Hello readers and happy holidays! It is finally December, which means, as the title of this post implies, it is time for the list of my absolute favorite holiday movies! I have to admit that it was pretty hard to narrow this list down to only ten movies, but with so many holiday movies and so little time in such a busy season, I thought I should share, in my opinion, only the best of the best. Without further ado, let’s get started! In ascending order from 10 to 1, here are my favorite holiday movies:
10. A Christmas Story (1983) – No holiday list is complete without this Christmas classic, filled with so many hilarious moments, it’s entertaining for all ages. It’s definitely a movie you’ll want to watch year after year.
9. The Santa Clause (1994) – A true 90’s holiday movie with Tim Allen as the newly appointed – and begrudging – Santa Claus and, the real highlight of the movie, David Krumholtz as Bernard the Elf, a role I am sure he has yet to live down (follow the imdb link if you have no idea what I’m talking about… or better yet, just watch the movie!).
8. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – A Judy Garland musical, need I say more? I absolutely love classic movies, and while this isn’t strictly a holiday movie, it does have Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” which, trust me, is just what you need to put you in the holiday spirit.
7. Elf (2003) – With Will Ferrel and Zooey Deschanel (albeit blond, I know, what?), this modern Christmas favorite is filled with silliness, elves (duh) and the heart-warming conclusion that is a prerequisite to all holiday movies. Also, Zooey sings a couple Christmas songs, including “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and you just can’t miss that.
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – I have to admit that I am a huge Jim Carrey fan, so when this movie came out, I knew I was going to love it! His performance as the Grinch has to be one of my all time favorite Jim Carrey’s performances. Although, it has to be said that the classic animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) will always hold a special place in my heart for all the fond memories of watching it year after year in elementary school.
5. Home Alone (1990) – Another 90’s classic, this film no doubt had to drive parents crazy as kids imitated Macaulay Culkin and all his mischievous genius. Also, this film was one of a small list of movies to actually spawn a (somewhat) successful sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
4. Love Actually (2003) – This instant holiday favorite has a scene of Hugh Grant dancing. Need more explanation? Oh, okay. Well, it also has Bill Nighy (hilarious), Colin Firth (adorable), Alan Rickman (duh) and Liam Neeson (I mean, c’mon). Also, Kiera Knightly, Emma Thompson and some funny, charming and gorgeous other cast members as well. If you haven’t already, go watch it… even if you have seen it, go watch it. You’re welcome.
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) – No holiday movie list is complete without this animated classic that teaches one and all about the true meaning of Christmas, with some adorably funny fumbles along the way, of course.
2. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – Now we are getting to one of my true favorite movies of all time! I absolutely love Margaret Sullivan and James Stewart in this classic story of holiday romance. I watch this movie every year when the weather starts to get colder and every year I fall in love all over again with the wonderful cast of characters and with Jimmy Stewart and his bumbling, charming performance. Even if you haven’t seen this film, you are no doubt familiar with the remake of the story in You’ve Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks; either way, it is one of my absolute favorites and I highly recommend it.
1. White Christmas (1954) – That’s right, the top of my list, the very best Christmas movie in my opinion, is White Christmas. I have watched this movie every year during the holiday season for as long as I can remember. My older sister first introduced me to this film and ever since, it has become a family tradition; although, we are still the only two in the family who will actually sit down to watch it. If you are at all a fan of musicals, I am sure you will love Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen singing and dancing their way into your hearts and maybe it will become a holiday tradition of yours, too.
Now, obviously this list leaves off some notable holiday favorites such as Miracle on 34th Street, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life and – for those who don’t celebrate Christmas – my favorite re-telling of the Jewish holiday story, A Rugrat’s Chanukah, but this is my list and these are my top ten. There really are too many great movies out there to share them all, but hopefully you see some your favorites and maybe you’ll even discover a new favorite or two.
Happy holidays and thanks for reading :)