I’m such a guilty pleasure pop culture junky and I make no exception at Christmas. There are so many awesomely bad Christmas specials out in the world and nothing makes me happier than a totally cringe-worthy celeb-filled holiday TV nightmare and God bless that we live in a world full of them.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been on a Christmas movie kick lately and have forced my bad taste upon my friends (sorry, Kristin!). So, I’ve rounded up my favorite Christmas guilty pleasure watches and where to find them because nothing feels better than pouring yourself a big mug of mulled wine, getting cozy, and watching something terrible on TV.
A Christmas Prince (on Netflix)
This is the find of the year, guys. I have watched a lot of really bad holiday movies to make this list and this is hands down the best one out there. It’s predictable, cliche, and entirely charming. Made up European country? Check. Handsome but misunderstood royal hunk? Check. Makeover scene? Check. 90 minutes of pure joy? Check. This movie defines Christmas guilty pleasure.
The Holiday (on Hulu)
I know some people consider this to be a Christmas classic so this may be a controversial “guilty pleasure”, but you know any movie that makes Jack Black a romantic lead is going to be questionable. And what could get cheesier and more ridiculous than drunk Cameron Diaz screeching Mr. Brightside by The Killers on a CD? It’s been pretty generally accepted as a regular Christmas movie, but it has all the schmaltz of a guilty pleasure.
The Spirit of Christmas (on Netflix)
I’ll be honest – this one is no Christmas Prince, but it is pretty awesomely bad. It’s about a young lawyer who becomes the executor of an old haunted inn and (you guessed it!) she falls in love with the handsome, but cursed ghost that appears for 12 days every Christmas. This is a real movie that someone made, people. The acting is porn star bad at times, but I appreciate the attempt at something a little more original. Plus, the ghost somehow gets hotter as the movie goes on (or maybe that was just the mulled wine…).
Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas (on Netflix)
Another recent discovery – although apparently it came out in 2015 – is Mariah Carey’s excellently extra Christmas special. It’s filled with badly scripted “at home” scenes, strange celeb guest stars (why, Kelsey Grammar, why?), and, of course, the music of Mimi. Running at only 38 minutes, I’m genuinely not sure why they even made it, but I’m glad that they did.
Apparently Netflix tweeted “To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?” – I am offended because this is definitely me. So, what else am I missing? There are some real slogs of Christmas movies, particularly on Netflix right now, so let me know what to watch – and what to avoid! The weekend will be here before we know it!