Top 20 Christmas Movies to Watch

Sit back and relax with a cup of eggnog and get into the holiday spirit by popping one of these top 20 Christmas movies into the TV.

From funny favorites to sweet classics, we've compiled our list of Top 20 Christmas Movies! Is your pick for best Christmas flick one of our top 20? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • The Santa Clause (1994)

    Dad kills Santa, Dad becomes Santa. Next time read the fine print! Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced ad-man who’s forced to fill Santa’s pants, literally, after he accidentally causes him to fall off his roof and ahem, disappear? Watch as he transforms, unwillingly at first, into the jolly old Saint Nick we all know and love.

  • Die Hard (1988)

    If Christmas were on steroids and packing some firepower, it would look like Die Hard. Bruce Willis stars as Christmas Eve hero, NYPD Detective John McClane who saves his estranged wife (along with her less-than innocent co-workers) from some bomb-wielding terrorists at their holiday office party. For all the guys out there, this is the quintessential holiday action flick.

  • Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    If you’re tired of the usual Christmas movies, Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas is a more twisted way to enjoy some holiday cheer!

  • The Polar Express (2004)

    A great film adaptation of the book by Chris Van Allsburg, this movie is all about Billy, a boy who yearns to believe in Santa, but has a hard time doing so as his family insists all of it - Santa, his elves, the North Pole - is a bunch of fluff. Everything changes for Billy when the mysterious Polar Express picks him up one night and takes him on a journey of discovery.

  • A Christmas Carol (1951)

    There have been several versions, but at number 16 on our list is the 1951 take on Charles Dickens’ story about the bitter, Christmas-hating Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s a true interpretation and a good watch for the family, whether you opt to pop in the old black and white, or revamped color version.

  • Frosty the Snowman (1969)

    The first of our cartoon favorites, it’s a bittersweet story we all know and love come to life on screen. The kids will certainly have you downloading songs from the soundtrack to play over and over again!

  • March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

    Perhaps not as well-known among the kids, March of the Wooden Soldiers is a must-watch for any family at Christmas. Toymakers (and comedy legends) Laurel and Hardy team up to save Toyland from the no-good Barnaby and his creepy crew of boogie-men in this ’34 classic that we’re convinced should be a part of any person’s childhood!

  • White Christmas (1954)

    Who doesn’t dream of a white Christmas? We certainly do! This 1954 list-topper comes complete with an all-star cast, song, dance, romance, friendship and a ton of Christmas cheer!

  • The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

    This charming classic was a favorite of your childhood and should certainly be the same for your kids! Our two favorite duos, Jingle and Jangle the elves, and Heat Miser and Snow Miser, Mother Nature’s bickering boys, make for good clean entertainment.

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

    Simply put, it’s just not Christmas without Rudolph! Kids today may be surprised by the stop motion animation, but that, along with the catchy Christmas tunes, Island of Misfit Toys and reformed Abominable Snowman, is what makes this favorite so great.

  • Home Alone (1990)

    When his family accidentally leaves him home alone, 8-year-old Kevin McCallister has his wish come true: an empty house where he can do anything, eat anything and watch anything he wants. But when Kevin learns two goons plan to break-in and burglarize his house, he has to man up and defend it. From the hilarious booby-traps to the feel-good reunite with his mom, Kevin gives us more than a few good laughs in this holiday flick.

  • Scrooged (1988)

    This dark comedic adaptation of Dickens’ tale is, for lack of a better word, awesome. Bill Murray plays the miserly TV executive Frank Cross who, in desperate need of some holiday cheer, is visited by three ghosts one Christmas Eve. Totally wacky, hysterically funny and a colorful remake of the storied classic, see it if you haven’t already and watch it again if you already have!

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

    From Charlie’s blind love for his sad little Christmas tree, to Snoopy’s dance moves, to Linus’ message of what Christmas is really all about, there’s nothing like Charles Schulz’s team of Peanuts to sweetly inspire and enhance your holiday cheer.

  • Fred Claus (2007)

    No one knows more than Fred how hard it is to live up to a saintly-younger brother. After years of trying, Fred, bitter big brother to Santa, has finally given up, but when money and love troubles force him to make a move to the North Pole and lend a hand at the family business, old feelings become harder to bury! Watch (and laugh) as Fred realizes why being Santa’s big brother isn’t such a bad thing after all.

  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    In an age where the magic of Christmas is easily overshadowed by shopping lists, and belief in Santa seems to disappear at too early an age, the story of Susie in Miracle on 34th Street is a must for any kid at Christmas! Susie’s transformation from cynic to believer lifts our hearts, reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas and will make any doubter a believer!

  • Elf (2003)

    Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf, the biggest, most-cheer filled member of Santa's team. When Buddy learns who is real dad is, he heads to NYC determined to reconnect, but things don’t go as smoothly as he plans. From outing the store-Santa as a liar to pouring syrup on his spaghetti (elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup), Elf is an all-around funny, feel-good Christmas movie.

  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (1966)

    Boris Karloff’s narration of Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic can’t be topped. Disguised as Santa Claus, the Grinch hitches his dog-turned-reindeer Max to his sleigh and whooshes down Mount Crumpit to steals all the Christmas goodies from Whoville. This poetic tale is a sweet reminder of the true meaning of Christmas that kids and adults can enjoy year after year.

  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    On Christmas Eve, George Bailey's guardian angel, Clarence, is sent to save George from taking his own life. Clarence takes him on a journey through time to show him all the lives he has touched and the good he’s done. By the time the end of the movie arrives, as we see all those people George has helped standing around him, we just have to cry. If you don’t, we’re convinced you’re a Scrooge.

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

    Looking for a much needed break from the stress of Christmas prepping and planning? Pop Christmas Vacation in for all the cheering-up you’ll need. Watch as Clark Griswold’s big Christmas plans turn into the predictable disaster – sure the Griswold’s have anything but the perfect Christmas, but we reap the reward with non-stop laughs.

  • A Christmas Story (1983)

    Nine-year-old Ralphie wants just one thing for Christmas: “an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time” – but everyone keeps telling him he’ll shoot his eye out! Interwoven with a plot to get his BB gun is Ralphie’s run-ins with school bully Scott Farkus, a leg lamp award, the Bumpus’ hounds, and a bunny-suit. Yes, this Christmas story will make you laugh until you cry.

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