Best Christmas Movies to Watch this Holiday Season


Grab the hot cocoa, popcorn, comfy PJs and snuggly blankets and curl up together by the TV to watch these Christmas movies that will absolutely put you in the holiday spirit!

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: This is one of our all time favorite Christmas movies. The classic story makes all of us want to gather around the Christmas tree and sing with the Whos.


2. Elf (2003)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: I’m singing and we love “Elf” and we’re singing!! Don’t understand that reference? Then you absolutely need to go watch this fun movie.


3. The Polar Express (2004)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: Without fail, this movie always bring a tear to our eyes. We guarantee the entire family will love this heartwarming movie and it will become a favorite!


4. A Christmas Story (1983)



Who to watch with: The whole family (we’d recommend kids 8 and up)
Our thoughts: TBS is on all Christmas day so we can watch this classic. The throwback to 1940s Christmas will be loved by watchers of all ages and have you think you won a major award!


5. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: While my mom isn’t the biggest fan of this movie (she stands firm that Santa is a bigot) - it is one of my personal all time favorites. Brings me right back to my childhood and the Christmases of yesteryear.


6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)



Who to watch with: Most of the family (rated PG-13)
Our thoughts: Oh how this movie makes us laugh! From decorating the house, to the adventure to get the Christmas tree, to sledding, to cousin Eddie, to SQUIRL...the wonderful hilarity never ends.


7. Frosty the Snowman (1969)



Who to watch with: Let the kiddos watch and get things done!
Our thoughts: This movie guarantees you 25 minutes of keeping the kids occupied. Plus, who doesn’t love this classic story?


8. The Santa Clause (1994)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: A great film for the whole family, this make everyone believe in Santa! Oh, and did we mention that The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 are also great?!


9. Home Alone (1990)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: “Merry Christmas you filthy animal. And a Happy New Year too.” If this does (or doesn’t) make you smile, you need to watch Home Alone ASAP! Oh, and don’t forget Home Alone 2 - seriously great Christmas movies.


10. Love Actually (2003)



Who to watch with: Date night!
Our thoughts: Oh this British Christmas movie is bloody brilliant! This all star cast puts you in the holiday spirit by weaving in hilarious, dramatic and romantic relationships and storylines together.


11. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)



Who to watch with: Great for the kids!
Our thoughts: Another classic to have the kiddos watch while you get things done. Besides, who doesn’t love Charlie Brown?


12. The Holiday (2006)



Who to watch with: Date night movie
Our thoughts: Romance + comedy + drama = one wonderful Christmas movie!


13. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: The magic that is Miracle on 34th Street is heartwarming and definitely puts you in the mood for Christmas. Yes, it is a remake, but we think it is just as amazing as the original.


14. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: This movie makes you appreciate what you have in life and highlights what is truly important at holiday time. It has become a classic and is beloved by all!


15. Die Hard (1988)



Who to watch with: Date night!
Our thoughts: “Yippy-ki-yay mother truckers!” Need we say more? Then men in your life will love you for watching this “Christmas” movie.

16. Bad Santa (2003)



Who to watch with: Adults!
Our thoughts: A Santa with a drinking problem and his evil elf sidekick robbing department stores...needless to say this is not your traditional Christmas movie.

17. Scrooged (1988)



Who to watch with: Adults!
Our thoughts: Oh, Bill Murray. This twist on the traditional Christmas Carol is hilarious and irreverent. It’s over-the-top 80’s with exaggerated characters, but it still represents the classic well.


18. A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: This made-for-tv movie truly deserves some special praise. Dolly Parton’s Snow White-themed story is beyond cheesy and so awful it’s great.


19. White Christmas (1954)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: A classic, not because of the story, but because of the way the music makes you feel. Singing, dancing, romance, magic and a little bit of army-hoo-raw - it is one fun heartwarming movie.


20. Jingle All the Way (1996)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: Have your kids ever wanted a CERTAIN toy for Christmas and life would be over if they didn’t get it? Well this fun movie makes light of this with Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting to get his son’s must-have Turbo Man!


21. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)



Who to watch with: The whole family
Our thoughts: This classic tale gets Muppet-ized in this Christmas film. Heartwarming and full of Christmas spirit, The Muppet Christmas Carol is a must-watch for the whole family this holiday season.

Think we forgot one? Share your favorite Christmas movie in the comments below!




22 Comments
SheeDreems
Sheree Voshell - Dec 3, 2017
I love Just A Pinch but I have to say they totally missed the boat on picking the Best Christmas movies to watch. Would love to know what their criteria was and the age or age group of the person or people choosing these movies. They so majorly missed the mark!!! They at least should have gone back and watched the major Christmas classics before arbitrary just leaving them off the list. If your going to publicize a list like this at least do it right!! Go back and watch The Bishop’s Wife, Christmas In Connecticut, Meet Me In St Louis (the movie Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was written expressly for Judy Garland to sing in this movie), Holiday Inn (the movie that first introduced the song for Bing Crosby to sing White Christmas). I would also suggest you watching the original Miracle On 34th St again!!! 100 times better then the remake that you selected!!! Also, the 1970’s Musical version of Scrooge - now get this cast:
Albert Finny, Dame Edith Evans, Sir Alec Guinness, and more. Don’t care what the original critics said, this is a very, very entertaining version of A Christmas Carol. If Bill Murray’s horrid movie version Scrooged (awful movie!!!) made your list then the 1970’s Musical version Scrooge should definitely be on your list!!! You need to go back and watch these classics mentioned here along with the other movies and reissue your Best Christmas Movie list as some of the movies on your list make no sense at all being on your list and these others being left off!! And don’t underestimate milinnieals not loving these wonderful Christmas classics!!
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Kimberly Feldt - Dec 3, 2017
Annabelle's Wish is an awesome Christmas movie. We also like To Grandmother's House We Go and don't forget the classics The Shop Around The Corner with James Stewart and It Happened on 5th Avenue.
SallyFlutterbee
Pam Love - Dec 3, 2017
Bad Santa is disgusting!! I am by no means a prude but that movie is just sick.
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Janis DeSanti - Dec 2, 2017
Die Hard? Bad Santa, Are you kidding! How about the classics..Bishops wife, Christmas in CT, A Christmas Carol/Scrooge...so many nice and cute non-violent ones are the real shows to watch..along with so many of the old and newer animations. Someone must be quite young that wrote up this list.
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Jo Gitzlaff - Dec 1, 2017
I totally agree with “The Bishop’s Wife”!! Also, for the adults, “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.
SheeDreems
Sheree Voshell - Dec 1, 2017
Yes, Patricia, Meet Me In St Louis is considered a Christmas movie and is one of the best Hollywood classics of Christmas. I meant to put it on my list but was in a hurry and the site was acting up for me yesterday. I actually didn’t finish either of my posts. However, Meet Me In St Louis I had intended to add to both my posts. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was written for Judy Garland especially for this movie. Even though it go is about a year in the life of a family they spend more time on the winter holiday season then any of the rest. A wonderful film and should definitely be on this list. The person that compiled this list seemed to be more concerned with adding more modern movies then movies that were even really about Christmas at all. I mean Die Hard, really???
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Kathy Bowen - Dec 1, 2017
Okay, Meet Me In St. Louis isn't technically a Christmas movie but it has Judy Garland singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and it doesn't get much better than that. Also Christmas in Connecticut is wonderful. And to add to the animated specials, Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas is terrific.
plasticqueen
Marie Fisher - Nov 30, 2017
"Holiday Inn" 1942 with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire! Great for the whole family. The song "White Christmas" was written for this movie not the movie of the same name, which came out later. One of my very favourite Christmas movies, right after the original " Miracle on 34th Street "!!!
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Helen Phalen - Nov 30, 2017
I don’t get Die Hard as a Christmas movie, but whatever makes you happy, right? It’s Christmas. My favorites are Love Actually and Miracle on 34th Street. Will be watching these when the kids come home. ❤️
SheeDreems
Sheree Voshell - Nov 30, 2017
Some how my first send was sent twice before I was finished with it. A phone call interrupted me and when I came back the cursor would not let me go down to where I was typing and I noticed it had sent.
Anyway Janet Ivy said what I was in the middle of typing!! Just because your younger you absolutely cannot leave the classics off this list and put ones that don’t belong here on it!!
Leaving off The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven is a shame on you! Also Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwych, Dennis Morgan and SZ “Cuddles” Sakall and others is also a must for this list!! You cannot ignore the classics.
ladyinthekitchen
Nancy Cook - Nov 30, 2017
We also enjoy Christmas with the Kranks.
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Nancy Cook - Nov 30, 2017
Dear Santa is really good. My family loves it, and even my husband enjoyed it. We have also enjoyed watching "While you were Sleeping" several times over the years. I don't believe it is specifically labeled as a "Christmas" movie, but it takes place during the Christmas season so it seems like it is a holiday movie.
SheeDreems
Sheree Voshell - Nov 30, 2017
You have some on here that have no business being on here at all!! And saying the remake of Miracle On 34th Street is just as good as the original is totally crazy!! The original had major movie stars in it. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwen, Jerome Cowen, William Frawley, Gene Lockhart and more. All major movie stars in their own right, whether they be leads or character actors everyone knew who these brilliant actors were and could name each and every one! Lay you odds you’d be hard pressed to find many people who knows who starred in the remake without Googling who starred in the remake.
SheeDreems
Sheree Voshell - Nov 30, 2017
You have some on here that have no business being on here at all!! And saying the remake of Miracle On 34th Street is just as good as the original is totally crazy!! The original had major movie stars in it. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwen, Jerome Cowen, William Frawley, Gene Lockhart and more. All major movie stars in their own right, whether they be leads or character actors everyone knew who these brilliant actors were and could name each and every one! Lay you odds you’d be hard pressed to find many people who knows who starred in the remake without Googling who starred in the remake.
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Janet Ivey - Nov 30, 2017
Bishop's Wife, Christmas in Connecticut, (the original of both), Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, The House Without a Christmas Tree, and the ORIGINAL Miracle on 34th Street. So sad that the older movies are forgotten.