It’s Christmas time. Apart from decorating your home with colorful and decorative Christmas ornaments and wrapping Christmas gifts and Christmas baskets, there are more fun ways to celebrate the tradition of Christmas. Don’t know what it is? How about getting into the spirit of Christmas by watching Christmas movies? Yes, there is more to do than just shopping for Christmas gift baskets and corporate Christmas hampers for your boss! If you are wondering, what are the best Christmas movies to watch with your family on Christmas days then this is your lucky day. I have created a short list of the best movies for Christmas that you can choose from, which you and your family will surely enjoy.
Classic Christmas Movies:
The thing about classic movies is that though they are really, really old, but they never lose their touch. And generations after generations can watch them and still be entertained. Following are some of the best classic Christmas movies.
We all know the famous writer Charles Dickens. Scrooge is a musical retelling of Dicken’s classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol. It has various versions, one came out in 1935, the other came out in 1970. The 1970’s one was even nominated for 4 Oscars! It’s a must watch Christmas movie.
A Christmas Story:
The 1983 Christmas gem ‘A Christmas Story’ continues to be a favorite with people, even though decades have passed since its actual release. It is a beautiful story about how a young boy wants a gift for Christmas, desperately wishing for an official Red Ryder BB rifle, but his parents refuse. The boy Ralphie has to face quite a few disappointments in the quest for his ultimate gift, but nonetheless the quirky nature of the film makes it a must watch.
Miracle on 34th Street:
Another Christmas Classic which has been made into so many versions. For some the original movie continues to be the best version of them all. The movie is about a mother and daughter’s relationship, which is based on lots of love and affection, but when it comes to Santa Claus, the mother is quite cynical about his existence. As a result, she does not let her daughter believe in its existence, either. But later turn of events, makes the mother think otherwise. Watch the 1947 version to find out more!
Kids Christmas Movies:
For the younger audience members, there are a number of Christmas movies, as well. Classics like Scrooge and A Christmas Carol etc can obviously be included here, too. But if you are looking for other options, here are your options:
This movie, which came out in 1990 had made Macaulay Culkin a child star overnight. It made $533 million and had stayed in the box office chart for 12 weeks. It also stars Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci as the burglars that are trying to get into the house of an 8 year old kid left home alone by his family on Christmas day.
Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
Another popular Christmas movie for kids is the ever so famous Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The character of Grinch made quite an impression, when it was first seen on screen. It continues to be a memorable character.
The Muppet Christmas Carol:
Combine Charles Dickens and the Muppets and you have got yourself a true holiday classic. The memorable character of Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Michael Caine. The famous Gonzo appears as none other than Charles Dickens, himself, to help narrate the story.
Animated Christmas Movies:
There a number of Christmas themed animations which your kids will enjoy. You can grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy it, too! There are no age limits when it comes to watching Christmas movies.
The Polar Express:
The Polar Express is a super hit film in which none other than the famous Tom Hanks, provides his voice. It is a memorable train trip to the North Pole and the wonders of Christmas, which are seen through the eyes of a young boy.
The Simpsons Christmas:
If your kids belong to the age group of 12 and up, The Simpsons Christmas would be a great option. This DVD has all the holiday themed episodes of The Simpsons series.
A Charlie Brown Christmas:
Charlie Brown, of the famous Peanut comics series, has its very own movie which your kids will adore.
Top Christmas Movies:
If you are planning a movie marathon for your kids, this Christmas, then go and rent the Original Christmas Classics, which is a whopper of a collection. Best part is that you get seven holiday favorites like the classic stop motion animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Special
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
The Little Drummer Boy
Cricket on the Heart
The Original Christmas Classics has all the seven famous classic stories!
The Bishop’s Wife:
Another great Christmas movie is The Bishop’s Wife. It’s a light hearted, romantic Christmas movie about a bishop who wants to build a cathedral and an angel comes to guide him.
Scary Christmas Movies:
If watching funny movies or classic movies sounds too mainstream to you, then there are scary Christmas movies, too! Best part is that a few of them can be enjoyed by kids as well.
The Nightmare before Christmas:
This stop motion-animated Christmas animation is basically based on Tim Burton’s poem. It has a certain Jack Skellington, who is the pumpkin king of Halloweentown. He gets bored with doing the same thing over and over for Halloween, each year, so when he discovers Christmastown, he decides to have some fun by creating some mischief. He kidnaps Santa Claus! This movie is delightful and just a little bit scary, but very entertaining.
Funny Christmas Movies:
Will Ferrell is known for its comic talents and we can see him demonstrating them in his movie Elf. He plays the role of Buddy, who is a human raised among elves. To say the least, the movie is absolutely hilarious.
Another funny Christmas movie is Bad Santa, which is about a washed-up, wise cracking Department Santa Claus, who is more mischievous than nice! Plenty of laughs, guaranteed!
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation:
This is another Christmas comedy which delivers tons of great laughs. National Lampoon movies are known for their hilarious content.
Romantic Christmas Movies:
It’s a Wonderful Life:
When it comes to romantic Christmas movies, hands down, the winner is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, which is loved by many, many people. Not only is the movie romantic in nature, but also has a very moving lesson.
Another romantic movie with a Christmas theme, is the Four Christmases. The movie is about a couple who get to see their divorced parents, in just one day. It is quite a funny movie.
Christmas in Connecticut:
Another classic romantic Christmas movie is Christmas in Connecticut. The movie came out in 1945 and was directed by the famous Peter Godfrey. Big names like Dennis Morgan, Barbara Stanwyck etc were in the cast of this film.
Disney Christmas Movies:
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas:
Came out in 1997 as a direct to video animated holiday film which was produced the famous The Walt Disney Company. The original Beauty and the Beast it a pretty popular Disney story, whereas, The Enchanted Christmas is a midquel that takes place within the original Beauty and the Beast.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas:
Mickey Mouse has a worldwide fan following. Its Christmas special is also super fun to watch.
One Magic Christmas:
Other than animations, The Walt Disney Company has made a number of other Christmas films as well. For example, One Magic Christmas, in which a mother is shown the real spirit and meaning of Christmas, by none other than angel!
Other than these movies, the Disney Channel has its own original series, quite a few of them, like Hannah Montanna, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Good Luck Charlie etc. Every Christmas, most of these original Disney series, have their own special Christmas themed episodes.
Drake and Josh Christmas Movie:
Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh
Other than Disney, other cartoon channels have their Christmas specials, too. Like the famous Drake and Josh series on Nickelodeon channel, also have a Christmas movie called Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh. It came out in 2008 and is really funny.
Christmas Movies on Tv:
Many television channels like HBO, Star Movies etc have special movies lined up for Christmas day. You are more than likely to catch famous movies like The Scrooge, Home Alone etc to be playing on some tv channel or another, during Christmas.
Free Christmas Movies:
If you are not in the mood for spending money on buying DVD’s for your favorite Christmas movies, then you can simply download their torrents. You will easily find the torrents available for many movies, if you use Google’s search engine.
Free Christmas Movies Online:
If downloading torrents also seems like a lot of work then there are websites where you can simply stream the movies. Some movie sites would ask you to register yourself as a member, while other websites like megashare, do not ask for any restrictions. Just look for your desired movie, let it load for a little while and enjoy.
New Christmas Movies:
If watching the same Christmas classics, year after year has become too boring for you, then you are in luck because almost every year, there is a new Christmas movie, either animated or inanimate. This year, 2013, is marked by Disney’s animated movie, Frozen.
It has been getting amazing reviews from critics, some have even called it as ‘the happiest surprise of 2013’
Family Christmas Movies:
If you are looking for a great Christmas movie which could be enjoyed by all family members, then go for White Christmas. The movie stars Bing Cosby who is known for his top Christmas songs.
Nothing like the Holidays:
Another heart touching Christmas film about a Puerto Rican family are about to spend a Christmas together, which may be their last Christmas, together. Surely, a treat for the entire family.
Whatever movie you see, don’t forget to make some popcorns and remember to have a great Christmas, this year.