It’s that time of year again where the weather is so cold that it actually snows, which means all we want to do is sit home with a cup of hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies. The question is, which Christmas movies are the best? This created a buzz around the office of which classic movies will never fade out. Here is a list of Christmas movies that I personally think will stand the test of time — plus some honorable mentions.
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The OG will always trump the 90’s remake. This movie is the perfect transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The film starts off at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and ends with Santa winning a lawsuit (if that doesn’t scream Christmas magic then I don’t know what does).
2. Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Macaulay Culkin will forever be Kevin McCallister in my eyes. Plus the famous aftershave scene has become a staple of Christmas. Yet I still don’t understand how a kid could have thought of and pulled off all those pranks on the “Sticky Bandits” especially in an abandon New York City walk up apartment…
3. The Santa Clause
Tim Allen is pretty much the king of Christmas at this point. I will say I did enjoy all three of The Santa Clause movies (even the one with Martin Short) but the first one will always be considered a classic. While I was only a year old when the movie first premiered, growing up watching The Santa Clause year after year made me wish I lived at the North Pole, got to play with the new toys, and drink hot chocolate all day – honestly it’s every kid’s dream.
4. A Christmas Story
I can’t leave out what has become the most essential Christmas movie. As a person who is fluent in movie quotes, I appreciate that A Christmas Story is full of one-liners. Plus I know everyone that has seen or heard of this movie has wanted to stick his or her tongue on a flagpole to see if it would actually stick.
Since the premier back in 2003, Elf has become one of those movies we can’t stop watching or quoting. Will Ferrell is hilarious as an adult Elf trying to figure out how to make his dad accept him all while navigating through the big city of New York (personally I don’t think I could find my way through NYC and I am not a delusional Elf).
A few honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the top five, but are played on Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas each year are: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version), Love Actually, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.