What better way to spend the holiday season than binge watching Christmas movies with your family…or yourself. There are so many holiday films to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are 20 Christmas films you need to watch in your lifetime, at least once. So get your popcorn (or your favourite snack ready) and be ready to laugh, cry, and ride the tidal of feel waves that will come from these films.
In no particular order:
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). This short movie will have you wondering what Christmas is truly about.
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Another classic that leaves you feeling grateful for all the wonderful people in your life.
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947). I don’t know about you, but I believe in Santa!
- Home Alone (1990). Left alone on Christmas? With burglars? Sounds like a classic Christmas move to me!
- Die Hard (1988). Explosions, hostages, terrorists, and Christmas trees. Need I say more?
- A Christmas Story (1983). Don’t shoot your eye out!
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). A Muppet twist on the Dickens’ classic, as told by Gonzo the Great.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). Don’t be a Grinch and have your heart grow with this endearing film.
- Love Actually (2003) A collection of stories that will leave you a puddle of emotions.
- Frosty the Snowman (1969). “Happy Birthday!” as Frosty would say.
- Babes in Toyland (1961). The iconic march of the Wooden Soldiers. What better way to get in the festive spirit with this classic?
- Batman Returns (1992). Fighting crime during the holiday season? I’d watch that.
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964). While Rudolph may have not been an original part of Santa’s crew, this misfit reindeer shows being different isn’t all that bad.
- A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). “What’s this?” go on an adventure with Jack Skellington as he tries to grasp the concept of Christmas.
- The Polar Express (2004). A tale of a young boy who goes on an adventure to the North Pole. It’ll remind you what Christmas is all about.
- Jingle All the Way (1996). A parent’s adventure trying to get the hottest selling toy for his son. Let the hilarity ensue.
- The Bishop’s Wife (1947). A bishop dealing with comprising his principles and his family for his new cathedral. Enter the angel to help him back on the right path.
- Ernest Save Christmas (1988). It may not be considered a classic, but this comedy will give you all the feel good waves.
- Elf (2003). Raised as an elf, Buddy searches for his true identity. His unfamiliarity with city life proves not only to be slightly disastrous, but quite hysterical as well.
- Rocky IV (1985). “I will break you,” states Drago to Rocky in this iconic boxing grudge match, which happens to take place on Christmas Day.
What are some of your favourite Christmas films?