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10 Best Holiday Movies

Updated on July 28, 2020

Enjoy the Best Holiday Movies

The holiday season is about more than just shopping and drinking loads of eggnog. At our home, we enjoy the best holiday movies every year. A big bowl of popcorn and It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol are as much holiday traditions here as putting up the Christmas tree!

Tired of watching Christmas Vacation year after year? (my kids love that one, by the way, and it IS on the list of my top 10 best holiday movies.) If you want some other ideas of the best holiday movies to enjoy, I've wrapped them all up for you here!

So, take a break from shoveling the driveway or addressing greeting cards. Head to the RedBox, download them through Netflix, or even find them on many "on-demand" channels.

Why not enjoy one of these classic Christmas movies today? Give yourself a little present.

All tuckered out from holiday movies!
All tuckered out from holiday movies!

The Muppet Christmas Carol

No, I am not embarrassed to admit that my favorite holiday movie is the 1992 film, The Muppet Christmas Carol. Starring Michael Caine as Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Muppets make you laugh and cry in this version of the holiday classic.

Our favorite lines in the movie are, "light the lamp, not the rat!" and "If he became a flavor you can bet he would be sour."  ... "Even the vegetables don't like him!"

We love how the genius of the Muppets combines culture with humor.  The Muppets Christmas Carol is hilariously entertaining, while importing major life lessons.

One of the more poignant facts about The Muppet Christmas Carol is that it was the first major Muppet project after the death of creator Jim Henson in the late 1980s.

A Muppet Christmas Carol


There really is no other movie on earth that I can watch several times a month and never tire of! Elf, starring Will Ferrell and James Caan, is hilarious and so childlike that it can make us all believe in the magical mystery of Christmas, like no other movie of this era.

The film itself has some hysterical scenes and memorable lines. While you are cracking up, you might not realize that Elf has some very important lessons. Wait... is this a serious movie, too.  Childlike innocence is captured in a beautiful manner. Believing in Christmas transcends us all, no matter our age, race, creed, or even height!

If you haven't seen Elf, you really must take a few hours and enjoy this classic Christmas movie. Tell them Santa sent you....

Elf - Funniest Clips

Home Alone (Original)

What if you woke up one morning and everyone in your home was gone?

So begins the original "Home Alone" film starring Macaulay Caulkin, playing an 8-year old boy who awakens after his family and extended family all have boarded a plane to Europe for Christmas vacation. Left to his own devices, Kevin wards off two burglars, while also experiencing the magic of Christmas, all by himself.

I really cannot believe that the film is 20 years old. It seems like not that long ago I was watching Home Alone in theaters. Today, my own children are Kevin's age. They think its hilarious that he gets to jump on the bed, slap aftershave on his face, order pizza and eat a huge bowl of ice cream with no adults to tell him otherwise.  And just wait until the bad guys try to break in. Hilarity ensues!

If you haven't watched Home Alone for a few years, pull out this Christmas classic movie and enjoy a few belly laughs, as well as a few tears.

Home Alone (1990) Original Trailer

Its a Wonderful Life

Really, you cannot have a top "anything" list of holiday movies without the classic film, Its a Wonderful Life.

Jimmy Stewart later claimed that this 1946 movie was his favorite, of all the ones in which he acted. It was also the favorite of director Frank Capra. But did you know?

It was actually a box-office flop at the time of its release, and only became the Christmas movie classic in the 1970s due to repeated television showings at Christmas-time when its copyright protection slipped and it fell into the public domain in 1974 and TV stations could air it for free. [Republic Pictures restored its copyright claim to the film in 1993, with exclusive video rights to it. Currently, it can be shown only on the NBC-TV network, and its distribution rights belong to Paramount Pictures.

Surely, you know of the general story line of "Its a Wonderful Life" ? Basically, its like A Christmas Carol, but from another perspective. George Bailey (James Stewart) is on the brink of suicide, even though his life is wonderful and filled with blessings. However, his guardian angel, Clarence, shows him how life would have been in the small town, had George never lived.

Its a Wonderful Life shows a frightening, nightmarish,view of the world that helps to bring George back from self-destruction. He returns to the idyllic, small-town world that he left, with renewed faith and confidence in life itself.

Hence, the film's title: It's a Wonderful Life .

Auld Lang Syne from Its a Wonderful Life

The Polar Express

When this movie first came out, I found it hard to believe that The Polar Express, a children's picture book made into a full-length feature movie, would be that good (or that popular). But this 2004 film tugs on your heartstrings and helps you recall the magic of Christmas as a child.

Starring Tom Hanks as the conductor of the train, the film originally showed on both the big screen and in eye-popping IMAX format.

If your children are wondering about Santa Claus, or seem to be making up their minds, this one is a definite family feature to enjoy together.  Can you still hear the jingle of Santa's sleigh bells?

The Polar Express

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Maybe it shows my age, but I remember when National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation was first released.... and I was old enough to see it without my parents worrying too much.

Chevy Chase is the classic comedian - just perfect for a holiday movie like this one. Playing off his wife, kids and extended family, "Christmas Vacation" shows just how many things can go wrong when you decide to stay at home for the holidays.

Funny lines from the movie include: "Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?" and "Is your house on fire, Clark? ... No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights."

awwww, yes, don't we all just love Christmas?!

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Trailer

A Christmas Story

Too many classic scenes from A Christmas Story - all of them entertaining and worth watching again this season. I cannot decide which one is my favorite: the "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" refrain (no BB guns for Christmas), the piggy footed pajamas, or the tongue stuck to the frozen pole.

Ralphie is the perfect kid Christmas movie character for this film based in the 1940s. He's a soft, glasses-wearing nerd with perfectly combed hair - clearly a momma's boy. The movie is both poignant and a little dark.

Will Ralphie get the Red Ryder BB gun he so desperately wants for Christmas? Watch and find out!

Classic Scenes from A Christmas Story

White Christmas

I'll admit that the plot of White Christmas leaves a little to be desired. But the singing and dancing is what its all about! It is a Bing Crosby holiday movie, after all!

I love the costumes, the Irving Berlin music, and the witty reparté between the main characters. Starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Dean Jagger, the 1954 film is one that you can enjoy, time and again.  In fact, this film spans all the generations in my family.  From 7 to 87, everyone loves White Christmas.

White Christmas is a musical treat - fun, light and a bit romantic. Perfect for a trip down nostalgia lane.

Bing Crosby Sings White Christmas

Miracle on 34th Street

I'm going with the original 1947 edition of Miracle on 34th Street, which won three Oscars, and not the re-makes. This classic Christmas movie contains the line that you now hear every year, "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

After the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a series of events leads people to wonder whether a department store Santa is actually the real man from the North Pole.

Is the old man insane, or is he magical?  Even if you know the plot and the ending, Miracle on 34th Street is such a holiday classic, you'll love watching it again.

Miracle on 34th Street Trailer

The Santa Clause (original)

The first of a trio of movies starring funny-man Tim Allen as a "tag-you're-it" Santa Claus, is the best of the bunch. When Santa falls off the roof to his demise in front of Scott Calvin and his young son, the small print on a tag (in legalese, the "Santa Clause") requires Calvin to take over as St. Nick.

Before he realizes what has happened, Calvin is putting on weight, growing a white beard, and finding it hard to resist becoming the man in the red suit. Everyone around him is curious as to what is happening, and disbelieving of Calvin's explanation that he is - in fact - Santa Claus.

Tim Allen was at the height of his comedy career when this movie came out in 1994. This film is both very funny and family friendly.  If you haven't seen this holiday movie in a while, its time to put it back on your good list.

The Santa Clause

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    • BWD316 profile image

      Brian Dooling 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Great List! so glad White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, the original Miracle on 34th street, Home Alone and The Santa Clause are on there. voted up!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      It is definitely time to watch holiday movies. Elf is one of our absolute favorites. The child-like innocence of Will Ferrel captures the season and wonder of Christmas perfectly. :) Cheers, Steph

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      Jools Hogg 

      9 years ago from North-East UK

      Great hub, I was just thinking about what we could expect from our satellite TV channel thins Christmas and my daughter said she wished Elf would be on again. Wouldn't it be great to have a 'holiday movie marathon'? I s'pose it's a bit like that anyway, lazy days in, full of loely food and watching great movies! Voted up.

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      9 years ago

      I love it when October rolls around because it gives me just the type of holiday joy that I need in my life. Its three months filled with three major holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas! I love how holiday cheer excites people and what better way to get it started then to watch great family movies! My favorite types of movies are those made decades ago such as ‘Charlie Brown’s Christmas’ and ‘Rudolph’! The good thing is that I can rent them all from Blockbuster using my Blockbuster Movie Pass! I have DISH Network with my employee account and now I have the chance to experience value like never before and it’s even available to new and existing DISH Network customers.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Aniela,

      I'm with you on all the TV specials! I should have written a hub on the best holiday specials. We just watched Elf again tonight... sometimes you cannot have too much of a good thing! Merry Christmas to you!

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      10 years ago from Southeastern, PA

      All of my favorites were on your list! I am also a sucker for the Hallmark, Lifetime and ABC Family original holiday movies. A Christmas Story is on our TV for practically the full 24 hour marathon on Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. But my all time favorite is Miracle on 34th Street - either 1947 B&W version or the 1990s remake. Love them both! :) Merry Christmas!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I loved your list too, cookingdiva!

      Lindacee, thank you! Glad you like the best holiday movies picks. :)

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      Linda Chechar 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      All totally cute and worth seeing again. My two favorites from the list are It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas. Love the oldies! Great Hub and movie suggestions. Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      Hi, Love this, we have a tradition of watching "It is a wonderful life" on Christmas eve and I wrote my favorite Xmas movie list too. Love these movies.

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      10 years ago

      Hey fellow holiday movie fans!

      Keep an eye out for "Holiday Baggage" written/directed by Stephen Polk, airing on Monday, December 20th, at 5pm on Lifetime.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Pudding Fairy - we watch the Muppets Christmas Carol every year too! Never tire of it! :)

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      Pudding Fairy 

      10 years ago from The Top Shelf of the Pantry

      Awesome Hub! Voted up! The Muppets Christmas Carol is my all time favourire Christmas movie too, Infact i watched it yesterday whilst putting up my christmas decorations! x

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      hahaha! love the lines from Christmas Vacation!!! thanks for making me laugh :)

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      10 years ago from Fort Collins, Colorado

      Thanks steph, I love that movie. Love Uncle Eddie too.

      "Where you going to put a tree that big Griswold?" "Bend over and I'll show you." "You've got a lot of nerve talking to me that way..." "I wasn't talking to you."


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      10 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great hub! I love Elf! it is soooo funny.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      LOL - that's a great line from Christmas Vacation! ;-)

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      10 years ago from Fort Collins, Colorado

      Great topic! Christmas Vacation has to be one of my favorites, "Then why is the carpet wet Todd? I don't KNOW Margo!"

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi arthur and lyndoman - love the additional selections! Bad Santa is irreverent, but Billy Bob Thorton is a great lead. ;-) I also like Gremlins. Great Escape is one I will keep in mind when visiting relatives! HA!

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      10 years ago from London

      Although it has no mention of Christmas, The Great Escape does it for me, and I suppose it's also a metaphor for how some of us feel after a period of enforced happiness and enduring family. Haha, actually my family is great, but I could see others having a problem.

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      10 years ago from Manchester, England

      Good selection, i'd add Bad Santa for its irreverence, and Gremlins, set at Xmas, with its rather creepy but funny story of how the heroine's father died trying to be Santa one year.

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      princess g 

      10 years ago

      I love Home For the Holidays:)

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Dolores, I am with you there! Its not Christmas without watching Its a Wonderful Life! Love that classic story. Merry Christmas! Steph

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      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Steph - we just watched It's a Wonderful Life last night. We watch it every year - it just isn't Christmas without viewing this beautiful movie. I feel like I could recite the dialoge along with it!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi SJerZGirl - thank you so much! I really enjoy reading about others' opinions on the movies I put on lists like these. I'm working on a Romantic Movie hub right now and its hard to pick top movies in any category. Will look forward to reading comments on that one too. Cheers to you, Steph

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      10 years ago

      I totally forgot about The Santa Clause and Home Alone. My favorite has always been White Christmas followed by the original Miracle on 34th St. I've never liked Christmas Story and, despite its quality, don't like watching "It's a Wonderful Life" because my sense of fair play really gets annoyed when the banker steals the deposit (yes, I know - it's just a movie!) I also forgot about Christmas Vacation, but it's not a movie I feel like watching because it's Christmas. It doesn't have that "feel" to it for me.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love the aftershave part too! Its a great, fun holiday movie. My kids love Home Alone, too.

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      10 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      My favorite is Home Alone, hands down! The aftershave part is priceless!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks all for the comments! Its a great time of year to watch holiday movies!

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      10 years ago

      i like them all, including the Christmas Carol! Thanks for the list...a few I have yet to get! :D

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      10 years ago

      So glad to see Uninvited Writer mention The Bishop's Wife. One of the all time greats. Will someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the original casting had Niven as the angel and Grant as the bishop. Sam Goldwyn saw the rushes and said, in so many words, "All wrong. Swap their roles!" And let's not forget Love Actually. Bill Nighy is fabulous!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      Love love love these movies!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Uninvited! I do love Cary Grant films- the Bishop's Wife is a classic holiday movie.

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I love The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant and David Niven.

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      Pull Your Ex Back 

      10 years ago

      Elf gets funnier every time I see it. It was on in June, why? I know it's a good film but keep it to christmas time please.

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      10 years ago from Carmarthenshire

      Elf is my favorite modern film and old school has to be home alone.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Peggy - there are so many great holiday movies! You can hardly go wrong. Just pick your favorite, or try one that you haven't seen before. Merry Christmas!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a great list although I must admit I have never seen the Muppet movie. Better correct that! This time of year so many of the good old and even newer ones are shown over and over again. Enjoyed your 10 best holiday movies list.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Prasetio - I agree with you that these are fun, uplifting holiday movies I hope you get the chance to see some of them this Christmas season. Have a wonderful day! Cheers to you, Steph

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You made my day so colorful with your movie list. You remind us again about these movies. Some of these movies are phenomenal. Thanks for share with us. I hope your day always beautiful. Cheers.......


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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi littlemiss - what a great holiday tradition! I love that! I was disappointed that our RedBox kiosk didn't have the Muppet Christmas Carol - will have to try Blockbuster or go through Netflix. Have a great Christmas!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi old timer - those are all great holiday movies! Maybe I should have done a "classic" Christmas movie hub, and a recent holiday movie hits hub? Cheers to you!

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      10 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I am so glad to see the Muppet Christmas Carol on here! Every year, on Christmas Eve, we split a bottle of wine and watch that! I love that movie! And National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and a Christmas Story are classics!!!!

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      old timer 

      10 years ago

      I guess I'm still stuck in the past. My list has to be White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, The Bishop's Wife, and The Bells of St. Mary's. I think most of the new ones are trite and pandering.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      My friend and her kids are coming over tonight to watch holiday movies together - I'm going to have to pick up Muppet's Christmas Carol! Cheers! Steph

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      10 years ago from Singapore

      Nice selections! I'll go for Muppet's Christmas Carol as well and maybe Home Alone after that? :)

      Rated this hub and happy following you.

      Check out my hubs too =)

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      10 years ago from Tampa

      Gonzo is the best!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      A girl after my own heart, Kat!! Muppet's Christmas Carol is one of my all-time favorites. I love the songs and the dry humor! ;-)

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      10 years ago from Tampa

      Yes, Muppet's Christmas Carol - I MUST watch it every year!!! Love The Santa Clause, own the 'trilogy.' Now, you can't forget the old muppet classic "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas!"

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Tony,

      I'd love to read more writings by Shepard. Jingle All the Way is a classic holiday movie - I always love Arnold S and Sinbad is great in that one! Now I want to rent the movie this weekend. Cheers, Steph

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      10 years ago from san diego calif

      I have always loved " It's a Wonderful Life ". And " A Christmas Story " is always great. Gene Shepard the writer of " A Christmas Story " is a fantastic humor writer from the mid 20th century. My english teacher in high school used to read his books all the time to the class. And that teacher Mr. O Brien is the man I credit for getting me interested in reading and writing.

      But I would also like to add " Jingle All The Way " with Arnold and Sinbad. That one was an absolute crack up.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Nell,

      This is what I love about hubs like this - all the awesome comments. That's two for Photographing Fairies as a great holiday movie. I'm going to go search for that this week!

      Bing Crosby brings back memories of watching television at my grandparents' house when I was growing up. Nostalgia at its best during the Christmas season! Best to you, Steph

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      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, good old Bing crosby, you can't beat that! my son has just bought the home alone series of films as he never saw them the first time, he was too young, I noticed someone said photographing fairies! I love it, it is well worth watching, cheers nell

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Elearn4life - We do love the Home Alone movies. 1 and 2 are the best! Enjoy the season - Steph

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      Darlene Matthews 

      10 years ago

      Great Hub. Home Alone 1 and 2 is always a winner for the family.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi DellNixon,

      Its been a while since I've seen Spirited Away. My kids might have been to young to "get it" back then. We'll have to rent the movie and try again soon. Cheers to you, Steph

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Judy - I love that Christmas special! I'm Mr. Heat Miser... I'm Mr. Sun! Great songs - now I have to go look it up on YouTube too!

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      10 years ago

      I am a big fan of Miyazaki's films. Spirited Away is my favorite Xmas movie. Your hub reminded me of the movie. i amm going to enjoy it this time too. Nice hub.

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      Judy Schmoetzer 

      10 years ago from Indiana

      One of my favorite Xmas movies is The Year Without a Santa Claus. I just love Mr. Snow Miser and Mr. Heat Miser. This hub actually prompted me to look up their song on youtube! Listening to it right now. Thanks for getting me in the spirit.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Purple Perl,

      Those are both such great movies from my childhood. I love that so many years later, my kids can enjoy the same holiday movies. Have a great season - Cheers, Steph

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      Esther Shamsunder 

      10 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Stephanie,I love Home Alone and Santa Clause among others.Christmas season is never complete without the special Christmas movies! Love watching with my family.

      Thanks for this awesome hub! Voted you up!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      RoadTrip Amy - thank you for the link to the holiday television shows!! I am going to go bookmark that right away.

      We watched the Grinch (animated) special last week- love, love, love it!

      Christmas in Connecticut - another good one! Cheers to you,


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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Scarlett - sorry I missed your comment earlier today! (in bed with the flu) :( Anyway, you have some great pics too. I love While You Were Sleeping, and When Harry Met Sally has some awesome scenes. The movie is one of my favorite (New Year's Eve scene is a good one).

      The Family Stone is a holiday movie classic! Thanks and Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas!

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      Road Trip Amy 

      10 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I love Christmas, I love Christmas movies, and I love this hub, Steph! I recently argued with my boyfriend about whether Elf should be on a top Christmas movies list, and this hub is now a critical piece of evidence supporting my position that it definitely should be.

      My personal favorite holiday film is the cartoon version of the Grinch. I can recite it beginning to end! Others worth mentioning are Rudolph (with Burl Ives and the elf who wants to be a dentist) and Christmas in Connecticut (with Barbara Stanwyck).

      For anyone wondering when these awesome films are going to be on TV, check out this schedule:

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I just love Ralphie in A Christmas Story too, Audrey! Such a classic movie. You can't help but love the kid! Funny that it reminds you of your own childhood. ;-)

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      All of them are treasures but something about A Christmas Story reminds me of too much of my own foibles or something. It was just too cute.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi nicnac,

      I like the Grinch, but I'm a fan of the Dr. Seuess animated television special instead of the recent movie with Jim Carrey.

      Home Alone is often forgotten because its 20 years old! But definitely a classic holiday movie. Fun to watch with the family.

      Enjoy your holiday season - cheers to you, Steph

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      10 years ago from Ireland

      What a great choice of movies! Adore Elf... am a huge Will Ferrel fan and the fact that he made a Christmas kids movie just makes him better :)

      Someone has mentioned the Grinch, it is hilarious and is automatically taken out once the season starts!

      And thank you for mentioning Home Alone, too often forgotten as a has been because of newer movies by kids today... but back home in Ireland the TV line up is not the same unless Home Alone is topping it.. reminds me of cosy evenings on front of the fire with brothers and sisters!

      Thanks for the reminders of the ones to watch this season :)

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      Scarlett My Dear 

      10 years ago from Missouri

      Love this one, Steph! Merry Christmas!

      Voted for It's A Wonderful Life ~ All time favorite!

      Also Love...

      The Grinch (animated and Jim Carrey's)... Especially fond of the Beautiful song, "Where Are You Christmas?"

      While You Were Sleeping, w/Sandra Bullock

      When Harry Met Sally ~ Don't know why, but I have to watch around the holidays!

      Funny story with that one. When my oldest was about 2 yrs old, I had it playing in the background while I cleaned house for Christmas. I heard his sweet little mouth imitating the orgasm scene from the other room! Ouch. Sorry!

      A close second on my favorites list, though tearfully so, I absolutely LOVE The Family Stone around the holidays. It's not the pick me up that Christmas Vacation is, certainly, but so poignant in losing a parent and so touching, that a family ~ even with their prejudices and failings, can still come together in the end and find peace.

      Happy Holidays! Thank you for your Christmas Hubs! Truly helps in a most difficult year. ~ Scarlett

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi all - it is really hard to narrow down the list to the top 10 best holiday movies. Perhaps a top 20 or 25? :) Anyway, I love the comments so far and I agree that Scrooged is a fun, poignant Christmas film. Polar Express is very magical, as well!

      @Mycroft - I was never really a fan of the 1950s version of A Christmas Carol, but will have to check out the George C. Scott version.

      @way2muchinfo - Photographing faries? I've got to find that one too!

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      fred allen 

      10 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      I noticed you mentioned my favorite in the comment section. Scrooged is my all time favorite. It makes me laugh out loud and weep for joy. No other Christmas movie makes me do both to the level this one does. Bill Murray was perfectly cast. So was Bobcat Goldthwait. Awesome movie. We watch it every year.

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      10 years ago

      This is the exact list I would have come up with, maybe the order would be different...but that doesn't matter. :) very cool how there are new Christmas movies that have been added recently; The Polar Express, it's so *magical*! Thanks so much for this article and sharing!

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      10 years ago from San Anton

      had to say thx for the list and memories,

      i n ever had a holiday movies list since i was a kid,

      but it seems this year i wish i did, photographing Faries, its a bit obscure i suppose, but its my favorite movie period


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      10 years ago

      Fairly good list; predictably oriented towards newer films. But my favorite has to be the George C. Scott version of "A Christmas Carol", which supplanted as my favorite the 1950's version starring Alistar Sim as E. Scrooge. Dickens' timeless classic is not only the best Christmas tale, but is one of the greatest stories ever written, period.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi all - I love the comments! I also am a big fan of Scrooged and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have never seen "The Gathering," but really am intrigued now. So many great holiday movies to choose from - you really can't go wrong! Happy Holidays!

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      10 years ago from Cold Mountain

      "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a fav. Voted for "Christmas Story" in your poll.

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      10 years ago

      Enjoyed readingthe list and all the comments. They are all good movies but my favorite Christmas movie isn't on there. It is a made for TV movie titled "The Gathering". Although there is an impending tragedy, the movie reminds me so much of the family gatherings, from putting up the tree to the fireworks, that we had growing up. Enjoyed the hub.

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      Andy Webb 

      10 years ago

      Nice hub - I would have to have Bill Murray and Scrooged in my list but most Christmas Movies are good for a watch.

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      Grandma's House 

      10 years ago

      All these are great movies and easy to watch over and over again. They are like old friends. I think it's popcorn time tonight!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. So many great holiday movies to choose from. @richtwf - I had forgotten about Trading Places! I love Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. Those 2 are hilarious and it is a good moral in the movie, as well.

      @dahoglund - I think the old ones are good too. Another film that I forgot was Little Lord Fauntleroy - its about 25-30 years old, starring Rick Schroeder: We used to watch this one every year!

      Happy Holidays!

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Great selection, steph, White Christmas is one of my all-time favorites. And Elf, one of the funniest. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I guess I like the old ones like "White Christmas" best.

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      10 years ago from Ireland

      This is a good list,Stephi. I've watched 2 on the list already and it's not quite Christmas. Thanks for the hub.

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      10 years ago

      Great list of Christmas movies. One film that reminds me of Christmas is 'Trading Places' with Eddie Murphy. I remember watching it one Christmas sitting next to a nice warm fire. The fire kept me warm and the story warmed my heart up!

      Thanks for sharing this list.

      P.S. Love Home Alone especially the first one!

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      Alexander Silvius 

      10 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      This is great, you gave me some ideas for movies to watch this Christmas, thanks!

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      10 years ago

      Nice collection of holiday movies. My favorite is The Polar Express.

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      Mike Lickteig 

      10 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I love holiday movies--they never fail to get me in a good mood. Thanks for sharing your favorites--BTW, I always watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Thanks again.


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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      That is awesome to hear Jill - I loved putting together this hub because each video clip I watched, I thought - oh, I love this holiday movie even more than the last! This is a great time of year!

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      jill of alltrades 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      I am happy that I have watched all those movies and like you, I also don't tire of watching them over and over again!

      Oh, I can't even say which is my favorite because I love them all!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi tipoague - this time of year, I love having the kids watch a holiday movie, or a holiday special in our family room. We always make popcorn, and its a lot of fun! Cheers, Steph

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      10 years ago from USA

      I love to have movie night once a week. It is so exciting to gather together with tons of snacks and enjoy a great movie. Great pick of movies!


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