Like the music, Christmas films are one of my favourite things this time of year! I’m pretty particular about which ones I choose to watch (much to my family’s disappointment, I can’t stand Christmas Vacation, for example!). But if I know I love a movie or might grow to love a new one, they are truly one of the highlights of the season.
Technically, a few of these are holiday TV specials, but they fit in far better with films than with my favourite TV episodes (coming soon!).
In no particular order, here are some of my favourite Christmas films to help get you into the holiday spirit! Whether you add these to your bullet journal or pin them for later, be sure to keep them on hand for the inevitable “What Christmas movie should we watch tonight?”
While I’ve never been good at picking a top favourite Christmas film, Elf is almost nearly near the top of the list. From its outrageously quotable lines to the sheer Christmas cheer, it’s hard to go wrong with this one!
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Admittedly, I think most of my love for this movie comes from Topper the penguin. But, I love the soundtrack, too!
A Christmas Story
Every Christmas Eve, TBS plays A Christmas Story on repeat for 24 hours. It’s a highlight of every single Christmas! My grandparents have it on at their house, my parents have it on at their house, and I have no doubt that I’ll someday watch it with my family, too.
Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
Probably one of the least well-known of these movies, Nestor is another one that’s consistently near the top of my list of favourites. I cry every single time, without fail.
In fact, I’ve actually wanted a plush Nestor for years–so, if anyone needs a last-minute gift idea for yours truly. . . .
Another classic in my family! This is one of my grandmother‘s favourite movies–she watches it year-round! The first two movies are excellent, in my opinion, especially with the New York City sights in Home Alone 2.
Fun anecdote: my mom recently stumbled across this parody trailer for the fan-created Home Alone Christmas Reunion and her first question was how we would break the news to Nanny had it been real!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
ONLY the animated classic. I know the live action version is relatively popular, but I personally cannot stand it. The original, though, is a personal favourite.
I haven’t seen the newest animated version yet, but I’m trying to keep an open mind about it. Between the return to animation and the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, I’ve got relatively high hopes! Have you seen it? Let me know what you thought!
Jingle All the Way
This may actually be the only Schwarzenegger film I’ve seen! Nevertheless, it’s another favourite come Christmastime (and grossly underappreciated, in my opinion!).
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Another classic! Rudolph was my favourite as a kid and I’ve never grown out of that love.
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
I haven’t seen this one many times and it’s pretty unlike most of the others on this list, but my adoration of Robin Williams brings it front and centre nevertheless.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Another animated special, another amazing addition to this list. If I had to guess, I’d say the music and Snoopy most draw me in–and Linus’ speech keeps me around! The Peanuts holiday specials are some of my favourite seasonal activities the year round.
I actually haven’t seen this one for a few years, but it’s stuck with me. I think this year calls for a rewatch!
Frosty the Snowman
Yet another classic animation! It’s hard to go wrong with the sub-genre thereof, really.
I’m not fully convinced that this belongs firmly in the category of Christmas films (and I’d watch it all year without issue), but Christmas is present enough for it to count, in my book. Plus, Alan Rickman. It’s also one of the few times that I can tolerate “All I Want for Christmas Is You!”
I also learnt recently that Olivia Olson, who plays Joanna, also voices Marceline in Adventure Time!
The Polar Express
This is one of my mom’s favourites, and despite not being a particular fan of Tom Hanks, it’s rubbed off on me! The “Hot Chocolate” scene is so wonderfully upbeat, and “When Christmas Comes to Town” breaks my heart (in a good way!) every single time.
Deck the Halls
This one’s another ultra-contemporary film that isn’t normally my cup of tea, but it’s slowly become one of my favourites! Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito play off of one another wonderfully and Kristin Chenoweth and Kristin Davis make it even better.
Olive the Other Reindeer
This is probably one of the least well-known on this list, but I love it. Dogs and Christmas? I’m a fan.