Holiday Favorites! {My List Of Christmas Movies}

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Come Friday, I will be in full-on Christmas movie mode.  

I don’t know what it is about Christmas movies, but I’m a sucker for them.  Old, new, cartoon, I love them all.  Here a list of Christmas movies- some of my favorites (along with what I love about the movie).  Feel free to chime in with your favorites in the comments. 

White Christmas – This is my favorite Christmas movie of all time. My husband hates it. ha! I love the old charm, the music, and the glamour.  How I wish I could dress like the ladies of the 50s. And Bing Crosby singing to me?  Swoon.
The Santa Clause (1,2, and 3) – In a close second place, are these Tim Allen classics. I like the story and, as a kid, I had a crush on the head elf, Bernard. So sue me.
Christmas crush- Bernard the head elf
Elf – This is one of my “pick me up” movies.  It makes me laugh every time. So much funny. And I love the singing of Zooey Deschanel.
Miracle on 34th Street – Sorry to the 1947 version, but I prefer the one from 1994.  It starred the little girl from Matilda (whom I LOVE) and I just like it. The Santa is so huggable.
Home Alone (and all the freaking sequels…what are there now, 17 or something?) Classic.  Although this movie did make me fear home intruders a little. 
The Muppet Christmas Carol – Oh how I love the Muppets. This classic tale is awesome told through felt and foam puppets.
Jingle All the Way – What is better than Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad in the same movie together?  This movie is all about getting that coveted holiday gift and I just love it.
The Holiday – While not technically a Christmas movie because it isn’t centered around Christmas…it does happen during the Christmas holiday. I adore Jude Law and he is looking fiiiine in this movie.
The Polar Express– This book was always a part of Christmas parties at school, so to see it come to life in a movie was so fun. The animation is beautiful.
Prancer – Apparently, this wasn’t a well known movie (as so many I’ve talked to have never heard of it).  All I know, is the Lake Hamilton School system had several copies because we watched it every year at Christmas.  It is about a reindeer who a little girl is convinced is Prancer.  It is a charming story. Bonus: It has Cloris Leachman in it.
Rudolph (stop motion) – I’m a sucker for these old stop-motion movies.  And I love the scene at the beginning on the island of misfit toys.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (stop motion)- Everything about this movie is great. My favorite scene is the song “Put one foot in front of the other…and soon you’ll be walking cross the flo-o-or…” And as a kid, the name Burgermeister was so funny.
A Christmas Story- Confessional: I just watched this movie for the first time last year.  While it’s a little slow, the story is funny. That feeling of finally getting the toy you wanted, and it’s nothing like you wanted.
The Grinch (both live action and animated)- I like both versions of the Grinch.  Of course the animated is my favorite of the two…you just gotta love Dr. Suess.  But Jim Carry does a great job as the live Grinch…and the hair and makeup are a sight to behold themselves.
 The Christmas Shoes– If you need to release a good Christmas cry, just watch this movie. Or just listen to the song.
Disclaimer:  I have to admit I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life.
What are you favorite movies to add to my list of Christmas movies? I keep a basket by the TV full of Christmas DVDs during the holiday season…and I’m always looking to add to my collection!


  1. My favorite in order are..
    1. Its a wonderful life
    2. Miracle on 34th street the new one!
    3.This christmas (With chris brown)
    4.White Christmas
    5.Santa clause 1
    6. Elf

    Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving 🙂

    • I’m going to have to watch It’s a Wonderful Life! Maybe this year is the year! 🙂 Thanks for your list! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • you MUST watch It’s a Wonderful Life!! it’s a classic!! Elf is also a favorite around our house – Jamie and I quote that movie all year long…”you smell like beef and’re not the reallll santa!” 🙂

  2. White Christmas is my all time fave Christmas movie too! I pretty much love all of the movies on your list! And you should definitely try to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. It is such a great movie. I think the only movies I would add to this list would be Christmas Vacation and a Charlie Brown Christmas! I can’t wait to start watching all of these movies!

  3. Christmas Vacation, hands down best Christmas movie!!

  4. I like the ones you listed plus Christmas Vacation, Love Actually (also not technically a Christmas movie, but takes place around Christmas), and Christmas in Connecticut (another oldie but goodie).

  5. I love White Christmas!!!!!

  6. Yes, White Christmas and ELF are total faves at my house! We also watch Charlie Brown Christmas, Christmas Vacation… and The Nativity Story! It’s awesome!

    Great, fun post!

  7. All the movies you listed are great and definitely my favorites too, especially the old stop motion movies. I also grew up loving the movie Prancer! Our school showed it every year, but you’re right…Not a lot of people I’ve met recently have heard of it. I’d have to add the Charlie Brown Christmas movies to this list to make it perfect 😉

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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