Looking for the Best Lesbian Christmas Movies in 2023? Both the new releases and suggestions for nice LGBTQ stories to watch during the Holidays. We’ve got you covered here at Womentainment. Check out our list here!

What’s the Best Lesbian Christmas Movies in 2023? Well, obviously that’s very much a question of taste and what you’re looking for.

For this list, we’re including brand new titles (even those we weren’t crazy about) and the wonderful movies released in previous years. We just want to help you find LGBTQ stories to watch during the Holidays.

Check out our list of the best lesbian Christmas movies below.

LGBTQ Holiday movies vs. Gay and Lesbian Christmas movies

Though we’re leading with “Lesbian” and “Christmas”, we really aren’t going to exclude any other LGBTQ story or a Holiday movie that doesn’t focus on the Christian aspect of this season.

That’s why you’ll be seeing us use everything from “Lesbian Christmas movie” to “LGBTQ Holiday movie” interchangeably. Being a website focusing on women and entertainment, we will simply be focusing on stories with female (as well as non-binary) characters in queer relationships.

It's a Wonderful Knife (2023)

LGBTQ and Lesbian Christmas movies coming out in 2023

We have a few new releases in the LGBTQ Christmas department.

The first one is a horror movie with an “alternate universe” storyline and lots of queer characters. That’s actually the first 2023 Christmas movie, we want to focus on.

A Wonderful Knife (2023)

We begin during one Christmas and continue one year later when life isn’t looking or feeling great. That’s why our main protagonist wishes she’d never been born. And then she sees what the world would be like without her in it.

Even her lesbian aunt ends up having a worse life, so it’s pretty bleak… until the Christmas miracle.

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A Holiday I Do (2023)

Up next is a classic Christmas movie with a lesbian love story at the center. Or rather, that’s what it officially is, but this one is very light on the gay stuff. However, it is very much a Classic Christmas Movie.

Okay, fine, it’s downright stereotypical, but we need those too. It’s all part of equality and we need cheesy love stories too. We also need a lot more kisses, but maybe we’re being greedy here?!

Then again, it was made by LGBTQ-run Tello (which is where you can watch it), so not really.

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Friends & Family Christmas (2023)

Finally, we’ll have to get much closer to Christmas Eve before the third LGBTQ Holiday movie of 2023. This looks like the Lesbian Christmas Movie of 2023. Not only is it a Hallmark Christmas Movie, but the plot reads like delicious fan fiction.

The movie stars two queer actors as the female leads (Ali Liebert and Humberley Gonzalez) and uses the “fake dating” trope to get things started. Oh yeah, we are definitely here for that!

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Happiest Season – Review [Hulu]

The Best Lesbian Christmas Movies

Having covered the new Lesbian Christmas Movies of 2023, let’s take a look at what else is out there. We’re getting to the point where we do actually have quite a few good LGBTQ love stories that take place during the Holidays.

Looking for Her (2022)

And what better place to start than where we left off with the 2023 releases; The fake dating trope. Just last year another LGBTQ Christmas Movie was released with a fake dating / pretend relationship storyline. It’s on TUBI and turned out to be surprisingly deep.

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In 2020, we got two new queer Christmas movies. One got a lot more attention than the other, but both are very much worth watching.

A New York Christmas Wedding (2020)

First up is the Netflix Christmas movie A New York Christmas Wedding which is very much a classic Christmas movie. It’s cheesy, romantic, a bit dark towards the end before the Christmas miracle happens. Also, it does get quite steamy.

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Happiest Season (2020)

Obviously, we also got the Hulu Christmas Movie starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as girlfriends. It’s a comedy with a great cast and so much heart. Fair warning: It does get quite dark with a “closet case” story at the center, which leads to confusion and pain for everyone.

Also, there’s the much-discussed issue of Kristen Stewart and Aubrey Plaza having such great chemistry that viewers were rooting for them to get together. I also loved the main couple, but no one can forget Aubrey Plaza’s character. Hopefully, we’ll be getting a sequel or spin-off with her!

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Christmas anthologies with LGBTQ storylines

There are a few series and anthologies that have lesbian or queer storylines, so we’ve included some of those as well.

Let it Snow (2019)

First up is the Christmas anthology Let it Snow which is available for streaming on Netflix. One of the stories includes a story about a romance between two female characters – along with a coming out element.

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Season of Love (2019)

Yet another Christmas anthology, but with Season of Love, all the stories are queer. A rom-com about three pairs of women and their relationships.

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Lesbian love stories that play out during Christmas

Finally, there are those big bold love stories. These are not Christmas movies, but they do play out during the Holiday season. In other words, it’s a bit like how Die Hard is a Christmas movie classic in its own right. These are Lesbian Christmas movie classics.

Carol (2015)

The amazing adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara with Sarah Paulson in a key supporting role. Not only do I love this movie, I adore the score by Carter Burwell.

Nominated for six Academy Awards in 2016 (including for the music) and won none. Classic Hollywood!

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Silent Night (2021)

This is actually an apocalyptic dark horror comedy. The world is ending, so we all need one final Christmas Eve to say goodbye. Starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode (yes, as in the wonderful man from Imagine Me and You).

It actually has a brilliant ensemble cast with the WLW couple portrayed by Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve, The Sandman) and Lucy Punch (You, Me and Him).

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Rent (2005)

The Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical was made into a film in 2005. A wonderful cast helped bring this story (which focuses on AIDS) to an even larger audience. The story plays out between two Christmasses, so it definitely deserves to be on the list.

Idina Menzel and Tracie Thoms play a queer couple. Rosario Dawson is another star of the movie, which almost makes it LGBTQ+ by default. Directed by Home Alone (1990) director Chris Columbus, which also makes it (sort of) a Christmas movie by default.

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