Netflix doesn’t have much to begin with these days, but they recently made their first original gay Christmas movie. Single until the end focuses on Peter, a forever single young adult who is thrilled to finally bring her boyfriend home for the holidays. When the relationship explodes in his face, Peter convinces his best friend Nick to go with him and pretend to be her boyfriend so as not to disappoint his parents for another year.
Single until the end has all of the best Christmas movie tropes, from tree decoration to hilarious family interference. The film also follows in the footsteps of those from Lifetime as it is set in a small town. While Single until the end is unique, there are a handful of Christmas movies that are similar enough for fans to get their Christmas rom-com fix.
A Very Happy Mix (2013)
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An original Hallmark Christmas movie, A very happy mix follows Alice, a young woman who is about to spend her first Christmas with her fiancé’s family. After accidentally ending up in the wrong house, Alice’s vacation gets even more complicated when she begins to fall for the son of this new family.
While A very happy mix is by no means gay, the movie is similar due to the involvement of the family and accidentally falling in love with the “wrong” person. Like Peter, Alice thought she knew what she wanted but what she needed was even better.
Dashing in December (2020)
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Released in 2020, Dashing in December follows Wyatt Burwell who returns home for the holidays in hopes of convincing his mother to sell their family’s ranch. Wyatt’s mother refusing to sell isn’t the only obstacle Wyatt faces when he begins to bond with Heath, this family’s new ranch owner.
Being a gay Christmas movie isn’t the only thing Dashing in December and Single until the end have in common. In fact, Peter and Wyatt have to solve their own problems to realize the beauty and charm of their hometown.
Happiest season (2020)
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Hoping to help his girlfriend understand the allure of Christmas, Harper invites Abby to spend the holidays with her family. Knowing how much Harper loves the holidays, Abby considers proposing to Harper on Christmas Eve, but her plans are put on hold when Abby learns that Harper is not with her family.
by Hulu The happiest season and Single until the end are similar and yet opposed. Instead of pretending to be dating Peter and Nick, Harper asks Abby to pretend to be her best friend, which angered many viewers upon the film’s release and turned out to be one of the worst things Harper has done.
Harnessed for Vacation (2012)
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Harnessed for the holidays is an underrated Hallmark Channel original film released in 2012. Both single during the holidays, Rob and Julie turn to online dating in hopes of finding someone temporary to bring home for the holidays. in their Italian and Jewish families.
At the heart of both Harnessed for the holidays and Single until the end mingle with families who just want to see their children in happy, loving relationships. Just as Peter’s mother sets him up on a blind date, Rob and Julie’s parents are about to organize their children as well.
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by netflix vacation was released last year as part of their original vacation content list. The film followed two strangers in their twenties who meet after a disastrous Christmas. Tired of being single during the holidays, the two decide to be each other’s platonic dates for a whole year of celebrations and traditions.
Like Peter, Sloane’s mother is determined to see her daughter in love, which puts a lot of pressure on Sloane. She and Peter go on similar journeys that involve being set up on blind dates as they blindly ignore their true feelings for someone close to them.
Vacation in Handcuffs (2007)
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An original ABC family film, vacation in handcuffs Centered on Trudie, a struggling artist who is getting ready to spend Christmas with her family and her new boyfriend in a cabin in the woods only to have her boyfriend toss her that morning. Not wanting to disappoint her parents more than she did, she decides to kidnap David and pretend to be her boyfriend.
While Peter may not have needed to kidnap Nick to get home with him for the holidays, he and Trudie concocted a convoluted fake dating story to please his parents. One that ultimately didn’t work.
Hard Love (2021)
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Netflix’s Christmas season in 2021 kicked off with the release of Love hard. After meeting her potential soul mate on a dating app, Natalie decides to be cautious and surprise him at her family’s house for Christmas. Yet it is she who is surprised when she learns that she has been trapped.
Peter and Josh have a lot in common, in that they are both unlucky in love and have families who care deeply about them. Josh also has a lot in common with Nick, as he puts aside his feelings for Natalie to let her date Tag in the same way Nick does with Peter and James. This is what makes Nick and Josh the best boyfriends in their respective love triangles.
The Christmas House (2020)
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Christmas house earned the honor of being the first Hallmark film to feature a same-sex couple in a lead role. The film begins when Mike and Brandon’s parents convince them to come home for the holidays to relive their old family traditions. With relatives and secrets, Christmas house is full of family drama and Christmas cheer.
As Single until the end, the most of Christmas house takes place in the family home and on the relations of families between them. While Peter’s family doesn’t have as many secrets as Mike and Brandon’s, there are some who explain why the films are similar.
The Christmas Setup (2020)
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Last year was a big year for the LGTBQ Christmas movies with Lifetime presenting their first gay movie, The Christmas setup. After returning home for the holidays, Hugo meets his childhood crush, Patrick. The two hit it off when they teamed up to save their city’s iconic train station while falling in love with each other.
Like Peter, Hugo is not as happy with his current life as he suggests, especially in the employment service. Taking the time to get away from the office to reconnect with the holidays and their loved ones allows them to make changes they were too afraid to make.
The Thing About Harry (2020)
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The thing about Harry became Freefrom’s first gay romantic comedy when it premiered in February 2020. After being forced home together to attend a wedding, Sam and Harry realize they aren’t the same people they were in high school. A year later, their paths cross again and the two spend the next few months crossing and connecting in many ways.
Although this is not a Christmas movie, The thing about Harry has vacation-themed moments throughout the film. The lead roles in both films also have a lot in common, as one is more tense and the other is more laid back.
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