10 Holiday Movies We Can’t Imagine Christmas Without

Every year, after all the presents are wrapped and under the tree, you can find my family curled up on the couch for Christmas Eve Movie Night.
My brother usually suggests Die Hard (nice try) while my dad mentions some obscure version of A Christmas Carol that is frankly terrifying – but ultimately we go traditional.
As years of practice have made me an expert in the field, I have put together a definitive list of the top ten absolute best holiday movies of all time.  (Also, I believe it’s a subtle form of child abuse if your kids reach adulthood without watching “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby.)
1. The Polar Express
One of the most visually beautiful holiday films of all time. “At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years
passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas
that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old,
the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
2. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is an obvious classic. No explanation necessary.
3. Miracle on 34th Street
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. This poignant story is sure to make those of all ages believe in magic.
4. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppets do Dickens – what could be better?
5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
While I personally think this movie is a tragic tale of bullying in the North Pole and break down in tears when the Misfit Toys sing about their loneliness (I don’t care that you have spots, Mr. Elephant!), most people in the world disagree and so I have begrudgingly included it on the list.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? Do we care? Nope
7. Meet Me In St. Louis
Arguably one of Judy Garland’s best films, this old-timey movie will make you nostalgic for the days of yore.
8. Elf

“Santa? I KNOW him!” Will Ferrell stars in this modern Christmas classic.
9. Olive, the Other Reindeer
This is an underrated bit of awesomeness starring the voice of Drew Barrymore as Olive, a little dog who mishears a line in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and sets off on a mission to help Santa.
10. White Christmas

There is nothing in the whole world that is better than this movie. Seriously.
What’s your family’s favorite holiday movie?



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