I think because stores and radio stations start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween, I don’t get into the jolly holly mood until I watch a Christmas movie.
The holiday just doesn’t feel complete without watching movies. I watch Harry Potter at Christmas, but they don’t have the same comfort as traditional holiday movies.
Here’s a list of my favorite holiday movies in no particular order.
- The Shop Around The Corner
I love romantic fluff and meet-cute moments. It’s a charming 1940s romance. A man and woman unknowingly exchange letters with each other while working in the same shop.
- Babes in Toyland (1961 version)
Annette Funicello is adorable. I love the outfits, the songs. It is a little dated for some people, but it did come out in the 60s.
- The Santa Clause
Tim Allen as Santa, need I say more?
- Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
I think there should be a retelling of every classic short story with Disney characters. The gift of the magi with Mickey and Minnie is super cute.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Where are you, Christmas? It is a bop and is on all of my Christmas playlists.
- Narnia The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
I always watched this in Sunday school and never understood that we watched it because it’s a Christian allegory. I just thought it was a Christmas movie.
- A Year without a Santa Claus
Mrs. Claus is the absolute best character. Santa decides he wants to stop being Santa because he doesn’t feel people believe in him anymore. Also, I’m glad it’s getting more recognition from TikTok.
It’s a Disney plus original, and it’s super cute. The story follows brother and sister Nick and Noelle’s first Christmas after their father passed away.
- A Christmas Carol (1999)
Patrick Stewart is iconic. This version is a little different from the other versions. It is a made for tv movie, and it focuses more on the man at the center of the tale.
- Santa Clause is Coming to Town.
A good Santa origin story. I don’t know what I love more about the movie the 1970s stop-motion, Fred Astaire, the cheesy/overly 70s moments. Put one foot in front of the other is the cutest song.