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Our Ultimate list of family favourite Christmas movies

There are a few things I like to do every year to help me get into the spirit of Christmas. One of them is to binge watch Christmas movies.

I’m as excited as the kids to celebrate the season although sometimes it can be tough to enjoy! By year end we’re burnt-out and the expectation to spend money is stressful. I can totally understand why it can be hard to relax and enjoy the silly season.

My antidote to feel good and enjoy the Christmas season is to binge-watch some good old seasonal classics. 

Christmas movies are timeless

As soon as the school holidays have begun my kids and I have a tradition of watching all our favourite Christmas movies together.

With some Christmas movies, no matter how many times we’ve seen it, we still enjoy it all the same every year. It’s a special time with mom that the kids can enjoy.

Where to find Christmas movies

I practically squeal with excitement every year when Netflix adds new Hallmark Christmas movies! For the last few years (pre-Netflix) we were hiring our old favourites from the video store but sadly, the last one in our area closed down.

Our local library also has an extensive old movie collection and you can borrow whatever Christmas movies you can find from there.

What I’d really like to do is to buy all our favourites Christmas movies on DVD for our own personal collection. I say that every year then forget. Maybe I should buy one every year!

Ultimate list of Christmas movies

Top favorite Christmas movies

It would take me quite a while to list all the Christmas movies I’ve loved. I’d rather tell you which ones we rewatch every single year. These are some classic and timeless Christmas movies I watch with the kids (the kid-friendly ones) because they never fail to get us into the spirit of Christmas!

Please note that only some of them are child-friendly. I’ve included the movies I watch alone too!

The Nativity Story (2006)

The Nativity Story

Betrothed to much-older Joseph (Oscar Isaac), Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) must remain a maiden for one year, but she subsequently receives a visit from the angel Gabriel, who tells her of her destiny. When Joseph and now-heavily pregnant Mary journey to Bethlehem for the Roman census, they face a threat from King Herod, whose obsession with an ancient prophecy endangers soon-to-be-born Jesus.

Love Actually

Love ActuallyNine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

Elf (2003)

ElfBuddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

This Christmas (2007)

At holiday time, family matriarch Ma’Dere Whitfield (Loretta Devine) assembles her large brood for their first reunion in four years. However, family ties show signs of strain when various secrets come to light, especially concerning Marine Claude’s (Columbus Short) true military status, Quentin’s (Idris Elba) debts and teenage Baby’s (Chris Brown) secret plans to become a singer.

 

Deck the Halls (2006)

Steve (Matthew Broderick), suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, finds a wrinkle in his well-ordered existence with the arrival of his new neighbor Danny (Danny DeVito). Danny has big dreams and plans to illuminate his house with enough holiday lights to make it visible from space. Not to be outdone, Steve declares a war of one-upmanship with Danny that threatens to drag the Christmas spirit through the slush.

Home Alone (1990)

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

How the Gringe stole Christmas (2000)

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

Jingle Bells (1996)

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Christmas with the Kranks

Finally alone for the holidays, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. This doesn’t sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) and Walt Scheel (M. Emmet Walsh), who are determined to win the annual “best decorated street” competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And for Peanuts fans everywhere, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without this classic holiday delight. Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy’s advice and directs the Christmas play. And what’s a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back – until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It’s up to Arthur (James McAvoy), Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns.

The Polar Express (2004)

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, 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 — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

Surviving Christmas (2004)

Surviving Christmas

A wealthy executive, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) has no close relationships and becomes nostalgic for his childhood home as Christmas approaches. When he visits the house and finds another family living there, he offers the residents, Tom Valco (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Christine (Catherine O’Hara), a large sum of money to pretend they are his parents. Soon Drew tests the couple’s patience, and, when their daughter, Alicia (Christina Applegate), arrives, things get increasingly tense.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)

As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.

The Holiday (2006)

The HolidayDumped and depressed, English rose Iris agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky in love Californian Amanda for a much-needed break. Iris finds herself in a palatial Hollywood mansion while Amanda navigates the lanes of a picture-perfect English village. Soon enough, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads perfect for a romantic pick-me-up.

All images not my own but belongs to the original source.

Do you have any favorite Christmas movie suggestions to add? Share it in the comment area below.

You might also want to check our favourite Top 5 Doggy Christmas movies!

 

Anthea

Anthea O'Neill is happily married wife and proud mother of two, a son and a daughter. She is a digital designer & front-end developer by day and a self-proclaimed glitter & crafting addict with a flair for the dramatic. Anthea's Project Life is a place for anyone who is looking to add some creativity and fun into their family life.

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7 Comments

  1. I’m reading this in 2018 and I’m so happy to see that you have some of favorites on your list. I will check out the ones I didn’t know about and perhaps they will become favorites too. Thanks for this 🙂

  2. Love this post. One of my all time favourites is It’s a Wonderful Life – it left a lasting impression on my when I was a child. And I was talking about Christmas movies the other day and she mentioned The Holiday – I’ve never seen it but it sounds great! Will have to try to watch it this year 🙂

    1. You know, I’ve never seen “It’s a Wonderful Life”! I will hunt it down and watch it. Thanks for the rec!

  3. I watched The Holiday for the first time last night. Loved it 🙂 I went all gooey inside.

    Not watched many of the others in your list. Now I’m finding that I want to watch and relax this Christmas, I’ll take a few off your list Anthea. Thank you.

    1. You’ll want to start with Christmas with the Kranks!

  4. This is a sweet collection. I also have a movie list up on my blog, under our xmas eve box. I buy, so our collection is growing nicely. (And our books, which also geta tossed in the box usually. )

    Enjoy your xmas eve darling! X

    1. Thanks babe! Enjoy yours too…I am off to check out your list in case I’ve missed anything!

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