If You Like Holiday Romances

If You Like… is a feature highlighting blogger recommendations for books, authors, TV shows, movies, and music based on the things you already know and love. This week’s post includes recommendations for holiday romances.

If you like holiday romances, you might like


Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

Young Adult:

  • 12 Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka: Lexie and Cameron have been dating forever. Lexie feels they have lost that “spark.” Instead of breaking up with him, she sets him up with another girl. Has she made a huge mistake?
  • Snowed In by Rachel Hawthrone: Ashleigh’s mom moves them to a small island in the Great Lakes. Her mom has purchased a bed and breakfast. Ashleigh meets a girl who immediately befriends her. Unfortunately that girl just happens to be the longtime girlfriend of the one boy who catches Ashleigh’s eye.
  • Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark: Kirsten moves in with her sister to give her a hand around the house and ends up falling for two brothers.
  • Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson: Three short stories woven together happening one Christmas Eve in a small town filled with romance and friendship.
  • Secret Santa by Sabrina James: Noelle can’t wait for this year’s Secret Santa exchange. She hopes that she picks her crush. When she doesn’t, she feels there’s no harm in giving extra gifts. However, nothing goes right, but everything will be revealed at the Winter Dance.
  • Ex-Mas by Kate Brian: Lila and her ex-boyfriend must band together to rescue their brothers who have run away to warn Santa about global warming endangering the North Pole.
  • Ex-Games by Jennifer Echols: When Hayden wins the snowboarding competition, her ex-boyfriend isn’t impressed. After all, he could still beat her. Suddenly the battle of the sexes is on and it’s more than just pride at stake.
  • Love on the Lifts by Rachel Hawthorne: Kate and her friends are spending vacation at her aunt’s condo at the slopes. Her brother and his college friends show up making this girls weekend all about romance and skiing.
  • Mistletoe: Four short stories about romance, friendships, and the holidays.
  • Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher: Sam is stuck in Vermont on the ski slopes with her father and his new wife. She’s not ready to embrace her new family and she sucks at skiing. Her boyfriendless state is glaringly obvious and makes her depressed.
  • Snow in Love by Claire Ray: Jessie can’t wait to see her tourist boyfriend during her long break from school. Unfortunately, she discovers Jake brings a girl to Alaska with him this year. And it isn’t his sister. Jessie turns to the town’s heartbreaker in a plan to make Jake jealous.
  • Snow Queen by Emma Harrison: Aubrey’s always been jealous of her BFFs winter vacations in Vermont. She’s give anything to see the snow. So she’s thrilled to be joining Christie this year. She doesn’t count on being pushed into entering the town beauty pageant and into the running for Snow Queen.


  • Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas: A young girl loses her mother to a car accident and ends up living with her three uncles. Holly hasn’t spoken since that night, but she’s quite taken with the woman who runs a new toy store.
  • Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber: Seth is still struggling with the death of his wife. His twin boys have been living with their grandparents as he focuses on work. However, they are returning home. Now everything is in chaos when Mrs. Merkle shows up on his doorstep.
  • Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber: Cassie is 33 and ready to settle down. She bites the bullet and decides to see a professional matchmaker.  Simon is a know-it-all and decides that she needs to complete three tasks before he will set her up with her perfect man.

Recommended by Estelle @ @thatsostelle:

Recommended by Kari @ A Good Addiction:

  • Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler: CUPCAKES. Ice skating. Hockey boys. AWESOME.
  • Kiss It By Erin Downing: Awesome romantic comedy that takes place in the winter so it counts as the holidays.
  • Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson: Three romances in one book, all from awesome authors.


Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • Love Actually: The tale of eight different couples living in London and their relationships the month before Christmas.
  • White Christmas: A classic musical featuring two sisters and song and dance team. Together they end up at an inn in Vermont for the holidays.


Recommended by Isaiah @ From Yes:

  • A Holiday Carole by Carole King: This is an uneven but classy release from the legendary singer/songwriter. Highlights are “Christmas Paradise,” “Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday,” “This Christmas,” and (the best track on the LP) “New Year’s Day.” King has always had a knack for delivering romantic lyrics, and this album shows that has not changed.
  • Christmas Really Sucks” by Jay Brannan: Not ever one to look on the cheery side in his songs, Brannan knows how to tease out the details of heartbreak. This ballad about the lingering but unrequited love for an ex is a touching tune for those of us who find the holidays not only romantic, but a little difficult to get through.
  • River” by Joni Mitchell: From her classic breakup album, Blue, here is another tune to cry to as you hang the holly and trim the tree. Mitchell’s heart is broken, and she wishes there was a river she “could skate away on.” Not exactly a holiday tune or overly romantic, the singer invokes seasonal melancholy like no other. And if you haven’t listened to Blue in its entirety, you should treat yourself to a stocking stuffer and head to the nearest record shop.
  • Pink and Glitter” by Tori Amos: Okay, okay. For those of you who want a happy, sexy song. Here it is. Yes, it’s a Tori Amos tune, but this big band extravaganza is part baby-making tune, part drag-queen performance, and part champagne-soaked New Year’s Eve party slow-dance. The song is also the best thing on Amos’s Neo-Pagan meets Jesus themed seasonal release, Midwinter Graces.
  • Misty” by Kate Bush: Clocking in at a whopping thirteen minutes and thirty-two seconds, this song about a woman having sex with a snowman may be the weirdest track on Bush’s new album, 50 Words for Snow. Yes, you read that right; sex plus snowman. Surprisingly, the song is also sweet and heartbreaking. What starts out as a strange narrative becomes a moving story about temporary love.

What are your favorite books, movies, tv shows, or music featuring holiday romances ? Please share your own recommendations in the comments!

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5 Responses to "If You Like Holiday Romances"

  • One of my favorite holiday romance movies is actually Bridget Jones’ Diary. So cute and funny. One of my favorite Christmas books, which is sort of a romance…sort of multigenerationally…is Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It’s a great story about discovering the true meaning of Christmas, and while a couple rediscovers their own romance, it’s also really about family.

    1 Jessica @ I Read to Relax said this (December 19, 2011 at 7:29 AM)

  • Have to mention “The Holiday,” one of my favorite Romantic Christmas movies. I think all my other favs were mentioned….

    2 Annette said this (December 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM)

  • I just finished Bittersweet this morning and it was fantastic. Ockler is a wonderful contemp author who creates good stories and characters.

    3 Michelle said this (December 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM)

  • I’ve heard such good things about Let it Snow! Gah I really need to read it! I’m really hoping for some snow days so I can do just that. 😉

    4 capillya said this (December 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM)

    • Love that book so much! If I had it here, I’d send it your way immediately….but I think it lives in CA right now. You should definitely fit it in on a snow day 🙂

      5 Melanie said this (December 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM)