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Are you looking forward to planning your 25 Days of Christmas Movies to Watch?
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the year, but do you know how you can make it even better? By spending quality time with friends and family and watching some of the Best Christmas Movies. Here are some movie recommendations for you to create the ideal 25 Days of Christmas Movies to Watch!
When it comes to Christmas Movies, there are several genres to consider: rom-coms, family, animation, or even horror!
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Without further ado, Let’s dig into some of the best movies from each genre and find your 25 days of Christmas movies to watch!
Family Christmas Movies
Family Movies, as far as Christmas is concerned, will always be everyone’s all-time favorite. They are amusing and magical, but most importantly, you can enjoy them with the whole family. Here are 8 Family Movies you should consider adding to your 25 days of Christmas Movies to watch.
1. Home Alone 1 & 2 (1990, 1992)
Now, here’s a classic all millennials grew up watching. The minute you mention Christmas movies, I bet Home Alone will be the first movie to come to mind. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already seen it, you will want to watch it again and again. However, if you haven’t seen it, you should surely give it a try!
The plot is quite simple; it follows an eight-year-old boy who was accidentally left “home alone” and must now protect his home from a pair of dangerous yet dense burglars. Yep, somewhat unrealistic and can be a little over the top. But it does have its sweet and magical moments. In addition to this, it is super entertaining!
Both movies are enjoyable for the entire family and worth adding to your 25 days of Christmas movies to watch even if you’ve already seen them.
2. The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2 (2018, 2020)
The Christmas Chronicles is known to be Netflix‘s all-time favorite Christmas Movie. The plot follows two siblings who plan to catch Santa on Camera during Christmas Eve but winds up having the biggest adventure of their lives. I mean, if this doesn’t sound magical to you, well, you must be the grinch. It’s well written, cute and the ending scene will surely put a smile on your face. Make sure to check out both parts. If you haven’t seen it, the first part is a must-see this Christmas!
3. How the Grinch stole Christmas (2000)
When it comes to Christmas movies, you know The Grinch will always make the cut. This very Christmas movie is entertaining and can be enjoyed by the entire family thanks to Jim Carrey’s hilarious performance. Based on the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Suess, the movie follows the isolated and hateful Grinch played by Jim Carrey on his quest to destroy Christmas. So, will he do it? You can only find out by checking this movie out!
4. Elf (2003)
If you are looking for something lighthearted, funny, and quirky, you should add Elf to your 25 days of Christmas movies to watch. Elf follows a human (raised as an oversized elf) who travels from the North Pole to New York to meet his biological father. Now, don’t be fooled by this simple plot, for there is much more to Elf. There are funny moments, but also touching ones that will leave you heart-warmed and in Christmas spirit. Besides, Will Ferrell did a great job portraying the title role.
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
What’s a Christmas movie without trying to convince everyone that Santa is real. And yes, that’s the entire plot of Miracle at 34th Street. Sweet, isn’t it? Six-year-old Susan Walker, played by the iconic Mara Wilson, did not believe in Santa Clause, but after meeting a department store Santa, she’s convinced he’s the real thing. Now together with the help of a lawyer, they must prove to the world that the man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing. Will they succeed?
6. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This 5-time Oscar-nominated movie is a must-see this Christmas and every Christmas! Undeniably heart-warming and a classic of all classics! Unlike the other family movies I recommended on the list, It’s a Wonderful Life is more suitable for adults or families with older children due to its somewhat dark nature. The story follows George Bailey, a family man played by James Stewart, who decided to commit suicide on Christmas eve. However, a guardian angel was sent from heaven to show him what life would be like if he never existed. I’m not going to say more, but I can tell you, it’s magical!
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Romantic Christmas Movies
There is something about Christmas Rom-coms that’s are just great. For some reason, they go together like peanut butter and Jelly. We love a romantic Christmas movie, and the cheesier they are, the better! Grab a blanket, hot chocolate, and your loved one to enjoy some of the cutest Christmas Rom-coms out there!
1. Love Actually (2003)
I must say, my sister and I have made this movie our yearly go-to Christmas movie. And let me tell you, It’s entertaining to watch every single time. The plot follows the love lives of eight different couples in a series of loosely connected stories set in London, oh and of course, during the month before Christmas! With that said, each story is so unique and heart-touching, you can’t help but fall in love with most of the characters. If romance is your favorite genre, you should add this to your 25 days of Christmas movies to watch. It’s a British gem!
2. Last Christmas (2019)
Netflix has been releasing several Christmas Rom-coms recently, and we are here for it! They are all fun and light-hearted, and Last Christmas is no exception. In this movie, Game of Throne’s Emilia Clarke plays an aspiring singer who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas store but woefully subscribed to making poor decisions. However, she meets the mysterious Tom at the store, and let’s just say, things will never be the same again. Inspired by George Michael’s hit single “Last Christmas”, Last Christmas is worth checking out.
3. Holidate (2020)
Here’s another beloved Christmas Rom-com from Netflix. The movie follows a young woman, Sloane, played by the talented Emma Roberts, fed up with being single during the holidays. For this reason, she agrees with a random stranger to spending the entire year as each other’s platonic plus-ones, only to discover actual feelings along the way. The perfect Romantic cliché we all need for the holidays!
4. Four Christmases (2008)
If you think 1 Christmas party is a lot, this couple has to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas. Family, Drama Christmas, we’ve all been there, and Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn did a great job playing the couple with their four idiosyncratic parents. A must-see Christmas movie with some family drama, and of course, romance during the holiday season.
5. The Holiday (2006)
As Christmas, as can be, The Holiday follows two young women with “men problems” who swap residences (and countries) to improve their situation for the holidays. They, however, meet and fall in love with the local guy in their area, respectively. Talk about a romantic coincidence! With a star-studded cast and a warm Christmas atmosphere, The Holiday is a perfect fit for your 25 days of Christmas movies to watch.
6. The Family Stone (2005)
Inside a family feud, there could be some new romance blossoms. The Family Stone tells a story of an uptight and conservative businesswoman who accompanies her boyfriend to visit his quirky and very open-minded family for their annual Christmas celebration. Yep, you can tell that it’s not going to be a smooth one. Nevertheless, this movie shows us the beauty of family bonds, friendship, and love while getting your Christmas spirit up.
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Animated Christmas Movies
Everyone loves a good animated Christmas movie. They are fun, magical, and can be enjoyable for the entire family. There are many Animated Christmas movies out there, but here are a few recommendations you should consider for your 25 days of Christmas movies to watch.
1. Klaus (2019)
The beauty of friendship during the holiday season is portrayed in this movie so remarkably. The story follows a new postman who befriended a toymaker named Kalus; their gifts magically resolved an age-old conflict and a whole bunch of Christmas joy to the neighborhood. Talk about getting into the holiday spirit!
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A Tim Burton classic of all classics! Some may say this could also be a Halloween Movie, but to me, it’s most certainly a Christmas movie, and I believe you will also see it that way. The oscar-nominated Movie follows the beloved Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, who recently discovered Christmas town and decided to bring it to his hometown. If you haven’t seen this Animated Movie yet, it’s a must-see this Christmas. A true masterpiece.
3. The Polar Express (2004)
This three-time Academy Award-nominated movie tells the story of a young boy who boards the Polar Express for a spectacular journey to the North Pole, where he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. The ideal Movie to watch with your kids. sweet, imaginative, and it will take you to places like no other!
4. The Star (2017)
What’s a Christmas movie than witnessing the first Christmas ever! Bring your family together to tag along with Bo, a brave donkey, and his stable friends go on a journey only to become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas! To sum up, kids will love this adorable take on the Biblical Story, that is to say, watching the Nativity story through the eyes of the cute stable animals.
5. Angela’s Christmas (2017)
Angela’s Christmas is the only short movie I added to the list. Yes, it may be short (30 min) but, it’s just as magical as any other feature film – if not better. Based in Ireland in the 1910s, Angela’s Christmas talks about the importance of family and a child’s pure wish to guarantee that everyone is safe, warm, and loved at Christmas time. This movie will be an ideal pick for Christmas, especially for young children.
6. The Bear who slept through Christmas (1973)
I must say, this TV Movie never got the recognition it deserves, and for this reason, I’m adding this to the list of animated Christmas movies you should check out this year. The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas talks about a bear who is very curious about Christmas and insists on ‘going to Christmas’! You’ll not want to miss what he learns on his journey trying to find Christmas! There are several cartoons about bears not willing to hibernate on Christmas but, this one is unique and touches the heart. A must-see gem.
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Other Christmas Movies
If you are not down for some romantic, family, or animated movies, or you are looking to add some crazy into the mix, here are some notable Movies worth mentioning or, in other words, adding to your 25 days of Christmas movies to watch.
1. Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins Movie could be one of the best Christmas-horror combinations out there to enjoy with your siblings or close friends! The now Classic Movie follows a young man who inadvertently broke three (very essential) rules regarding his new pet and thus unleashing a swarm of mischievous monsters into the village. I wouldn’t say you will either love it or hate it because you’ll certainly be entertained and make it your annual Christmas movie!
2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The movie talks about an artificial young man with scissors for hands living a solitary life until introduced to the world by a kind suburban lady. This doesn’t sound very Christmasy, does it? I know, but it’s one of the best Christmas movies I’ve ever seen. I mean, the story took place during the month leading up to Christmas Eve, and there is magical snow towards the end of the movie, but I won’t say anything more about it. However, I can guarantee it’s a Christmas Movie worth adding to your list.
3. Die Hard (1988)
I believe there is still a debate to this day on whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Firstly, the Movie follows the iconic NYPD officer John McClane(Bruce Willis), who tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by a group of terrorists during a Christmas party. Yep, I said during a Christmas party, and that’s enough to make it a Christmas movie. I mean, it’s a good, well-made movie, and I don’t see any harm in enjoying it during Christmas.
4. Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)
I know this isn’t a movie but an episode from the hit Netflix series Black Mirror. But the episode is one hour and thirteen minutes which qualifies as a feature-length, and I had to add this to the list. I do not want to reveal the plot so much; it follows two men at a remote outpost tell three interconnected stories about technology gone wrong during the Christmas season. I know it doesn’t say much, but it’s so good, I can’t help but recommend it. I must add that it’s a bit dark and disturbing at times, but that’s the beauty of it. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must check it out. PS. It’s my favorite Black Mirror episode to date.
5. Santa’s Slay (2005)
OK, I had to slip this one in here because sometimes it’s nice when a movie has a different take on a specific topic, in this case, Santa Clause and Christmas as a whole. In this movie, Santa Clause is the bad guy. Yep, in reality, he’s a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, and as a result, he brings joy and happiness to everyone.! However, when the deal is off, he returns to his evil ways. To sum up, it’s a mixture of comedy and horror to give you the ultimate Christmas entertainment. If you are looking for something funny yet somewhat ridiculous, you should add it to your 25 days of Christmas Movies to Watch.
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Here is the list of Movies one more time and their ratings on IMDB.
|1||Home Alone (1990)||7.6/10|
|2||Home Alone 2 (1992)||6.8/10|
|3||The Christmas Chronicles (2018)||7.0/10|
|4||The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)||6.0/10|
|5||How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)||6.2/10|
|7||Miracle on 34th Street (1994)||6.6/10|
|8||It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)||8.6/10|
|9||Love Actually (2003)||7.6/10|
|10||Last Christmas (2019)||6.5/10|
|12||Four Christmases (2008)||5.7/10|
|13||The Holiday (2006)||6.9/10|
|14||The Family Stone (2005)||6.3/10|
|16||The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)||8.0/10|
|17||The Polar Express (2004)||6.6/10|
|18||The Star (2017)||6.3/10|
|19||Angela’s Christmas (2017)||7.1/10|
|20||The Bear who slept through Christmas (1973)||6.8/10|
|22||Edward Scissorhands (1990)||7.9/10|
|23||Die Hard (1988)||8.2/10|
|24||Black Mirror: White Christmas (2014)||9.1/10|
|25||Santa’s Slay (2005)||5.4/10|
Now, over to you, do you have any specific movie in mind to add to your 25 Days of Christmas Movies to watch? Please let me know in the comments below; I would love to hear your thoughts! Make sure to download your Free Christmas movie Checklist and Planner Here. You have the option to add a second movie if you prefer two Movies per day!
I’m always on the lookout for fun Christmas movies. There’s a few on this list I haven’t seen before so I will definitely be checking them out. Thanks for sharing
#9 and 13 are my favorite. Thank you for reminding me of so many wonderful movies to watch. Love this time of year
I love home alone too and so fast Christmas is coming again can’t wait to watch another Christmas movie soon! I think I gonna pick last Christmas. thank you for all the list.
Nice post 🙂
Love Christmas movies! One of my favs is Fred Claus 🙂
This is a great list! And I still have DVD too LOL