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Top 10 Christmas Movies of all Time

Updated on December 29, 2017
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Here are My Top 10 Christmas Movies this Year

These top 10 Christmas movies span a few decades.

I am sure you must have watched most of them if not all. As you will see by my list that I am not into the classics like White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life. However I do think they are fantastic movies. Just not in my top ten.

I like silly comedy type Christmas movies. I do like the older Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman Christmas TV specials as well. I believe all of my top 10 favourite Christmas movies are available on Blu-Ray and most likely on DVD for sure.

Most of these I have purchased so I can make sure I watch them every Christmas season and the others I make sure to find on television maybe more than once a Christmas season.

In no particular order here are what I deem as the best and top Christmas Movies.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

  • Jack Skellington is the King of Halloween town. Poor Jack is so bored of the same old same old in his creepy little town.
  • One day Jack accidentally stumbles upon Christmas and comes up with a great idea, well so he thinks at the time.
  • Jack with the help of some of the ghoulish creatures of Halloween town kidnap Santa and try to have Christmas instead of the same old boring Halloween.
  • Things don’t go quite like jack had hoped for though. The graphics for this movie are excellent.

National Lampoon Christmas Vacation & Scrooged Movies

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

This one has to be my all time favourite. The movie shows how no matter how perfect you try to make Christmas there is always something that goes wrong.

  • Clark Griswold as every year is having his family over for the holidays and even some family that he wasn’t expecting.
  • Christmas time is a great time to decorate your house with lights and Clark has a fun time trying to cover his house with literally thousands of light bulbs.
  • No matter what happens Clark keeps his chin up and tries to still have a great time even when cousin Eddie and snot the dog show up.

Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross is one of the top dogs at a TV station that is planning on running a live showing of the Christmas Carol.

  • Things aren’t going that great though for Frank as Ghosts of Christmas past , present and the future show up to help smarten up Frank who does not really like the whole Christmas idea.
  • Eventually Frank starts to see the light and after a visit from 3 ghosts realizes it is time for him to appreciate Christmas and life.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Trailer

National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Movie Trailer

Home Alone & Elf

Home Alone (1990)

The McAllister family are all headed to France for the holiday season.

  • Kevin the youngest of the family has been sent to the attic bedroom the night before the big trip because of fighting with his brother Buzz.
  • The next morning there was a big panic to get to the airport in time for the flight and on the way there the large family miscounted everyone in the van thinking everyone was present.
  • Meanwhile Kevin was still sleeping in the attic bedroom.
  • Kevin was having all kinds of fun having the house to himself until he figured out here were two burglars in the neighbourhood casing the house.
  • Kevin rigs the house to protect it from the burglars and the fun really starts up then.

Elf (2003)

Buddy was an orphan who ended up in Santa’s gift sack one Christmas Eve and brought back to the North Pole where he was brought up as an elf.

  • Unknowingly Buddy grew up believing he was an actual elf.
  • Eventually Santa let Buddy travel to New York to find his real father who just happened to be on Santa’s naughty list.
  • Buddy has all kinds of fun in the big apple.
  • Buddy’s father Walter eventually realizes Buddy really is his son and has a choice to make.

Elf Movie Trailer

The Classic "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" & The Santa Clause

Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer (1964)

Burl Ives narrates this classic tale of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer who is ousted from all of the Reindeer games.

  • Rudolph meets Hermey who is an elf who really wants to be a Dentist. Rudolph and Hermey meet an abominable snowman and come across an island of misfit toys.
  • After finding the misfit toys Rudolph decides to return to the North Pole to see if Santa can do something for these special toys.
  • When Rudolph returns he finds that Santa’s sleigh has been fogged in and Rudolph is the only hope Santa has in delivering the toys.

The Santa Clause (1994)

It is hard being a divorced father let alone a divorced father and Santa clause.

  • Scott Calvin causes Santa to fall off his roof knocking him unconscious.
  • Scott must finish delivering the gifts to the children.
  • When Scott returns to the North Pole he finds out that he must take over the role of Santa now.
  • Scott starts gaining weight and growing a big thick white beard without even trying.
  • Scott has a bit of trouble with his custody rights but eventually things work out for him and his son.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas & Four Christmases

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

This Dr Seuss story is about the green fury Grinch who lives way up high on snowy white crumpit mountain which sits just outside of Whoville.

  • From way up high in the mountain the Grinch and his faithful dog Max can hear all of the Christmas festivities going on in Whoville.
  • Being the bitter Grinch that he is, the Grinch decides he is going to ruin the Who’s Christmas by going to the village and stealing all of the presents.
  • The Grinch is successful in stealing everything but Christmas still comes to Whoville.
  • The Grinch realizes that Christmas is more than just presents and decides to return the gifts.

Four Christmases (2008)

Maybe some people can relate to this couples situation around the holiday season.

  • A couple who normally make up some lie about going to help the unfortunate in third world countries end up having their flight cancelled at Christmas time and end up having to visit their 4 divorced parents on Christmas day.
  • Orlando and Kate are happily married and child free. Each visit brings comic relief and also allows Orlando and Kate to find out more about each other.
  • In the end the visits bring the couple closer but by the way the visits went you wouldn’t have thought that is what was going to happen.

Four Christmases Trailer

Christmas with The Kranks

Christmas with The Kranks (2004)

Luther Krank gets fed up with the whole commercialism side of Christmas and decides that him and his wife Nora should spend the holiday season away on a vacation just for them.

  • Luther refuses to put up house decorations no matter how much his neighbours including Vic Frohmeyer played by Dan Akroyd tries to encourage or should I say strong arm him into decorating his house.
  • Their vacation plans blow up when their daughter Blair decides she is coming home for Christmas.
  • The Kranks then have to scramble to decorate the house and put on a Christmas party and get the help of the neighbours who they have been snubbing the last few weeks.

I hope you enjoyed this listing of the best and my top 10 Christmas movies for this year

© 2010 Grant Handford


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  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    I will thanks sjjbullead

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    10 years ago

    like your choices -- check out ELF BOWLING -- very funny!

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    check them out movie star they are great movies.

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    movie star 

    10 years ago

    thanks for your hub. I have not seen for 2 last movies above mentioned.

  • Grant's World profile imageAUTHOR

    Grant Handford 

    10 years ago from Canada

    no problem carrie. If you like Vince Vaughn then you have to see four christmases.

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    10 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

    Thanks for the tips on the movies Grant. I haven't yet seen "Four Christmases" It sounds good. I'll look into that one, thanks


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