Top 10 Holiday Movies

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 21, 2016


I know you don’t want to admit it, but for me—the holidays are officially here even if you choose to think differently. This means you can listen to Christmas music and watch holiday movies as much as you’d like without being judged. Since we have such a short amount of time to enjoy all these movies, I think it’s best to begin as soon as possible! Today I’m sharing my top 10 favorite holiday movies I have to watch every single year.

10| Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

There is no better classic than this holiday movie! I’ve always loved this movie growing up, so it’s still something I enjoy watching year after year. In fact, I named a deer that lives near our house after Cornelius from this movie!  (Maybe not the best fitting name for a deer, haha!)

9| It’s A Wonderful Life

A holiday movie that brings and reminds me that there are so many reasons to be thankful for where we are in life, and that we are here for a reason. If you love classic, traditional films; you need to make time for It’s a Wonderful Life as soon as possible.

8| A Christmas Carol

Another holiday movies that always makes me think each year I watch it. I love the older film in addition to the newer, animated film with Jim Carrey. Both versions are wonderful and definitely have several lessons we all should be reminded of during this time of year.

7| Frosty The Snowman

Another classic film I feel like you NEED to watch every holiday season is Frosty the Snowman. This easily brings me back to my childhood because I loved to sing and knew so many lines from this even when I was young.

6| How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Whether it’s the animated version or the Jim Carrey version, I think this is another movie you always have to play once a year during the holidays. Bring a little holiday cheer to your life, and pop in this film to take you right back to your childhood.

5| A Christmas Story

I know a ton of people are going to disagree with me on this one because they don’t see this as a “classic” Christmas movie. For me, it is because my family keeps this movie on all-day long on Christmas Day, so it is the epitome of Christmas in my eyes.

4| The Polar Express

It took me quite a long time before I watched this movie! I knew so many people who were in love with it a few years back, and I never knew what the hype was until I watched it. The soundtrack to this movie is incredible, and I love that it features Tom Hanks.

3| Home Alone

Josh might be a little disappointed that this movie isn’t number one on my list because it’s his personal favorite Christmas movie (and movie in general). He can literally recite every line. This movie is something my family would watch every year, so it’s a little sentimental to me around the holidays.

2| A Charlie Brown Christmas

If you can buy a “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” based form this movie, it MUST be a good movie. I will say that nothing reminds me more of the holiday season than seeing this is on TV, and having hot chocolate while watching it.

1| Elf

You’ll either love me or hate me for this opinion, but I love Elf; and I know many more people who love it more than I do (I’m looking at you, Michele!) I love this funny, but festive film because it’s so different from every other Christmas movie. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Will Ferrell.


What other holiday movies should I add to this list? What’s your favorite holiday movie? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Courtney Patterson

    It’s a Wonderful Life is my #1. Next to that would be A Christmas Story. Great list!

  • Yay, I love Christmas movies!!! Our household favorites are Home Alone and Jingle All The Way. And the old, animated Grinch movie. We’re not great big fans of the Jim Carrey one, but did you see that there’s a new animated Grinch movie coming out, too?

  • Great picks! I love the Grinch cartoon, any Christmas Carol movie, and I really love the old claymation films. I also really love watching Harry Potter this time of year haha 🙂

  • My all-time favorite Christmas movie is “The Santa Clause” with Tim Allen. I also love Charlie Brown and Home Alone. My hubby’s favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • One of my favorite holiday movies is Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!!! I love Polar Express as well!

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  • Omg I love the Christmas story. It’s probably my favorite. But every year after Thanksgiving dinner my family sits down and watches national Lampoon’s Christmas vacation to get into the spirit of Christmas. Such a great movie and so funny. On Christmas Eve we watch a miracle on 34th Street. Another amazing Christmas movie ? Such a great list. I love all these movies.

  • Lauren Norton

    Great movies! I agree with all of these. They are fantastic! I love Christmas movies and can’t wait to start watching them!
    xoxo Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur

  • I have been on a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie binge lately, definitely needing to switch it up with some of these classics! Great picks.

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  • Shani Ogden

    I think you hit all the ones I would have picked too! Elf is hilarious and I watch it anytime of year.

  • My husband and I just watched The Grinch the other night. First Christmas movie of the season lol Elf and The Santa Clause are the two my family absolutely have to watch every year. That’s how you now it’s the holiday season here lol

  • So many great picks here! Elf & How the Grinch Stole Christmas are hands down my favorite! I’m so happy the holidays are back!


  • ELF if definitely our number one choice for Christmas! It’s my FAVORITE! We also love watching Rise of the Guardians and Charlie Brown Christmas, too!

  • Adriana

    So many of these are so classic/ones we watch every year! Elf is by far my favorite!

  • Christmas Vacation! I know it’s not one to watch with the kids but it’s a staple at our house!

  • I just bought an Elf Shirt at Walmart for a party. ? Loved your list! And I grew up watching Rudolph and Frosty. Me and my kid watch it together now.

  • Natalie

    Love Home Alone and Elf – definitely in my top 10 too! Although, for me Christmas wouldn’t be complete without The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Die Hard (obviously this last one is not one to watch with the little’uns of the family, more of a late night, last minute wrapping presents tradition for me…)


  • Shannon Paige

    Its a wonderful life is my number 1 favorite!! we watch it every year…i am writing this and watching charlie brown christmas! *

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