The 10 Best Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

Happy December and Merry Christmas! December is one of my favorite months out of the year because of my love of Christmas time and the holiday season.  Each December, I love to relax in between holiday shopping with cozy winter days spent at home in cozy pajamas, drinking hot chocolates, baking holiday cookies, and watching Christmas movies!  This year I wanted to share ten of my favorite Christmas movies with you all that I am always sure to watch every single year.  I hope these movies become part of your Christmas traditions as well!


1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation


My number one favorite!  The Chicago-based Christmas comedy is about a man wanting to have the perfect family Christmas, with perfect holiday decorations, the perfect Christmas tree, and the perfect family Christmas Eve celebration.  But trying too much to make everything perfect, everything begins to fall apart.

2. Elf


My second Christmas favorite! This movie begins with a baby living in an orphanage who crawls into Santa’s bag on Christmas Eve and is transported to the North Pole.  He becomes raised by elves living in the North Pole and eventually travels to New York City in search of his real father and bringing the spirit of Christmas to those in New York City.

3. Christmas With the Kranks


So many laughs in this one.  I just watched this movie last night and could not stop laughing.  In this Chicago-based movie, a couple finally alone for the holidays after their daughter moves out, plan to skip Christmas and all traditions and rituals associated with the holiday.  But with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors and residents of Chicago, the couple cannot catch a break from being ridiculed for their skipping Christmas and lack of Christmas spirit.

4. Home Alone


When 8-year-old Kevin acts out in front of his family and relatives the night before a family trip to Paris, he is sent up to sleep in the attic, wishing he didn’t have a family and could live alone.  When he awakens to an empty house the next morning after his whole family forgot about him in the attic and left to the airport in such a rush, Kevin begins to believe that his wish for no family came true.  He has the time of his life until two bad guys plan to rob his house, in which Kevin becomes the man of the house and does everything to protect his home.

5. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York


In this Home Alone sequel, Kevin is put in a similar situation as in the first movie, except this time he is lost in one of the biggest cities in the world, New York City.  Instead of being forgotten in the attic, Kevin loses track of his father at the airport when they all try to take a family trip to Florida.  Thinking he sees his father, Kevin follows the man onto a plane that turns out to be flying to New York City, while the rest of his family is on their way to Florida for Christmas.  Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin has the Christmas vacation he always wanted on his own and exploring the big city.  But when the same bad guys end up being in New York as well, Kevin does everything he can to stop them from robbing a toy store before Christmas.

6. Dear Santa


This is SUCH a cute movie with such a good story to it, perfect for the holiday season.  I just found this movie about two years ago on Netflix and immediately added it to my list of Christmas movies I watch every year.  It’s about a rich woman living in the city who finds a “Dear Santa” letter blowing in the wind.  The letter is from a little girl who is asking Santa to bring a new wife to her widower father.  I love this movie so much and always love to find some new Christmas movies to add to my December movie list, if you guys haven’t checked this one out yet, I definitely recommend it!

7. The Mistle-tones


This ABC Family (Freeform) Christmas original is another good, fairly new Christmas movie that I just found a couple years ago.  Normally, I am not one who enjoys musicals or musical movies, but I actually enjoyed this one a lot!  It’s about a talented singer, Holly, who auditions for a spot in a legendary local Christmas musical group founded by her mother years previous.  When Holly is not given the slot in the group, she sets out to create her own musical group, The Mistle-tones, and begins to challenge the legendary group.  With a lot of Christmas and a little bit of romance, this is one of my newly favorite Christmas movies.  And I definitely recommend for those who enjoy musicals or even for those who don’t!

8. Four Christmases


Definitely an accurate representation of what some Christmases can be like, visiting all the in-laws and family in one day.  This movie is about an unmarried couple who spend their Christmas day trudging around to multiple family get-togethers after their vacation plans fall apart due to weather conditions.  With Christmas and comedy, this movie is a must-watch!

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


A classic that I never get tired of.  I watched this movie every single year as a kid and of course still do today! The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer saving Christmas never gets old!

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas


Another Christmas classic! I always enjoy watching the different Charlie Brown holiday movies, during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas, it’s always such a cute story and I love the characters!

I hope you all enjoyed the list and hope you watch some of these movies this Christmas season.  Feel free to leave a comment below for any other good Christmas movies you think I should check out!

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