A Christmas Movie List for Your Family


One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is watching Christmas movies with my family. Here’s a list of my all-time favorites aka the ones I’ll be watching all throughout December.

  1. Elf: The story of Buddy the “elf” is so funny and truly conveys the spirit of Christmas. Not only is this a wonderful movie in the Christmas season, but it’s so funny that it can literally be watched year round.
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas: This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies, but I will admit that when I was little I used to be terrified of this version of the Grinch. Now, I find it absolutely hilarious and constantly quote it throughout the year.
  3. Frosty Returns: Even though this is the sequel to the famous Christmas tale and others prefer the original, it’s my favorite of the two. I prefer the songs in this and enjoy the plot more than the other, but that’s just me.
  4. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town: This Christmas animation is also not as popular, but is one of my favorites because of the songs, especially “Put One Foot in Front of the Other”.
  5. The Santa Clause (1, 2, and 3): This trilogy is absolutely hilarious and occasionally adorable at the same time.
  6. Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer: It’s probably not Christmas without everyone’s favorite reindeer, Rudolph. Personally, I do a pretty good Rudolph impression, so I love talking and singing along when my family watches.
  7. The Polar Express: This movie used to freak me out a little bit, but I absolutely love the songs and the plot, regardless.
  8. It’s A Wonderful Life: Though long, this movie is an absolute classic and if I can sit through it, it’s one of my favorites. I believe there’s a little George Bailey in all of us and sometimes we need to realize and appreciate all that we are given.
  9. The Nutcracker: Growing up, my favorites were Barbie Nutcracker, the Nutcracker Prince, and a really weird one called The Nuttiest Nutcracker. There have been many versions of this classic Christmas fairytale initially composed by Tchaikovsky, so take your pick with this one.
  10. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Though this is only a half an hour, it is a classic that illustrates the famous Dr. Seuss tale of the Grinch.
  11. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Quite possibly of all of the Peanuts comics, this special is the most popular. The animation is amazing and laughing at the unfortunate life of Charlie Brown never fails to be entertaining.
  12. Frosty the Snowman: The catchy songs and well-known plot of this animation make it a classic Christmas special that every family should watch every Christmas season.
  13. Home Alone: The classic story where a young boy is left at home all alone is a hilarious and unforgettable Christmas story.
  14. Prep and Landing: The more recent Disney feature with a few spin-offs is not at the top of my list, but is fun to watch in the holiday season, nonetheless.
  15. A Christmas Carol: There have also been many versions of this classic tale, but the ones I remember watching most are the Mickey/Disney version and the Muppet’s version. If your family has a preferred one or likes a certain character, go for that one.
  16. Frozen: Sure, this is no official Christmas movie, but it’s a great depiction of the winter season. Putting this on is almost a guaranteed success with your kids, too.
  17. Shrek the Halls: This funny Shrek Christmas special tells the “Night Before Christmas” in a fun and unique way.

I hope this list helps you find movies to watch in December. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Author: Hannah Borgh

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