December is here, and ‘tis the season to be jolly! With Christmas just around the corner, we at TWID want to help you all get into the holiday spirit. I’m sure most of you have been tuning into ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, but in case you haven’t, we’ve researched, and thought back to our childhoods to compile our own list of holiday favorites you might enjoy, and have ranked them from our least favorites, all the way to best. Don’t see your favorites on the list? Comment below and let us know what movies you enjoy watching during the holiday season
16. Bad Santa
This one is for the adults (obviously). This black comedy film features Billy Bob Thornton playing a con artist who dresses up as Santa in different malls in order to rob them. Thornton’s character plays a sex-crazed alcoholic. Doesn’t really sound like a movie to get you in the holiday spirit, and it is pretty raunchy, but its hilarious, and a movie (most) adults might enjoy. It also has a really Grinch-y vibe to the movie, essentially a bad Santa with a heart of gold
15. The Nativity Story
The story of how it all began. The Nativity Story features Whale Rider actress Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary, and is about her journey of giving birth to Christ. It’s an interesting take on the story of Mary and Joseph, quite different from most Nativity story movies. Nonetheless, it’s a great holiday movie telling arguably the most important story of all time.
14. Love Actually
I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good love story. Add Christmas into that, and you get Love Actually, one of the most heartwarming Christmas movies, and one of my personal favorites. This British romantic-comedy shows ten separate love stories that become intertwined and related to each other, all while counting down to Christmas. Featuring an ensemble cast of some of the most popular British actors, this movie will definitely warm your heart, and more than likely make you cry.
13. Babes in Toyland
There are several versions of this movie, but the one I’m specifically talking about is the 1986 version, starring Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves. I think this movie is probably one of the most underrated Christmas movies out there. I remember watching this as a child, and being so fascinated and wishing I would be transported to Toyland one day. Packed with lots of adventure and your typical villains, this movie is filled with holiday cheer.
12. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase wouldn’t be Chevy Chase if he didn’t gear up as classic character Clark Griswold for a Christmas Vacation movie in his Vacation film series. This movie is hilarious, and shows Clark Griswold doing his best to get into the holiday spirit, all while depicting an honest portrayal of what it’s like to have all of your family together in one house for the holidays.
11. The Polar Express
I first watched this film in theatres when I was about ten or eleven, and just remembered thinking how it perfectly captured the Christmas magic when I was younger. If this movie can’t put you into the holiday spirit, then I don’t know what will! Featuring Tom Hanks playing a variety of characters, this is the type of movie you want to just hang out on your couch while drinking hot chocolate.
10. The Santa Clause
Any child of the 90’s will appreciate this movie. Featuring Tim Allen in all of his peak 90’s movies glory, I just always remembered how cool it would be if my dad turned into Santa Claus. I was rooting for him to save Christmas! This is one of those movies that I think a lot of 90’s kids can agree with me on that remind them of Christmas. Plus, remember that pimped out sleigh that poured hot chocolate?
9. Animated Christmas Television Specials
Now by animated Christmas specials, I’m talking about the stop-motion Claymation classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Year Without Santa Claus, and the Little Drummer Boy. These are films that not only we can remember, but also most of our parents may remember watching as a child. There wouldn’t truly be any Christmas spirit if ABC didn’t play these movies during the season.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Another 90’s classic, this movie was so good, that it got its own ride during the holiday season at Disneyland. This was a unique take on Christmas, as we see Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween find himself in Christmas Town. The movie shows a creative love story that only Tim Burton can do.
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This movie hits me right in the childhood. When I think of Christmas, I think of Martha May and Cindy Lou Who’s mom trying to out-do each other with Christmas decorations, I think of the town of Whoville in their little snowflake town preparing and having the most holiday spirit ever. I think of the Grinch, who was only misunderstood and his heart of gold at the end of the movie. Parents can remember this famous Dr. Seuss story from their childhoods as well, which proves it’s a great holiday classic.
“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” If you don’t love this movie, there could be something wrong with you. Elf is probably one of the best movies that try to get adults to bring back their holiday cheer they usually forget about as children. It shows how important it is to be close to your families, and to not forget that. It’s also refreshing to see comedian Will Ferrell in a children-friendly role, something not usually his style.
5. It’s A Wonderful Life
As we approach our top 5, it’s a no-brainer that It’s A Wonderful Life would be on here. This movie is such a cinematic classic, and really shows how precious life and the moments we spend with our loved ones really are. As time goes on, this timeless movie will continue to be a Christmas tradition for many families.
4. Charlie Brown Christmas
Whenever I think of this movie, the Peanuts gang singing “Christmas Time Is Here” pops into my head. Another television Christmas special considered a classic, we see the Peanuts gang trying to cheer a depressed Charlie Brown up, attempting to get him into the holiday spirit, along with trying to remind him of the true meaning of Christmas. The more memorable part that I always cherish is Linus reciting the gospel of Luke to Charlie Brown, telling him what Christmas is all about.
3. Miracle on 34th St.
This touching story makes Santa seem more of an actual amazing human being than a magical man that brings you presents down your chimney. I know I keep saying it, but this movie truly is a classic Christmas film that will warm your heart.
2. A Christmas Story
You’ll shoot your eye out! A Christmas Story is filled with classic one-liners, memorable scenes (like getting your tongue stuck to a pole), and a very tacky lamp. I love this movie, because it shows Christmas through a kid’s perspective, and is downright hilarious.
1. Home Alone
You can argue with me about the #1 best Christmas movie of all time, and I will stand my ground with Home Alone. Kevin McCallister was living every kid’s dream of being the head of the house and doing whatever he wanted, not to mention outsmarting two robbers trying to break into your house. It’s witty, funny, and is the number one movie that gets me, and a lot of others into the holiday spirit.