4 Heartwarming K-Dramas for Some Holiday Cheer

The holiday season calls for a lazy day in bed watching Korean dramas. K-dramas encompass almost everything a viewer can want, from romance, emotion, comedy, and heartwarming storylines. The main characters of these K-drama go through the hurdles of life and complex emotions viewers will resonate with. Hospital Playlist and other worthy K-dramas will be a fun treat while snuggled in a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate.

'Prison Playbook' heartwarming K-drama for the holidays with inmates wearing blue uniforms.
‘Prison Playbook’ scene of the main characters | via tvN

‘Romance is a Bonus Book’ is a heartwarming K-drama about childhood friends

The 2019 romance K-drama utilizes one of the most often seen tropes. Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) and Kang Dan-i (Lee Na-young) stayed friends well into adulthood. When Dan-i gets married to a selfish man, they lose touch. Years later, Eun-ho is a successful editor in chief of a publishing company.

But Dan-i is going through a rough patch as a single mother after her husband cheated on her. After realizing Dan-i is the one cleaning his home and taking the payment, Eun-ho gets her a job at his company. The two friends start a romance, but fans can also look foward to a love triangle. Squid Game actor Wi Ha-joon plays the role of Ji Seo-joon, a freelance book designer.

‘When the Weather Is Fine’ stars ‘What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?’ lead actor

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When the Weather Is Fine is also known as I’ll Go to You When the Weather Is Fine. The 2020 K-drama is perfect for the holidays full of romance, moments by the fire, and white snow. Cellist Mok Hae-won (Park Min-young) quits her job and takes a needed break in Bookhyun Village.

She remeets her old high school classmate and neighbor Im Eun-seob (Seo Kang-joon). In the snowy setting inside a cozy cabin, the two characters warm each other’s hearts. Eun-seob and Hae-won become each other’s lifelines and heal their wounds. Their undeniable connection starts a romance.

‘Prison Playbook’ is full of comedy and tear-jearking moments

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Prison Playbook is described as a ‘slice of life’ K-drama. While the setting takes place in a men’s correctional facility, its characters and stories will have viewers emotional “Despite what people may have thought might be a dark series, ‘Prison Playbook’ managed to tug at the heartstrings, making viewers sympathize with the prisoners and their individual stories,” explained Soompi.

Kim Je-hyuk (Park Hee-soo) is sentenced to prison for assaulting a criminal abusing his little sister. His pro baseball career falls apart while he waits for an appeal. The heartwarming K-drama is perfect for the holidays as it delves deep into not judging a book by its cover and the friendships the main characters build together. Viewers will find themselves laughing at many scenes and reaching for the tissue box during emotional moments.

‘Hospital Playlist’ is tvN’s top rated medical K-drama with heartwarming characters

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Created and directed by Shin Won-ho, Hospital Playlist is one of the most credited dramas in history. The story revolves around five characters who have been best friends since medical school. Into adulthood, they are at the top of their departments at the same hospital.

Hospital Playlist is a must-watch heartwarming holiday K-drama as it takes viewers into the characters’ lives, balancing work, love, family, and friendship. Viewers can also look foward to natural comedy between friends and the main characters covering popular Korean songs and even Bon Jovi as a band.