25 Days of Christmas Movies
It’s mid-November, and I may or may not have watched a Christmas movie tonight… but I’m not sorry about it. I love Christmas, especially for the movies. So I decided to put together my top 25 Christmas movies that I plan to watch in the month of December. Feel free to follow along in this schedule, or just binge watch them if that’s your thing.
25 Days of Christmas Movies
December 1: Frosty the Snowman
“Happy Birthday! Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul! And the children say he could laugh and play, just the same as you and me.”
This is perfect film to start off December. Check it out here.
December 2: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
“Burger Meister Meister Burger afraid of a baby?”
Can we talk about how weird it is that the penguin in this movie says “honk” when it communicates? This movie is so weird when you stop to think about it (uh he teaches the Winter Warlock how to walk?) Check it out here.
December 3: While You Were Sleeping
“Who made you the Pope?”
Sandra Bullock is amaze-balls. While I’m not sure if many people consider this movie as a hard “Christmas movie,” since it’s set at Christmas time, I put it under the umbrella of one of my top Christmas movies. Check it out here.
December 4: To Grandmother’s House We Go
“Did you just drop a chicken bone in my case?”
“There’s still some meat on there!”
YAS. From the UPS guy who thought he was a cowboy to the cameos of Danny, DJ and Aunt Becky in one of the last scenes, you’ll be sorry if you don’t add this one to your list of Christmas movies to watch. Check it out here.
December 5: The Year Without a Santa Claus
“I’m mister heat miser, I’m mister sun…”
An oldie, but a goodie. This was the one with heat miser and cold miser (in case you have trouble like I do remembering which film was which in this series). Check it out here.
December 6: Just Friends
“Be yourself… be yourself… be yourself… now come on, Mikey and I are making snow angels!”
Ryan Reynolds is in a fat suit and Anna Faris is absolutely psycho. That is all. Check it out here.
December 7: The Holiday
“I’ve found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said “love is blind”. Now that is something I know to be true.”
One of the sweetest Christmas films out there. The score is absolutely genius, and Iris’ opening monologue is probably one of the most honest and eye-opening realizations about love. Check it out here.
December 8: Serendipity
“I hope you enjoy the gloves you bought yourself.”
“Oh I’m sure I will, I usually enjoy my own thoughtfulness.”
Fun fact: The frozen hot chocolate drinks from the Serendipity shop in this movie are a Christmas tradition every year during the holidays for me. Check it out here.
December 9: Home Alone
“Buzz your girlfriend, woof!”
The soundtrack alone is Christmas for me. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal. Check it out here.
December 10: Elf
“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”
Arguably one of the best Christmas movies, in my personal opinion. I will be watching this movie more than once this season, but I know some people aren’t as openly weird as I am… Check it out here.
December 11: The Santa Clause
“It’s okay, I’m used to it. I lived through the 60s”
This stupid movie messed me up so much when I tried to spell “Santa Claus” as a kid. If you enjoy the sequels, feel free to watch The Santa Clause 2 and 3… I personally stop after 2 because I feel like they aren’t going to get better than the first one. Check it out here.
December 12: Love Actually
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
This film is everything. Set in London, you’ve got Hugh Grant dancing like we all do when we think no one is watching. It’s has Liam Neeson not scaring the crap out of you. Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman. Not to mention Mr. Bean makes a little appearance… Check it out here.
December 13: Mrs. Santa Claus
If you’re a 90s kid (or any time prior to the 90s), you may remember this TV musical featuring Angela Lansbury. I LOVED this movie as a kid. Mrs. Claus decides to take a spin around the world leading up to Christmas, and she decides to bring joy to kids working in a sweatshop and to some women who are working for women’s rights. Check it out here.
December 14: Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York
“Don’t you know a kid always wins against two idiots?”
One of the very few times a sequel is just as good as the original. Check it out here.
December 15: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
“Merry Christmas. Kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.”
This is a favorite in my family. We joke that Clark Griswold in this film is a lot like one of my uncles. This movie is basically Americans in a nutshell — we go too hard, all the time, for every occasion. Check it out here.
December 16: A Christmas Story
A polarizing film where friends of mine either love it or hate it, but you can’t argue that this isn’t a classic. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. Otherwise, do you really know how to Christmas? Check it out here.
December 17: Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
” …Someday I’d like to be a… a dentist!”
I get a lot of the claymation films mixed up, but honestly you should just watch all of them. (For reference, this is the one with the Island of Misfit Toys) Check it out here.
December 18: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
“Here goes nothing hot dog!”
Nobody could have played The Grinch better than Jim Carrey in this film. No one. Check it out here.
December 19: A Christmas Carol
It doesn’t matter if you read the book, see the play, or watch the film, but you need to have “A Christmas Carol” as a part of your Christmas preparations. So many of these movies put life into perspective during the holidays, and I’m grateful for that (though the fact Jesus came into the world is pretty Earth-shattering already). Check it out here.
December 20: Miracle on 34th Street
“What did you ask for?”
“A baby brother”
Such a sweet movie. I think if I were to imagine what my future daughter would be like, it would be this little girl. Check it out here.
December 21: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Technically this is a 3 in 1 movie with some short films. One with Mickey and Minnie selling their precious items to give each other a gift, one with Goofy and Max learning the importance of believing and serving others, and of course the Duck triplets wishing Christmas could be every day. Check it out here.
December 22: The Nutcracker
As a child, I was obsessed with The Nutcracker. Maybe it was because I was a dancer. Maybe it has a little something to do with my crush on Macaulay Culkin when he was about that age. (I’m brave enough to admit it, but definitely not sure what happened as he got older) You have to watch the 1996 version, as I have yet to watch one that rivals it. Check it out here.
December 23: It’s a Wonderful Life
Another classic. It’s a more modern “A Christmas Carol” but most likely where the inspiration for “The Family Man” with Nicolas Cage came from. But this movie doesn’t have Nicolas Cage, so it’s a win there. Check it out here.
December 24: The Polar Express
“Well… you comin?”
This movie changed my world when it came out. I remember reading the story book in elementary school and being obsessed with the illustrations, and the film of course did not disappoint. Tom Hanks sure plays a lot of roles in this movie, but who cares, you do you Tom Hanks. The Polar Express is my favorite film to watch on Christmas Eve. Check it out here.
December 25: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Is there any other movie that is more appropriate to watch on Christmas Day? Merry Christmas! Check it out here.
So that’s it! What movies do you love to watch around Christmas time? Do you have any additions to the list above? Leave them down below!