My Favorite Christmas Movies

Love Actually

Released in 2003, the film is one of my annual viewings for the holiday season. It is not a perfect film, but its core (if incomplete) message is one that resonates deeply with me for the holidays.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

I. Love. This. Movie.

It is my favorite take on the Christmas Carol. Sir Michael Caine plays it straight and that makes the movie truly unforgettable.


Also from 2003, Will Ferrell and Jon Favreau (now most well known for his role directing Marvel movies) deliver one of the funniest holiday movies for me. Will’s comedic delivery is masterful for being the outsider trying to understand the society we consider normal.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

A hugely nostalgic movie for me. Chevy Chase and crew, including a young Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Johnny Galecki, bring me a funny and heartwarming holiday film.

My Guilty Pleasures

Jingle All the Way

It is, to put it kindly, not a good movie. But I love it anyways. Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Jake Lloyd.

The Santa Clause

Tim Allen as ‘Scott Calvin,’ a normal everyday grouchy business executive, gets tricked into becoming Santa Claus. Hijinks ensue. It is also not a cinematic masterpiece, but I can still remember where I saw it and with what friends when I was an 11 year old. So, watching it during the holiday season, transports me back to being that 11 year old kid.

Don’t see your favorite here? Home Alone? Ralphie’s Christmas Story? Nightmare Before Christmas? I enjoy them all. But the six above are the ones I consider my “must watch” for the holiday season.