It’s time to get cozy and watch the best Christmas movies ever!
We’re sharing the best Christmas movies to watch this winter! 🎄
This holiday season is all for family time, and celebrating the best traditions of Christmas. What better way to enjoy the month of December than by watching old Christmas movies? 🍿
To help you choose the title for your next movie night, here’s our roundup of 25 of the best Christmas movies!
From classics to kids’ movies to titles filled with adult humor, we’ve got something the whole family will enjoy. Plus, for those of you who are die-hard Christmas movie fans, we’ve even included a free Hip2Save 25 Days Christmas Movie Countdown so you have a holiday movie to watch every day of December!
Let’s start with some timeless holiday classic movies:
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This Christmas, America’s most dedicated dad, Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase), is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old-fashioned family Christmas ever.” This Christmas comedy classic is a must-watch!
Released 1989, rated PG-13
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
This classic Dr. Suess story will be loved by all! Watch how the Grinch tried stealing Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.
Released in 1967, rated G
3. A Christmas Story (1983)
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Ralphie is a boy who, in the 1940s tries to convince Santa Claus, his parents, and his teacher of the fact that a Red Ryder BB-gun would make the perfect gift for Christmas. This charming Christmas classic is one you won’t want to miss!
Released in 1983 and rated PG
4. White Christmas (1954)
This movie should be on your must-watch Christmas classics list every year. A successful song-and dance team falls in love with a sister-act and they work together to save the Vermont inn that belonged to their former commanding officer.
Released in 1954 and rated G
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Another classic Christmas movie! A young lawyer defends a Santa Claus-like old man in an institution by arguing that he’s the real deal.
Rated G, released in 1947
6. Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
This is a true classic that everyone’s probably seen At least once. A Charlie Brown Christmas was a 1965 animated television program based on the comic. PeanutsCharles M. Schulz. Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning behind Christmas.
Released in 1965 and rated G
7. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
This classic Rudolph movie with his red-nosed reindeer is one of the most popular Christmas specials ever! Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is filled with memorable songs and unforgettable characters. It will light up your holiday heart.
Released 1964, rated a G
8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who’s given up his dreams to help others, and whose suicidal thoughts on Christmas Eve bring about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George the many lives that he’s touched, and how life would have been different in Bedford Falls if George had never been born.
Released in 1946 and rated PG
Favorites from the Christmas films of pre-2000
9. Home Alone (1990)
Kevin McAllister is eight years old and a troublemaker. His family leaves him home alone on Christmas break.
Released 1990, rated G
10. Home Alone 2 (1992)
Kevin is accidentally transported to New York City a year after he was left at home by his parents and had the task of defeating two burglars.
Rated PG, released in 1992
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11. Jack Frost (1998)
Get the tissues for this Christmas film! A year after the tragic death of Charlie’s dad, Jack, he plays a mournful tune on his father’s harmonica on Christmas Day. His dad appears as a magical snowman in front of him, much to his surprise. Charlie and Jack are given a second opportunity to make amends for their mistakes.
Rated PG, released in 1998
12. Santa Claus (1994)
Join a divorced father Scott (played Tim Allen) on an adventure. After the real Santa falls off of his roof and disappears, Scott and his son are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Find out whether Scott actually becomes Santa Claus or if this was just a dream by watching the movie!
Released in 1994 and rated PG
13. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington is bored with his scare and scream routine. He longs to share the joy of Christmas. Santa is put in danger by his mission and it’s a nightmare to all good children.
Released in 1993 and rated PG
The best holiday movies of 2000 and beyond
14. Elf (2003)
This hilarious Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child, Buddy, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later, Buddy learns he’s not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity and family!
Released in 2003 and rated PG
15. Kranks at Christmas (2004)
Alone at the Holidays? This hilarious comedy is a great way to entertain your friends when the Kranks decide not to celebrate Christmas. The Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether, but their daughter unexpectedly returns home. This causes a commotion when they are forced to celebrate at the last moment.
16. The Polar Express (2004)
We love this classic Christmas story turned into a movie. The Polar Express. The wonder of the life of those who believe never fades.
Released in 2004, rated a G
17. Arthur Christmas (2011)
You’re sure to find a great one for your children! Santa’s clumsy son, Arthur, sets out on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl. This fun Christmas film will show you their high-tech operation below the North Pole. See if they can complete the mission in time.
Released in 2011, rated G
18. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jim Carrey plays the lead role in this newer version of Dr. Seuss’ classic. Watch this movie and see how the Grinch tried to steal Christmas from “Whoville”.
Rated PG, released in 2000
And just for the adults, here are our favorite PG-13 & Rated R Christmas hits:
19. Holiday (2006)
The perfect Christmas comedy-drama! Two women troubled with their relationships at home swap houses in each other’s countries. To their great surprise, each woman meets a man with a close relationship to the homeowner they are visiting and begins forming new relationships.
Released in 2006 and rated PG-13
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20. The Family Stone (2005)
An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.
Released in 2005 and rated PG-13
21. Love Actually (2003)
Grab some wine and snuggle up with your partner to watch this movie! This movie is about nine interwoven stories that explore the complexity of one emotion which connects us all. love.
Rated R. Released 2003
22. Die Hard (1988)
Who doesn’t love a low-key Christmas story? Haha! John McClane is an NYPD officer who tries to rescue his wife Holly Gennaro and other hostages that were held by German terrorist Hans Gruber at a Nakatomi Plaza Christmas party in Los Angeles. You’re husband will love this!
Released in 1988 and rated R
23. Scrooge (1988)
In this take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolFrank Cross (Bill Murry), a selfish and cynical TV executive, is haunted on Christmas Eve by three spirits who impart lessons.
Released in 1988 and rated PG-13
24. Four Christmases (2008)
Brad and Kate are forced to spend Christmas Day attending all of the family events they wanted to avoid when their exotic holiday plans fail. While Brad counts the hours until he can escape the onslaught of crazy relatives, Kate begins to wonder about her own choices and ponders whether her family members aren’t so crazy after all.
Released in 2008 and rated PG-13
25. The Family Man (2000)
Jack, a fast-lane investment broker offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife. This Christmas movie is a great way to show that family and little things are important in life. After watching this movie, I’m always left feeling extra thankful for so much!
Rated PG-13, released in 2000
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