Dec. 24

Running time: 1h 39m

Disney’s latest animated movie Encanto is a heartwarming musical comedy featuring important Latin American representation and a catchy soundtrack by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Encanto is a magical mountain region in Colombia where the Madrigal family lives. While all of the family members are born with a special gift, Mirabel is the only one who does not seem to be. While she does not feel like she fits in with her enchanted family, when the magic starts to disappear, Mirabel's role and purpose will be revealed.

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

The Princess Switch 3

Image source: Netflix

Rated G

Now streaming on Netflix

Running time: 1h 46m

The Princess Switch movies have become modern Christmas classics. This year, Vanessa Hudgen returns for multiple roles in The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, the latest in the Netflix original holiday series. In the third Princess Switch release, royal doppelgangers Margaret and Stacy work with Fiona and her ex to help get back a stolen holiday heirloom.

A Boy Called Christmas

A Boy Called Christmas

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Rated PG

Now streaming on Netflix

Running time: 1h 43m

In Netflix’s A Boy Called Christmas, An aunt tells a Santa Claus origin story to three children grieving their recently deceased mother. They get lost in the tale of a young boy named Niklaus, who takes a big journey through forests toward the North Pole, in search of his father. Uplifting with melodramatic moments, this Netflix original Christmas film captures the spirit of the holidays while providing a message to always stay hopeful.

A Castle for Christmas

A Castle for Christmas

Image source: Netflix

Rated G

Now streaming on Netflix

Running time: 1h 39m

Brook Shields stars as a best-selling author who flees the country after her eleventh novel is doesn't do so well. She heads to Scotland, to visit a castle her grandfather had talked about during Christmas stories. However, after she buys the castle and attempts to start a new chapter in her life, she has to deal with the crabby current owner. Cary Elwes costars as the curmudgeon Duke who tries to push love away.

Looking for other family activities to get in the holiday spirit this Christmas season? Check out our 12 days of fun and cheap Christmas activities for families.