My Favorite Christmas Movies

Last Modified: December 23, 2015 at 4:54 pm by Tianna | Leave a comment

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I’m not really that big on Christmas movies, if I’m being honest. In fact, just last week, my friend was making fun of me for claiming that The Jacket was probably my favorite holiday movie. I know, I know. It has nothing to do with the holidays, BUT it does have snow in it and, apparently, that’s good enough for my brain haha. Maybe it’s because we never get snow here in California; who knows? Anyway, because my friend Aaron is seriously Christmas crazed (and guilt-tripped me all weekend long while baking holiday cookies), I thought I would share a few holiday movies I actually do enjoy. For those of you who would rather not, there’s also my list of non-holiday themed movies I like watching this time of year, too!

My Favorite Christmas Movies


Harry Potter // It might seem weird to mention Harry Potter as a Christmas film, but seriously, who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas at Hogwarts? I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but hey, who knows? Last night, my boyfriend was showing me something in world of warcraft and I immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was a Harry Potter reference – why, you ask? No idea. I just assume all things relate back to Harry Potter, I guess. Anyway, HP reminds me of the holidays because I was young when I began reading the series and when the subsequent films were released so it’s nostalgic for me.

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The Santa Clause // This was one of the few films I was obsessed with watching around the holidays when I was younger. I just loved the idea of all the high tech gadgets (not so much anymore) in the film. Also, Tim Allen was a big actor back then and it was a new take on Christmas. If you’re unfamiliar, the story centers on a workaholic father who is obsessed with selling tons of Christmas toys, but spends very little time with his own kid. Santa falls off his roof and dies and he then starts becoming the new Santa replacement.

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Home Alone // This film reminds me a lot of Christmases when I was very young. It specifically reminds me of spending Christmas with my older brother. I don’t watch this one that much anymore because, to be frank, the abandonment issues are a little too close to home, but the film is great and has awesome music. The basic story is a little boy is left behind while his family goes on a trip for the holidays. He proceeds to fend off the bad guys and party, obviously.

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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas // The Grinch was one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books growing up and I love the cartoon as well. The music is a big part of it and I love old animations from that time. Basically, the Grinch is a creature who hates Christmas (and anything joyful it seems) so he attempts to “steal” Christmas from the Who’s in Whoville by taking away all the presents, lights, etc.


Mickey’s Christmas Carol // This is another holiday film I loved when I was incredibly young. It’s still my favorite version of Christmas Carol. If you’re unfamiliar with A Christmas Carol, it was originally a novel by Charles Dickens (the book is incredibly dark and includes murder FYI) and includes a main character Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas because he’s alone. He’s a jerk, greedy, etc. On Christmas Eve he’s visited by 3 ghosts : ghost of Christmas past, present and future. He’s warned by each to change his ways or else. This Disney version is incredibly tame, but it’s fun anyway 🙂 If you want something a little more adult, check out the A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey.

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Love Actually // This cheesy early 2000’s chick flick features all my favorite British actors, including Rick from The Walking Dead pre-fame! It’s basically one of those films with tons of characters going through different things who are all connected in some way or another and what they’re going through or where they end up during the holidays. I really love that it’s not all happy and there’s a lot of humor in spite of it all. It’s a fun watch, in my opinion! Also, it’s on Netflix!

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Christmas Classics // These are those old claymation films narrated by Burl Ives. They remind me a lot of growing up with my parents who watched them every single year. They were released in the 60’s, I believe, and they tell all the tales of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, etc.


Polar Express // This last one is a film, but I prefer the book because that’s what was out when I was a kid. At the time, the gorgeously illustrated book came with an audio cassette tape (I’m old) which you could listen to alongside the book. I just really enjoyed falling asleep listening to it when I was 5 or so. It made me think there might be snow in California, though there never was LOL.

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24 thoughts on “My Favorite Christmas Movies

  1. Ally Fiesta
    December 17, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    I relate to not being much of a Christmas movie fan. I usually just watch was is playing at my mom’s home. I am a fan of randomly watching b movies that went straight to Netflix just because I like corny story lines.

    1. December 17, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      haha I like watching horrible horror films, in general, but yeah, definitely not a huge fan of Xmas movies, much to my friends’ chagrin. That said, I love watching wintry feeling films even if the topic is not so Xmas related haha. what’s your top 3 corny movies on netflix? I’d love to check them out! 😀

  2. December 17, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    I always argue that Harry Potter films are Christmas films. Because I’ve read and enjoyed the books so thoroughly I know how much detail is put into the Christmas chapters and the movie scenes at Hogwarts during the holiday are gorgeous!

    1. December 17, 2015 at 8:40 AM

      uh YEAH. I mean clearly they ARE lol. seriously, Xmas at Hogwarts is better than anything in real life. I need to watch it for inspiration lol. glad you feel me on the HP xmas!

  3. December 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Funny I just put a post about Xmas movies on my French blog 🙂 I had home alone nad the grinch on it too 🙂
    And I loved audio books as a kid too!
    And don’t feel bad about xmas movies, I never watched them until I met the Scotsman
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    1. December 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      omg! I still need to check out your french blog! can you send me the url when you get a chance? So funny we have similar taste! 🙂 lol okay, I feel less bad knowing I’m not alone! ♥

      1. Helene
        December 18, 2015 at 8:51 AM

        URL is 🙂

        And I hated Christmas because it was attached to too many bad memories until the Scotsman and I started making our own traditions 🙂

        1. December 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

          thanks for the URL – will check it out ASAP! 🙂

          I totally know what you mean. I was realizing that about myself too. I have some bad memories with the holidays and just general stress. It was not until I met my current boyfriend that I started having a better outlook. Thank goodness for the good people in our lives to help us create new memories, right? 🙂

  4. December 19, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    these are all such great movies. I love love love The Grinch! xx, kenz

  5. December 22, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Love it all 🙂 Thank you for sharing this over at HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY! Hope to see you again!

    1. December 22, 2015 at 10:21 AM

      thanks Cristina! Glad you liked my Xmas picks 😀

  6. Kiki
    December 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    “why, you ask? No idea. I just assume all things relate back to Harry Potter, I guess.” – I chuckled so much at this because I find myself doing a similar thing. When people tell me “Star Wars this or Star Trek that (which are fine in their own rights), I’m always thinking “But Have you tried Harry Potter?” We need to finish up the series soon! Although, I do think I prefer movie Harry to book Harry. Book Harry got on my nerves so much in Order of the Phoenix. I remember (years ago) wanting to throw the book across the room because PAY ATTENTION TO SIRIUS, HARRY! haha

    Home Alone and The Grinch – Yaaaas! I’ve never seen the Mickey one. I feel like I should! My nephew is a big Mickey fan so maybe he’ll like it too (when it gets a bit older)! The Christmas Classics tooo! I watched these every Christmas as a little girl – although they really aren’t for me anymore.

    This is a good list. I’ve been in a horror mood but stuck on what to watch. Maybe IT or Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I think I’ve exhausted Michael Myers this year. 😉 Currently, I’m watching a K-Drama (Doctor Stranger). ahaha

    1. December 22, 2015 at 11:25 AM

      Haha glad you had a laugh! I’m really like that in real life too. I swear I relate my whole life to Harry Potter. I also love SW and ST and Hunger Games and all that, but HP is a first love for sure. movie Harry was more self-deprecating whereas I always felt like book Harry was more of a misunderstood jock. People got him wrong because he was proud, but not full of himself you know? And yeah, I love Sirius and I always felt like Gary Oldman in the films was EXACTLY how I imagined him! lol.

      Yes! I knowwww! And I just watched the Jim Carrey Scrooge which was so good too! The Mickey one just reminds me of being a little kid haha. He would probably love it because it’s definitely for kids. And I know – love claymation every now and again, but my parents burned me out on that and Wizard of Oz.

      It’s so funny – a lot of people seem to be in the mood to watch horror films haha. If you like vampires, the Underworld series is good if you haven’t seen! Also, I love k-dramas! Have you seen Heirs? loved that one!

  7. December 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    I would have to agree with your list here and then add one more. Muppets Family Christmas. Though the way I remember it, is as a little kid with 1987 commercials in between the show. Such an awesome memory!

    1. December 23, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      that is such a cool memory! I swear, with all the tech and internet nowadays, kids don’t have memories like this it seems. I remember watching Mickey’s Christmas Carol on VHS and listening to the cassette tape of Polar Express. Kids now are like, WTH is a cassette? lol. Those were good times! And I totally forgot about Muppets Family Xmas – muppets are so great! Total classics xx thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  9. December 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Of those you listed, my favorites are the classics and The Santa Claus. However, I much prefer the yearly offering Hallmark has for Christmas movies. They are movies my husband will watch with me, even several times in a season, since he loves them, too. My favorite Hallmark movie is The Christmas Card. Merry Christmas!

    1. December 29, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      that’s cool 🙂 I’m not a fan of Hallmark movies haha, but I know a lot of people like them.

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  12. January 4, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Love the Christmas Classics!Thank you for sharing this over st Bloggers Spotlight Link Party! Hope to see you again this week, pinned too!

    1. January 5, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      thanks Cristina! Glad you liked them 😀

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