Ah, Christmas! The time of year when the air smells of pine and cinnamon, the streets are lit up with twinkling lights, and everyone is gathered around with hot cocoa in hand. And what’s Christmas without a good old Christmas movie marathon? Here’s our list of must-watch timeless Christmas movies that never fail to get us in the holiday spirit.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This classic movie is a heart-warming tale of a man named George Bailey who learns valuable lessons about life, love, and community with the help of an angel. It’s a sentimental favorite for families.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
This movie is a feel-good classic that tells the story of Santa Claus. When a man claiming to be Santa is institutionalized, a young lawyer decides to defend his case, believing he is the real deal.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
This movie is a classic retelling of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. It tells the story of Scrooge, a miser who learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by three ghosts.
White Christmas (1954)
This movie is a feel-good musical that showcases the talents of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. They team up with two sisters to save a failing Vermont inn by putting on a show to attract guests.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
This classic animated movie is a holiday staple. It tells the story of Charlie Brown’s search for the true meaning of Christmas.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
This animated film is based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved book. The Grinch sets out to ruin Christmas for the Whos of Whoville, but ends up having a change of heart.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
This stop-motion animated movie tells the story of Rudolph, an outcast reindeer with a shining red nose, who saves Christmas by guiding Santa’s sleigh through a blizzard.
Home Alone (1990)
This family comedy classic follows the adventures of a young boy named Kevin who gets left behind when his family goes on vacation for Christmas. He outsmarts two burglars who try to break into his home.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This stop-motion animated movie is a unique mashup of Halloween and Christmas. The film follows Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween, as he discovers the wonders of Christmas.
This popular movie stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole who travels to New York City to find his true identity. It’s a feel-good comedy that’s guaranteed to make you laugh.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
This romantic comedy features Barbara Stanwyck as a food writer who writes about her perfectly happy life in the countryside. However, in reality, she lives in an apartment in New York City. When her boss invites himself over for Christmas, she must scramble to create the perfect image of the life she has passionately described in her columns. It’s a funny, feel-good movie for all romantic comedy fans.
The Polar Express (2004)
This animated movie tells the story of a young boy who takes a magical train journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. The movie features beautiful animation and heartwarming themes of faith and belief.
Four Christmases (2008)
This romantic comedy-drama revolves around a couple forced to visit all four divorced parents on Christmas Day. It’s a funny, heartwarming movie that’s perfect for anyone with a complicated family situation.
Some movies become less relevant as the years go by, but these timeless classics will always hold a special place in our hearts. Whether you’re looking for heartwarming tales, feel-good festive comedies, or pure nostalgia, we hope this list helps you pick out the perfect movies for your Christmas movie marathon. Happy Holidays!