Today I will be sharing with you my top 20 favorite Christmas films. I love to curl up on the couch with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk and just escape the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Everything gets so hectic and people can get so grumpy. Sometimes we’ll turn off the lights and just enjoy several films and the lights on the Christmas tree. I hope you enjoy this list of Christmas films and that they will warm your heart year after year.
My Top 20 Favorite Christmas Films
- A Charlie Brown Christmas-Okay, so this isn’t exactly a movie. However, it’s a Christmas classic and one of my absolute favorites. I love the Peanuts gang and how this little cartoon explains the true meaning of Christmas.
- Dr. Suess’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Live Action)-I remember going to see this movie in the theater and absolutely loving it. I was a little skeptical at first but Jim Carrey did an amazing job. I can still remember my late Aunt howling in laughter beside me. Since then, it has become one of my Christmas favorites and I love the cartoon version just as much.
- Christmas with Tucker-This movie is about a boy who forms a special bond with the neighbor’s dog after his father’s death. However, the upcoming Christmas season promises to bring lessons to learn in responsibility, the loyalty of friends, and the power of love.
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas-This comedy stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas who plays a selfish college kid trying to get home by 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve for dinner or forfeit the classic car his Dad has promised him. He runs into a lot of twists, turns and ‘errors’ along the way from strangers looking for help and kindness from Santa.
- Trading Christmas-It’s definitely a merry mix up when two strangers agree to trade houses of the holidays, only to find the love of their life.
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6. White Christmas-Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star in this film about two performers who try and liven up a winter resort inn. I love this classic.
7. Prancer-A wounded reindeer and an eight year old girl form a special bond of true devotion and friendship.
8. A Dog Named Christmas-A young man with a learning disability who has an unconditional love for animals embarks on a journey that helps him ensure as many dogs as possible get adopted from the shelter.
9. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year-This movie is about single Mom Jennifer Cullen who is Mrs. Scrooge when it comes to anything that has to do with Christmas. Even her son Brian is having trouble believing there is a Santa Claus. But when her Uncle Ralph brings home a fellow passenger from his flight, Jennifer’s heart starts to open to the possibilities and miracles of Christmas.
10. The Santa Claus-Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin who works for a toy company. However, when Santa has a mishap on Scott’s roof everything changes. Soon Scott is starting to look like Santa himself. (NOTE: I really liked the second movie in this series too but the third movie in my opinion was awful.)
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11. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-This Christmas classic is still one of my favorites.
12. The Nine Lives of Christmas-Zach is a bachelor firefighter who gets adopted by a stray cat. In spite of shying away from responsibility, Zach falls in love with the cat and names him Ambrose. Ambrose causes him to cross paths with Merilee White, who is the complete opposite of Zach. He soon starts to realize that being responsibility free isn’t so great. He also starts to realize that the wrong woman may just be the perfect match for him.
13. The Christmas Secret-This movie is about a single Mom named Christine who has just moved to a new town. She is trying to keep her family afloat during the Christmas season. Soon her struggles are replaced by a family secret brought to light that brings hope, faith, and love back into her world.
14. Finding Father Christmas-Miranda lost her mother when she was very young and never knew her father. In the search to find out more about his family, she finds a clue and goes to a New England town to find out more. There she meets Ian, a young man that helps her in her search. As more and more secrets about her father are revealed, she faces a difficult decision.
15. A Christmas Wish-Single Mom Martha Evans needs a miracle this Christmas. Little does she know that help is on the way from some “earth” angels.
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16. Garfield’s Christmas Special-I have always loved Garfield and this is another Christmas cartoon I loved as a kid. I still love it as an adult. You just can’t go wrong with Garfield’s sarcasm and wit. The link is for a DVD with both Thanksgiving and Christmas specials on it. They also have a DVD that has Halloween/Christmas and Thanksgiving but it is rather expensive. You can find it here if you are interested.
17. A Muppet Family Christmas-This special is a favorite in our house. It is a staple from my childhood and one of my Mom’s favorites. You will want to shop around for this one. It is considered rare and hard to find. I have seen it on both Amazon and eBay. One of my best friends from childhood was able to buy a copy off eBay last year for a decent price. I’m so glad she found it for me.
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18. Dashing Through The Snow-Based on the Debbie Macomber book, Ashley and Dash both have to get to Seattle before Christmas. Unfortunately all airlines are booked and there is only one rental car. Reluctantly, they decide to go together. On their journey they discover they have quite a bit in common. They also run into some twists and turns along the way. Could these detours lead them onto the path of romance?
19. All I Want For Christmas-Jesse enters a contest to find his Mom a boyfriend for Christmas. Is he overlooking the perfect boyfriend for his Mom right across the hall?
20. Bramble House Christmas-Finn Conrad is suspicious as to why his father left his nurse $50,000 dollars after knowing her only six weeks. Wanting to settle things before Christmas, he goes undercover and investigates the bed and breakfast where said nurse Willa is staying. Soon he finds himself falling for her and her son, Scout. When he finds out what she needs the money for, will it tear their budding romance apart? This book is based on the book by C.J. Carmichael.
These films are just the tip of the iceberg for me, I have so many Christmas movie favorites. I hope they are an inspiration to try some new family favorites. What are your favorite holiday movies? I would love to know so I can compile a list of reader favorites next year. Merry Christmas and happy watching!