Our Christmas Films List

Each year, since 2006, Julie and I have planned a Christmas movie day, where we watch a day of Christmas spirited films whilst eating various Christmas type food (basically: volauvents). We have a rule that we can’t watch the same film two years in a row, but we’re secretly trying to watch different films each year. So here’s where I ask you: what films are we missing?

I’d love to know what one film we should watch, and why it’s special to you. Either for memories, or it makes for a good film, or you watch it every year after the turkey’s been finished and before the arguments over monopoly start.

Here are the films we’ve watched over the years (and our plan for 2012):


(And a few others that we forgot to take note of)








Future Potentials

Again, what would you recommend, and why?

48 Responses to “Our Christmas Films List”

  1. Gremlins.

  2. If you don’t mind short films for children (of all ages), then how could you possibly miss out the classic Raymond Briggs animations, The Snowman and Father Christmas? Got to be worth it just for David Bowie’s haircut in the introduction for The Snowman.


  3. Die Hard 1 and 2? Well, it’s sort of christmassy…

  4. Rare Exports definitely!

    Rare Exports Inc.

    Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions

    Rare Exports full length movie trailer

  5. Die Hard (1988), it’s a kick-ass movie!

  6. Don’t miss the classics like:

    Holiday Inn
    The Bells of Saint Mary’s
    Miracle on 34th Street (the original, not the new one)
    The Bishop’s Wife
    Rudolph The Red Nose Raindeer

  7. The Hudsucker Proxy and Bad Santa should go in there, though Bad Santa isn’t for the kiddles.

    The Hudsucker Proxy is a beautiful story about an inventor trying to make it a big firm, very funny and heart warming. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are brilliant.

    Bad Santa I didn’t watch for ages until I realised it was Coen Brothers movie. It really didn’t disappoint. Really funny again and very unexpected twists in parts, great acting from Billy Bob Thornton and the name of the leading kid’s character had me in stitches (no spoilers people!).

  8. There’s always Scrooge (1951) with Alastair Sim (this is the classic A Christmas Carol adaptation), and Scrooged (1988) with Bill Murray.

  9. Why have you never watched ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’? It’s my favourite Christmas film!

  10. Well, you don’t list it, so I’ll say the obvious: A Charlie Brown Christmas is a beautiful gem and, happily, as popularly beloved as it deserves.

    The only other Christmas film I truly love is one you’ve already hit: The Muppets’ Christmas Carol.

  11. I can’t actually recall if it’s set at Christmas but there’s a lot of snow.
    Try The Magic Roundabout.

  12. Great idea. A couple not on the list…

    The Family Man (2000)

    Holiday Inn (1942)

    And if we’re going sorta Christmasy then my favorite is Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd.

    Have Fun.

  13. Muppets Christmas Carol, contains Michael Cain, need I say more

  14. Obviously you need to watch Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

    or really, ANY of the silent deadly night movies.. 2 is the best one though.

  15. oooh, how about (it’s film length though not quite a film) The Flint Street Nativity. Also Home Alone is very Christmassy.

  16. Terry Gilliam’s Brasil. Yes, it is a Christmas film, but it’s also a Terry Gilliam film. What more excuse do you need?

  17. I don’t have any movies to add – just wanted to say that I loved the idea of having a Christmas movie marathon :)

    Mixed Nuts is a cute Steve Martin movie with a great cast. Not the greatest movie, but it’s quirky.

    When Harry Met Sally is one of my favs. Not a christmas movie per say, but it culminates on a New Years’ scene.

  18. Gotta add Gremlins to the list! And for the love of all that’s holy, take Jack Frost off of the list. That’s a ripe piece of tripe good only if RiffTrax would provide a riff for it.

  19. Die Hard, 1988 cheers me up no end :)

  20. It’s got to be Scrooged each year, but with the recent loss of Leslie Nielsen, I’ll offer this animated short: http://www.nfb.ca/film/noel_noel_en/ . Good message for the kids and adults at Christmas.

    Noël Noël
    In this animated short, a misguided billionaire falls in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy. But thanks to little Zoey, her dog Snooze and a blue-eyed reindeer, his eyes are finally opened. Narrated by Leslie Nielsen, Noël Noël is a Christmas fantasy that reminds us happiness comes when the heart is allowed to speak.

  21. My personal favorite: Bad Santa

    Here is a taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVRmXc8PPqk&feature=related

  22. I think you nailed it in 2006. Chuck in Christmas Vacation and Die Hard and it’s just about perfect!

  23. +1 for Bad Santa

  24. My recent favorite is “The Family Man” with Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni

  25. A Child’s Christmas in Wales
    made for tv, only 55 minutes, but watched it every year growing up (even though I’m from the US). its awesome.

  26. Most people forget it for some reason, but “Gremlins”! Why? because it all takes place during Christmas (there are even little gremlins sporting Santa hats at certain points) and it’s just fun to an awesome degree while giving a nice little break in Christmas movie pacing

  27. how did you miss the Rudolph claymation, and Frosty the Snowman animated ones? lol… there’s a lot you could add on for this year w/out repeating now that I think about it. Jim Carrey’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, as well as the animated one. I think the original Lethal Weapon was based during Christas season, and so was the best Batman movie of all time (Batman Returns, starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeifer (sp?), and Danny DeVito).

    You score points for having ‘The Ref’ on your list of already watched Christmas movies.

  28. Die hard. :)

  29. National lampoons Christmas!

  30. It’s not well-known in the UK, but A Christmas Story is a fixture in the states; one channel just shows it on repeat for the whole day. It’s funny and poignant in equal measure. You’ll shoot your eye out!

  31. Jingle All The Way and Trapped in Paradise are two you really have to get into your rotation, especially Jingle. Schwarzenegger is too hilarious to pass up.

    The Family Man may satisfy this year’s heart-tugger, but The Family Stone is one of our personal favorites that we watch as we put up the tree each year. A good bit better than Family Man, if you ask me.

    If you want something completely awful but hilarious in its awfulness, Deck the Halls (2006) is worth checking out, too.

    (PS Four Christmases was so terrible, and not in a fun or good way. Avoid at all costs.)

  32. Scrooged; again and again and again.

  33. I can’t believe The Shining hasn’t been suggested, it’s the ultimate family experience.

    It ain’t just for Christmas neither, the Torrance’s would be a wicked Halloween family costume theme.

  34. Can’t believe I’m writing this in July in a very warm bedroom but jus read an article which recommends Holiday Affair and Remember The Night, so thought I’d make this comment so we remember :)

  35. new years eve, new in town, the Christmas shoes, surviving Christmas….these are just one or two of my favs.

  36. Should be working on Full Frontal but instead I spent ages trying to find this page (your blog is hard to navigate!) to say:

    Meet me in St Louis

  37. Prancer (1989) Filmed in a snowy Michigan small town.

    During the Christmas season, Jessica finds a hurt reindeer who she believes to be Santa’s reindeer Prancer ….

    I can watch it every Christmas Eve – but my family have had enough now.

  38. Movies I Watch Every Year.
    The Santa Clause (1994)
    Christmas With The Kranks (2004)
    Elf (2003)
    How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    Home Alone (1990)
    Jack Frost (1998)
    Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
    Jingle All The Way (1996)
    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2002)
    The Munsters Scary Little Christmas (1996)

  39. A must see for me every Christmas since childhood is Scrooge (1970) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066344/.

  40. Christmas on Division Street, with Fred Savage

  41. on strike for christmas
    deck the halls
    christmas with the cranks
    a christmas story 2 (2012)
    a different kind of christmas
    crazy for christmas
    santa baby 1 and 2
    how the grinch stole christmas

  42. I would recommend The Magic of Belle Isle (Morgan Freeman) and Mary Poppins. Although neither are strictly Christmas films.

  43. The glaring omission here is Hook (1991)

  44. Rise of the Guardian. It’s not really a Christmas movie, but it has Santa Claus(Alec Baldwin) and Jack Frost(Chris Pine). Fun Movie. Love Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny.

  45. The bishops wife. The shop around the corner. Remember the night. All classics, all with good messages.

  46. The Santa Clause 1,2, and 3

  47. My favorite Christmas viewing is a pair of Silly Symphonies from Disney. Basically a two-parter showing Santa & the elves getting ready, and then delivering the toys at one house.

    Santa’s Workshop (1932)

    The Night Before Christmas (1933)

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