10 Christmas Movies You’ve Gotta Watch This Holiday Season!
It’s that time of year again. Christmas trees sparkle with decorations, Christmas music is in the air (along with the constant smell of baking!) and warm nights by a toasty fire. It’s the holiday season and while every family has their traditions, one of mine has always been watching Christmas movies. While I’ve left home long ago and am not quite a mom yet to pass on the tradition (a fur mom still counts though, right?), I LOVE seeing all the Christmas movies pop up on my TV night after night. If you’re like me, you’ll love this list of the top 10 movies you have to watch this holiday season.
1. Elf (2003)
Hands down one of Will Ferrell’s best movies. While most of us tend to look towards the classic, nostalgic movies of our pasts, this is one that competes with the best of them. Ferrell plays an elf from the North Pole named Lucky who makes his way to NYC in search of his real dad. While you can expect the laughs, you can also expect a tear or two to be shed (out of happiness!)
2. Home Alone 1 & 2 (1990 & 1992)
If you haven’t seen one of these movies where a mischievous Kevin McCallister (played by McCauley Caulkin) gets left behind by his family at Christmas not once but TWICE, then you’ve been living under a rock. It’s definitely been a debate many times which is the better of the two (personally, I say Home Alone 2) but we can probably agree on one thing: Home Alone 3 should not ever be discussed again.
3. A Christmas Story (1983)
An old movie but definitely a good one. I saw it as a child and must watch it every year – it just isn’t Christmas without it. The story is about a boy desperate for a specific toy on his list and follows him and his family on their dysfunctional yet hilarious mishaps up until Christmas morning.
4. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
There are so many renditions of the Christmas Carol out there but this is definitely one of the best (and no, it’s not just because Ms. Piggy slays in this movie). The story has moments of comedic relief while still teaching the lesson that it’s never to late to change you ways. Also, who doesn’t love a movie featuring Kermit and the gang?
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
How could this classic NOT make the list? Watching it will instantly transport you back to your childhood and give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that Christmas is coming. While it’s short and sweet, it doesn’t lack on pulling those heart strings.
6. Scrooge (1951)
This is the best of the best when it comes to the story of the Christmas Carol. While it is old (filmed in black & white), this movie embodies Christmas. You know the story so I don’t have to tell you but I will tell you to watch it if you haven’t. It’s a classic for a good reason. It’s a Christmas Eve tradition for me to watch this while wrapping any last minute Christmas gifts and stuffing those stockings to the brim.
7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This was one movie that only made its way onto my list a little over a decade ago. My then-boyfriend (now husband) introduced this to me on our first Christmas together as his family love to watch it. While hilarious, you can’t help but cringe on all the bad luck befalls the Griswalds (& even a cringe towards our own dysfunctional yet lovable families!)
8. The Grinch (2000)
Not gonna lie, I’m not a huge Jim Carrey fan. That being said, he does an amazing job of his take on the Grinch. The movie brings the story (both book and cartoon film version) to life with a magical, whimsical world that just makes you bounce for excitement for Christmas.Even when the Grinch makes his appearance, you’ll still be enjoying the movie so much you even find yourself rooting for him.
9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Yet another classic makes the list. Watching this makes me feel like a little girl, barely being able to contain myself on Christmas Eve knowing I’m hours away from opening all those pretty packages on Christmas morning. While it is very old and clunky (my husband absolutely hates it lol), you forget all that when you get lost in this magical world, hoping Christmas works out. It’s a simple movie that tells a big story and tells that story well.
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
While this borders on a Halloween movie, Tim Burton brings a magical story to life about worlds that exist per specific holiday season. When curious Jack Skeleton (the king of Halloween) goes exploring, he finds himself in the world of Santa Claus & Christmas, which he not only falls head over heels in love with but decides to recreate his own in his Halloween world with a scary, morbid twist. While it feels less cheery than a normal Christmas movie, it definitely is addictive and one you’ll watch over and over again.
I’m sure some of these made you reminisce on some great memories. Christmas is such a magical time and the stories these movies tell make us laugh but also fill us with the Christmas spirit the holiday is all about – love for those special people in our lives. I hope these movies are incorporated into your Christmas traditions and if not, that you implement one or two of these into them.