Is there any better holiday pastime than watching Christmas movies leading up to the big day? I LOVE Christmas movies!! Sure, they are cheesy and often unrealistic, but they are also so utterly feel-good and wonderful (and let’s face it—we all love the cheesy lines and predictable plots). I love happy endings, and Christmas movies are always guaranteed to deliver on the happy ending.
Netflix has pretty good Christmas movies (the popular one for 2018 is a The Princess Switch), but did you know TELUS Optik TV offers over 200 Christmas movies you can watch live or record, and a bunch more you can watch and buy On Demand?
If you love Christmas movies, TELUS Optik TV is a holiday dream come true!
I was already getting my Christmas movie marathon on when I thought, I should blog some of my favourites! As a #TeamTELUS ambassador, it made even more sense to highlight the options available on TELUS Optik TV.
This year the W Network / Hallmark Channel premiered 22 ALL NEW original Christmas movies!! The year before they produced 33!! You could literally watch a Christmas movie every day from November through to Christmas!
Below are 7 of my favourite Christmas movies I watched on TELUS Optik TV this season (featuring some old and some new movies!)
Note: I am a #TeamTELUS Ambassador and this is a sponsored post highlighting some of my favourite Christmas movies I’m watching this season on TELUS Optik!
7 Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season
This movie is about a doctor who is used to planning out her entire life and things often going her way. But there’s a great lesson here about what to do when things in life don’t go as planned! You should be open to trying something new and unexpected. And for the main character Dr. Lauren Brunell, that new and unexpected decision was taking a residency in the tiny town of Garland in Alaska. One of my favourite things about Christmas movies is when towns or people’s names are named after Christmas words. Garland… Christmas garland!!! Hehe. There’s a lovely ‘secret’ in the town of Garland too. The lead character grows as a person. The love interest is super likeable. There’s even a reindeer. I really enjoyed Christmas Under Wraps!
Holly (like Christmas holly, lol), is nicknamed “Miss Christmas” because it’s her job to find the perfect Christmas tree for the Radcliffe Centre in Chicago. She receives a letter from a boy in a small town, promising of the perfect tree for this year’s lighting ceremony, and so off she goes to get the perfect tree. It’s a great story, and really quite a classic Christmas plot of girl goes to small town and falls for tree farm dude, lol. I liked how this movie started off immediately super festive and Christmassy. Sometimes you start a holiday movie and it takes awhile for the Christmas music to start playing, or decorations to start appearing. You get right into the Christmas spirit with Miss Christmas! I loved it.
This is a fun Christmas movie because it actually features three different stories. The main story revolves around Meredith Rossman, who starts off not the most likeable, as the uptight heiress of a small town department store who doesn’t have much time for Christmas. Fortunately she meets a guy named Nick (maybe like Old Saint Nick??? ;)) who also happens to be Rory’s dad from Gilmore Girls lol, and brings out the Christmas spirit in Meredith. This is another one of those movies where they allude to a character being part of Santa’s family (or Santa himself), which is like a fun little Christmas secret you’re aware of the whole time you’re watching, waiting for it to be revealed to the main character.
This movie was really relatable for me because the main characters work at an ad agency (and so do I!) They’re also trying to win a client by pitching an idea for a video commercial that can sell a cell phone, while touching heartstrings, and going ‘viral’ lol. Main character Melanie is super sweet, and has to work with a co-worker Donovan who just doesn’t have a lot of time for any Christmas shenanigans. There’s an element of surprise and mystery in his movie that I really liked, and there’s kind of an online dating / email chat style format to the story too. Finally, there’s a story about family in here that I really like too. It’s really nice!
I knew I’d love this movie because it’s cat-themed (couldn’t you tell by the movie title?) Former Superman Brandon Routh plays Zachary Stone, a fireman who isn’t really interested in a long-term commitment—love or pets. But then he meets a lovely stray cat named Ambrose. And then a lovely animal lover named Marilee. Who has a cat named Queenie. There are cute cat moments throughout, and a great lesson about how mountain lions profess their love. Definitely a must-watch for Christmas and cat lovers. And a bit different from the other Christmas movies because there’s a male lead!
This movie is a bit—okay, really—unrealistic. And yet, it was totally entertaining and something I really enjoyed watching. The main character Jessie has called off THREE engagements, and meets a charming guy named Aiden who bet his friend he could convince a woman to marry him in just a few weeks (just in time for Christmas). There’s some funny scenes here, and there’s a dog angle that’s really sweet. But the plot itself seemed very rushed. I mean, most romances in Christmas movies blossom in just days or weeks, but this one just felt even more rushed given the character’s previous three engagements lol. So, super unrealistic (moreso than usual for a Christmas movie), but still a lot of fun to watch.
There’s just something about Christmas movies with a royal plot! I loved Crown for Christmas—featuring a really sweet woman named Allie who got fired from her job as a maid in a ritzy New York City hotel, only to get offered a temporary job as governess to a princess in Europe. Because of course that would happen lol. And of course she’s going to fall for the princess’ widower father! And of course he’s going to fall for her! But what happens when the King has to choose between his duty to his country or his duty to his heart? If you’re anything like me, you’re on team Heart. This is a really lovely, royal Christmas movie!
These are just a few of the Christmas movies that stood out for me this season. Don’t get me wrong, there are some Christmas movies that are just too cheesy, or too over the top. I watched almost 20 movies to pick these 7! Well, bonus 8 if you watch The Princess Switch on Netflix (it’s really cute too!)
But movies aren’t the only festive feature you can watch on Optik TV. This season, you can also turn on the Optik TV Holiday Fireplace on Channel 10, get Free Festive Specials on Channel 11, use the Santa Tracker (coming soon!), and listen to Stingray Free Holiday Music on Channel 14. If you hit the On Demand button on your Optik TV remote, you’ll find the ‘Happy Holidays’ folder with even more festive movie categories!
I’d love to hear what Christmas movies you’re watching this season! And whether you liked the ones I’ve pointed out.
Leave a comment here on on my social media to let me know!!
And Merry Christmas!
Disclaimer: This blog was posted as part of my #TeamTELUS brand ambassador partnership. I’m a proud member of #TeamTELUS! This has no impact on opinions stated in this post. I seriously love Christmas movies and am overjoyed to have so many options on TELUS Optik.