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Best Christmas Movies of All Time


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       As Christmas rolls around each year, all of the festivities begin to ramp up. Families buy their advent calendar, put up their tree, tune into the Christmas radio stations in the car, and watch Christmas movies all snuggled up with blankets and hot cocoa. Christmas movies are a major part of the holiday season and you may find the task of making the most of them hard to tackle. In order to best enjoy your holiday movie experience, you have to know which type you are in the mood to watch, and here I will help you achieve that. 

Oldies but Goodies:

These movies may be old, but will never grow old. They’ll make you nostalgic for a time from your youth, or a time you never knew but long for still. They strip Christmas to its most bare and fundamental meaning, leaving you appreciating the holiday just that much more. 

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • White Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street 
  • Holiday Inn

Christmas Romances:

Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit more than watching a love story set in a small snowy town. It warms your heart and leaves you wishing for your knight in shining armor for Christmas. 

  • Love Actually
  • The Holiday
  • Any Christmas Hallmark movie ever

New Christmas Movies:

Although you can never go wrong with the classics, it is refreshing to experience a new Christmas movie every once in awhile. I haven’t seen any of these movies -yet- but who knows, they may become classics for generations to come. 

  • Last Christmas 
  • The Knight Before Christmas
  • Holiday in the Wind
  • Let it Snow
  • Holiday Rush

The Classics:

These are the kind of movies you associate most with Christmas. You look forward to watching them each and every year without fail. The best of the best, the merriest, the cheeriest, the movies you grew up watching. 

  • Home Alone 
  • Elf (my all-time favorite)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • A Christmas Story
  • The Santa Clause
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Carol


By: Katherine Conway’21 Features Editor, Local/World News Editor