Once you've finished your Christmas crafts and put away the Christmas decorations it's time to make memories with these 12 must see Christmas movies!
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Top 12 Must See Christmas Movies

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Once you've finished your Christmas crafts and put away the Christmas decorations it's time to make memories with these 12 must see Christmas movies!

There are hundreds of Christmas movies available to watch. If you don’t believe me, just tune in to the Hallmark Channel when Christmas rolls around. I’ve watched my fair share of movies, both good and bad, and thought it would be fun to compile a list of the top 12 must see Christmas movies.

I had a blast putting this list together for you and your family, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I own quite a few of these movies myself.

These are in no particular order, but I love each and every one of them and look forward to watching them every year!

White Christmas

After leaving the Army, Bob and Phil team up and become a top song-and-dance act. While traveling they meet Betty and Judy, a pair of sisters who are on their way to do a Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. Bob and Phil, who are smitten by the beautiful girls, travel to the lodge with them. When they arrive they not only learn that the lodge has fallen on hard times and is about to close, but that their former commander in the Army is the lodge owner.  To help the lodge, they bring their entire crew.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: Hearing Bing Crosby sing I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas should be enough for you to fall in love with this movie. But if it’s not, you’ll enjoy the wonderful singing and dancing along with a a bit of romance.

White Christmas is available buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Santa Claus isn’t someone that six-year-old Susan believes in. Things change when she meets a department store Santa, Kriss Kringle, who believes he’s the real deal.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: Susan is absolutely adorable and by the end of the movie you just might start believing that Santa Claus is real. That is, if you don’t already believe. :o)

Miracle On 34th Street is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Home Alone

After Kevin is accidentally left at home when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, he must defend his house against a pair of  burglars. Follow along as he fakes a Christmas party and sets up decoys and booby traps for the bumbling burglars.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: This movie will have your cheeks soar from laughing hysterically. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern play the roles of the burglars and are absolutely hilarious. You just might feel sorry for them and the next trap Kevin has up his sleeve.

*If you’re looking for a family-friendly movie for the kids, this one might not be for your family. There are a few curse words, and Kevin is very disrespectful to his family.

Home Alone is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Christmas in Connecticut

Elizabeth Lane is a writer who is famous for homemaking, cooking and parenting. But the truth is that she’s really an unmarried New Yorker who can’t even cook. Her publishers insist that she host a heroic sailor for Christmas at “her farm.” She agrees, knowing that her career will be over if they learn the truth.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: You’ll love watching Elizabeth squirm as she fumbles her way through Christmas vacation with the sailor.

Christmas in Connecticut is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch tries to put an end to Christmas in the town of Whoville by stealing anything and everything related to Christmas on Christmas Eve. But despite his best efforts, the residents of Whoville still celebrate Christmas.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: The Grinch may be the star of the show but you’ll love (and feel sorry for) his dog who also doubles as a reindeer in front of his “sleigh.” I also love the reminder that “Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is available to buy here. View the trailer below:

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Santa Claus isn’t someone that six-year-old Susan believes in. Things change when she meets a department store Santa, Kriss Kringle, who believes he’s the real deal.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: Kriss Kringle will warm your heart, and by the end of the movie you just might start believing that Santa Claus is real. That is, if you don’t already believe. :o)

Miracle on 34th Street is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

When everyone at the North Pole finds out that Rudolph has been hiding a glowing nose, he gets made fun of and feels like an outcast. He and his elf friend, Hermey, head to the Island of Misfit Toys and meet some fun friends along the way.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: Not only will you love hearing Burl Ives sing Have A Holly Jolly Christmas, but I have a feeling you’ll be rooting for the underdogs in this 1964 classic.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is available to buy here. View the trailer below:

 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

The Wet Bandits, Marv and Harry, are burglars who run into Kevin in New York City. They haven’t forgotten their last encounter with him and plot revenge to get Kevin back. But Kevin has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: Much like Home Alone, you’ll be in stitches watching Marv and Harry try to get past Kevin’s booby traps.

*If you’re looking for a family-friendly movie for the kids, this one might not be for your family. There are a few curse words, and Kevin is very disrespectful to his family.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Holiday Inn

Jim leaves the elaborate life of show business to run an inn that is only open during the holidays. He and his former business partner, Ted, fall for the same girl and compete for her heart.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby will dance their way into your heart with this musical comedy.

Holiday Inn is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Elf

Buddy came to the North Pole as a baby and grew up thinking he was an Elf. When he learns he’s a human he heads to New York to find his real dad (a man who’s on the naughty list). Follow along with Buddy’s antics as he journeys to find his true identity.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: Buddy is hopelessly optimistic and spreads Christmas cheer wherever he goes.

Elf is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Meet Me In St. Louis

The Smith family lives a comfortable life in Missouri. As they anticipate the arrival of the World’s Fair, each family member is faced with their own set of problems. Esther wants to meet the new boy next door whom she has a crush on, while her little sister, Trudy, has dolls with fatal illnesses. Their world is rocked when their father announces that they’ll be moving to New York. They do their best to cope with the tragic news of leaving their nearly perfect world, but just when you think all hope is lost, there’s a Christmas miracle.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: The premise of this movie isn’t set around Christmas, but you’ll love hearing Judy Garland sing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many of the other catchy tunes. I have no doubt that you’ll fall in love with the Smith sisters and be singing the songs for years to come.

Meet Me In St. Louis is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

Little Women

With their father off at war, the March sisters and their mother continue on with life as best as they know how. Follow along as they face everyday problems, both big and small. As they get older, one sister battles health issues while another marries. This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s book will have you both laughing and crying.

Why You’ll Love This Movie: While the March sisters do sing Here We Come A-Wassailing on their way to donate their Christmas dinner to a less fortunate family, the premise of this movie is not based around Christmas. That being said, it’s the perfect movie to watch at Christmastime with your sisters or girlfriends!

Little Women is available to buy or rent here. View the trailer below:

 

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

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7 Comments

  1. Karen
    Karen11-27-2015

    Hi, Tshanina~
    My favorite movie is Amahl & The Night Visitors. Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer.[1] It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City at NBC studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television from that venue as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was the first opera specifically composed for television in America. I remember watching this on television when it was rebroadcast probably in 1955. I love the music and the story of Amahl, the crippled shepherd boy who sees the star, tries deparately to convince his poor mother about the star and they have a visit from the three kings being led by the star to see a “king”. I listen to the soundtrack every year, have a first edition book of the story and a DVD of the Hallmark performance. I hope you might take some time to try to find it through your library. The show is about one hour long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC2vUR4m_Mw

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amahl_and_the_Night_Visitors

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-28-2015

      Thank you for introducing me to this movie, Karen! I’m a huge fan of Hallmark movies. How neat that this was the first one!

  2. Hil
    Hil11-30-2015

    Meet me in St. Loius is on my fav list too

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-01-2015

      You’re a girl after my own heart, Hil! ;o)

  3. Whitney
    Whitney12-01-2015

    Great movies! I made a similar list last year – http://www.thislittlehouseblog.com/2014/12/my-top-10-christmas-movies-of-all-time.html

    White Christmas is a favorite that I watch every year. Hallmark movies are also the BEST! One of my favorite things about this time of year! :)

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-03-2015

      Yes, movies are one of my favorite things too!

      Thanks for stopping by, Whitney!

  4. Wendy @ Living Almost Naturally
    Wendy @ Living Almost Naturally12-04-2015

    I love Christmas Movies! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

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