Maybe you have your own little princess at home, or maybe you can’t resist a great fairy tale. If you add to that an obsession with Christmas, then you’ll want to indulge in a marathon of Christmas princess movies this year! I’ve compiled a complete list for your enjoyment, including several Netflix originals, plus a few hidden gems. Check it out below, and enjoy!
My daughter and I enjoyed The Princess Switch. It’s a Netflix version of a Hallmark movie, but as long as you don’t have super-high expectations for plot, and you don’t mind a little sentimental corniness, you’ll like this one. Just don’t expect originality, as Tierney Bricker at E! News hilariously points out in a list she compiled of every movie plot The Princess Switch borrowed, starting with The Parent Trap.
Vanessa Hudgens stars in The Princess Switch twice, so to speak. In her first role, she’s Stacy, a successful bakery owner who is invited to compete in an international baking challenge in the fictitious country of Belgravia. It’s here she meets her twin, Duchess Margaret, a proper lady about to marry into the royal family. This long-lost twin wants nothing more than to experience a weekend as a normal person. She sees her opportunity to switch places with Stacy, and the adventure, along with some chaos and star-crossed lovers, ensues. Fine for age seven and up. Make it a girls night!
Since we’re on the subject of Hallmark-style Netflix movies, you’ll find a similar flick with A Christmas Prince. In it Amber, an aspiring journalist, poses as a nanny to a young princess in order to get the scoop on the prince in the fictitious country of Aldovia (perhaps close to Belgravia?). The future king seems reluctant to take the crown and has developed a reputation as a playboy. Amber wants to understand why he doesn’t want to take the crown. When she gets to know the prince, she realizes that he doesn’t exactly live up to his reputation. But a fairy tale romance may not be possible if he discovers her true identity. As she pursues the truth, the castle is a perfect setting for a fairy tale romance.
Some have said this movie is so bad it’s good. A Christmas Prince is light and fun. It’s a chick flick, and we can’t pretend that it’s going to change your life. But for a night with the girls, whether your BFFs or your daughters, it’s just fine.
OMG, spoiler alert! It’s hard not to give this one away: they get married! In this sequel to A Christmas Prince, Amber finds herself a celebrity as she prepares to become Aldovia’s (I just love these names!) next queen. She wants her dream wedding, but her handlers want to have everything “perfect,” and she has a hard time conforming to the strict image of the royals. If you like happy endings, you’ll be golden with this one. Binge watch it on Netflix with A Christmas Prince.
This Hallmark original film is a modern take on a fairy tale that is actually quite touching and sweet. In it a young woman, Jules, suddenly finds herself in a quandary when she loses her job and finds herself unable to provide for her niece and nephew, whom she is raising after the death of her sister. Enter the grandfather of her late brother-in-law (Roger Moore), who wishes to get to know his grandchildren…and just happens to be royalty. Jules wins the heart of his son Ashton, but can she win over the Scrooge-like grandfather’s heart? If you are sentimental, then you might even shed a tear by the end.
This movie celebrating all things wintery needs no introduction. Princess Anna must save the kingdom of Arendel from an eternal winter after her sister Elsa releases her frosty powers, which turns everything into ice and snow. Based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. For a full review, click here!
Journey to the Christmas Star
Reminiscent of the classic children’s film The Neverending Story, the young protagonist Sophie goes on a mythical journey to find the Christmas star that has disappeared from the sky. Her mission is to reveal the location of the princess, who has been missing for years, and restore order to the kingdom. Along the way she meets an adorable gnome, travels in the clouds with the North Wind, rides atop a talking grey bear, and meets Father Christmas. Beautifully filmed and with good effects for a film of this budget, the sweet and thoughtful movie is G-rated. Don’t let the fact that it’s dubbed stop you from picking this one up at the big box retailers. The dubbing is very well done, and kids won’t even notice.
Sofia the First: Holiday in Enchancia
This movie is really an episode of the Disney Junior show Sofia the First, but it’s perfect for a family viewing with very young children. In it Sofia the First is celebrating her first winter holiday with her family…that is until the king goes missing. Sofia must embark on a brave quest to find him…and received the help of Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) along the way. Available on DVD. Perfect stocking stuffer for age 3-5!
Ballet productions of ETA Hoffman’s The Nutcracker vary, sometimes widely, yet all share the storyline that the young heroine Clara receives a nutcracker for Christmas from her uncle Drosselmeyer. Many performances feature the young heroine Clara as a princess. They usually feature a snow queen or the sugar plum fairy. Here are a few beautiful versions of The Nutcracker that you can check out: George Balanchine’s Nutcracker (1993) (streaming on Netflix) with Macaulay Caulkin and the timeless The Nutcracker starring Mikhail Baryshnikov. There is also Angelina Ballerina The Nutcracker Sweet. Finally, Disney released The Nutcracker and the Four Realms this fall, with a plot loosely inspired by the ballet, and it’s now playing in theaters (full review here).