Christmas is not just a festival, but it is a whole vibe. Streets decorated with lights, a cup of hot cocoa in the cold winter and the presents under the Christmas tree make us happy and excited. It makes sense to have a little celebration after a whole year of hard work. Christmas movies serve the purpose of bringing joy to a world full of cynicism. They are mostly straightforward stories which touch our hearts and help us be kind to others. By now, there are Christmas movies geared towards children, teenagers and adults, all of them carrying a significant lesson with them. We have listed 48 Christmas movies to pick from during this festive season.
1. Love Actually (2003)
The movie explores the nature of different relationships of a few London couples. The circumstances they face hit close to home as they are very common. We have all been guilty of at least one thing shown in this Christmas Movie.
2. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
It is one of the most typical Christmas movies out there because it explores the perspective of Santa Claus.
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
This movie follows a common plot with many other Christmas movies, where a grumpy character gets a new perspective on life.
4. The Polar Express (2004)
This movie follows a little boy on his journey to meet Santa Claus, however, he finds something much more exciting.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The story puts an edgy twist on the typical, light-hearted Christmas movies. There is an important lesson to be learnt from this story, but you will have to figure it out.
6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
The protagonist loves Christmas and wholeheartedly wants everyone to have a good time. However, it results in a chain of innocent disasters, one we are all familiar with.
7. A Christmas Carol (2009)
One could easily relate with Ebenezer Scrooge, he represents a dark side all human beings have. But the Christmas spirits are ready to rescue him, and us.
8. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
The man claiming to be Santa himself is seen as crazy by some cynics. Find out whether his lawyer can defend him.
9. Home Alone (1990)
As children, we always wanted to grow up and do adult things. Kevin goes through a difficult test of looking after himself when his parents accidentally leave him alone.
10. The Santa Clause (1994)
Everyone needs a helping hand, including Santa Claus. He also has to recruit the next Santa to take his position. Follow the life of a Santa recruit in this Christmas movie.
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The only person who does not appreciate you is yourself. This year, celebrate Christmas with a movie about the importance of healthy self-appreciation.
12. A Christmas Story (1983)
Sometimes all we need is a relatable character, like Ralphie Parker. This is one of those Christmas movies that will take you back to the good old childhood days.
13. Die Hard (1988)
This movie is perfect for people who love a classic adventure.
14. Elf (2003)
We all have, at some point, wished that mythical creatures lived amongst us. One human was raised by these funny beings at the north pole, but he wants to know where he came from.
15. Bad Santa (2003)
Bored of the good, old, jolly Santa? This movie follows the fun story of a Santa with a moral compass broken enough to rob a bank.
16. The Holiday (2006)
It is well-known advice to live in a different environment once in a while, because it may bring something unexpectedly pleasant in our lives. It is just what happens when two girls swap their homes.
17. Trading Places (1983)
Watch what happens when a pair of rich people swap their wealth with another rich person.
18. Groundhog Day (1993)
Have you ever wished to relieve a memory all over again? It could be horrifying if it happens all the time as it did with Phil in this movie.
19. White Christmas (1954)
A fun-filled story of musicians trying to get back in the game. It is a fun story with great songs and light-hearted humour.
20. Last Christmas (2019)
This movie follows the journey of a girl riddled with ambivalent feelings until she meets someone who changes her view on life for good.
21. The Grinch (2018)
The grinch is the cynical, grumpy man who does not like Christmas cheer. Let us face it, the ever frowning spoilsport is also a part of the Christmas spirit.
22. Prancer (1989)
This Christmas movie is all about helping the ones stuck in difficult situations, and keeping the spirit alive against all odds. Follow the nurturing friendship of a reindeer and its carer this festival.
23. The Nativity Story (2006)
This movie offers us a glimpse into the minds and emotions of well-known biblical characters as they go through their journey.
24. Christmas Story (2007)
It is a simple, feel-good Christmas movie about gratitude and love. A must-watch for anyone who is feeling down.
25. Arthur Christmas (2011)
Santa's son Arthur offers a helping hand and sets out to deliver a misplaced Christmas present to a little girl.
26. Christmas Mail (2010)
A love story with a twisted background to it, it is one of the best Christmas movies ever made.
27. All I Want for Christmas (1991)
Set on a mission to bring their parents together for Christmas, siblings Ethan and Hallie make for some funny, hilarious moments.
28. A Christmas Prince (2017)
The whole series is about finding and falling in love. The light-hearted, lovely, and simple movie is guaranteed to raise your Christmas spirits.
30. Almost Christmas (2016)
Spending time with family is not all fun and games, especially with four dysfunctional children. Watch as a father tries his hardest to be the glue that holds it all together for Christmas time.
31. Last Holiday (2006)
Watch as a woman finally tries to live her life to the fullest after she receives a death prognosis.
32. Holidate (2020)
Nobody wants to be alone during a festival, especially Christmas. Following the societal pressure of not being single, two people decide to be each other’s partners for Christmas time, only to discover something amazing.
33. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
The movie follows the story of how Charles Dickens created some of the most well-known characters today. It is a must-watch for any Charles Dickens’ fans.
34. The Night Before (2015)
Take part in the events full of hilarity as three friends try to make the most of their last Christmas together.
35. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Cindy Lou, a believer in the Christmas spirit, sets out to coax the grumpy, isolated Grinch out of his shell. See how one positive individual can be a big help to others.
36. Four Christmases (2008)
Sometimes, all we want is to get away from the world and go on a vacation with one significant person. In this movie, the plan fails, and a series of fun events ensues.
37. Office Christmas Party (2016)
We have tutorials on arranging office parties to keep them from getting out of control. Perhaps, our protagonist here should have watched one of them.
38. Scrooged (1988)
Our main character is forced to take a journey into self-discovery by the Christmas spirits. He soon realizes that he needs to change himself.
39. Gremlins (1984)
Listen to your elders and other people who know more about a subject than you. You do not want to unleash an army of troublesome beings like Billy from this movie.
40. The Family Stone (2005)
We have all experienced situations in which we do not fit in, follow our protagonist through the same ordeal as she tries to keep with some outgoing and unconventional people.
41. Lethal Weapon (1987)
The comedy-drama-action filled movie series is a perfect choice for someone who wants to watch something unconventional this Christmas.
42. 8 Women (2002)
This movie is a series of comedic events with dark undertones in it. Watch as a murder mystery slowly unveils the darkest family secrets.
43. Klaus (2019)
Being bad at your job could also be fun because dire circumstances sometimes bring a ray of light. It is just what happens with our protagonist in this movie.
44. Joyeux Noel (2005)
Set in a worn-torn country, faith in humanity is restored as four members from opposing sides choose peaceful bonding over bloodbaths and destruction.
45. Serendipity (2001)
We have all heard the phrase, “it will happen if it is meant to be.” Two lovers take this to the next level as they leave their relationship in the hands of fate,
46. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011)
Christmas movies are full of super relatable characters, just like the main characters of this story. Two friends are pushed into a chaotic series of events as they try to find a replacement for a broken item.
47. Nativity! (2009)
A small lie can turn out to bring about some massive chaos, especially if Hollywood is involved. Watch as Paul and his opponent battle to create better play.
48. Let It Snow (2019)
Being a teenager is hard, especially when your lives start colliding with other teenagers. Follow the lives of a group of teens learning about friendship and love.
49. Angela’s Christmas (2017)
It is always a good time to watch a heart-warming story where the little things matter and this movie is just that.
Christmas movies are a tradition at this point because they are a part of the celebration and the spirit. Even though we get thrust into hard times year after year, a good old, heartwarming tale is always there to cheer us up. Apart from making us happy, it motivates us to be a kind person above all. They are made with a purpose to get people ready for the upcoming celebrations, to leave the hate and anger behind and enter the new year full of love. It makes us understand the importance of our family and friends, because, in the end, our connections are the only thing that stays with us.
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