These popular Christmas movies are pop culture-oriented – not your traditional Christmas holiday classics. Some of these holiday romances and comedies contain hints of Charles Dickens and Dr Seuss (who wrote The Grinch Who Stole Christmas), but they’re mostly a modern perspective on the Christmas season.
“We’re gonna need champagne for 250 people, and send the stuff that you send to me,” says Frank Cross in Scrooged. “Don’t send the stuff that I send to other people.”
Scrooged is one of my favorite Christmas comedies, starring Bill Murray as Scrooge. It’s a satirical, sometimes violent twist on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday movie, and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh…and think about your life.
And, here are more holiday romances and comedies to keep you entertained over the Christmas season…
Holiday Romances and Popular Christmas Movies
If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, keep these holiday movies in mind! They make great holiday gifts for family members, colleagues, teachers, or friends.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton’s animated musical/fantasy/horror/comedy is a great Christmas movie. Halloweentown resident Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) stumbles on a bizarre and fascinating alternative universe called … Christmastown. As Roger Ebert noted in his review, “some of the Halloween creatures might be a tad scary for smaller children, but this is the kind of movie older kids will eat up; it has the kind of offbeat, subversive energy that tells them wonderful things are likely to happen.” For more info on this pop culture Christmas movie, visit The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Love Actually – The ultimate romantic comedy from the makers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill. Funny, irresistible and heartwarming, an all-star cast (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson) will take you on a breathtaking tour of love’s delightful twists and turns of love. To learn more about this holiday romance, visit Love Actually (Widescreen Edition).
Elf – A smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. For more info about this holiday comedy, visit Elf (Infinifilm Edition).
The Santa Clause – Divorced toy company executive Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is pleased to have his son Charlie for Christmas, though the boy himself isn’t happy about it. But when Santa Claus accidentally topples off the roof of the house and falls with a thud in the snow, Scott finds himself taking the merry old elf’s place and earning new respect in his son’s eyes. The Santa Clause probably won’t supplant It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street as the best Christmas movie of all time, but it’s an enjoyable family holiday flick. For more info on popular Christmas movie, visit The Santa Clause (Widescreen Special Edition).
Bridget Jones’ Diary – This is a Christmas movie recommendation from @Working_Writer on Twitter. Renée Zellweger and Hugh Grant star in a delightful comedy about the ups and downs of modern romance. Bridget (Zellweger), a busy career woman, decides to turn over a new page in her life by channeling her thoughts, opinions and insecurities into a journal that becomes a hilarious chronicle of her adventures. Soon she becomes the center of attention between a guy who’s too good to be true (Grant) and another who’s so wrong for her, he could be just right (Colin Firth). To learn morea bout this romantic comedy, Bridget Jones’s Diary (Collector’s Edition).
The Holiday – Another Christmas movie recommendation from @Working_Writer” two successful yet unhappy women connect through a home-swapping website, and decide to trade houses for the Christmas holiday. Iris (Kate Winslet) is a London-based journalist who lives in a picture-postcard cottage in Surrey, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) owns a movie-trailer production company and lives in a posh mansion in Beverly Hills. Iris is heartbroken from unrequited love, and Amanda has just broken up with her cheating boyfriend, so their home-swapping offers mutual downtime to reassess their love lives. For more info, visit The Holiday.
The Family Stone – This romantic Christmas comedy is recommended by @AmyJoSprague on Twitter: Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings his fiancé Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) home to meet his family for Christmas. It’s an instant disaster when parents Sybil (Diane Keaton) and Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) agree with their sons and daughters that Meredith is too uptight to be welcomed into their family. Meredith recruits her sister Julie (Claire Danes) to help her thaw the Stone family cold front. To learn more about this Christmas movie, visit The Family Stone (Widescreen Edition).
While You Were Sleeping – This is another one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time – and it was recommended by @cmdrsue on Twitter. Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, a lonely subway worker, who becomes smitten with a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher). But when she saves his life after he’s been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancée. The mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she’s never met. Then, she falls for his charming brother (Bill Pullman) and has to choose between the two. For more info, visit While You Were Sleeping.
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation – Make merry as Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid and an ensemble of comedy favorites strive to gift-wrap the “perfect Christmas” for the Griswold family. The most successful of the three vacations, this Christmas movie is fun for the whole family. To learn more, visit National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Special Edition).
Scrooged – Bill Murray stars in this spin off a Charles Dickens classic – he’s the world’s meanest TV executive, who has his cathartic moment one cold Christmas night in New York City. The various ghosts lead him on a ghost-town tour of Manhattan, with stops at holidays past, present, and future. For more info about this popular Christmas movie, visit Scrooged.
Popular Christmas Movies for Kids
These Christmas movies for kids aren’t just for kids! This list of family movies for the Christmas holidays includes everything from Charles Dickens to Jim Carrey to Charlie Brown.
“Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem,” said Linus Van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas. “Maybe Lucy’s right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browniest.”
As a kid, I never was a big fan of Charlie Brown – I thought he was too sad, unappreciated, and mistreated! But the Charlie Brown Christmas movie and the Peanuts Holiday Collection are very popular for both kids and adults during the holiday season, so I must be missing something.
I like the more warm and fuzzy fantasy holiday movies. One of my top Christmas movies for kids is The Polar Express, which I describe below. Another classic holiday movie is Disney’s A Christmas Carol; it’s the most popular Christmas movie on Amazon.com right now, and it features Jim Carrey (who also starred in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas).
Here are several more family movies for the Christmas holidays…
The Polar Express – A benign, kind-hearted celebration of the yuletide spirit, especially for kids who have almost grown out of their need to believe in Santa Claus. Tom Hanks is the nominal “star” who performs five different computer-generated characters, but it’s the visuals and Christmas joy that steal this show. To learn more about this family holiday movie, visit The Polar Express.
Muppet Christmas Carol – Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. One fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Together with kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, the Spirits open Scrooge’s eyes — and his heart — to the true meaning of Christmas. For more info, visit The Muppet Christmas Carol – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition.
Home Alone – Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them! To learn more about this Christmas movie for kids, visit Home Alone.
A Christmas Carol – From Walt Disney Pictures comes the magical retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale – Disney’s A Christmas Carol, the high-flying, heartwarming movie for the whole family, starring Jim Carrey. This is one of the 30 Ways to Make Money on the Side. When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas — but he must act on it before it’s too late. Learn more by visiting Disney’s A Christmas Carol.
Original Christmas Movies for Kids
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Who’s got a nose for Christmas? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Just in time for the holidays, here comes Rudolph in the most beloved special of all time! Packed with a sleigh full of memorable songs and unforgettable characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lights up the hearts of young and old alike.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – Where does Santa’s suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world’s most famous gift giver.
Frosty the Snowman – Look at Frosty Go! What’s become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman who’s got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can’t go wrong with Frosty!
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol – Bah Humbug, Mr. Magoo! In this first-ever animated holiday TV special, the bumbling and loveable Mr. Magoo is Ebeneezer Scrooge in a hilarious and heartwarming musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol”.
The Little Drummer Boy – This story has touched the hearts of families everywhere. In this holiday classic, the true spirit of Christmas is revealed when a lonely orphan stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus and affirms what the holidays are really about – giving and love. Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by the Vienna Boys’ Choir, this timeless tale of generosity makes the perfect addition to your holiday collection.
Cricket on the Hearth – A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it’s Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness.
The Original Christmas Classics family movie collection contains seven original Christmas classic movies for kids: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol – Bah Humbug, Mr. Magoo!, The Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth. It’s a great holiday gift idea for new families.
Best Christmas Movies – Classic Holiday Movies at Christmas
This list of the best Christmas movies consists mostly of classic holiday movies, but also includes some romance, family and Disney Christmas movies. There’s a holiday movie for everyone – even Grinches and Scrooges!
“Blast this Christmas music,” said The Grinch. “It’s joyful and triumphant.” ~ from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic holiday movie – and for good reason! It’s funny, touching, and entertaining for the whole family.
Another classic holiday movie is Disney’s A Christmas Carol – which is also the most popular Christmas movie on Amazon.com right now. It features Jim Carrey (who also starred in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas).
Here’s a list of the best Christmas movies, with brief plot summaries…
A Christmas Story – This is a Christmas movie recommendation from @jaykeith on Twitter. A Christmas Story is a charming, touching, and very funny adaptation of humorist Jean Shepherd’s Yuletide novel, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. This classic holiday movie looks back at the compulsive efforts of 7-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) as he tries every means possible to acquire his dream Christmas gift. For more info about this holiday movie, visit A Christmas Story (Full-Screen Edition).
Santa Claus – the Movie – The delightful story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves at the North Pole. There he is entrusted with wondrous, special powers – to become the world’s most beloved patron of Christmas…Santa Claus! There he meets Patch (Dudley Moore), and eager-to-please elf who becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon’s (John Lithgow) plans to take over Christmas. And so begins Santa’s greatest adventure of all – to rescue his faithful elf and to save Christmas for all the children of the world. For more info about this Christmas classic, visit Santa Claus the Movie.
White Christmas – This classic holiday movie features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a “sister” act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. For more info about this holiday classic, visit White Christmas (Anniversary Edition).
It’s a Wonderful Life – George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – at Christmas. As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. One of the best Christmas movies of all time. For more info, visit It’s a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition).
Miracle on 34th Street – Six year old Susan has doubts childhood’s most enduring miracle Santa Clause. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department stare Santa who is convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in. How could this not be one of the best Christmas movies? For more info about this holiday classic, visit Miracle on 34th Street (Special Edition).
A Charlie Brown Christmas – This television classic features the Peanuts characters in the story of Charlie Brown’s problematic efforts to mount a school Christmas pageant. Everybody’s on board: Lucy, Snoopy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, but the biggest impression is surely made by Linus, who stops the show with his recitation from the gospels of the story of Christ’s birth. For more info, visit Peanuts Holiday Collection (Deluxe Edition).
Smoky Mountain Christmas – This is a best Christmas movie recommendation from @art1032 on Twitter. Country music superstar Lorna Davis (Dolly Parton) is overwhelmed and disillusioned by her career and loneliness. She plans a trip to a friend’s cabin in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains to escape and recuperate during the Christmas season. For more info about this Christmas movie — which is only available on VHS — visit Smoky Mountain Christmas.
The Christmas Shoes – Another classic holiday recommendation from @art1032, this movie bounces between two families — the Layton household, where father Robert (Rob Lowe) is so consumed with his work that he misses his daughter’s recital; and the Andrews home, where mother Maggie has been diagnosed with a fatal heart ailment. Desperate to make his mother’s last moments happy, Maggie’s son Nathan struggles to buy a pair of red dancing shoes that seem like a pair Maggie remembers from her childhood. For more info, visit The Christmas Shoes.
If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas, keep these holiday movies in mind! They make great holiday gifts for family members, colleagues, teachers, or friends.