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LGBTQ Christmas Movies to Make the Yuletide Queer

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While LGBTQ-themed Christmas movies still make up a tiny fraction of the overall holiday movies out there, the list is getting bigger. This year marked Hallmark Channel’s first ever Christmas movie with a gay leading couple and Lifetime released a new queer holiday rom-com, too. 

Here are ten LGBTQ Christmas movies that help celebrate ALL types of families. 

Single All the Way

What's it about? Peter is determined to keep his family from passing judgment on his single status, so he asks his best friend Nick to pretend to be his partner when he goes home for the holidays.

Starring: Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Luke Macfarlane, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathy Najimy

Directed by: Michael Mayer

Where to stream it? Netflix

The Holiday Sitter

Check out our review of The Holiday Sitter here!

What's it about? Sam, a single workaholic, finds himself unexpectedly in charge of his niece and nephew during the holidays. With limited experience in babysitting, he reaches out to a handsome neighbor for assistance. What follows is an unexpected romance.

Starring: Jonathan Bennett, George Krissa, Chelsea Hobbs

Directed by: Alie Liebert

Where to stream it? Peacock or other streaming services with Hallmark Channel (find out more here)

Happiest Season

What's it about? A young lesbian woman plans to propose to her girlfriend over the holidays, but then discovers that she isn't out of the closet to her conservative family.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Steenburgen

Directed by: Clea DuVall

Where to stream it? Hulu

The Christmas Setup

What's it about? A big-city lawyer returns home with his bestie Madelyn for Christmas, where he reunites with his high school crush Patrick. Once he's presented with an opportunity to advance his career with a promotion to his firm's London office, he must reexamine what he truly desires out of life.

Starring: Ben Lewis, Blake Lee, Ellen Wong, Fran Drescher, Chad Connell

Directed by: Pat Mills

Where to stream it? Hoopla, Lifetime Movie Club

Santa Camp

What's it about? Documentary about a camp for professional Santas. One of the main subjects profiled is a transgender man who aspires to be a queer-inclusive Santa.

Directed by: Nick Sweeney

Where to stream it? HBO Max

Dashing in December

What's it about? Wyatt comes back home for the holidays in the hopes of convincing his mother Deb to sell the family's Colorado ranch. Unexpectedly, a love affair blossoms between Wyatt and the attractive ranch hand Heath, who wants to protect the cherished ranch and its enchanting Winter Wonderland, while bringing back Christmas cheer to Wyatt's forlorn heart.

Starring: Peter Porte, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Andie MacDowell

Directed by: Jake Halgren

Where to stream it? Airs on Paramount Network. Can watch with live TV streaming services like Philo or fuboTV or purchase from Apple, Amazon, or Google.

Under the Christmas Tree

What's it about? When a government employee is tasked with finding the perfect Christmas tree for the state capital, she must woo over the property owner whose land has just the tree she’s looking for. Sparks fly between the two women along the way.

Starring: Tattiawna Jones, Elise Bauman, Ricki Lake

Directed by: Michael J. Murray

Where to stream it? Hulu, Hoopla, Lifetime Movie Club

Christmas at the Ranch

What's it about? Romance blossoms between a woman and a ranch-hand after she returns to her hometown of Nashville, Tenn. to fight against the bank in an effort to keep her family's land.

Starring: Amanda Righetti, Laur Allen, Lindsay Wagner, Dia Frampton, Archie Kao

Directed by: Cristin Baker

Where to stream it? Prime Video, Peacock, Hoopla, Tubi, Vudu

A Christmas to Treasure

What's it about? Six friends, brought back together by the passing of a beloved neighbor, embark on a holiday treasure hunt in their hometown. Two of the friends, Austin, a brand strategist, and his former best friend Everett, discover that the sparks that once flew between them have never gone away.

Starring: Taylor Frey, Kyle Dean Massey, Katie Walder, Mary-Margaret Humes

Directed by: Jake Helgren

Where to stream it? Live TV streaming services that include Lifetime such as Philo and Frndly TV or the Lifetime Movie Club

The Bitch Who Stole Christmas

What's it about? A hardworking fashion journalist from a bustling metropolis is sent to a town that loves the Christmas season for the purpose of uncovering a scandalous story in this satirical take on made-for-TV Christmas movies.

Starring: RuPaul, Andrew Ridings, Krysta Rodriguez, Ginger Minj, Peppermint, Ross Mathews, Carson Kressley, Jaymes Mansfield, Michelle Visage, various other Drag Race contestants

Directed by: Don Scardino

Where to stream it? Available for rental and purchase from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Vudu.

Final Thoughts: LGBTQ Christmas Movies

Which of these movies have you seen? Any you plan to watch this year? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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Matt Davis
Matt Davis is a writer, entertainment critic, and content creator that hails from the Kanas City area. He has been featured in various publications, including TODAY.com and CNET. As the founder of Shall I Stream It? he has helped it grow into a multi-platform media outlet that reaches over 100,000 viewers each month.
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