‘Best. Christmas. Ever!’ Netflix Xmas Movie: Release Date, First Look & What You Need to Know

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Heather Graham as Charlotte, Brandy Norwood as Jackie, Madison Validum as Beatrix in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.

One of the Christmas titles headed to Netflix in 2023 will be Best. Christmas. Ever! set to arrive globally in November 2023. Here’s your rundown of everything we know so far about the new festive title, including some brand new first looks at the movie.

What’s on Netflix first reported on the movie being in development back in November 2021 and was eventually confirmed by Netflix (via the trades) in March 2022.

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Charles Shyer serves as one of the two main writers on the project alongside Todd Calgi Gallicano. Shyer has been prominent over the past four decades behind hits like Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride, and The Parent Trap.

Directing the movie is Mary Lambert, best known for directing Pet Semetary but also working on a slew of music videos and TV shows.

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This is Shyer’s second major Netflix Christmas movie following the release of The Noel Diary, one of the main 2022 Christmas releases. This is also the second Christmas Netflix movie for Lambert, who was behind A Castle for Christmas, released in 2021.

The movie was filmed in Utah in the United States in early 2022. The town of Payson was reportedly the main hub of filming for the movie. It’s the same state that was used to film Falling for Christmas. 


When will Best. Christmas. Ever! be released on Netflix?

Netflix first confirmed in January 2023 that the movie would be amongst its 2023 roster. Over the summer, we got confirmation that the movie will be arriving on Netflix globally on Thursday, November 16th, 2023. 


What’s the plot of Best. Christmas. Ever!?

Here’s the official synopsis for the new movie:

“Every Christmas, Jackie sends a boastful holiday newsletter that makes her old college friend Charlotte feel like a lump of coal. When a twist of fate lands Charlotte, her husband Rob, and their family on Jackie’s and her husband Valentino’s snowy doorstep just days before Christmas, Charlotte seizes the opportunity to prove her old friend’s “perfect” life can’t possibly be that perfect. But in her overzealous attempt to expose Jackie, Charlotte nearly ruins Christmas for both families and must team up with her old friend to put the pieces back together.”

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Best. Christmas. Ever! Brandy Norwood as Jackie in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.


Who is in the cast of Best. Christmas. Ever!?

Deadline first revealed the cast for the movie in March 2022 with the four main cast members confirmed to be:

  • Brandy Norwood (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer) as Jackie
  • Heather Graham (Austin Powers, Boogie Nights) as Charlotte
  • Jason Biggs (American Pie, Orange is the New Black) as Rob, Charlotte’s husband
  • Matt Cedeño (Power) as Valentino, who is Jackie’s Husband.

Brandy notably shared a picture of the main cast together in late March:

What’s on Netflix has also confirmed the following actors and actresses to be appearing in the holiday movie:

  • Madison Skye Validum (Ivy and Bean) will play Beatrix
  • Abby Villasmil (Heart of Christmas)

Amanda Phillips, Eric Jarboe, Steve Berman, David Wulf, Charles Shyer, and Todd Calgi Gallicano all serve as executive producers on the project. Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA) is the production company behind the movie for Netflix.

Looking for some more pictures from the new movie? We’ve got you covered, unveiled as part of TODAY.com’s exclusive reveal, including a bunch of new snaps from the upcoming movie.

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Best. Christmas. Ever! (L to R) Heather Graham as Charlotte, Jason Biggs as Rob in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.

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Best. Christmas. Ever! (L to R) Brandy Norwood as Jackie, Madison Validum as Beatrix, Heather Graham as Charlotte in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.

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Best. Christmas. Ever! (L to R) Matt Cedeno as Valentino, Wyatt Hunt as Grant, Madison Validum as Beatrix, Brandy Norwood as Jackie, Abby Villasmil as Dora in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.

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Best. Christmas. Ever! (L to R) Brandy Norwood as Jackie, Jason Biggs as Rob in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.

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Best. Christmas. Ever! Heather Graham as Charlotte in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.

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Best. Christmas. Ever! (L to R) Brandy Norwood as Jackie, Nadia Sine as Rose in Best. Christmas. Ever! Cr. Scott Everett White/Netflix © 2023.

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