Cozying up in bed is one of our favorite feats of the holiday season, and doing so with these nine best Christmas movies lined up to fill your days is even better! For the lovers of all-things-Santa, get into the festive spirit with these old and new, sometimes cheesy, sometimes tear-jerking, always wonderful festive classics and have yourself a very merry Christmas!
1. Elf (2003)
On a mission to find his real father in big old New York City, an elf travels from Santa’s grotto in the North Pole to find things aren’t quite the same in the big apple. With the protagonist (Will Ferrell) reminding us to have fun and release our inner child from time to time, Elf makes our list as one of the nine best Christmas movies of all time.
2. Family Stone (2005)
This festive comedy drama is set in the Stone household, a family of liberals, who are host to their uptight guest (Sarah Jessica Parker) who jolts the family out of kilter. Fun viewing for the holidays, why not give this one a go?
3. The Holiday (2006)
Done with men, two women from America and the UK exchange households for the Christmas period to get some much-needed alone time. Little do they know that these man-free zones are exactly where they need to be to find the true love they never imagined to exist. This uplifting film is high on our list of the nine best Christmas movies—a definite must-watch.
4. Joyeux Noël (2005)
The infamous tale of the Christmas truce of Christmas Day in 1914, WW1 sets the scene for this powerful film. Starring Daniel Brühl and Diane Kruger, prepare to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas with our fourth best Christmas movie.
5. A Christmas Carol (1938)
Well, it’d be rude not to have this Dickensonian classic make our list of nine best Christmas movies, wouldn’t it? When Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future on Christmas eve, his sudden generous and kind behavior is nothing short of a miracle to all in his town.
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6. Polar Express (2004)
This stunning animation follows a group of children who board a mysterious train and have their beliefs in Santa Clause confirmed. Tom Hanks stars as the voice of several characters in this venerable film, including the conductor, narrator and Santa Claus. Get comfy and revel in this Christmas tale.
7. Home Alone (1990)
Making number seven in our best Christmas movies is this annual must-watch; a heartwarming drama about a boy who is left behind during Christmas while his family go on vacation. The untimate kids fantasy, Kevim can eat and do whatever he likes, but finds himself the protector of the house, inventing traps for a pair of doofus burglars.
8. The Chronicals of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Did you ever read this book as a child? This screen adaptation takes its protagonists, four siblings, into a fantasy world through the wardrobe of a spare bedroom. They must save Narnia from the evil White Queen and its perpetual winter. This dazzling interpretation of the much-loved literature classic holds a special place in our best Christmas movies list.
9. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
A quintessential Christmas movie, Kris Kringle, a department store Santa, claims he is actually the real Santa Claus after all. Subject to abuse and disbelief, he must prove himself to New York City and a young girl who has lost the true meaning of Christmas in this perennial classic.
Did any of your favorite Christmas movies make our list? Tell us what we’re missing out on!