What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a Christmas movie marathon! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas movies of all time. So grab your Santa hat and a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy these classics with your family and friends at home!
A Christmas movie list would not be complete without mentioning Santa’s ninth reindeer, Rudolph! This Christmas stop-motion animated television special, originally aired in 1964, is the longest-running holiday special ever. The special features a red-nosed reindeer that was teased by all of Santa’s other reindeers. On one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa asked him to guide his sleigh with his shiny, red nose, and all the reindeer loved him afterwards.
The movie follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, who discovers a portal to Christmas Town and is filled with Christmas cheer. Tired of celebrating the Halloween every year, Jack plots to bring Christmas to Halloween Town by abducting Santa. Posing as Santa, Jack plans to deliver ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning, but alas, things don’t go according to plan.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is about a green, grumpy hermit who lives on the outskirts of Whoville. Fueled by his hate for the inhabitants of Whoville and Christmas, the Grinch plots to ruin Christmas by stealing the Whos’ trees, presents, and Christmas food. This heart-warming story can be seen in both a stop-motion television special (1966) and in a live-action feature film (2000).
Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they find the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown, disillusioned by the materialism of Christmas, goes on a journey to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Lucy suggests to Charlie Brown that he direct the neighborhood Christmas play, which he ultimately fails at. Instructed to get a Christmas tree for the play, Charlie Brown chooses a forlorn little fir tree which receives immediate ridicule by the Peanuts gang.
A baby orphan named Buddy stows away in Santa’s sack and is adopted by Papa Elf in the North Pole. Realizing that he isn’t cut out for elf duties and that he is actually a human, Buddy sets for New York City to reconnect with his biological father. Buddy has trouble adjusting to the cynicism of New Yorkers and works to spread Christmas cheer to his family, saving Christmas in the process.
This animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol story is a story about a rich Victorian-era miser who refuses to make charitable contributions and treats his only employee terribly. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on an eye-opening journey by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come where he is faced with a choice between redemption or death.
Popularized by the song White Christmas, the movie features singer Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as they partner up in hopes of becoming a successful song-and-dance team. They are introduced to a female song-and-dance act who they become romantically involved with. After finding out that their old commanding officer’s inn is failing, the song-and-dance duos team up to save the Vermont Inn.
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