It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With Holiday Specials and Christmas movies galore everyone has their favorites. There are a few classics that everyone, no matter what, always looked forward to watching over the Christmas Season.
Join me as we go through some favorite Christmas movies every kid (big and little) looks forward to at Christmas
10) The Santa Clause (1994)
There have been many stories about Santa Claus. This is the only one that takes a twist on the jolly old man. Tim Allen stars in this film and must take on the role of Santa after an unfortunate accident leaves Santa’s sleigh unmanned. Trying to keep the love of his son, and dealing with his ex-wife. This is a movie that shows us that no matter how old you are, Christmas can affect us in many different ways. And for some, they might even have to take on the role of the Big Man himself.
9) Die Hard (1988)
Although not a traditional Christmas movie, Die Hard has become a staple for many during the Christmas season. John McClane just wants a quiet Christmas, but when Hans Gruber steps into the light, everything is tossed around and John must do all he can to save civilians who are being held hostage during a heist. It’s not Christmas without seeing Hans Gruber fall from a skyscraper.
8) How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Dr. Seuss has written many classic children’s books. Jim Carrey does an amazing job at being a Grinch who not only stole Christmas, but also manages to steal hearts. Living on a mountain top near Whoville, he looks down upon the happy community and detests Christmas. It’s all because of Cindy-Lou, who helps him find his love of Christmas and becomes the biggest giver of them all.
7) The Snowman (1982)
This silent telling of the classic children’s book is beautifully animated and became a Christmas Classic the moment it was first broadcast. Nominated for an Oscar, this short film tells the story of a boys snowman who comes to life and takes him on a magical adventure on Christmas Eve. Told entirely though visuals and an amazing soundtrack. Everyone will know the song “Walking in the Air” and be able to remember this little boy flying with his snowman.
6) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Rudolph is as popular as Christmas itself. Everyone knows the story of how this little reindeer with a glowing nose came to save Christmas. What was even better than the song we all sang, is watching the stop animation film introduced by Sam the Snowman. Many more have tried to re-tell this classic story, but none have come close to creating a better told Rudolph story.
5) A Christmas Carol (2009)
The 2009 3D telling of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol is a masterpiece in 3D animation and a beautiful telling of this classic story. Following Ebenezer Scrooge as three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve we get a new twist on this amazing story of Greed, Friendship, Forgiveness and the Spirit of Christmas. There have been many versions of this story before, but this one really takes it to a whole new level. The amount of detail in every aspect of the film is breathtaking and at times you will wonder if it’s real life. Filmed with live action characters and then transitioned into 3D really gives this film a sense of life. This is one film that will be shown time and time again and will make you fall in love with this classic story all over again.
4) Elf (2003)
This one came out of nowhere and became an instant hit. Elf tells the story of a human who was raised at Santa’s Workshop and is on a journey to find his real father. Will Ferrell puts his childish acting skills to good use here and shows us that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still believe in Santa, and the power of Christmas.
3) The Polar Express (2004)
An adaptation of a children’s book that turned into one of the most well known Christmas movies of the last decade. A marvel in cinematic technology, with Tom Hanks playing multiple characters and a soundtrack that is worth playing on it’s own. The Polar Express is a magical journey of how one child regains his belief in Santa and the power of Christmas.
2) A Christmas Story (1983)
Everyone knows about Randy and his obsession with wanting a Red Ryder BB gun. What was originally a low budget film has become a staple in Christmas movies. Ask anyone to list movies they watch with their family each year and this one will top the list. A simple story of a boy who wants the ultimate present, it’s something everyone can relate to. Not just gifts, but things our “old man” would do, friends at school and a mother just trying her best to make Christmas special.
1) National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)
The film that has spawned countless laughs, quotes and conversations. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation might be the only movie to be shown for 24 hours straight, back-to-back. A story we can all relate to. Just wanting to have the perfect Christmas, but having to deal with extended family. Clark Griswold just wants to make everything perfect but he never seems to have luck on his side. With his crazy brother Eddie in the picture things always seem to go a little south. It just isn’t Christmas if you don’t see this one at least once!