Heartwarming Queer Films to Spark Holiday Joy

Credit: Hallmark Channel

‘Tis the season to have a gay ol’ time.

As the temperatures begin to drop, (as low as they can get here in LA), it’s time to curl up with a mug of hot cocoa and watch a cheesy Christmas movie. Bonus points if it’s Yuletide-ly gay. No worries if you’re unsure what to watch; we’ve curated the best gay holiday rom-coms for 2023. Let’s dive in!

Friends & Family Christmas

Starring queer actors Humberly González and Ali Liebert, Friends & Family Christmas is another Hallmark original. It’s photographer meets lawyer meets fake dating to get their parents off their back. And we can’t wait!

“Daniella and Amelia agree to pretend they’re dating to appease their respective parents during the holidays. However, as they spend more time together, they start to build a connection that’s deeper than either of them could have hoped for.”

It premieres on Hallmark on December 17.


Christmas on Cherry Lane

Jonathan Bennett is back as the reigning holiday King. In this film, he stars alongside Vincent Rodriguez III as a happy couple who are about to have a baby.

Christmas on Cherry Lane will premiere on Hallmark on December 9.

The Holiday Exchange

Who doesn’t love a queer take on the classic film, The Holiday?

“Wilde (Taylor Frey) must cope with vacationing as a bachelor, so he decides to swap houses on an LGBTQ app with Oliver (Rick Cosnett). In their efforts to escape their woes they end up meeting two locals who set romance on fire from LA to the charming town of Brilfax.”

This film has no release date yet, but we are counting down the days anyway!

A Holiday I Do

Jane (Lindsey Hicks), a frazzled single mom managing her family’s horse farm, finds herself caught in a whirlwind of emotions during the elaborate holiday wedding of her ex-husband. Amidst a raging blizzard and unexpected surprises, Jane navigates an unexpected romance with the wedding planner, Sue (Rivkah Reyes), adding a delightful twist to the festive chaos. As the big day approaches, Jane relies on a touch of Christmas magic to untangle the mess and save her family’s farm.

A Holiday I Do is now streaming on Tello Films.

Catch Me If You Claus

While the plot of this Hallmark movie enters on a heterosexual romance, queer actor Luke Macfarlane (Bros) is all caught up in Christmas. Literally. He plays Santa Claus’ son, who runs into an aspiring news anchor (Italia Ricci) on his first Christmas mission.

Catch Me If You Claus will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on November 23.

It’s a Wonderful Knife

This one is a wild card. No, it’s not your usual fluffy, feel-good Christmas flick, but it does have a lot of heart! And a wonderful gay romance! And a terrifying serial killer. What more could you ask for?

Read the official movie synopsis below.

“Winnie’s life is less than wonderful one year after saving her town from a psychotic killer on Christmas Eve. When she wishes she was never born, she finds herself magically transported to a nightmarish parallel universe. With the murderous maniac now back, she must team up with a misfit to identify the culprit and get back to her own reality.”

It’s a Wonderful Knife is now playing in theaters.

Honorable mentions:

Dashing in December

The Christmas Setup

Happiest Season

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