My Ten Favorite Christmas Movies (And A Call For Recommendations)

Christmas is an awesome time of the year that I love to partake in, but I don't actually celebrate the holiday since I am Jewish. I still make it a point to go to all of the New York City Christmas decorations and to watch a ton of Christmas movies while I prep for finals. Heck, I have a very Jewish Christmas by ordering days worth of Chinese food and watching said movies with the family.

So, I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorite Christmas movies (and the terrible ones but that's what makes them so amazing) and the ones I always watch around Christmastime and ask for future recommendations!

This list is in no particular order...


1. The Holiday- A Christmas movie with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as the two leads who switch places for 2 weeks over Christmas after bad breakups. I love the fact that Jack Black is in an entertaining suitor role, which is rare, and this is probably the most attractive Jude Law I have ever encountered: British book editor that's sensitive and with long hair. Sign me the heck up!

2. The Polar Express- Based on a highly beloved children's book, is there really anything more I should say? Tom Hanks killed this movie, the animation is on point, and every time I watch I find myself singing about how much I need some HOT CHOCOLAAAAAATTEEEEE.

3. The Mistle-Tones- This is ABC Family's first original musical that is available on Netflix each year. It stars Tia Mowry (of Sister, Sister fame) and a pregnant Tori Spelling as a terribly cliche evil lady, which is what makes it so perfect. Mowry is trying to follow in her mother's footsteps by singing in a Christmas acapella group. Why is the love interest so hot?! Why are her friends so perfectly dorky?! Why am I in love with this movie?! I don't know, but I am. 

4. Elf- Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel are perfect in this movie. I don't know what else to say aside from the fact that it is probably one of the most quoted and GIFed movie on the Internet. But I will never put maple syrup on my spaghetti, nope. Whoever came up with this plot is one of my favorite people ever. Son of a Nutcracker!

5. The Santa Clause- This entire series starring Tim Allen is ridiculously creative and fun, even if the mom and step-dad are overly intense in the first movie. These are Christmas classics, hands down. Plus, I love me a good play on words, and this entire movie is based off a good play on words.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas- I have to watch this movie before both Halloween and Christmas because it is tradition. Even though I primarily associate it with Halloween, it is just the way it is. No if's, and's, or but's about it.

7. Rise of the Guardians- This is a relatively new movie in the grand scheme of things, but it follows Jack Frost and has a crazy awesome Russian gangster Santa Claus and an Australian hunter Easter Bunny and I just love it. I love it so hard. Plus, it helps that Chris Pine voices Jack Frost because everything about him, including his voice, is delicious.

8. Love Actually- The idea behind this movie spawned a ton of terrible knock off's with way too many celebrities, but this one still beats them all. My favorite couple is probably the one who stages porn because they're so delightfully awkward. But, really, this entire movie is perfection. So many attractive people, so much funny, so much perfection.

9. Home Alone- If I was left out of a family Christmas, I would not be nearly as resourceful as Kevin. I love this franchise, a true classic.

10. Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas- When I was younger, this movie used to scare me. But, as I've grown older, I literally feel like I can identify with the Grinch, now matter how weird-looking he is. Yes, I just want to eat. No, I do not want to people. Yes, I want to be left alone. No, I am not feeling cheery.

Plus, shout out to Harry Potter because I use Christmas as an excuse to watch the series every year and Frozen because a ton of kids are probably going to watch its icy shenanigans on repeat this year.


What are your favorite Christmas movies? Odds are I haven't watched them since I tend to stick to this list, so I'd love more recommendations! Do we have any favorite movies in common? Or did my list inspire you to look up some of these movies?


  1. OK. You MUST watch The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It's adorable, and it has Henry Winkler in it!!! It's my next favorite after The Holiday. You have some great picks here!

    Merry Christmas!

    - Jana (

    1. I have actually never heard of that one *hides*

      But I will check it out!

  2. You have some great ones on your list. I'd add National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Family Stone, Christmas With The Kranks, and White Christmas.

    1. I have heard of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and I feel like I really need to get around to that! I've also heard Christmas with the Kranks is hilarious.

      Thank you for the recommendations!

  3. Ooo! The Polar Express is my favorite Christmas movie! Love Actually and Home Alone are up there as well.
    A Miracle on 34th Street and It's A Wonderful Life are two classics that you should definitely watch if you haven't.

    1. One of my friends is freaked out by The Polar Express and I'm like WE CANNOT BE FRIENDS ANYMORE!

      I really need to see A MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. I never catch it right when it's about to start, which stinks.