The holiday season is fastly approaching, and if you thought last year was the only year for queer-inclusive Christmas-themed fare, think again! 2021 is set to bless the world with even more inclusive and representative holiday movies for our viewing pleasure!
So to make it easier for you to binge all the brand-new LGBTQ+ holiday content 2021 has to offer, we've put together this handy-dandy guide that we'll be updating periodically this season as more and more things get announced and released!
Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and starring a stacked cast that includes Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Luke MacFarlane, Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Robertson, and comedy screen legends Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy, Single All the Way is Netflix's highly-anticipated, first gay holiday film and tells the story of a gay man named Peter who is "desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status," according to the film's official (and relatable AF) description.
Single All the Way starts streaming on Netflix on Thursday, December 2!
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! pic.twitter.com/V7XjThsBic
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Part of the Hallmark Channel's impressive and packed slate of 41 brand-new Christmas movies being released this holiday season, the upcoming sequel to last year's gay-inclusive The Christmas House, tentatively entitled Deck Those Halls, is reuniting the original cast for another round of queer holiday cheer, including Mean Girls alum Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder, the two actors who played the loveable husband-husband duo in the first movie.
The Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie blitz is set to kick off on Friday, October 22, with The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls scheduled to premiere on December 18 at 8pm ET/PT!
Lifetime is bringing us its first-ever lesbian romance with the upcoming holiday film Under the Chrismas Tree!
"Marketing whiz Alma Beltran (Elise Bauman) and Christmas tree whisperer Charlie Freemont (Tattiawna Jones) cross paths when Charlie finds the perfect tree for the Maine Governor’s Holiday Celebration - right in Alma’s back yard," the film's official description reads. "While they initially spar, romantic sparks soon begin to fly between the two women as the enchanting tree and some Christmas fairy dust from the town’s pâtissière extraordinaire (Ricki Lake) bring out the best in them and spark each other to take leaps of faith and fight for love and Christmas magic."
Under the Christmas Tree is set to premiere on Sunday, December 19 at 8pm/7c on Lifetime!
Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival's Short Cuts Programme earlier this year, writer Kausar Mohammed (East of La Brea) and director Fawzia Mirza's (Signature Move) new short holiday film centers queer Muslims in this romantic comedy that tells the story of how "a queer Muslim woman adds another wild card to a gathering that’s already plenty unpredictable when she brings her new partner to her family’s holiday festivities."
"Having a queer Muslim Brown rom-com world premiere at one of the most important film festivals in the world is revolutionary," Mirza said in a statement ahead of the short's TIFF release. "We need more space for the stories of our love and joy, made by, starring, and written by us. We are thrilled to share the short with TIFF audiences and hope they, like us, want to see a whole lot more of the Syed family."
There's a reason why "city folk returning to their small-town family ranches" is an classic, age-old, beloved holiday film trope: it just works! And if you make that trope queer AF, you've got us absolutely hooked! So that's what director Christin Baker's (Season of Love & I Hate New Year's) upcoming lesbian rom-com Christmas at the Ranch is serving up this holiday season!
"When Haley Hollis returns to her family ranch to try and save it from foreclosure, she wasn't banking on spending so much time with ranch hand Kate — or falling for her," the film's official description reads.
Christmas at the Ranch will be streaming on Tello this December!