Whether or not the weather outside is frightful, you might be in the mood for something delightful and while we may not be going to a Christmas party after Christmas party, these Christmas movies will put you in the holiday spirit. You can find me until on the couch until Christmas wrapped in a comfy blanket, drinking hot chocolate after hot chocolate, spending all the days in my PJ’s, watching these movies.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
In this live-action movie/remake of the children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive and mean old green Grinch, decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Joined by his puppy, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. His little plan goes astray when he runs into little Who, However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who, who wants to make him the Christmas cheermeister. You’ll get the whole family laughing and their hearts will grow three sizes that day.
A new Netflix rom-com where two strangers who are fed up with being single decide to be each other’s dates for all of their celebrations, from weddings to holidays, and everything in between. And since it’s a rom-com, you bet these two will catch feelings along the way.
The Christmas Chronicles
The Christmas Chronicles is where two siblings come up with a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes wrong, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his holly jolly elves to save the holiday before it’s too late. You can also watch the sequel, The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2 to make it a double feature!
A Bad Moms Christmas
I kid you not I didn’t stop giggling this whole movie! Three Moms who need a break from Christmas (weird, right!) but they get a plot twist when their own mothers come to visit them for the holiday. It’s a holiday sequel to Bad Moms, which I highly recommend as well.
It’s A Wonderful Life
One of the ultimate Christmas classics, where a man is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! During the movie, we will see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up finding his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
Another Christmas classic, where I do think that Kevin is far too mean to his parents when he gets sent to the attic, but I don’t think he deserves to miss his family trip to Paris for being a brat. When he wakes up in the attic he finds that he was mistakenly left and he gets his wish to have no family. He then realizes that two con men plan to rob the family home and he needs to protect it.
I hear this debated all the time, if Love Actually is actually a Christmas movie, and I will 100% argue that yes it is! Just a Christmas rom-com, where you get many different Nine intertwined stories that all intertwine together by love (stop with the eye-rolling!!) and just watch it. Their stories begin a few weeks before Christmas and are played out in a weekly countdown until the big day.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
If you don’t know the Peanuts gang then I don’t know where you’ve been. The beloved Charlie Brown sad during the holiday season. His friend, Lucy suggests he creates a neighborhood Christmas play, but his peers don’t listen or go along with it. Then Charlie Brown learns what the true meaning of Christmas is, and the Peanuts gang celebrate the Christmas season together.
This is one of my favorites. A dumped and sad Californian swaps her LA mansion with a little English lady who has a cottage in a small town. Both girls find local lads with who they become romantically involved with, it’s really just a sweet story!
Miracle on 34th Street
The real Kris Kringle himself fills in for a drunk fake Santa in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Santa is such a hit that he is recruited to be Santa in their main Manhattan store. When Kringle tells customers and employees that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and authenticity.
Frosty the Snowman
Just like the song, a magic button hat brings kids snowman to life. Frosty will melt and no longer be a jolly soul if the kids cannot get him away from Hinkle and warm weather, so he treks to the North Pole.
I will say it – but I don’t think any other movie that Will Ferrell is in is even remotely good, or funny. I do love Elf. Buddy the elf was accidentally transported to the North Pole from Santa as a baby and raised by elves. Adult Buddy doesn’t fit in with the elves in the North Pole, so he travels to New York to find his Dad who is on the naughty list. You’ll find endless quotables from this movie!
The Family Stone
This is another favorite of mine! This has so many good actors/actresses in it who all come together. The family has 5 kids and one of their sons brings his girlfriend home for the first time and wants to marry her, but then she shows him her uptight personality and making him doubt his intentions.
This isn’t a top favorite of mine, but I do usually watch it for the sake of tradition. A couple plans for an exotic vacation during Christmas, but that falls apart. This makes the couple spend Christmas day going to four different families’ homes for Christmas.
A Christmas Story
Does anyone not have this playing while they open Christmas presents? Because my household has since I can remember. Ralphie and getting his tongue stuck to the icy pole, the family’s home getting bombarded by a pack of dogs, and him hurting himself with his Christmas present. It’s all just comical. It plays for a straight 24 hours on TBS on Christmas, just a FYI for your morning.
The Santa Clause
A man has a “dream” where he goes to the North Pole and an elf explains that must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming and it’s not real, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream, after all, you’ll just have to watch to find out. And don’t worry, there are two more that follow.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Is there anything more of a classic than Rudolph? In case you live under a rock, this is about how Rudolph whose nose lights up and gets made fun of saves Christmas and guides Santa’s sleigh to deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve. Then all the reindeer loved him, as they shouted out with glee. And yes I did sing that as I wrote that last part.
The Polar Express
This is based on a book, where a little boy is doubting that Santa is real gets picked up by an extraordinary train to go to the North Pole.
My favorite Christmas movie (today) is Family Stone. What Christmas movie is your favorite?! Did I forget any must-sees that I need to add to my list? Let me know below!
~ XOXO, the Christmas movie watching, Amanda // Blonde out of Water