Every holiday season we look forward to having the gang around, reminiscing about the past, a festive dinner and some downtime. For us, that means looking forward to watching our favorite holiday movies. Each of us has our preferences whether is a classic black and white or a festive cartoon. Here’s a list of some all-time Best Christmas movies.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite Christmas movie. I look forward to watching it every year. It just grabs your heart each time. There are umpteen versions of this movie, but we like the 1951 movie with Alastair Sim and the 2009 animated version with Jim Carey.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is an animated holiday classic from 1964. No holidays season would be the same without this endearing movie. Shunned at the Reindeer games because his nose glows so much, Rudolph runs away. He meets a disgruntled elf, Hermey, who wants to be a dentist and they set off together to find happiness. They meet up with Yukon Cornelius and more adventures ensue. We adore this movie.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Who doesn’t love this classic Dr. Seuss character? He’s the green dude who stole everything Christmas from the residents of Whoville. But despite his mean efforts to destroy Christmas for the Whoville villagers, they still celebrated the reason for the season. It’s a really cute movie for the whole family.
The Bishops Wife
This classic Christmas 1947 comedy/fantasy movie stars Cary Grant as an angel called Dudley. He must sprinkle some heavenly magic on an Episcopalian bishop played by David Niven. He is struggling to raise money for a new church and has grown distant from his wife played by Loretta Young. Magic and love during the holidays equal a charming movie.
Another holiday classic from 1954. After leaving the Army, 2 guys, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. Awkward! A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.
Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street from 1947 still warms the hearts of viewers. It’s all about believing that Santa is real. Do you believe?
It’s a Wonderful Life
George Bailey (played by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born.
The Polar Express
The Polar Express is about a young boy who used to adore Christmas.He hears a train whistle roar, and to his astonishment, he realizes the train is waiting for him. He sees a conductor who then proceeds to look up at his window. He runs downstairs and goes outside. The conductor explains the train is called the Polar Express, and is journeying to the North Pole. The boy then boards the train, which is filled with chocolate and candy, as well as many other children in their pajamas. Magic follows as he enters the world of Christmas.
This 1990 holiday comedy is about a troubled 8-year-old who doesn’t comfortably mesh with his large family. He’s forced to grow a little after being accidentally left behind when his folks and siblings fly off to Paris. He finds him screaming for joy when he realizes he’s unsupervised in his own house. Antics and issues follow. It’s a great holiday movie.
The Muppets Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens would be enamored with this Mupper version of his classic story The Christmas Carol. Ready to laugh, cry, sing, frolic, cavort and enjoy yourself beyond belief!? Well, you’re in luck, because this 20th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL is guaranteed to put you in a holiday spirit that will stay with you forever — or at least until your Aunt Ruth starts complaining that nobody is eating the fruitcake she brought…again! A heartwarming and hilarious holiday classic! Yule love it! Happy Holidays!
Holiday movies cheer you up, put life in perspective and spread seasons greetings. Do you have a holiday movie favorite? Share below.