10 Best Christmas Movies Of All Time

It’s finally officially Christmas time! Now that we have stuffed our faces with the delicious Thanksgiving food, it is socially acceptable to put up the Christmas tree, blast festive tunes, and binge watch your favorite holiday movies. I decided to make a list of some of the best holiday movies, including some of my favorites! These are all movies you have to see if you have not already. 

1. Elf

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Who does not love a good Will Ferrel movie? In this movie, Ferrel plays a human raised by elves, who travels to NYC to meet his real father once he finds out the truth about his family. This is a hilarious and heart-warming movie everyone in the family can enjoy–and one of my personal favorites!

2. The Santa Claus

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In this super funny film, Tim Allen accidentally turns into the real santa claus and The North Pole is left under his control. He is also faced with the challenge of convincing his family he’s the real santa! This movie never fails to be a family favorite this time of year.

3. Miracle On 34th Street

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In this Christmas classic, a man by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for a santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle is a hit and proves to be very good at the job and return for the entire holiday season. Trouble occurs when Kringle claims the reason for his success is the fact that he is, indeed, the real Santa Claus. There is an outpour of chaos while everyone tries to figure out the truth.

4. It’s A Wonderful Life

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After George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel comes down to make that wish come true. George then goes through a long journey to ultimately realize his life was perfect the way it was. He began to see just how many lives he impacted with his own and how different the world would be without him. George learns the valuable lesson that the greatest holiday gift of all is the ability to be with the ones you love.

5. A Christmas Story

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This humorous and beloved film follows the conflicts young Ralphie Parker faces as a quirky kid with a relentless bully. Ralphie spends his time dodging his bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift–a Red Ryder air rifle. The story follows Ralphie as he struggles to make it to Christmas day with all of his hopes still intact.

6. Home Alone

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This classic film introduces us to the ever-bratty, Kevin McCallister, who gets mistakenly left home alone when his family leaves for a holiday trip to Paris without him. Kevin, who assumed his wish from the previous night to have no family came true, woke up to an empty house. His excitement fades soon when he realizes two con-men are trying to rob his family’s home and only he is left to protect their belongings.

7. Love Actually

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Love Actually is a holiday film for the hopeless romantic inside all of us–even Christmas is the perfect time for a good romantic comedy! Nine different intertwined stories show the complexities of the one emotion which connects us all: love–all taking place during the Christmas season.

8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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Based on the Dr. Seuss book, this film takes place in Whoville, where the Who’s are plagued by the rumors of the evil Grinch who lives at the top of Mount Crumpit. One little girl–Cindy Lou Who–is determined to get the Grinch involved in the town’s Christmas celebrations because she cannot fathom the thought of him being alone on Christmas.

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Clark Griswald is determined to give his family the perfect Christmas–with even the perfect tree and the best decorated house in the neighborhood. However, nothing goes quite as planned as one hilariously unexpected thing after another keeps unfolding into an eventual huge mess. This film will keep you and your family laughing the entire time!

10.A Christmas Carol

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Based on the novella by Charles Dickens, this classic film follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge–an old man who is well-known for his miserable attitude. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts–the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future–who help him recover the real meaning and joy of the season.

What other Holiday films are on your watch list this season? Let us know! Happy Holidays!

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Raelynn is a senior in college, working on her B.A. in English. After she graduates, she will be moving on to graduate school to attain her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Though she does not quite know what genre she wants to write yet, she hopes to one day be a full-time writer. In her free time, Raelynn likes to play guitar, hangout with friends, pet puppies, and go on spontaneous adventures.
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