Christmas season is here, meaning Christmas movies are blaring across every TV channel. I remember when I was little my parents would put on a marathon of Christmas movies while we put up the tree and all the decorations. On Christmas Eve we would watch 24 Hours of A Christmas Story for nearly all 24 hours. Those movies brought me a lot of comfort and happiness during those years and still during my life now! Here are 12 movies I recommend everyone watch this holiday season.
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U.S Army Sergeant Cody Cullen receives a Christmas Card in the mail from a woman, Faith Spellman, in California. Inspired by her kind words, he finds time to pass by her town to thank her. Coincidently, he ends up saving Faith’s father from a car-run over. Her family invites Cody to spend the holiday with them, but Faith’s fiance, Paul, doesn’t seem too happy about the whole arrangement.
The classic story of Saint Nicholas is told through this stop-motion photography. From showing how the tradition of stocking came about to the origin of why Santa Claus goes down the chimney. This is one of my favorite films as a kid because of how simple to the story is told and how the claymation adds a twist to this fun tale.
Ralphie has always wanted a B.B Gun for Christmas, but his gift is always shot down by family friends saying “you’ll shoot your eye out, kid”. I love this movie because it takes place in the 40s, and shows lots of examples of determination, problem-solving, and grief when a prized family lamp is destroyed. This movie is also played on TV every year as 24 Hours of a Christmas Story aka my favorite part of Christmas!
Single mom Christine moves to a new town with her family a few weeks before Christmas. After being fired from her waitressing job for being late after saving a woman’s life, Christine immediately gets a new job at a family-style bakery where owner Betty seems to be connected to her in more ways than one. Threatened with her children being taken away from her, Christine fights to keep her children while being attracted to the mysterious man who keeps finding his way into her path. Although a cliché hallmark movie, the secret was something I never saw coming and continue to enjoy watching during the holiday season.
Scott Calvin nearly ruins Christmas after he scares Santa Clause and making him fall off his roof. His son Charlie convinces him to take on Santa’s route and finish delivering presents without realizing he’s officially become the new Santa Clause after he put on the famous red coat. Convinced it was all a dream, he continued back to his day job, but Charlie can’t seem to forget the magical night, and that his dad has a new job and big shoes to fill. This movie is one of my favorite classics and has great sequels with it like The Santa Claus 2 and The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Claus.
Jim Carrey plays the role of The Grinch and tries to ruin Christmas after childhood trauma ruined his spirit. Cindy Loo Who tries her best to reignite the Grinch’s passion for the holidays by showing him what Christmas Spirit really is. Although I love the cartoon version, the live-action version is certainly my favorite by far because of how Carrey really got into the part!
Buddy always thought he belonged at the North Pole, until he finds out he’s a human and his dad lives in New York City. He decides to leave the North Pole and journey to find his dad, hoping to catch up on all the time he missed out on, but his dad, Walter, isn’t too excited about the family reunion. Will Ferrel is one of my favorite actors of all time and really brings the life into this movie!
A young boy hitches a ride on a magical train to the north pole to see Santa Claus give the first gift of Christmas. Through a journey of friendship and a few bumps along the way, the true meaning of Christmas is revealed. Something I found really interesting about this movie is that the main characters don’t have names except for Billy! I’ve watched this movie for years and never realized this!
George Bailey thinks his role in life is irrelevant. After wishing he was never born, an angel is sent down to show him what his life would look like if his wish came true. Realizing everything he’s done in life, Bailey realizes that he’s impacted his community in big ways and works to keep his legacy going. This movie is one of my favorite classics and teaches a lot of life lessons! Also, watch it in black and white, it’s so much more effective this way!
Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home when his family leaves for Paris for the Christmas holiday. When he realizes a duo of bandits is coming to steal from his house, he does everything in his power to defend the McCalister property. Kevin is one of the most loveable characters and reminds me a lot of my eight-year-old self. Don’t forget to watch Home Alone 2: Lost In New York afterward!
Charlie Brown has the yuletide blues. Trying to get into the Christmas spirit, he attempts to direct the yearly Christmas Play, and what’s Christmas without a tree? When Charlie gets a Christmas tree, everyone laughs at its miserable state, but the magic of Christmas works to bring the community a little holiday spirit. A classic movie great for young kids and adults alike!
After Martha’s husband abandons her and her three children, she sets out to start a new life, but they’re a little low on funds. Staying in a hotel room, Martha works long hours at the local diner that was known for its famous root beer and starts falling for the local sheriff in town. What will happen when her soon to be ex-husband comes back in town and threatens to ruin their new family and newly established life? Another corny hallmark movie but I love movies that show family struggle because not every family gets to have the perfect Christmas.
What are your favorite Christmas movies? Leave a comment below!