Christmas on the Farm – Stan
Dropping on Stan on December 1, Christmas on the Farm is the newest Christmas movie that looks set to showcase a truly Aussie festive vibe as it follows the hilarious antics of Clementine Jones (Poppy Montgomery), an author who tries to pass off her late mother’s journals about her experience on a Queensland farm as her own. When the big shot New York publishers decide to head Down Under to check out an authentic “Clementine” Christmas, she attempts to pull the wool over their eyes. National treasures Darren McMullen and Hugh Sheridan also star in this modern comedy.
A Sunburnt Christmas – Stan
For most of us in Australia, our festive season is more sun-kissed than snow-filled and 2020’s offering, A Surnburnt Christmas, captures this perfectly. The comedy, directed by Christiaan Van Vuuren of Bondi Hipsters fame follows the story of a single mum (Ling Cooper Tang) and her three kids living on an Outback property in South Australia and who are financially struggling due to drought. A spanner is thrown into the works when a runaway criminal dressed as Santa (Daniel Henshall) unexpectedly gatecrashes their Christmas.
A Moody Christmas - Stan
While technically a TV series rather than a movie, A Moody Christmas is such iconic festive fare that we couldn’t not add it to the list. Clickbait’s Ian Meadows plays Dan Moody who comes back from London to spend Christmas with his dysfunctional family in Australia each year, played by Aussie faves including Patrick Brammall, Jane Harber and Tina Bursill. If you have interesting family dynamics (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) you’ll love this.
A Christmas Princess – Stan
Ok, so it’s not an Aussie Christmas movie per se – but there is a little hint to home with an actor who hails from one of the country’s most iconic soaps. That’s right, Neighbours alum Travis Burns plays Prince Jack, who’s in New York for his family’s annual Christmas party, where he meets struggling chef Jessica (Shein Mompremier). And if we know anything about Christmas rom-coms, that sure is a recipe for love.
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star - Netflix
With so many versions of Vanessa Hudgens in the Princess Switch movies, you could almost be forgiven for not looking too closely at the other major players in the most recent offering. But if you thought Lady Fiona's ex, Peter Maxwell looked familiar, there's a very good reason why! The character is played by Aussie actor Remy Hii who cut his teeth in local classics like H20: Just Add Water and Neighbours before high-tailing it over to the States and finding even greater success. Among his impressive credits are roles in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Crazy Rich Asians and Marco Polo.
Christmas Inheritance – Netflix
She may best known to Aussie audiences as Janae Timmins from Neighbours or Clarke Griffin on The 100, but Aussie Eliza Taylor wasn’t afraid to get into the holiday spirit with a starring role in Netflix’s Christmas Inheritance. She plays a spoiled New York City heiress who’s forced to head to a small town ahead of Christmas to prove she’s got what it takes to take over her dad’s company.
Holidate - Netflix
Sydney-born actor Luke Bracey stars alongside Emma Roberts in this Christmas movie with a twist. In Holidate, the leading pair vow to become each other’s platonic plus-ones for every important holiday occasion, including Christmas. What could go wrong? Or more importantly, what could right?