If this time of the year has you in the mood for some cuddling, eggnog, and Christmas movie marathons, we’ve got a gift for you! We know holiday prepping has you a little drained. To spread a little cheer, we’ve put together a list of the best Christmas movies, AND we’ve checked it twice!
But first, get yourself into the holiday spirit. If you haven’t decorated your Christmas tree yet, what are you waiting for!? Not sure how to make your place a little merrier? Check out our holiday D.I.Y guide. Place some holiday flowers by your side, light a peppermint candle, and grab your favorite cozy blanket. Get ready for a not-so-silent night in with these Christmas classics!
A Christmas Story
What’s a holiday movie list without this Christmas favorite? This classic follows a youngster named Ralphie who spends his life trying to escape a bully and dreaming of a perfect Christmas gift—a “Red Ryder air rifle.”
We don’t want to spoil the movie for you, but we leave you with this: This movie makes us want to lick a frozen pole. So if you don’t know what we’re talking about, watch this movie now!
Jingle All the Way
Another Christmas favorite! Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a dad trying his very best to make the holidays special for his son, but he keeps failing. He therefore vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure, but every store is completely sold out! Find out which magical moment finally wins his son’s heart. You’re not going to want to miss this holiday heart warmer.
After Will Ferrell learns that he is actually human, a man that was raised as an elf in the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to find his actual father. Elf is a hilarious Christmas comedy chock full of cheer. If you need a good laugh after a long and stressful year, then “Hey Buddy,” this is the movie for you!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
If you’re a Dr. Seuss fan, you CANNOT miss this movie. Featuring Jim Carry, this was the first Dr. Seuss book to be turned into a full-length film. The Grinch lives just outside of Whoville.
He hates the out of control Christmas celebration in town and vows to ruin the holiday for Whos everywhere. Watch this comedy and see how a little kindness from a Who named Cindy Lou opens up his heart.
Deck the Halls
Have you ever lived next door to a neighbor who always wants to out-do you? That’s what Deck the Halls is about—but with a Christmas twist. Two neighbors begin feuding after one decides to decorate his house with enough Christmas lights that it can be seen from space!
Not wanting to be outdone, the neighbor next door tries to one-up him. If you want to watch one of the most light-hearted and hilarious Christmas movies of all time, Deck the Halls will have you in stitches! This movie is a holiday “must watch.”
Even if you haven’t watched this 30-year-old classic, you’ve surely heard the name.
Macaulay Culkin plays a mischievous eight-year-old who has to protect his house when two burglars break in after he is accidentally left home alone when his family goes off on Christmas vacation.
This timeless children’s adventure is a one of the most loved Christmas movies by families everywhere!
Christmas with the Kranks 2
With Blair away, Luther and Nora Krank decide it’s best to skip their Christmas celebration, leaving their neighborhood in an uproar. However, when she decides to come home at the last minute with her fiancé, the action begins.
The Kranks therefore have just 12 hours to work with their neighbors and prepare the best Christmas celebration ever. This satire against neighborhood conformity has a beautiful holiday message: Even the simplest holiday traditions can mean the world to those you least expect.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Talk about taking it way back! This 1946 film is truly a feel-good holiday movie that will warm your heart. On Christmas Eve, George Bailey stands over a bridge contemplating suicide and staring at the frozen water under him. In fact, when he wishes he had never been born, an angel makes his wish come true.
As he wanders through Bedford Falls, he realizes how many lives he has touched. This beloved holiday movie has an important message for us all. The holidays are about being present, after all.
The Polar Express
This movie was an instant Christmas movie classic. Once the whole town is asleep late on Christmas Eve, a boy boards an eerie train waiting for him—The Polar Express. Once the boy arrives at the North Pole, Santa Claus offers to gift him anything he desires.
The boy asks for a bell from the harness of Santa’s reindeer. However, only a believer can hear the ring of the bell. Just like the book that inspired it, this movie teaches you the importance of believing, friendship, and being kind. The Polar Express is therefore a great way to start off the season of giving.
This movie starts off with a man in a Santa costume, sitting at a bar and drinking the holidays away. This black Christmas comedy features a depressed conman and his partner who pretend to be Santa and his Little Helper in order to steal from department stores on Christmas Eve. Instead, once the conman becomes friends with a child, his kinder side is revealed and the Christmas chaos starts.
Snuggling up and watching Christmas movies is the best way to get into the festive spirit. It’s never too early to start.
Make It a December to Remember
Watching funny and heartwarming holiday flicks with some eggnog or hot chocolate is not only one of the merriest parts of the holiday season, but also a wonderful way to love yourself a little extra during the most wonderful time of the year.
So which movie will you be watching first?