My 10 Favorite Christmas Movies

Its the most wonderful time of the year…to binge watch Christmas movies!

There’s nothing better than relaxing in front of the TV with a fluffy blanket and hot cocoa and popping a holiday movie in the DVD player. Well, if you live in the Southern hemisphere, crank up the air-conditioning and get an ice cold drink instead.

I’m pretty sure everyone opens up Netflix when they watch movies these days but if you come across a DVD rental store then you should screenshot or print out the following list of movies for reference to get every must-see Christmas movie!

1. Elf

Elf / 2003


Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

2. Home Alone

Home Alone / 1990


When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Also see: Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

3. The Holiday

The Holiday / 2006


Dumped and depressed, English rose Iris agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky in love Californian Amanda for a much-needed break. Iris finds herself in a palatial Hollywood mansion while Amanda navigates the lanes of a picture-perfect English village. Soon enough, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads perfect for a romantic pick-me-up.

4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

How The Grinch Stole Christmas / 2000


In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

5. Four Christmases

Four Christmases / 2008


When their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart, unmarried couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) must spend Christmas Day trudging around to a quartet of family get-togethers. While Brad counts the hours till he can escape the onslaught of crazy relatives, Kate begins to wonder about her own choices and ponders whether her family members are so crazy after all.

6. A Christmas Wedding Date

A Christmas Wedding Date / 2012


Fired from her job, a woman (Marla Sokoloff) returns home to see her mother (Catherine Hicks) and attend a Christmas Eve wedding, but that proves harder than thought to be.

7. Deck The Halls

Deck The Halls / 2006


Steve (Matthew Broderick), suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, finds a wrinkle in his well-ordered existence with the arrival of his new neighbor Danny (Danny DeVito). Danny has big dreams and plans to illuminate his house with enough holiday lights to make it visible from space. Not to be outdone, Steve declares a war of one-upmanship with Danny that threatens to drag the Christmas spirit through the slush.

8. The Holiday Switch

The Holiday Switch / 2007


Struggling with family bills before Christmas, Paula wishes she’d stayed with her rich ex-boyfriend. When her wish comes true, will she be happy?

9. The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause / 1994


Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

Also see the sequels: The Santa Clause 2 & The Escape Clause

10. Christmas With The Kranks

Christmas With The Kranks / 2004


Finally alone for the holidays, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. This doesn’t sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) and Walt Scheel (M. Emmet Walsh), who are determined to win the annual “best decorated street” competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.

There’s my list of favorite Christmas movies! Grab a bowl of popcorn and your favorite person and happy binge watching! Happy holidays, too.

Until next time,

– Toni


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