Let's make the yuletide gay.
It’s holiday movie season, the special time of year when every love story comes with a snowy setting, cozy sweaters, and (usually, hopefully) a happily ever after — ‘tis the season, after all. And these days, the season is looking more and more inclusive. Historically, holiday movie romances have focused mostly on straight couples and only straight couples. But that’s not the case anymore, and these LGBTQ+ holiday movies are here to prove it.
Cable channels like Lifetime and Hallmark have been churning out comforting holiday movies for years, but only recently have they started to include LGBTQ+ couples in them. That’s in part thanks to a big push from fans who fought for greater diversity in holiday movies. The world of holiday movies has also grown, with streamers like Netflix and Hulu getting in the mix. So, there are more LGBTQ+ holiday movies than ever before, showing many different kinds of holly jolly love stories. With a mix of newly released movies and past films that have already become classics, this list has a little something for everybody. So make a big cup of hot cocoa, throw on your favorite wintry pride gear, and settle in for the perfect LGBTQ+ holiday movie marathon.
Single All The Way
Single All the Way made a big splash when it premiered on Netflix in 2021. The movie stars Michael Urie in an LGBTQ+ twist on a fake-dating story. Plus, it’s got Jennifer Coolidge, who is the truly the hilarious cherry atop this holiday movie sundae.
Under The Christmas Tree
Lifetime is the home for this 2021 holiday movie, which features two women in an enemies-to-lovers romance. The holiday vibes are high, since the major conflict of this one surrounds the perfect Christmas tree. Plus, there’s some Christmas magic in the form of fairy dust.
Hulu joined the world of LGBTQ+ holiday movies with 2020’s Happiest Season. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star in this very sapphic rom-com about a woman who wants to propose to her girlfriend, only to discover her girlfriend isn’t even out to her family. Aubrey Plaza also stars in the movie, creating a love triangle for some added tension.
Seasons Of Love
If you’re a fan of Love, Actually, then you’ll love this 2019 holiday romance. Just like Love, Actually, this movie follows a bunch of love stories throughout the holiday season. Unlike Love, Actually, this movie follows three sapphic love stories.
The Christmas Setup
Fran Drescher stars in this 2020 Lifetime movie as a mom trying to set her son up with his high school crush. Drescher’s character practically runs Christmas in the town, and the pressure is on to create the perfect Christmas romance.
Let It Snow
Netflix’s 2019 YA holiday movie features a web of lots of romances, but at the center is a love story between two girls. Anna Akana and Liv Hewson play two characters who fall in love as one navigates coming out to her friends. The movie also features an unforgettable party scene in a Waffle House that’s definitely worthy of a watch.
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