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11 Must-See LGBTQ+ Holiday Films That'll Get You In The Festive Spirit

An ever-growing catalog of queer holiday films that'll make the yuletide gay.

Ready for the holiday movie season?

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With the exit of spooky season, the yuletide season approaches quickly, and so does a stream of cheesy love stories wrapped in holiday cheer. While LGBTQ+ holiday films are far from the most common holiday showing, there is an ever-growing catalog of some great films that all queer people should enjoy, even the humbugs.

If you don't know where to start, look no further. 

Here is a look at the new holiday films to look forward to this year and some holiday classics to tide you over until they are released.

1. Single All the Way

Coming to Netflix this holiday season...SINGLE ALL THE WAY 😍 🎄 🎁 Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy are making this Yuletide EXTREMELY gay on December 2!

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Netflix’s first entry into the queer holiday film pantheon begins this December with queer icons Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy amongst a very queer cast! The film stars Michael Urie as a single gay guy who is afraid of his family’s judgment on his singledom. 

Philemon Chambers, Luke Macfarlane, Barry Bostwick, and Jennifer Robertson star in this feature film that will hit Netflix December 2!

2. Under the Christmas Tree

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Lifetime’s first lesbian holiday love story is set to make its debut with a film about two people who initially don’t want anything to do with each other, but of course, things begin to heat up between them. 

A city girl meets Christmas tree worker love story is the kind of love story that makes for a classic Christmas love story. Elise Bauman and Tattiawna Jones star in the film that premieres December 19 on Lifetime!

3. The Christmas House (1 and 2)

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Hallmark's first holiday movie featuring a gay couple not only features Jonathan Bennett and Brad Hader as husbands, but has a sequel coming out this year! This film is focused on a family and their coinciding holiday troubles, but doesn't skimp on the gay love story at its center.

For fans of the Hallmark holiday formula, the first film and its sequel, The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls, will show on Hallmark this winter.

4. The Bitch Who Stole Christmas

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Queer legend RuPaul is joining the holiday movie scene with the very campy entry The Bitch Who Stole Christmas. The special premiering on VH1 is the first of its kind from RuPaul and has a stacked cast of Drag Race alums and special guest stars.

The special's synopsis says, "In the draggiest Christmas movie ever made, a workaholic big-city fashion journalist is sent to a Christmas-obsessed small town to dig up a story when she finds herself in the middle of cut-throat housewives, a high-stakes 'Winter Ball' competition, and a sinister plot that could destroy Christmas fore-evah!" 

The Bitch Who Stole Christmas premieres Thursday, December 2 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1!

5. Christmas at the Ranch

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If you've ever wanted a queer version of the "city girl comes home to her family ranch" trope, well this is the film from you. This lesbian take on the classic holiday film trope will see Laur Allen and Amanda Righetti as the two lovebirds from different worlds.

The film will be streaming on Tello beginning December 1.

6. Happiest Season

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This rom-com from queer director Clea DuVall alongside Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis made waves when it premiered last year, instantly earning a spot in the catalogue of great queer holiday movies.

If you are in for a bigger-budget queer love story, it won't get much better than this. Plus, with Dan Levy and Aubrey Plaza in supporting roles, where can you really go wrong? 

This film is currently streaming on Hulu.

7. Tangerine

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For those who want a little less traditional holiday film with a focus on the power of queerness, Tangerine is a standout. This indie film about two trans girls on a Christmas Day hunt around Los Angeles is not only a heartwarming display of queer friendship, but an all-around great film.

This film was filmed on an iPhone, but don't let that fool you, as this Sean Baker–directed film features amazing performances by Kitana "Kiki" Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, and James Ransone in a wild ride you won't soon forget.

The film is streaming on Amazon Prime and Pluto TV for free.

8. Dashing in December

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This Christmas love story from Paramount+ is a must-watch for those in search of a feel-good holiday film. 

Peter Porte and Juan Pablo Di Pace star alongside Andie MacDowell in this drama about a family ranch in Colorado, and of course, finding love during the holidays.

This love story is available to rent on Amazon.

9. The Christmas Setup

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Last year, Lifetime made history when it featured its first Christmas film featuring a gay romance at its center. The lovely film stared real-life married couple Ben Lewis and Blake Lee as well as queer icon Fran Drescher in this small-town story about trying to save Christmas.

This Christmas love story is available for free at Lifetime.

10. Carol

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When this adaption of the 1952 lesbian love story The Price of Salt was released, the entire queer community instantly embraced this newfound classic. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in this Todd Haynes–directed feature that has been declared one of the best films of all time.

Notable for its happy ending in a time when queer people were supposed to hide in shame, this film is revolutionary in how it portrays queer love and is a must-watch any time of year.

You can watch the film for free on Pluto TV and The Roku Channel.

11. The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Special

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If you are looking for a more classic holiday special, this queer showing from RuPaul's Drag Race alums Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme will no doubt fill you with holiday cheer.

Bringing a mix of Christmas tunes, campy humor, and all-around holiday cheer, this special is a great time for lovers of the Christmas aesthetic and amazing queer talent.

The special is currently streaming on Hulu.

Upcoming Holiday TV

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Not all of the holiday showings are movies, with some standout queer TV shows making their way to the screen. 

With Love, an Amazon Prime miniseries showcasing love stories from holidays all year, will feature not only a gay love story, but will feature one of the transgender storylines in a holiday rom-com. The series airs December 17.

The 12 Dates of Christmas is a holiday reality dating show that will feature both a lesbian and gay contestant looking for holiday love on HBO Max November 25. 

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Everyone deserves to enjoy cheesy holiday films. The more queer representation onscreen we get to see, with or without the holiday cheer, the better. So, use this guide to find something warm and cozy and queer for you to watch this holiday season with a nice fire and the people you love.