It isn’t even Halloween yet, but there’s an ever-so-slight chill in the air, which means it’s officially time to plan for winter holidays. Here’s a likely addition: Netflix has now graced us with its upcoming slate of holiday movies, and I am not exaggerating when I say I will watch each one with boundless enthusiasm.
Sure, there are some who would sneer at a made-for-Netflix holiday movie—a not-so-distant cousin of the Lifetime adaptation—but I would ask them, why ration joy? What’s the harm in getting the most out of the holidays, from now until it’s summer and we can drink outside again? On that note, let’s take a look at what Netflix has in store for us this holiday season.
Rob Lowe and Charlotte from Sex and the City on safari
In Holiday in the Wild (November 1), Kristin Davis stars as a recent divorcee Eat, Pray, Love-ing her way through Zambia, where she may or may not find love with a dashing pilot played by Rob Lowe at an elephant sanctuary. (Spoiler alert: I’m guessing she finds love with the dashing pilot played by Rob Lowe at the elephant sanctuary.)
John Green + Kiernan Shipka = Something to watch with your teen cousins
Instead of spending Christmas Eve stiltedly asking the bored teenagers in your family whether “the kids still Juul,” why not settle in and watch an adaptation of John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle’s YA novel Let It Snow (November 8)? Kiernan Shipka is sure to entertain the zoomers, and an appearance by Joan Cusack will take care of the boomers.
Jason Schwartzman and Rashida Jones getting animated
Animated comedy Klaus (November 15) casts Oscar winner J.K. Simmons as “a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of toys,” Jason Schwartzman as “the postal academy’s worst student,” and Rashida Jones as “local teacher Alva.” Sounds like Elf, plus The Polar Express, minus the high creepiness quotient of The Polar Express.
Time-traveling romance, baby
It’s called The Knight Before Christmas (November 21)! Josh Whitehouse as a medieval knight transported to present-day Ohio! Vanessa Hudgens as a “clever and kind science teacher” who helps him navigate the modern world! Also, it’s Christmas! I bet they kiss.
The triumphant return of Romany Malco, a.k.a. Conrad from Weeds
Sweet, self-possessed dealer Conrad was always secretly the best character on Weeds, and now the actor who played him, Romany Malco, will star in Holiday Rush (November 28) as a popular New York radio DJ learning to reconnect with his kids.
Christmas! Prince! Royal! Baby!
How much more information do you need? It’s like the first movie, with 100% more baby (December 5).
Originally Appeared on Vogue