Classic Christmas Movies

Classic Christmas Movies

Happy Holidays! The Christmas season is upon us and that means time spent with loved ones and friends. That also usually means frigid temperatures force us indoors. Keeping everyone entertained is quite a task!

 

Have no fear! I have a list of Christmas/holiday-themed movies that will keep you and your loved ones entertained for hours. So grab a bowl of popcorn, put on your ugly Christmas sweater, and settle in!

 

A Christmas Story

 

This is a holiday staple at my house. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas if I haven’t watched it at least once. Every year, it runs on a 24-hour loop on cable TV and it’s pretty hard to miss. If you’ve ever wondered why people are jokingly telling you that “you’ll shoot your eye out” or joking about lamps made out of women’s legs, this movie is why.

 

Elf

 

Elf came out when I was still in elementary school, but I didn’t actually see it until much later. It is one of the most popular Christmas movies, especially for children. Set in New York City during Christmas time, the movie is as beautiful as it is hilarious. This is definitely one you should try to squeeze in, if for no other reason than to appease your children.

 

Love Actually

 

As someone who is obsessed with British cinema, this is one of my all-time favorite British films in general. It’s only a bonus that it is set during Christmas time. While it is on the adult side, it is still a sweet and beautiful film centered around 8 stories that are interconnected. It explores different types of love through different lenses and really brings the Christmas spirit out. Starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, and Liam Neeson, this is the best romantic comedy Christmas movie out there.

 

The Polar Express

 

This is a movie that always makes me smile. Entirely animated, it follows the journey of a skeptical child on board a magical train that takes him to the North Pole. Tom Hanks voices the conductor of the train and teaches the little boy the true meaning of Christmas: it’s not about gifts or decorations; all you need to do is believe. Grab some hot chocolate and a warm blanket and settle in with the kids for this Christmas classic.

 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

 

This is the first (and only)  live action remake of the classic animated version that released in 1966. The Grinch is a mean creature that lives outside of the quirky and Christmas-obsessed village of Whoville who absolutely loathes Christmas. He hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos in Whoville, only to be foiled by Cindy Lou Who. Jim Carrey brings this odd character to life in a way that few people would be able to.

 

Home Alone

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be left home alone while your whole family leaves for a vacation without you? Not only would it suck on an epic scale, but Christmas would probably be really sad for you as well. That’s exactly what happens to Kevin McCallister when his whole family leaves for Paris without him.

 

As if facing the holidays alone wasn’t bad enough, Kevin must also contend with two burglars who are intent on stealing from empty houses while the owners are away. Full of great antics and classic 90s charm, Home Alone is a great family film to catch this holiday season.

 

The Santa Clause

 

Starring Tim Allen, this movie is a great one to catch. After accidentally killing a man in a Santa suit climbing on his roof, Scott is magically transported to the North Pole where he learns the truth behind Santa Claus and that he must return to take his place. In doubt, Scott continues with his life, becoming more and more Santa-like each day.

 

It is only after weight gain and growing a bushy white beard that Scott realizes he needs to make some changes – in his own life and in his relationship with his son. This movie has the Christmas spirit down – and it is just the first in a trilogy!

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

In an effort to have the perfect family Christmas, Clark Griswold enlists his whole family to pull it off. He wants to tick every box on the list and do every holiday tradition he can, regardless of what it takes. From stealing a pine tree from the countryside to causing a city-wide power outage with 25,000 twinkle light decorations to dealing with uninvited (and unsavory) family members camping in their driveway, the Griswolds spend most of their holiday cleaning up messes and mistakes. By the end, Clark learns that Christmas isn’t about the traditions so much as who you spend your time with. Nothing else is as important as family.

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

This movie is kind of a dark version of Christmas. It is a cross between Halloween and Christmas in many ways, featuring skeletons, evil scientists, and Frankenstein-like creatures. From the brilliant mind of Tim Burton – who is kookie on his best days – this stop-motion animated movie packs a big punch. It may be a bit scary for little ones, but it is definitely a Christmas movie I watch every single year.

 

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

 

This classic movie is perfect for the purists out there that adore classic Christmas movies. After being topped with a magical top hat, a snowman comes to life and goes on an adventure to the North Pole, where he will never melt. Accompanied by one of the children who built him, Frosty sneaks aboard a refrigerated boxcar on a train headed north.

 

Pursued by an angry magician demanding his hat back, Frosty eventually finds his way to the North Pole where things end perfectly for him. This movie is great for younger kids as it has a very simple story line.

 

Christmas Movies All Around!

 

I hope this list keeps you and your little ones entertained as the weather turns icy and Winter rolls in at full speed. Christmas should be a time of celebration and fun, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

 

Peace and Love,

 

Savannah Elyse

 

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