Every Christmas movie EVER MADE…..well, almost!

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So, we decided it might be a good idea to make a list of ALL the Christmas movies ever made so that you could sit down with a bucket or two of popcorn, put your feet up and get into the festive spirit as you work your way through the list.  After scouring the internet and beyond and compiling a list of what we believe is every Christmas movie (or Christmas-related movie) ever made though we have decided you will be better off buying shares in popcorn and may have to take an early retirement if you plan to watch them all!!!  I mean, seriously, how many movies do we really need that feature the jolly season Mr. Movie Producer?

This list is by no means complete but is more than an eyeful to start with – and we do plan to continue to grow it a well.  I mean, I’m not retired yet so I haven’t watched them all but might start slowing going through them over the next, say, 10 years.  The plan is to update this and if you have some additions please comment and we will make sure we have it.

So if you’re up for a challenge or just looking for some new Christmas movie material then please, be my guest, and check out the list below of nearly every Christmas-related movie ever made.  Its in chronological order with animated and horror ones in separate lists. Ho Ho Ho!

Family Christmas Movies

Christmas Carol, A (1908) – Silent Film adaption of the Charles Dickens novel about a bitter old miser who gets a chance for redemption when visited by three ghosts of Christmas past.

Trap for Santa Claus, A (1909) – The children set a trap for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Carol, A (1910) – Silent Film directed by Thomas A. Edison

Scrooge (1913) – directed by Leedham Bantock

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1914) – A boy rides in Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Christus, The (1916) – The story of Christ

The Right to Be Happy (1916) – A version of “A Christmas Carol”

Christmas Carol, A (1917)

My Little Boy (1917)

Night Before Christmas, The (1926)

Babes in Toyland (1934)

Bright Eyes (1934) – An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.

Lemon Drop Kid, The (1934)

Scrooge (1935) – In the night, Scrooge is visited by spirits of another colour. Straightforward adaptation of Dickens

Heidi (1937) – An orphan girl gets put in her grandfather’s care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Christmas Carol, A (1938) – Directed by Edwin L. Marlin

Beyond Tomorrow / Beyond Christmas (1940) – The ghosts of three industrialists return to earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

Remember the Night (1940) – Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting.

Christmas in July (1940) – A man’s co-workers trick him into thinking he won $25,000

Man Who Came to Dinner, The (1941) – When a critic slips on the steps of a businessman’s home and breaks his hip, he takes over the house indefinitely.

Meet John Doe (1941) – A man needing money agrees to impersonate a protester who says he will commit suicide on Christmas Eve.

Penny Serenade (1941) – A couple’s big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.

Holiday Inn (1942) – Two men vie for the attention of a beautiful performer at Christmas

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – A family is devastated when they have to leave St Louis

Since You Went Away (1944) – While her husband is away during World War II, Anne copes with problems on the home front.

I’ll Be Seeing You (1944) – A solider and a prisoner meet at Christmas and fall in love

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) – A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

Bells of St. Mary’s, The (1945) – At a big city Catholic school, Father O’Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – An angel shows a businessman what life would be like if he never existed.

Bishop’s Wife, The (1947) – A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel arrives, but his guidance isn’t about fundraising.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – An old man claims to be Santa and a lawyer defends him in court to keep him from being institutionalised.

Bush Christmas (1947 & 1983) – In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains.

Christmas Eve (1947) – A woman searches for her adopted sons for a Christmas reunion

3 Godfathers (1948) – Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby and swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert.

Miracle of the Bells, The (1948) – An agent is determined to a film released that stars his dead actress  by getting all the churches to ring their bells.

Home for Christmas (1949)

Holiday Affair (1949) – The Christmas-season romance of a young widow and a sales clerk who (thanks to her) is unemployed.

Mr. Soft Touch (1949) – Just before Christmas, a returning WWII war hero, comes home to learn that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner.

Christmas Carol, A (Scrooge) (1951) – An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Lemon Drop Kid, The (1951)

Heidi (1952)

O. Henry’s Full House (1952)

Holly and the Ivy, The (1952) – A minister and his family reunited at Christmas time.

Christmas Carol, A (1954) – directed by Ralph Levy (TV)

White Christmas (1954) – Two acts team up romantically and try to save their inn.

Every Day Except Christmas (1957)

Santa Claus (1959) – Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Xmas.

Babes in Toyland (1961) – Fun with Mother Goose nursery rhyme characters.

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962) – Mr Magoo’s animated version of Dickens’ timeless classic “A Christmas Carol.”

Carol for Another Christmas (1964) directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (TV)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) – The Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

Carol for Another Christmas (1964) (TV) – A man mourning his son is visited by three ghosts.

Heidi (1965)

Christmas That Almost Wasn’t, The (1966) – Sam Whipple receives a visit from Santa who needs help.

A Christmas Memory (1966) (TV) – Adaptation of Truman Capote’s reminiscence about his childhood best friend.

Heidi (1968) (TV)

Christmas Tree, The (1969) – When a son is given 6 months to live his father does everything to make them the best ones he has ever.

J.T. (1969) (TV) – Troubled inner-city youngster adopts a stray cat for Christmas.

Silent Night, Lonely Night (1969) (TV) – Over the Christmas holidays in a small New England college town, a man and a woman share a brief interlude.

Scrooge (1970) – A musical re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale.

Homecoming – A Christmas Story, The (1971) (TV) – A family is preparing for Christmas and they get concerned when the father is late coming home.

A Christmas Carol (1972) – directed by Richard Williams

House Without a Christmas Tree, The (1972) (TV) – A young girl wants a Christmas tree but her father doesn’t.

Dream for Christmas, A (1973) (TV) – A minister is assigned to a poor church that is scheduled for demolition

Miracle on 34th Street (1973) (TV) – An old man claims to be Santa and a lawyer defends him in court to keep him from being institutionalised.

Miracle on 34th Street (1973) (TV) – Remake of the classic tale.

Young Pioneers’ Christmas (1976) (TV) – A young couple and their neighbours celebrate Christmas.

Gathering, The (1977) (TV) – A dying father pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977) (TV) – A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

A Christmas Carol (1977) (TV) – directed by Moira Armstrong

Christmas Miracle in Caulfield, U.S.A. (1977) (TV) – Based on the true story of coal miners who became trapped underground in a cave-in on Christmas Eve, 1951.

It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV) – An angel is sent to Earth to show a despairing woman that the world is a better place because she is in it.

Sunshine Christmas (1977) (TV) – A musician decides to take his adopted daughter to his home in Texas to celebrate Christmas with his family.

Man in the Santa Claus Suit, The (1978) (TV) – Three men’s lives are changed when they use a hired Santa suit.

Christmas to Remember, A (1978) (TV) – A city-bred boy learns a lot when he goes and lives with his grandparents on their farm.

The Gift of Love (1978) (TV) – A story of two people, from totally different backgrounds and social status.

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978) – Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can’t fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve

The Nativity (1978) (TV) – Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Rich Little’s Christmas Carol (1978) – Rich Little’s one-man show based on “A Christmas Carol”

U.F.O. Blue Christmas (1979)

Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979) (TV) – Seasonal sequel to Lillies Of The Field.

A Special Sesame Street Christmas (1978) (TV) – Leslie Uggams is celebrating Christmas on Sesame Street.

American Christmas Carol (1979) (TV) – Starring Henry Winkler – based on Charles Dickens’ popular book A Christmas Carol.

Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979) (TV) – An ex-soldier builds an orphanage and school for children

Gathering, Part II, The (1979) (TV) – Kate’s children come together at Christmas to protect her from a suitor  who may be after her late husband’s company.

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas (1980) (TV) – An elderly widower relies on his daydreams and faith to get through a lonely Christmas.

Christmas Mountain (1980) – an aging saddletramp discovers the spirit of Christmas

Christmas Without Snow, A (1980) (TV) – A divorced woman moves to a new city with her child, trying to build her life again.

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas (1980) (TV) – A widowed apartment janitor daydreams to escape his lonely life.

The Monster’s Christmas (1981) (TV) – A little girl helps a monster from her book defeat an evil witch.

Nutcracker (1982)

Christmas Story, A (1983) – Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983) (TV) – Grace inherits the job of running her church’s Christmas pageant.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) – A British soldier in a Japanese prison camp.

Trading Places (1983) – A investor and a con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Gift of Love: A Christmas Story, The (1983) (TV) – A sick mother dreams of returning to her homeland.

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1984) (TV) – A grandfather who dies makes a deal to return to Earth for a week to show his grandson a real white Christmas.

Christmas Carol, A (1984) (TV) – Directed by Clive Donner

Comfort and Joy (1984) – A comedy about a radio host, two Italian families and the rights to who can sell ice-cream where.

Night They Saved Christmas, The (1984) (TV) – Santa’s home is in jeopardy as an oil company blasts for oil.

Fourth Wise Man, The (1985) (TV) – The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.

Santa Claus, The Movie (1985) – How Santa came to be and an elf and toy manufacturer who try to eliminate him.

One Magic Christmas (1985) – An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Gift, The (1986) (TV) – A widowed New York City architect and his young daughter take a Christmas vacation and end up in a small mystical town in Colorado where everyone belives in Santa Claus.

Babes in Toyland (TV) (1986)

Christmas Snow (1986) (TV) – A heart-warming story about faith, hope and restoration with a silver lining.

Christmas Eve (1986) (TV) – A wealthy elderly woman searches for her grandchildren before she dies

Christmas Star, The (1986) (TV) – two neighborhood children believe an escaped convict is the real Santa Claus.

Nutcracker, The Motion Picture (1986) – The first time this holiday classic was made for the big screen.

Smoky Mountain Christmas, A (1986) (TV) – A country/western singer on a trip through the Tennessee mountains runs into a reclusive backwoodsman–and a witch.

John Grin’s Christmas Carol (1986) (TV) – African-American businessman is shown the spirit of Christmas by three ghosts

Christmas Snow (1986) (TV) – A heart-warming story about faith, hope and restoration with a silver lining.

Bushfire Moon (The Christmas Visitor) (1987) (TV) – In the Australian outback, a small boy determines to see that a nasty, curmudgeonly miser gets the Christmas spirit.

Benji’s Very Own Christmas Story (1978) (TV) – Popular screen pooch meets Kris Kringle while preparing for a Christmas parade in Switzerland.

Gremlins (1984) – There are only 3 rules – No water, no food after midnight, and no bright light…

A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) (TV) – Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear’s mother’s farm.

A Mouse, A Mystery and Me (1987) (TV) – A mystery-writing mouse spends Christmas Eve tracking down a missing Santa.

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1987) (TV) – Two truck-driving brothers are hired to deliver Christmas presents and one huge surprise.

Hobo’s Christmas, A (1987) (TV) – An old hobo finds the family he walked out on 20 years before.

Three Kings (1987) (TV) – Three mental hospital patients escape from a Christmas pageant.

Christmas Wife, The (1988) (TV) – A widower not wanting to face his first Christmas alone responds to an ad for “social introductions”.

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988) (TV) – Pleasant Ebenezer Blackadder is turned into a cruel and witty miser after seeing visions of his ancestors and descendants.

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) – Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Roots: The Gift (1988) (TV) – Two men accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1988) (TV) – A family try to have a good family Christmas, despite World War 2.

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) (TV) – Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Very Brady Christmas, A (1988) (TV) – Christmas with the Brady Bunch.

Scrooged (1988) – A selfish TV executive gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas (1989) (TV) – A disillusioned Santa quits Christmas and it takes a little girl to make him realise how much people still need him.

Ghostbusters II (1989) – The staff of Ghostbusters revive the business.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Prancer (1989) – A young girl who believes in Santa finds an injured reindeer and thinks it is Prancer.

Home Alone (1990) – A boy who is left at home by mistake at Christmas must defend his home from burglars.

Christmas Toy, The (1990) (TV) – When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom.

Kid Who Loved Christmas, The (1990) (TV) – A father and son who both have the same Christmas wish – to be together.

Mom for Christmas, A (1990) (TV) – A girl who wants a mom for the Christmas holidays gets her wish when a mannequin comes to life.

The Best Christmas Ever (1990) (TV)

Home for Christmas (1990) (TV) – A thief befriends a young boy at Christmas. Guess Who’s Coming for Christmas? (1990) (TV) – a stranger who claims to be an alien befriends the town eccentric.

Bernard and the Genie (1991) (TV) – Bernard Bottle discovers a genie in an old bottle.

Midnight Clear, A (1991) – An rival squads during the war put their differences aside and spend Christmas together.

Christmas on Division Street (1991) (TV) – A good-natured homeless man and an ill-tempered student become good friends.

La Pastorela (1991) (TV)

Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1991) (TV) – A writer must answer a little girl’s question about whether Santa Claus really exists.

All I Want for Christmas (1991) – A story about two children who are intent on spending Christmas with their parents and grandmother. As they embark on their adventure, almost nothing goes exactly as they planned.

Christmas in Connecticut (TV) (1992) – A famous TV chef must hide the fact she cant cook from the viewers in a live taping of her show at Christmas.

Christmas Stallion, The (1992) (TV) – When a girl’s grandfather dies her uncle must either sell the farm to a greedy land developer, or allow her to keep it.

The Elf Who Saved Christmas (1992) (TV short) – Mrs Buzzard has put a spell on the mailbox, making Santa think that nobody believes in Christmas. It’s up to Toby the tiny mailroom elf to find all the missing letters and make Santa see the truth.

Muppet Christmas Carol, The (1992) – The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale “A Christmas Carol”

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) – A sequel to Home Alone, but this time Kevin and the burglars are in New York.

Christmas Vacation ’91 (1992)

To Grandmother’s House We Go (1992) (TV) – The Olsen twins go on an exciting adventure to grandmother’s house

Nutcracker, The (1993) – A little girl dreams her toys come to life and her beloved nutcracker toy does too to save her.

Heidi (1993) (TV)

Look Who’s Talking Now (1993) – Its Christmas time and James and Molly along with their family and pets are dealing with James’ new job and Molly’s lack of one.

Santa Clause, The (1994) – When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Trapped in Paradise (1994) – Residents of a Pennsylvania town foil three brothers’ plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.

One Christmas (1994) (TV) – A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas.

Night Before Christmas, The (1994) – Two brothers who hate each other are going to spend Christmas with their mother.

Christmas Romance, A (1994) (TV) – A widowed mother with financial woes comes to the aid of a bill collector who crashes his car in a snowstorm.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – A department store Santa is convinced he is the real thing and convinces a little girl too.

Mixed Nuts (1994) – A crisis hotline business has one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.

The Ref (1994) – A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Home for the Holidays (1995) – A woman needs to face spending Christmas with her family and their crazy antics

Christmas Box, The (1995) (TV) – A ski-shop owner reluctantly moves himself, his wife, and his daughter in to an estate as live-in help for an elderly widow.

Ebbie (1995) (TV) – an updated retelling of ‘A Christmas Carol’ involving a business woman who learns the true meaning of Christmas

A Holiday to Remember (1995) (TV) – Carolyn is leaving the big city with her daughter Jordi for her childhood village, deep in the forest.

The Associate (1996) – A comedy about breaking prejudices and making it on Wall Street.

Unlikely Angel (1996) (TV) – A singer must work with St Peter to earn her wings at Christmas by re-uniting a family.

Jingle All the Way (1996) – A father decides to dream the impossible; to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas.

Mrs. Santa Claus (1996) (TV) – Santa’s wife ends up in New York in the early 1900s near Christmas.

The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (1996) (TV) – Three children try to convince the president to release their wrongly convicted dad from prison in time for Christmas

Christmas Every Day (1996) (TV) – A teenager is made to re-live Christmas Day over and over again.

Elmo Saves Christmas (1996) (TV) – Elmo wishes that it would be Christmas every day

A Christmas Memory (1997)

Borrowed Hearts (1997) – A wealthy man pays a single mother and daughter to be his family for Christmas.

Vendetta: A Christmas Story (1997) (TV) – Santa gets involved with the wrong people.

The Christmas List (1997) (TV) – A woman learns the lesson “be careful what you wish for”.

Prancer Returns (1998)

Like Father, Like Santa (1998) (TV) – A ruthless toy tycoon travels to the North Pole to put an end to his biggest rival.

Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998) (TV) – Richie Rich gets blamed for spoiling Christmas.

The Christmas Wish (1998) (TV) – A businessman tries to uncover a family secret for his grandmother.

A Chance of Snow (1998) (TV) – A divorced couple get snowed in at Christmas.

A Christmas Carol (1999) (TV)

Must Be Santa (1999) (TV) – Santa must pass his powers on to his chosen successor, but mistakenly passes them on to an ex con.

Ms. Scrooge (1999) (TV) – A different twist on Charles Dickens classic starring Cicely Tyson.

The Greatest Store in the World (1999) (TV) – A woman and her daughters take up residence in the best department store in London.

Barney’s Night Before Christmas (1999) – Barney and friends take a trip to the Norh Pole to meet Santa

A Season for Miracles (1999) (TV) – A homeless woman and her niece and nephew attempt to outrun the authorities during the holiday season.

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – Big budget remake of the classic cartoon about a creature intent on stealing Christmas.

Once Upon A Christmas (2000) (TV) – Santa’s daughter tries to change a family so they are no longer on the Naughty list

Special Delivery (2000) (TV) – A courier botches the delivery of a baby to its new parents in time for Christmas.

The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000) (TV) – A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus to make it snow on Christmas Day

Santa Who? (2000) (TV) – Santa suffers an amnesia attack shortly before Christmas.

The Christmas Secret (2000) (TV) (AKA Flight of the Reindeer) – A scientist sets out to prove that reindeer can fly.

Call Me Claus (2001) (TV) – Santa grooms a businesswoman to be his replacement.

Three Days (2001) (TV) – An angel offers a literary agent a chance to relive the last three days of his wife’s life.

‘Twas the Night (2001) (TV) – A boy and his uncle almost ruin Christmas when they decide to take Santa’s new high-tech sleigh for a joyride.

The Sons of Mistletoe (2001) (TV) – A foster home for boys is in danger of being closed when its benefactor dies.

Twice Upon a Christmas (2001) (TV) – Santa’s daughter has lost her memory.

Santa Clause 2, The (2002) – Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn’t find a Mrs. Claus.

Silent Night (2002) (TV) – A German mother and her son seek refuge in a cabin on the war front.

Christmas Rush (2002) (TV) – One cop is taking matters into his own hands.

Santa, Jr. (2002) (TV) – Santa’s son is held under house arrest two days before Christmas.

Mary Christmas (2002) (TV) – Widower’s young daughter asks Santa for a new mother.

The Man Who Saved Christmas (2002) (TV) –  A man figures out a way to keep Christmas alive after the war threatens to take it away in his name.

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) – On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog

Home Alone 4 (2002) (TV) – A TV sequel to the theatrical original.

Mr. St. Nick (2002) (TV) – An aging Santa Claus must convince his son to take over his job.

The Christmas Shoes (2002) (TV) – A young boy tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for his dying mother.

A Christmas Visitor (2002) (TV) – A family decides not to celebrate Christmas for 11 years after their son dies.

Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays (2002) – What present will Elmo give his goldfish, Dorothy?

Stealing Christmas (2003) (TV) – A criminal hides in a small town and takes a job as a Santa.

Picking Up and Dropping Off (2003) – A divorced father and a divorced mother start to meet at Denver airport when picking up and sending off their children.

Comfort and Joy (2003) (TV) – Single businesswoman wakes up married and a mother after a car accident.

A Carol Christmas (2003) (TV) – A modern, comic re-telling of “A Christmas Carol”.

Eloise at Christmastime (2003) – Eloise insists on helping with Christmas.

Elf (2003) – A tall elf goes in search of his true identity

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure (2003) (TV) – Though Eddie’s fired right at Christmas, his boss sends him and his family on a South Pacific vacation.

A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004) (TV) – Santa plays matchmaker and sets up a young couple for Christmas.

Christmas Carol, A (2004) – The stage production adapted for television starring Kelsey Grammer and Jason Alexander

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004) (TV) – A wealthy girl visits an orphanage during the holiday season, and tries to house them.

Christmas Child (2004) – A life-sized nativity leads a man to learn about his past and lost family.

Naughty or Nice (2004) (TV) – A boy dying of cancer forces a radio shock jock to be nice for a day.

Christmas With the Kranks (2004) – Parents need to pull off Christmas last minute when their daughter decides to come home for it.

Noel (2004) – Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle

Snow (2004) (TV) – With only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden needs to rescue a young reindeer from a zoo.

Red Boots for Christmas (2004) (TV) – A bitter shoemaker gets a visit from an angel shortly before Christmas.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve (2004) (TV) – A dying man has 12 days (12 chances) to achieve the “perfect” Christmas.

Eve’s Christmas (2004) (TV) – A wealthy and successful career woman gets a second chance in life with a magical wish.

Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus (2004) (TV) – A career woman and single mother is wooed by Santa’s son.

Surviving Christmas (2004) – A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

Christmas at Water’s Edge (2004) (TV) – An Angel teams with spoiled college coed to organize Christmas concert at community youth center.

The Family Stone (2005) – An uptight businesswoman attends her partners’ free-spirited family’s Christmas celebration.

Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (2005) (TV) – A struggling chef agrees to date a food critic’s mother.

Three Wise Guys (2005) (TV) – Three Gangsters are hired as hitmen during the Christmas season.

His and Her Christmas (2005) (TV) – Two journalists compete to keep their jobs.

Crazy for Christmas (2005) (TV) – A female limousine driver takes an eccentric elderly rich man around town on Christmas Eve.

Christmas In Boston (2005) (TV) – Two pen pals meet up in Boston at Christmas.

Chasing Christmas (2005) TV – A bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a “mission”.

The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005) (TV) – A girl uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.

Meet the Santas (2005) (TV) – Beth’s postponed wedding has to be rescheduled for Xmas eve

Deck the Halls (2005) (TV) – Amother and her son come to believe their new neighbor may be Santa Claus.

Joyeux Noel (2005) – Its Christmas during WWI and the French, German and Scottish get to know the men who live on the other side of the war.

A Home for the Holidays (2005) (TV) – A woman struggles to adopt her orphaned relatives.

Deck the Halls (2006) – Two neighbors fight after one of them lights his house up so brightly that it can be seen from space.

Hogfather (2006) (TV) – It’s Hogswatch on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing

A Christmas Wedding (2006) (TV) – 2 people who meet on Christmas Day plan to marry on Christmas Day two years later.

The Nativity Story (2006) – A drama following  Mary and Joseph’s life when they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Santa Baby (2006) (TV) – Mary returns to the North Pole to take over for her dad, Santa.

The Christmas Card (2006) (TV) – US soldier visits the town from where an inspirational Christmas card was sent to him.

Christmas Do-Over (2006) (TV) – A man has to re-live Christmas Day over and over again.

Unaccompanied Minors (2006) – A group of kids bond while snowed in at an airport during the holiday season

A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (2006) (TV) – Oscar the Grouch is visited by three ghosts in an attempt to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Santa Clause 3, The (2006) – Santa needs to keep his new family happy and stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

The Holiday (2006) – Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries.

Road to Christmas (2006) (TV) – A high-powered photographer gets a lift from a widower and his daughter.

A Dad for Christmas (2006) (TV) – A young man brings his baby to his grandmothers for Christmas.

The Year Without a Santa Clause (2006) (TV) – A young man helps Santa rediscover the meaning of Christmas after the jolly man in red becomes disgruntled and decides to take a year off.

Elmo’s Christmas Countdown (2007) (TV) – Sesame Street characters help Elmo count down the days leading up to Christmas.

A Christmas Too Many (2007) (TV) – A Hollywood legend invites her not so normal family home for the holidays.

A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007) – Dennis tries to inject his grinchy neighbor Mr. Wilson with the holiday spirit

This Christmas (2007) (TV) – Whitfield family’s first holiday together in four years.

A Grandpa for Christmas (2007) (TV) – A grandfather and granddaughter develop a close bond when her mother is hospitalised.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007) (TV) – A boy and his widowed mother commission a grumpy woodcarver to carve a nativity set.

Christmas Caper (2007) (TV) – A Grinch-like thief retreats to her hometown for Christmas.

Holiday in Handcuffs (2007) (TV) – A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers.

Moonlight and Mistletoe (2007) (TV) – A man runs a year-round Santa Town.

Snowglobe (2007) (TV) – A woman discovers a Christmas-themed dream world inside a magical snow globe.

The Family Holiday (2007) (TV) – A selfish con-man must show that he can be a family man to inherit his uncle’s estate.

Fred Claus (2007) – Santa’s bitter older brother is forced to move to the North Pole.

Christmas Story (2007) – The touching story of how Santa Claus came to be Santa.

A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) (TV) – Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa

The Christmas Cottage (2008) (TV) – A look at the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade’s painting The Christmas Cottage

Four Holidays (2008) – A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.

Will You Merry Me? (2008) (TV) – A couple learn the hardest part about getting married might be dealing with each other’s in-laws.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008) (TV) – A Retired policeman attempts to kindle romance between his daughter and a visiting chef.

Christmas Town (2008) (TV) – A single mom visits her estranged father for Christmas

Snow 2: Brain Freeze (2008) (TV) – Nick walks through a magical mirror and ends up with amnesia.

Christmas in Wonderland (2009) (TV) – Two children find a bag full of counterfeit money and Santa too.

The National Tree (2009) (TV) – A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.

The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009) (TV) – When two burglars set out to break into his owner’s home Zeus seizes the chance to be a hero.

Santa Buddies (2009) (TV) – Santa’s puppy needs to get back in order to save Christmas.

Mrs. Miracle (2009) (TV) – Widower Seth Webster finds the perfect housekeeper to help him with his unruly six year old twin sons.

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (2009) (TV) – Santa needs his daughter, Mary Class’ help again.

Christmas Cupid (2010) (TV) – Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client dies.

The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) (TV) – Can Zeus solve the crime, save Bella and hit the slopes, all in time for Christmas Day?

The Search for Santa Paws (2010) (TV) – Magic dogs and an elf team up with two children to rescue Santa who has lost his memory.

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas (2010) – Santa sets off on his Christmas duties a day early and runs into trouble.

Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan (2010) (TV) – No one celebrates the holidays like Emily Merkle – or Mrs. Miracle as she is known by some.

Christmas with a Capital C (2010) (TV) – Small Alaska town erupts into conflict over public Nativity scene.

Christmas Mail (2010) (TV) – A postal worker falls for a woman who answers letter for Santa.

November Christmas (2010) (TV) – A father tries to provide an early Christmas for his seriously-ill young daughter.

The Santa Suit (2010) (TV) – A greedy Toy CEO gets transformed to look like a department store Santa.

A Christmas Kiss (2011) (TV) – A Christmas romance.

Christmas Spirit (2011) (TV) – A cynical youth whose mother is about to lose her job right before the holidays is visited by a magical Christmas spirit.

The Custom Mary (2011) – The story of two preachers and a scientist, who discover two drops of Jesus Christ’s blood.

Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas (2011) (TV) – Mandie stumbles upon the mystery of a long forgotten Christmas.

Lucky Christmas (2011) (TV) – A terminally unlucky single mother wonders if she will ever be lucky as Christmas approaches.

A Dog’s Christmas Miracle (2011) (TV) – A mischievous puppy is determined to break-up her devoted “mummy’s” new relationship.

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) (TV) – A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa’s sleigh.

Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas! (2011) (TV) – Chaos strikes when a woman and her daughter get separated from their family during the holidays.

A Christmas Story 2 (2012) (TV) – Ralphie Parker schemes to acquire a car for Christmas

A Christmas Wish (2012) (TV) – A single mum prays for miracle when she and her children are left penniless.

A Fairly Odd Christmas (2012) (TV) – Timmy Turner been going overboard with his wish granting.

Home Alone 5 (2012) (TV)

Naughty or Nice (2012) (TV) – Holiday humbug Krissy Kringle receives a special delivery intended for Santa Claus.

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012) – The playful Santa pups stow away in Mrs Claus’ sled and get into all sorts of mischief.

Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas  (2012) – A Jewish boy on his way to sunny Florida trades airline tickets with a boy on his way to snowy Christmastown.

The 12 Dogs of Christmas 2: Great Puppy Rescue (2012) (TV) – The dogs of Doverville are in trouble again

Home & Alone For Christmas (aka 3 Day Test) (2012) (TV) – Martin surprises the wife and kids with a little experiment-he locks them in their own home with no power, no heat, no running water, and absolutely no contact with the world outside!

Guess who’s coming to Christmas (2013)

Christmas Spirit (2013) (TV)

The Christmas Star (2013) (TV) – With the help of his two precocious kids, a widower reconnects with his high school sweetheart

A Madea Christmas (2013) – Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas

White Reindeer (2013) – Christmastime is looking swell for pretty, unassuming real-estate-agent Suzanne Barrington.

Santa Claws (2014) – All Tommy wants for Christmas is a kitten, but Santa is allergic. When Santa changes his mind because Tommy has been so good a whole litter of kittens find their way into Santa’s sack, giving him a huge allergic reaction.

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Animated Christmas Movies

The Night Before Christmas (1906) – An animated look at the activity happening the night before Christmas.

Shanty Where Santa Claus Lives, The (1933) – Animated short.  Santa takes an orphaned boy to his workshop.

Night Before Christmas, The (1933) – Animated short.

Pups’ Christmas, The (1936) – Animated short.  Christmas morning, and two puppies (and their children) are up early.

Christmas Comes but Once a Year (1936) – An inventor aims to give orphaned children new toys after theirs break.

Captain’s Christmas, The (1938) – The Captain is playing Santa; John and his henchmen stick him up and take over, but John breaks all the toys. They go into town and sing, so badly that people throw things at them to get them to to stop.

Night Before Christmas, The (1941) – Tom and Jerry short.

Pluto’s Christmas Tree (1952) – Animated short.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) (TV) – A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) – Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas.

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) (TV) – A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

The Little Drummer Boy (1968) (TV) – An orphan drummer boy finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men.

Frosty the Snowman (1969) (TV) – A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman’s magic hat.

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970) (TV) – A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973) (TV) – Ted gets curious about Christmas so he learns the meaning from Santa Claus himself.

A Very Merry Cricket (1973) (TV) – Short.  Harry and Tucker decide to ask Chester to come back to revive the holiday’s true spirit.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (1974) (TV) – A little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus

Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) – A town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter

Year Without a Santa Claus, The (1974) (TV) – Mrs. Claus and the Elves try to stop Santa from skipping Christmas.

Story of the First Christmas Snow, The (1975) (TV) – A blind young shepherd is taken in by some kindly nuns.

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976) (TV) – Rudolph must find Happy before midnight.

The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976) (TV) – Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker’s great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers.

The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey Nestor (1977) (TV) –  An outcast donkey with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

A Cosmic Christmas (1977) (TV) – Short.  Three aliens come to Earth to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

The Fat Albert Christmas Special (1977) (TV) – Short.  Fat Albert and friends rehearse their play for Christmas with some interruptions.

Stingiest Man in Town, The (1978) (TV)

Jack Frost (1979) (TV) – The Groundhog tells the story of how Jack Frost once became human and helped a knight win his lady love.

Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979) (TV) – Rudolph and Frosty vs evil Winterbolt.

The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree (1979) (TV) – Papa Bear and the cubs search the woods for the perfect Christmas tree

Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980) (TV) – Pinocchio’s first Christmas

A Chipmunk Christmas (1981) (TV) – Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy.

The Snowman (1982) – A snowman comes to life at night and takes a small boy to meet Santa.

Ziggy’s Gift (1982) (TV) – Short.  Ziggy gets a job to be a street Santa on Christmas Eve

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1984) – Walt Disney’s interpretation of Charles Dickens’ famous tale

Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, The (1985) (TV) – A forest being tells his Council the story of Santa Claus to explain why he deserves to made immortal.

A Garfield Christmas (1987) – Short. Garfield goes to Jon’s grandmother’s house for Christmas.

Will Vinton’s A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987) – Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs guide you along a typical small town’s Christmas choral celebration.

A Wish for Wings That Work (1991) (TV) – Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly.

Father Christmas (1991) – Short.  Father Christmas on vacation and on the job.

Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991) – Short.

Frosty Returns (1992) (TV) – Short.  The continuing exploits of the famous snowman

Nightmare Before Christmas, The (1993) – The king of Halloweentown discovers Christmas Town but doesn’t quite understand the concept.

The Bears Who Saved Christmas (1994) (TV)

A Different Kind of Christmas (1996) (TV) – After the death of his wife, a father starts to act like Santa Claus.

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) – Belle prepares the castle for Christmas against Beast’s wishes

Christmas Carol, A (1997) – Feature-length animated musical with the voice of Whoopi Goldberg

Annabelle’s Wish (1997) – A mute boy and a calf with the ability to speak form a deep friendship

Buster & Chauncey’s Silent Night (1998) – Animated story about the creation of the song “Silent Night”.

The Wish that Changed Christmas (1998) – Ivy, an orphan wants a grandmother and a doll for Christmas.

Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999) – A dog believes he can replace a hurt reindeer.

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas (2000) – Arthur and friends prepare to make the best Christmas ever.

Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000) – Kibosh, supreme ruler of all ghosts, decrees that casper must scare at least one person before Christmas Day

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (2000) – A human orphan raised the Faire Folke becomes the benefactor of all human children.

A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000) (TV) – A very nasty pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits.

Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001) – Anything is possible, as long as you are brave.

Christmas Carol The Musical, A (2004) (TV)

Polar Express, The (2004) – On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home.

Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006) – Another adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol featuring Daffy Duck.

Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes (2006) – Holly Hobbie celebrates Christmas together with the “Hey Girls”

Toot and Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas (2006) – Toot visits his Aunt Peg to celebrate her 100th birthday, while Puddle stays home

Christmas Is Here Again (2007) – A musical animated tale that follows the exciting journey of a young orphan girl.

Shrek the Halls (2007) – Short.  An animated TV special that features the Shrek characters

Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008) – Another adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol featuring Barbie and friends.

The Flight Before Christmas (2008) – A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear.

A Miser Brothers’ Christmas (2008) (TV) – Santa’s new chief mechanic creates a speedy, new sleigh for Christmas.

A Christmas Tale (2008) – When the matriarch becomes in need of a transplant a whole family is forced to come together, just in time for Christmas.

Christmas Carol, A (2009) – A 3D CGI version of Charles Dickens famous story starring Jim Carey

Yes, Virginia (2009) (TV) – Short.  A little girl writes to the editor of a newspaper concerning the existence of Santa Claus

Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010) – Po is hosting the annual winter holiday feast.

Arthur Christmas (2011) – Santa’s clumsy son Arthur goes on a mission to save one child’s Christmas.

Barbie: A Perfect Christmas (2011) – When the snow forces them to cancel their much-anticipated trip to Manhattan, Barbie and her sisters discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble (2012) – Niko the reindeer must deal with his mom getting re-married

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Adult Christmas Movies

Christmas Burglars, The (1908)

Bad Man’s Christmas Gift, The (1910)

The Night Before Christmas (1912) – Short film. On the night before Christmas, a desperate man will go to desperate measures.

Christmas Holiday (1944) – A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the wealthy man she married is an incorrigible wastrel.

Christmas Kid, The (1967) – Follows the troubled life of a boy born on Christmas Day.

Home for the Holidays (1972) (TV) – Horror film about an elderly man who summons his children home for Christmas and tells them he thinks his new wife is poisoning him.

Silent Night, Bloody Night (1973) – A man inherits a mansion which once was a mental home.

Black Christmas (1974 / 2006) – An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve.

You Better Watch Out (1980) – A psycho in a Santa suit gets to decide who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part II (1987) – Ricky, the brother of the killer in the first film, talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a brutal killer after his brother died.

Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) – A horror film about a killer dressed as Santa who is murdering people at Christmas time.

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) – A young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa

Die Hard (1988) – An off duty police officer is the only one who can save a building-full of Christmas party guests from terrorists.

Silent Night, Deadly Night III – Better Watch Out! (1989) – The “Santa Claus Killer” has been brought back to life by a crazed scientist.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (1990) – A reporter investigating the bizarre death of a woman

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1992) – An old toy maker and his son make killer toys designed to kill their owners, kids.

Reckless (1995) – On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out.

Countdown (1996) – A man falls obsessively in love with a Japanese girl and murders men who show her attention.

Love Actually (2003) – Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives over Christmas

Bad Santa (2003) – A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Sherry Godfrey

    I remember seeing a Christmas movie when I was a kid. It was probably from the 40’s or 50’s. Black and White. But then, we had a B&W tv. It was about a kid wishing that it was Christmas every day. Sounds like every kid’s wish. The first few days were great. But then, everyone was starting to get stressed by the repetitiveness of it all. Example: the father kept opening up a new tie every day….he showed his collection of them that was accumulating. Not another tie!! I can’t remember the other details, but I’m sure the Mother was tired of cooking the turkey. The kids were fighting….too much candy, too much together time. Bored of their toys…wanting to get back to a routine. Just wondering if you have ever heard of this movie?

  • Jeff Pellegrino

    Hello, I was just watching “Christmas In July” on the Hallmark Channel. There are some new movies (movies made for TV) on there this month that can be added to this list. Also somewhat recently saw a movie on Netflix called Pete’s Christmas. It was another “Groundhog Day” type movie but was pretty good! Now that I am signed up, I can fill you in on any more Christmas movies that I see. I watch them sometimes during the off-season but between Halloween and New-Years Eve, I will usually watch about 100 Christmas Movies. I make the list of my watch list every year. Just an idea for your page here, I think it would be a great idea to put an “page was last updated on” date at the top of the page so we can see how current it is. Thanks for this page, it is great! *****

  • michael carroll

    Cool page, but I think it would be better if it were alphabetized, and also showed a “last updated” date. I may have overlooked it, but here is an addition to consider that I didn’t see – “Family Man”, with Nicholas Cage, a classic retelling of the Christmas Eve “what-if visitation, redemption, etc. Great movie.

  • thomas

    I like the list, I hope this helps with updating the list.

    -The Toy – Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason
    -Serendipity – John Cusack Kate Beckinsale
    -The Preacher’s Wife – Denzel Washington Whitney Houston
    -Jack Frost – Michael Keaton
    -Die Hard II – Bruce Willis
    -The Family Man – Nicholas Cage
    -While You Were Sleeping – Sandra Bullock
    -This Christmas 2007 has TV behind it but it was at the box
    office, at least the one with Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Chris Brown.

    There was an older movie I was hoping to find the name of here, i’ve seen it years ago, I don’t even remember all of the details. Had to do with an angel sent to earth to help someone, the only scene i think i recall was at some point in the middle of the movie they ended up in a psych hospital and the angel ran across another angel who was locked up because he said he was an angel. I remember enjoying the story, watched all but the last 15-20 minutes because years ago when your mom says it’s time to go to church you’ve got to hustle out the door, boy dvr would have been great back then.

    I’ve only read a couple of comments, but yes please add last updated as previous reader has mentioned.

  • Amanda

    Hog Father needs to be on this list!

  • Www

    Who knows the name of the Christmas movie about a dad who leaves his wife, daughter(I think) and son(who has a strong stutter) then comes back And I think the son tells him to go away.(if anyone knows please say I’ve been looking for years email is :[email protected]

  • Craig Parton

    There was a made for TV Xmas romance film that had the plot of a pregnant girl who accepted a lift off a lad travel home for Xmas to his girlfriend,tgey end up stranded at a roadside lodge where she discovers the lady owner is her grandmother……I can’t find its title I believe it had winter in the title

  • Abcd

    Who knows the name of a movie of where an evil magician/wizard thing stole loads of presents and took them up a mountain. I can remember them being in black tar and a little girl, maybe a boy going to defeat him?? It’s driving me crazy not being able to remember the name.

    • Ngaire Stirling

      sounds scary – i googled for you but couldnt find anything- sorry!

  • Taylah Pye

    Does anyone know the movie where its a little blonde girl i remember a few scenes, there was one where she was falling through a christmas tree, something very significant which was golden, a nutcracker , a carriage and a scene where i think mice were having a war using sausages, cheese catapolts and things im going crazy from this.

  • katie

    theres a movie my sister and i used to watch all the time and now i can’t remember the name of it! all i remember in the movie was there’s a brother and sister traveling by plane, they are with a group of other children but at some point they leave their group and end up outside in a blizzard and end up getting kidnapped by a man that lives kinda in the woods and somehow they escape and at the end they are in a church and i’m pretty sure about to sing in a choir or watch a choir or something like that. sorry thats all i remember but can someone please help me!

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