These 60 Christmas Movies Will Get You Into the Holiday Spirit ASAP


I know we’re all supposed to say spending time with loved ones is the most important part of Christmas…but that probably became A Thing before we had a bajillion amazing holiday movies to choose from. Honestly, there’s no better way to spend a day than bingeing a bunch of Christmas movies while you nom on cute lil cookies and eggnog. Here are 60 of the best movies to watch when you’re trying to get into the holiday spirit (from the comfort of your own couch).

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1. Klaus

This animated Netflix original looks at Santa Claus before he was the jolly man in the red suit. It all begins with a town called Smeerensburg—a sinister place with a generations-old feud between two families. A new postman named Jesper gets deployed there and meets a lonely toymaker named Klaus. Together, they find a way to bring joy to the kids in the town and generate newfound holiday spirit.

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    2. Noelle

    Anna Kendrick plays Noelle, Santa’s daughter, who’s the embodiment of Christmas spirit. But it’s her brother, Nick (Bill Hader) who is taking over the family business. When the pressure becomes too much for him, Noelle advises that he take a bit of a break. The problem is he gets cold feet and never comes back…

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    3. Holiday in the Wild

    This movie isn’t your typical holiday movie, mainly because it’s set in Zambia as opposed to your usual wintery wonderland. It’s an absolutely touching story about family, finding love, and finding yourself, but it also draws largely from Kristin Davis’s own passion for animals, especially elephants.

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    4. Last Christmas

    Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding make an incredibly charming pair in this Christmas rom-com. Kate (Clarke) works as an elf in a year-round Christmas store, where she meets charming Tom (Golding). And though they don’t get along at first, chance encounters keep bringing them together, and Kate’s life seems to take a turn for the better.

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    5. The Knight Before Christmas

    Fun fact, this is one of two Vanessa Hudgens holiday romance movies on this list! And though she doesn’t play a princess in this one, she gets romanced by a cute medieval English knight (Josh Whitehouse) who somehow finds himself in present-day America. Vanessa’s character, a science teacher, is disillusioned by love but starts to change her mind when she finds herself smitten with this stranger who magically appears.

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    6. Holiday Rush

    A popular radio DJ suddenly gets fired from his job. Now he and his four spoiled kids need to move in with his aunt. With Christmas just around the corner, he’s got a plan to get back on the airwaves and provide for his family, but in the meantime, the entire fam has a few lessons to learn.

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    7. Frosty the Snowman

    With a corncob pipe and a button nose, Frosty is hard not to fall in love with. This 1969 animated film about magic that brings a snowman to life is a classic for a reason. Also…the soundtrack still slaps.

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    8. The Princess Switch

    Think The Parent Trap, but with a Christmas twist. A Chicago baker (Vanessa Hudgens) goes on a trip to Belgradia (an imaginary European town) and discovers that the Prince of Belgradia’s fiancée (also Vanessa Hudgens) looks exactly like her. They switch places for two days and lots of love and Christmas cheer ensues. It’s super cute.

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    9. Office Christmas Party

    A CEO (Jennifer Aniston) announces that she’s going to shut down her brother’s (TJ Miller) branch, so he and his coworker (Jason Bateman) throw the biggest Christmas party of the year to try and save it. It’s wild and hilarious, but there are still a few moments that will sucker punch you right in the feels.

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    10. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    This one’s from John Hughes, the genius behind Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and all your fave ’80s flicks…so you know it’s an absolute gem. Planes, Trains and Automobiles features John Candy and Steve Martin as rivals who are stuck navigating the mess that is holiday travel together on their way home for Christmas. (And without cellphones. Can you even?!)

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    11. The Santa Clause

    We were all obsessed with this movie as kids…but when you think about it, The Santa Clause is actually dark as hell. Tim Allen plays a divorced dad who accidentally kills Santa Claus and has to take over the role of Santa next Christmas. Excuse me? Who approved this? Whatever, it’s still a perfect movie.

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    12. Just Friends

    By now it’s no secret that Ryan Reynolds is funny—see Deadpool or his IG for proof—but this rom-com, in which he stars as a formerly overweight teen who inadvertently returns to his hometown for the holidays, was early proof that he’s comedy gold. Anna Faris as a no-talent pop-star is equally brilliant.

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    13. Love Actually

    “To me, you are perfect,” is not the way everyone would describe this ensemble romance, but fans consider it peak holiday for its humor, warmth, and optimism.

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    14. Elf

    Will Ferrell is hilarious as Buddy, a human raised by elves in the North Pole. He travels to New York in search of his true identify and discovers that life outside Santa’s Workshop is mean and scary, but maybe totally worth it.

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    15. Gremlins

    A young man receives a cute, furry creature called a mogwai as a gift, but fails to follow one of the three rules of raising it: He feeds the mystery pet after midnight. This leads to the rapid spawning of evil, destructive gremlins. You will *not* finish the movie hoping to find a mogwai under the tree.

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    16. The Preacher’s Wife

    Penny Marshall directed this charming remake of the 1947 film The Bishop’s Wife, starring Courtney B. Vance as the preacher, Whitney Houston (who also sings on the soundtrack) as his wife, and Denzel Washington as an angel brought to Earth to help the family.

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    17. The Family Stone

    This may not be the tightest screenplay of all time, but it stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, and Diane Keaton—and they’re only half of the stellar cast. Watch with red wine and you won’t even notice its flaws.

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    18. Die Hard

    Yeah, it’s an action movie, but as contrarians like to point out: It’s also a Christmas movie. It begins on December 24 at a holiday party gone wrong. There’s snow. The soundtrack includes “Winter Wonderland.” Go with it.

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    19. Home Alone

    The magic of this movie is remembering a time when you were so young and wide-eyed that you really, truly believed 8-year-old Kevin McCallister could pull off all those stunts. Maybe you could too!

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    20. The Holiday

    Iris (Kate Winslet), who lives in London, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz), swap homes for the holidays and find love on the other side of the Atlantic.

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    21. The Polar Express

    Based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is a coming-of-age story that unfolds on a train ride to the North Pole. Magical.

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    22. About a Boy

    Hugh Grant plays a spoiled man-child living off the royalties of his father’s hit Christmas song. When he meets the titular boy attending a support group for single parents—a ruse to pick up women—he finally starts to grow up.

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    23. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

    If Die Hard can make this list, so can a stoner comedy. The movie follows the title characters on their journey to get a new Christmas tree. Trees, get it?

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    24. The Best Man Holiday

    College friends reunite for the holidays, resurfacing all the joy, love—and drama—of the past.

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    25. A Christmas Story

    If you don’t hear someone say, “you’ll shoot your eye out,” did Christmas even happen?

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    26. Mean Girls

    Alright, this is a stretch, but there is an iconic Santa dance so we’re counting it. May your day be merry and fetch.

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    27. Serendipity

    This holiday movie is full cheese, but you can’t deny the magic between Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. Black cashmere gloves forever!

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    28. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    New York City, back at it again with the holiday charm. In the sequel to Home Alone, young Kevin finds himself living the life at the Plaza Hotel during the city’s busiest and most beautiful time—that is until the Wet Bandits catch up, forcing Kev to set up all his excellent traps at a relative’s empty townhouse.

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    29. A Christmas Carol

    The 1951 Alastair Sim picture takes the figgy pudding as the best film version of the Dickens classic. Scary enough to qualify as a legit ghost story, but also sappy enough to remind you it’s a Christmas tale of redemption. Bonus points for the use of sad music to pull tears out of your eyes.

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    30. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    Ron Howard’s big-screen adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss story had Jim Carrey as the mean one, a bb Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, and other stars including Molly Shannon, Christine Baranski, and Anthony Hopkins (who served as narrator).

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    31. A Christmas Prince

    This Netflix darling from 2017 checks all the holiday movie boxes: a handsome prince (Ben Lamb), a meet cute that could definitely, maybe happen IRL between an aspiring young journalist (Rose McIver) and said prince, and all the charms of (fictional) Aldovia in the winter.

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    32. Frozen

    It’s time to stop denying how many words you know to the Frozen soundtrack. Go ahead, sing your heart out. Again.

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    33. While You Were Sleeping

    After a transit token worker Lucy (Sandra Bullock) saves a handsome man named Peter (Peter Gallagher) from the tracks on Christmas Day, he falls into a coma. In an innocent mix-up, his family confuses Lucy for his fiancée and she ends up spending a chunk of the holidays with the group, which includes Peter’s equally handsome brother Jack (Bill Pullman).

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    34. It’s a Wonderful Life

    There’s no better tradition than spending just over two hours with George Bailey, arguably one of Jimmy Stewart’s best roles.

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    35. The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Go ahead, try to watch the Pumpkin King’s valiant efforts in trying to recreate the spirit of Christmas Town in Halloween Town and not feel things.

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    36. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    The third installment in the National Lampoon Vacation series, this film finds the Griswolds trying their best to get into the Christmas spirit. But this is National Lampoon, so there are a few (entertaining) bumps along the way.

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    37. Jingle All the Way

    This ’90s comedy stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as frazzled fathers on a quest to get the year’s hottest holiday toy for their respective kids. Wacky situations, slapstick comedy, and cringe-y displays of consumerism ensue.

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    38. The Christmas Chronicles

    Real-life Greatest Couple of All-Time Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn as one of fiction’s Greatest Couples of All-Time, Santa and Mrs. Claus? Neflix’s The Christmas Chronicles makes that exact Christmas wish come true.

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    39. Scrooged

    This modern retelling of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol is hilarious and pitch perfect. In it, Bill Murray plays Frank Cross (aka the story’s Scrooge) as a high-powered and highly-heartless TV exec who learns the meaning of Christmas (and living a meaningful life in general) when he’s visited by three ghosts.

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    40. The Grinch

    The Grinch is a classic Christmas character, so it’s no surprise he keeps popping back up in pop culture through seemingly endless retellings and reboots of the story from the Dr. Seuss children’s book. The latest iteration is a cuter CGI Grinch voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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    41. A Bad Moms Christmas

    The cast of Bad Moms is a Christmas gift on its own, and getting these hilarious women back together for a holiday installment of the saga? Even better. Plus, the Bad Moms Christmas tale introduces the Bad Moms’ moms, played by legends Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, and Susan Sarandon.

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    42. Bad Santa

    Sometimes you’re in the mood for a dark comedy, even during the merriest and brightest of seasons—and that’s where Bad Santa comes in. In the movie, Billy Bob Thorton plays a con artist who is gearing up for his annual Christmas con but struggling as he deals with his growing depression and alcoholism. Don’t worry: It’s funnier than that description makes it sound.

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    43. To Grandmother’s House We Go

    This made-for-TV classic from the Olsen Twins’ heyday focuses on a pair of young twins (obviously) who run away from home to travel to their grandma’s house in an attempt to give their overworked, stressed out single mom a vacation when they overhear her having a mini-breakdown ahead of the holidays.

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    44. Trading Places

    In this classic comedy, a pair of rich, privileged, awful old white dudes make a bet that they can ruin the life of someone in their social circle while simultaneously turning a homeless man into a Wall Street success. When the subjects of the bet realize what happened, they team up to get their revenge. All the action takes place during the holiday season, complete with Dan Aykroyd as a dirty, drunk, unhinged Santa.

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    45. You’ve Got Mail

    For two enemies to meet under the anonymity of the internet and fall in love online, it pretty much has to be a Christmas miracle, right? That’s the premise of the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan rom-com classic, You’ve Got Mail—which includes some equally classic Christmas in New York moments.

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    46. The Shop Around the Corner

    If you love You’ve Got Mail, then you need to take the time to watch the movie it’s based on, The Shop Around the Corner, starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart as the star-crossed enemies-turned lovers. In the pre-internet version of the story, the leads fall for each other via personal ads in the paper, culminating in a romantic Christmas Eve reveal.

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    47. 12 Dates of Christmas

    Yes, this is another movie that feels like a younger sibling to Groundhog Day. 12 Dates of Christmas, starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, is the Christmas take on the concept. In the movie, a woman named Kate, who is woefully hung up on her ex, finds herself reliving the same Christmas Eve blind date over and over until she gets out of her own way and opens herself up to love and life.

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    48. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas stars in this Christmas comedy as Jake, a selfish kid who plans to blow off his family’s Christmas celebration in favor of spending a week on the beach with his girlfriend—until his dad bribes him with a vintage 1957 Porsche. The rules are simple: Be home in time for dinner at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and the car is his. But when Jake is robbed and left penniless in the desert by the bullies at his boarding school on the other side of the country, making that deadline becomes exceedingly difficult.

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    49. Happiest Season

    Abby (Kristen Stewart) and her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) have been together for a year and their relationship is getting serious. Now, they’re spending the holidays together and Abby is going to meet Harper’s family for the very first time. This would be a huge step for them as a couple—except Harper hasn’t come out to her parents.

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    50. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

    Toymaker Jeronicus Jangle (Justin Cornwell, Forest Whitaker) was once full of magic, joy, and whimsy until his apprentice (Keegan-Michael Key) stole his most prized creation. But hope enters his life once more with the arrival of his granddaughter Journey (Madalen Mills).

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    51. Krampus

    Who said Christmas and horror movies had to be mutually exclusive? In this movie, a demonic presence called Krampus begins to prey on a family and they must band together to defeat the monster.

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    52. Miracle on 34th Street

    An old man named Kris Kringle fills in as Santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and people love him, but things change when he begins telling customers that he is the real Santa Claus, causing them to question his sanity.

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    53. Barbie in the Nutcracker

    This classic Christmastime tale gets a Barbie makeover. And, honestly, this animated film has become a classic in and of itself. Clara wakes up one night and finds that her nutcracker doll has come to life. She becomes caught up in a battle with the Mouse King, is shrunk, and now has to find the sugarplum princess to undo the spell and save them all.

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    54. A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Charlie Brown becomes the director of their school’s Christmas pageant, at Lucy’s suggestion. He takes the job but finds that it’s much more of a struggle than he thought, all the while he’s trying to figure out what the true meaning of Christmas is.

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    55. Get Santa

    In this movie, Santa Claus crashes his sleigh, and the local police are out to get him. He has to ask for the help of a father and son to help save Christmas by gathering his reindeer to help him return home.

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    56. Holidate

    Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) are fed up with being single during the holidays, so they use each other as platonic plus-ones or “holidates.” This little scheme of theirs seems like the perfect plan, until actual feelings get in the way.

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    57. Let It Snow

    A snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve, bringing a group of high school seniors together. They soon find their friendships and love lives entangled because of complications involving a stranded pop star, a stolen keg, a dance squad, a mysterious woman covered in tin foil, and a big big party.

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    58. The Holiday Calendar

    Abby (Kat Graham) is a struggling photographer who is talented but down on her luck. One day, she inherits an antique advent calendar that seems to have the power to predict the future. And it seems to be telling her that love might be in the air this holiday season…

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    59. To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

    There’s snow and a party involved, so it must be a holiday movie! In this second installment in the TATBILB series, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) are no longer denying their relationship and are a full-fledged couple. But they quickly realize that comes with its own challenges too.

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    60. The Shop Around the Corner

    Two store employees find that they just can’t get into the holiday spirit because they keep butting heads. What they don’t realize is that they have one thing in common: They both have pen pals who make their lives more interesting.

    Soon they each fall in love with their anonymous friends, only to find out that they’ve been writing to each other the whole time.

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