Must Watch Christmas Movies

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So we got a little crazy and made a list of almost every Christmas movie ever made.  A list that is infinite it would appear in its ability to grow at a somewhat unbelievable pace.  But while it is fun to go through it, reminisce and mark ones down on the ever-expanding “to-watch” list, it would definitely help to know which are considered the best.  The most popular.  The ones that families around the world put on every year and watch as a tradition with love.

So, after a little research and some feedback from you – below is a list (in no particular order) of the 25 Must Watch Christmas Movies.  Well, for this year at least. Note that some of these movies are recommended for viewing AFTER the kids are settled in bed for the evening.

1.   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.


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

love actually

3.   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.

the polar express

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

elf the movie

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

santa claus the movie

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

how the grinch stole xmas

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

muppet xmas carol

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

national lampoons

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

home alone

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

arthur xmas

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

the nightmare

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

die hard

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

white xmas

14.  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.

a christmas story

15.  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.

a mom for christmas

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

charlie brown xmas

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


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

its a wonderful life

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

meet me in st louis

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

the santa clause

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

a christmas carol

22.  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.

bad santa

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

grinch stole xmas

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


25.  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.

frosty the snowman


Now I know what you are thinking! Where is your favourite movie! Why haven’t we included it! Truth is there are hundreds of Christmas movies- we know- we made the Worlds Biggest Christmas Movie List. We also ensured you werent without Music offering a wonderful list of Must own Christmas Albums!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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