It’s that time of year when families and friends spend time with each other, sharing in love, laughs, and some K-drama binge-watching. You deserve that much-needed rest and relaxation from the past year. In case you’re looking for a good list of K-dramas to watch with you and your family and friends, check my list out for this year.
These K-dramas are in no particular order! Also, the dramas were chosen based on the winter setting and/or the warm feels they gave that are perfect for the holidays! Happy watching!
This K-drama is perfect for those of you who like a good balance of action and romance. It’s got some impressive kick-ass action scenes that are pretty cool even if you’re not really into that sort of stuff, and there’s also the hot and heavy romance between Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook) and Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young). Their romance will be sure to warm you up during this cold winter season!
This melodrama starring Jo In Sung as Oh Soo and Song Hye Kyo as Oh Young is a heavy drama that deals with a bad boy and the woman he loves who is blind. These two have a lot of baggage, but, despite their differences, they fall in love with each other. Their journey is not easy and their desperate need for each other makes for a beautiful love story. You’ll also appreciate all the prettiness of the actors/actresses, cinematography, and setting in this drama!
Watch “That Winter, The Wind Blows”:
Perfect for the whole family, this K-drama starring Jang Nara and Son Ho Jun will make you realize just how important your family is. Especially during the holiday season, “Go Back Couple” will remind you to value those who are close to you. It’ll tug at your heartstrings, and I guarantee there will be the shedding of a tear or two. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Watch “Go Back Couple”:
4. Winter Sonata
This classic K-drama starring Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo is one for everyone to watch, especially if you’re a K-drama fan! It’s a painful love story with all of the amazing K-drama tropes. If you were missing the cliche scenes and lines in the more modern dramas, then you’ll want to check this one out. Upon the release of this K-drama, it took Asia by storm, and the filming site is still considered a hot tourist attraction to this day.
If you’re looking for a recent K-drama on this list, look no further. “While You Were Sleeping” is a K-drama that many fell in love with. It’s not too intense, which is great for binge-watching, and the fact that Lee Jong Suk and Suzy are the main leads is enough of a reason to watch it! It also features our adorable second-lead, Jung Hae In, who all of the world has come to love through this role. Make sure you check it out!
Watch “While You Were Sleeping”:
It’s been one year since this drama was released, and there are many who are still feeling the pains of withdrawal. Starring Gong Yoo as our favorite Goblin, Kim Go Eun as the adorable Goblin’s bride, and Lee Dong Wook as our lovable grim reaper, “Goblin” left us feeling all of the emotions and then some. It touched on family, friends, and love, all of which are significantly important, especially during the holidays. Even if you’ve already watched it, it’s worth re-visiting.
Starring Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk, this K-drama centered around the relationship between a girl who is a weightlifter and a guy who swims is too sweet to handle. It’ll warm your heart seeing these two fall in love throughout the series. Their chemistry and the way they look at each other is so genuine and heartfelt, it almost looked real! *wink wink*
Watch “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”:
If you’re looking for a K-drama that’s unique and different from most of the K-dramas out there, look no further. “Because This Is My First Life” stars Lee Min Ki as a computer designer and Jung So Min as a writer. The two end up in a contract marriage, and despite this seeming like a cliche K-drama storyline, their unique characters and script makes the drama so refreshingly different and worth watching.
Watch “Because This Is My First Life”:
9. Oh My Venus
The hot and sizzling main couple played by So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah are perfect for this winter season. It also might motivate you to hit the gym after all the food that will most likely be devoured throughout the holidays. Shin Min Ah plays a slightly overweight lawyer by the name of Kang Joo Eun who meets and falls in love with a famous trainer named Kim Young Ho. Their relationship intensifies quickly; this is a rom-com that is light and perfect to binge watch while you kick your feet up and relax!
Watch “Oh My Venus”:
10. Reply 1988
It was hard to choose out of the three “Reply” series, but I decided to choose “Reply 1988” mainly for the fact that it touches a lot on the theme of family. It also shows the struggles that the main family goes through and their support of each other through it all. The drama also shows the pangs of pain and joys that are experienced with first loves. It is perfect for the whole family!
Watch “Reply 1988”:
Hey Soompiers, which of these K-dramas will you watch during the holiday season? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her current obsessions include Song Joong Ki, BIGBANG and BTOB. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!