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Julia’s Top 15 Christmas Movie Picks

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It’s that time of year for decorated houses, sitting around singing carols, baking and tuning in to your favourite Christmas movies. Whether it’s a holiday date night or the household enjoying a family classic, here are some of the best Christmas movies to watch with your loved ones.


#1. It’s a Wonderful Life

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The James Stewart classic about a man who wishes he had never been born and the Christmas angel who shows him how many lives are affected by his selfless and generous nature.

#2. Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

The ultimate Christmas movie about how a kind old man known as Kris Kringle tries to prove he is the real Santa Clause, all while helping a little girl and her mother to believe in miracles and love.

#3. White Christmas

White Christmas

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star in this magical musical about two entertainers who try to help save their former Army General’s Vermont inn all while romancing a lovely sister act.

#4. Home Alone

Home Alone

The family hit about an eight-year-old boy accidentally left behind by his family over the holidays. During his time as “man of the house,” Kevin stops two robbers from burglarizing his home with creative traps and tricks.

#5. Elf

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Will Ferrell stars as Buddy a human raised by elves who journeys to New York to locate his birth father and spreads a lot of Christmas cheer during his quest to find his family.

#6. The Santa Clause

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A divorced dad is given the job of becoming Santa Claus while reconnecting with his son and living up to his expectations. The movie was so popular it spawned two equally entertaining sequels.

#7. One Magic Christmas

One Magic Christmas


An angel is sent to a struggling family at Christmastime to help the mother regain her holiday spirit and show her how important family and generosity can be to others.

#8. A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Many versions have been made of this Dickens’ tale, but none better than the 1938 version of the greedy Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits of the holidays that show him what life is really all about and how he must change his miserly ways.

#9. Meet Me in St-Louis

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas with this sweet family musical about a family dealing with modern times, first love and sticking together during the holiday season.

#10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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The classic comedy follows a family man trying to maintain a positive attitude during the season even as his boss, neighbours and family all sabotage his efforts for a good old fashioned Christmas.

#11. The Holiday

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Two women switch houses over Christmas to avoid their exes and proceed to fall in love with the men of their dreams.

#12. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Jim Carrey portrays that mean green Grinch, determined to ruin the holidays of those Christmas loving Whos.

#13. Love, Actually

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This star-studded romantic comedy follows several stories, many connecting to each other, about finding and keeping love at Christmastime.

#14. Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star in this holiday tale as two performers who are stuck in a love triangle with their dance partner while working at an inn open only on major holidays.

#15. The Bishop’s Wife

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A bishop is visited by an angel who tries to help him remember the most important things in life such as his wife and daughter and helping those in need.

What are your top Christmas movie picks? Share with us in the comments below! 

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By on December 17th, 2014

About Julia McCracken

I am a proud Canadian girl, currently living in Sudbury, Ontario. I am the youngest of five, so writing was kind of a way of expressing myself in a busy household. I have been writing short stories and articles since I was a young girl, and have been reading since I was 3 years old! I am also a theatre lover and have dreams of traveling when I am settled, preferable outside of my little town!! I am currently completing an Office Administrative program and have received a Journalism Degree from Cambrian College and work part time in the children's section at Chapters!!

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5 thoughts on “Julia’s Top 15 Christmas Movie Picks”

  1. LOVE ‘The Holiday.’ I think each time I watch it, it becomes more endearing as a story. Also, ‘White Christmas’ is pretty much the only classic I can watch every year. Something about it has that timeless quality not to be ignored. Fun post, Julia. 🙂

  2. I would have thought that Meet Me In St-Louis would have been higher in the list! 😉 Totally agree with these Top 15 holiday picks!


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