• Elf Movie
    Elf with Will Ferrell
  • Home Alone 1
    Home Alone I
  • Love Actually
    Love Actually
  • Jim Carrey Scrooge
    Christmas Carol (2009)
    with Jim Carrey
  • Miracle on 34th Street
    Miracle on 34th Street

It’s a Wonderful Life

What a movie, Its a Wonderful Life! This holiday classic stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, and Frank Capra. It is an absolute must see holiday film for anyone and everyone. George Bailey (James Stewart) was born and raised in Bedford Falls. At one point, he’d hoped to travel, but he ended up unable to leave his hometown.

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On Christmas Eve, George prepares to jump off a bridge to end his frustrating, and soon to be chaotic, life. An angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) visits just in time to show George what life would have been like for others without all of his good deeds over the years. While his own goals fell by the wayside, the vision highlights personal accomplishments George had overlooked in frustration of lost dreams.

A Christmas Carol

The Christmas Carol movie is one of the most timeless, well-loved themes of the holiday season. The book by the same title was written by Charles Dickens and published in 1843. The story has literally touched the lives of millions and millions of people through print, as well as film.  These holiday classics tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in film:

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  • Christmas Carol 2009 with the Scrooge played by Jim Carrey is the most recent rendition of Ebenezer Scrooge and Dickens’ classic tale. This version is done in the same style of 3D animation as Polar Express and Beowulf. Critics gave the movie high marks for the effects, acting, and close adherence to the original story and language.
  • Scrooged depicts another twist on this precious theme. TV Executive Frank Cross (who was indeed both frank and cross with employees, as well as family and even the true love of his life, Claire.)
  • A Christmas Carol (UK), now a classic version of the film from 1951. This version stars Alastair Sim. This movie was produced in the UK and became a Christmas Eve in the US as well. Definitely a must-see as the closest version to the original story written by Charles Dickens.

The wealthy businessman is visited by a deceased colleague in the form of a ghost who shows Ebenezer scenes from the past, present, and future. The scenes reveal the darkside of Ebenezer Scrooge as the old miser comes to see how his own struggles, decisions, and actions severely impact the lives of those around him. The storyline of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one that should be read and watched every holiday season to keep the message of love, patience, generosity, and kindness close at hand. Each of these films is inspiring, while also funny and uplifting leaving viewers feeling full of benevolence and holiday spirit.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story centers around Ralphie Parker’s Christmas dream—to receive an official Red Ryder 200 shot range model air rifle. The movie follows Ralphie through run-ins with his little brother Randy to getting attacked by the school bully Scut Farkus and toadie Grover Dill.

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Ralphie has to contend with his mother’s fear that Ralphie will shoot himself (namely, in the eye) when and if he receives his dream Christmas present. This holiday film is a favorite for families, kids, young, and older audiences alike.

Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas, one of CBS’s most successful specials since it debuted in 1965. The story begins with Charlie Brown and the Peanuts as they attend rehearsals for the school play…but something is missing. To set the mood for the play, Charlie Brown feels they need a Christmas tree. Lucy sends him to fetch an aluminum tree.

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However, when Linus and Charlie Brown get to the tree market, Charlie Brown instantly wants a tiny tree–the only live one available. Linus doesn’t feel sure this is the right tree, but Charlie Brown is certain that if they decorate it, the tree will be perfect for the play. When they get back, everyone teases and laughs at Charlie Brown. He starts to doubt whether he really knows what Christmas is about, and finds the answer from a few unlikely sources. Children and adults alike have loved A Charlie Brown Christmas for decades!

If you like animated holiday movies, but you want to watch something outside of the regular Classic, see Nightmare Before Christmas—it’s a unique film by Tim Burton that includes characters from two holidays. Other newer films include the newer Grinch Stole Christmas (not animated but done stylistically in a way that resembles animated movies), A Christmas Carol 2009, and Polar Express.

Home Alone

Home Alone is one of the most popular movies of all time, and certainly on the list of best Christmas movies. The movie was so well-loved that it is still one of the most popular holiday films, and it inspired sequels. The sequels, particularly the second film, also did very well at the box office and are watched every year by countless audiences in the US and abroad:

Home Alone 1: In the original film, an adorable, mischevious Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left at home by himself when his family takes a holiday trip to France. By the time his parents realize they forgot Kevin, burglars have already targeted the home. Little did the robbers know that the home is still occupied! The crooks endure trap after trap, making audiences laugh aloud, adults and children alike. Definitely a fun family holiday movie. (Can’t wait to get the DVD or blu-ray? Watch home alone online now!)

Home Alone 2: In the wildly popular sequenl, the McAllister family takes a holiday vacation to Miami, Florida, but Kevin gets separated mid-trip and ends up by himself in New York City!

Home alone 3: This storyline revolves not around Kevin, but on another little boy named Alex Pruitt who is at home with the chicken pox!

Home Alone 4: Kevin is back (but the cast is all new). His parents are now divorced, and Kevin spends Christmas with his father, but ends up again in trouble with the burglars from the original film (also played by new cast members).

Watch one or all of these great movies. Simply a must-see for anyone who has never seen these holiday classics. You will laugh, cry, worry, and feel relieved as Kevin holds his own.

Home Alone 1

Home Alone 1 is one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time. It’s about a cute little rascal named Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who is left behind accidentally when his family goes to France for the holidays. By the time his family realizes that Kevin is missing, burglars have deemed the home a goldmine.

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The crooks have no idea what was in store for them as they begin their robbery attempt. They discover the boy but don’t see him as an obstacle…until their efforts to rob the home are squashed by trap after trap and prank after prank. The crooks are just as funny as the tricks that are played on them, and the boy grows more clever and endearing by the minute. This family film will make adults and children laugh aloud. (Get the DVD, Blu-ray, or watch Home Alone online now with video streaming.)

Home Alone 2

In Home Alone 2, the family takes a holiday vacation to Miami, Florida, but Kevin gets separated mid-trip and ends up by himself in New York City! As the McAllister family rushes at the airport, they are at risk of missing their flight. Confusion at the separates Kevin from his family…they go to Miami, but he heads to New York—alone again!

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Kevin ends up with a luxury suite at the Plaza and visit some of New York’s finest stores and sites; however, he is soon reunited with the Wet Bandits Harry Lime and Marv Merchants. These are the burglars from Home Alone 1 who escaped from prison. They’ve come to New York to rob Duncan’t Toy Chest. Kevin sets up shop in his uncle Rob’s townhouse and uses equipment inside to defeat the Wet Bandits once and for all.

Home Alone 3

Home Alone 3 is a 1997 family comedy from the Home Alone series, though all of the characters are new. The star of the movie is Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) who is left at home with the chicken pox. He receives a remote control toy car from Mrs. Hess (Marian Seldes), but neither of them realize the car contains a secret computer chip.

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This computer chip is sought after by a North Korean terrorist group!When the thieves come looking for the micro chip, Alex sees them through is telescope while shoveling and contacts the police. He later attaches a camera to the car to try to film the crooks as they search his neighbor’s home. That’s when things get dangerous!

Home Alone 4

Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House premiered as a TV movie in 2002. This sequel does not star the original cast. Kevin McCallister (Mike Wineberg) lives with his mother, as his parents have divorced. Kevin ends up spending Christmas with his dad and his father’s wealthy girlfriend Natalie.

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Unfortunately, Kevin encounters his old enemy Marv (French Stewart) who has a new female sidekick, Vera (Missi Pyle).

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) who is shocked to learn that the fellow who is to play the role of Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is drunk. He complains to the event director Doris (Maureen O’Hara), and she convinces Kris to take the man’s place.

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Kris does such an exceptional job that he is hired to be the Santa during the holiday season at the central Macy’s on 34th Street in New York City. He earns the love of customers by directing them to the best toys for children, including stores that directly competed with Macy’s for holiday sales. He has many fans but like the real Santa, Kris had many doubters. Eventually he loses his temper with one of them, causing a fiasco that will take time and faith to resolve.

Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a comical adaptation of A Christmas Carol that even has a role for author Charles Dickens (played by Gonzo the Great), as the narrator. This version of the story is set on Christmas Eve in 19th century London. Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) is a money-lender whose main concern is money, not holiday spirit.

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Scrooge is so cruel and selfish, in fact, that he refuses to grant Christmas Day off to his dependable right hand man and employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog). Bob finally convinces Ebenezer to give him the day off by pointing out that it would be a waste of coal to keep the office open on a day when no customers will visit. Fred (Steven Mackintosh), a nephew of Scrooge, arrives to invite his uncle to Christmas dinner. Two other men (Bunsen and Beaker) come to Ebenezer’s office gathering donations in the spirit of the holiday. Scrooge rejects Fred’s invitation. He explains to Bunsen and Beaker that looking after the poor isn’t prudent, as their deaths will decrease the surplus population—which Scrooge sees as a good thing.

From here, surly Ebenezer receives other visitors who try to soften his cold heart. Is Scrooge too mean and cold to ever understand the true meaning of Christmas?

Polar Express

The Polar Express stars Tom Hanks, Leslie Harter Zemeckis, and Eddie Deezen. On Christmas Eve, a young boy lays in bed doubting that Santa is real. Yet the boy waits. He falls asleep but is almost immediately woken back up by a train close to his home. He dashes outside and sees the Polar Express.

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The conductor tells the boy that the train is going to the North Pole, and he hops on. On board, the boy meets a girl who wholeheartedly believes in Santa. He meets another boy named Billy, and later, he encounters a hobo. These new acquaintances, along with the conductor accompany the boy on an enchanted holiday train ride. The Polar Express movie is a favorite for kids.

Santa Claus the Movie

Santa Claus the movie is a classic fantasy comedy about St. Nick. Claus (David Huddleston) learns that it is his destiny to deliver toys to children all over the world. He needs a great deal of help and finds it with a group of elves, namely with his assistant Patch (Dudley Moore).

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After an unfortunate incident, Patch quits as Santa’s assistant and moves to New York City. There, Patch becomes acquainted with an evil toy executive (John Lithgow) who attempts to use the naïve elf to eliminate Santa Claus. This is one of the meaningful, yet hilarious and cheerful Christmas films and classics.

This is one of the most well-known films in which the leading character is an elf. Dudley Moore is so funny and endearing that he draws audiences right into the world of Santa, elves, reindeer, and toys. If you love films about elves, another to watch is the more recent Elf movie starring Will Ferrell.


Scrooged is a modern version of the traditional holiday story with the Christmas Carol theme from the classic novella by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge takes form as an insensitive, self-absorbed modern television executive Frank Cross (Bill Murray). Life has rewarded him with a top paying job, hard earned through cold, cruel treatment of his family, employees, and the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen) whom he gave up for his first television gig in Frisbee the Dog.

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Frank has alienated all of those who should be near and dear, including Claire, his brother James (John Murray), and his ever dependable, patient assistant Grace Cooley (Alfre Woodard). Grace is probably the person closest to Frank, yet he works her to the bone, constantly coercing her into breaking plans with family and even doctor visits for her son Calvin who is mute. On Christmas Eve, Frank fires an employee Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait) for criticizing an offensive television commercial.

Frank is assigned the task of coordinating the live Christmas Eve show A Christmas Carol, and the story events weave themselves intricately into Frank’s life, beginning with a visit from his career mentor and media legend Lew Hayward (John Forsythe). The story takes a romantic spin as we follow the love story between Frank and Claire. (For a super romantic film, try Love Actually–talk about holiday romance!) Lew warns Frank about upcoming visits from three Ghosts…and one by one, the ghosts indeed appear to replay for Frank scenes from his life that impacted others in ways that shock and sadden him.

The Santa Clause

In The Santa Clause Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is divorced father who works as an advertising executive. He has a young son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd). This movie was so popular that it inspired more than one sequel. The original and the sequels have been tremendous holiday crowd pleasers:

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  • The Santa Clause: (shown above) At their home on Christmas Eve, Santa accidentally falls from the roof and is knocked unconscious. When Scott and Charlie complete Santa’s deliveries, they travel to the North Pole. There, Scott is told that he must become the new Santa, otherwise known as Father Christmas, and convince his loved ones that he is the real thing.
  • The Santa Clause 2: Scott Calvin is declared the best Claus in history. He has a son on the naughty list, a job as Santa that keeps getting more and more complicated, and a non-existent. When push comes to shove, Scott is forced to either find a suitable wife or give up his new position as Santa Claus.
  • Santa Claus 3: the North Pole and its holiday operation is threatened by the villainous Jack Frost (Martin Short) who plans to take over Christmas.
  • The Santa Clause 4: It has been rumored that there may be a Santa Clause 4 and even 5. However, these rumors have been ongoing since 2008.

This extremely funny, touching Santa Claus movie is a perfect family film to watch during the holidays. There’s nothing like a good Santa Claus movie to get children, adults, and couples into the holiday spirit.