The Best Christmas Movies


Well it’s that time of the year where Christmas songs drive the mind insane. The time when there’s nothing sadder than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. The time of year where the family gets together on a cold winters night to swap elegantly wrapped presents underneath the Christmas Tree. A time when all you ever want to do is watch the best Christmas movies in bed or on the couch next to a warm Christmas fire.

Before we being, as always, please remember that the following list is based purely off of my own experience and personal taste. If i forget one of the best Christmas movies, please don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

KK, I admit that this is more of a Halloween movie, and I even included it in my list of The Best Halloween Movies. But I don’t care, this is one of my favorite movies and it has Christmas in the title!

Jingle All The Way (1996)

This Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas film is about a father who goes through a day in shopping hell to get his son the perfect toy for Christmas. Not the strongest movie, but I have good memories of this movie as a child.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppet rendition of the classic Charles Dickens story. ‘Nuff said.

Bad Santa (2003)

“A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.”This is actually the only movie on this list that I haven’t seen and personally love but when asking around, this film came up almost every time.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell is a man who was raised in the North Pole. I don’t really think I need to say more, so i’ll just show you.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and the contributions he has made to his community. If you are a sucker for sad movies then make sure to have a box of tissues with you.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This made the list simply because it is such a Christmas classic. Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This is the Jim Carrey version and it is wackily (is wackily even a word? Who cares it’s a Dr. Seuss based movie) amazing and a great tribute to the original.

Muppets Family Christmas (1987)

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear’s mother’s farm. With visits from Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock, I just remember loving this movie as a kid.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. This is just such an incredibly well written movie with material that we can all relate and learn from. Just don’t blind the neighbors with your Christmas lights 😉

Prancer (1984)

To say that this is a movie about a girl who thinks she finds a flying reindeer, this is an incredibly well grounded film. A little girl Jessica in a rough family situation comes across an injured reindeer that she believes to be one of Santa’s eight – Prancer to be exact.I could write an entire essay to try and convince you that this movie is not some stupid film with a stupid plot, but that still wouldn’t convince you. Instead, just trust me and watch it because I can almost guarantee that you haven’t – and that’s a Christmas shame.

The Santa Clause (1994)

Staring Tim Allen and filmed in Oakville Ontario (My home town!) this movie is about a cynical father who becomes Santa after the original falls off his roof on Christmas.”This is the greatest Christmas movie ever” – Dylan, December of 2011.

Honorable Mentions: A Christmas Story

So did I butcher this list? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Dylan is the owner and operator of Harmonic Design, as well as the creator of this magnificent blog. He enjoys playing guitar, website development and is a retro gamer. You can follow him on twitter @harmonic_design
  • James Smith

    You say Oakville is your home town, where the Santa Clause was filmed. Could you tell me the location of where they filmed the scenes at Scott Calvin’s townhouse, where they caused Santa to fall off the roof?

    • Dylan

      Hello James,
      Oakville wasn’t the only filming location but it was the primary. I was unable to trackdown Scott Calvin’s house location, but I was able to find this interesting article that shows many of the locations filmed in Oakville, including Charlies Mom’s house.

  • Jess

    It’s a wonderful life always makes me cry :(

  • Mar

    awwww I <3 xmas!