25 Movies to Get You Ready for Christmas

I don’t know about you, but Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I simply love the festive ambiance and the thrill that comes before the 25th of December. As a child, Christmas used to be a big deal back at home. My parents decorated the house, we baked cookies, we decorated the tree, and I simply had a blast preparing for Christmas. Nowadays, things are calmer. We still decorate, but the ambiance is simply not the same. Now everyone is under stress because we need to buy the perfect gift for one another, I have to undergo finals, and it tends to get pretty busy at work. I have to find other ways to get into the Christmas spirit. One of my favorite ways to do is by watching Christmas movies! So today I lined up my 25 favorite Christmas movies that will put you in the Christmas mood, no doubt!

Get in the holiday spirit with these 25 Christmas movies! Click through to read about my favorites!

  1. The Santa Clause. That movie is definitely a favorite of mine! Ever since I’ve been a child, there has not been one Christmas that has gone by without me watching this movie. When Santa Claus falls off a roof and gets killed on Christmas Eve, a businessman inadvertently gets recruited to take its place. This movie might be 22 years old, but it’s still one of my favorites! The sequel is also great if you loved the first one!
  2. Elf. I think this movie is on everyone’s list of favorites. After creating chaos in the elf community because of his size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to go to the US to find his biological father. Will Ferrell’s portrayal of Buddy, the main character, is simply amazing.  Elf is hilarious. It’s fun, and it reminds even adults what Christmas is really about. I also cannot silence Zooey Deschanel’s performance! Fun fact: I saw that movie at least 3 times in the theater when it first came out!
  3. The Polar Express. It’s been a while since I’ve watched The Polar Express, but trust me, it’s a good one. A boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express. He learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
  4. Love Actually. Would you believe me if I told you that I watched this movie for the first time only last year? Of course, I fell in love with it. Love Actually is a British jewel about love set in the frantic time of Christmas in London. The cast is absolutely stellar: it has names such as Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, and Martin Freeman, to name only a few. 
  5. Fred Claus. That movie is my mom’s favorite. Fred Claus, Santa’s bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole. Released in 2007, it stars big names such as Vince Vaugh and Paul Giamatti. This movie is lovely and will remind you what Christmas is really about: spending time with your loved ones and your family.
  6. Home Alone. A classic! Kevin McCallister must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. It’s hilarious, and if you loved the first movie, you’re going to enjoy watching the sequel as well!
  7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. Starring Jim Carrey and a young Taylor Momsen, this movie is based off the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. Did you know that it won an Oscar?
  8. Jack Frost. Another childhood favorite of mine. It’s not a Christmas movie per sé, but it never fails to put me in the mood. A father who died in a car accident a year ago returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to make things right with his son before it’s too late.
  9. A Christmas Carol. There have been many movie adaptations of the Charles Dickens’ novel (which I didn’t particularly enjoy), but this animated one is awesome! On Christmas Eve, Mr. Scrooge is awakened by spirits who show him his own miserable existence, the opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current life, and the fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. 
  10. Christmas with the Kranks. With their daughter away, a couple decides to skip Christmas altogether, which doesn’t please the rest of the neighborhood. That’s until their daughter decides to come home for Christmas. I watched this movie solely because it starred Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, and it did not disappoint! I didn’t know it was based on a novel, so I’m definitely adding that to my reading list!
  11. The Holiday. This would be more of a New Year kind of movie, but since it’s set during the holiday season, I decided to add it nonetheless. Two unhappy women decide to swap homes in each other’s country for the holiday season. It stars two talented women, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, and let’s not forget the amazing Jude Law and Jack Black! Honestly, this movie is one of my favorites and I cannot help but rewatch it every year. It’s a beautiful love story, but it’s also so much more than that.
  12. Four Christmases. Brad and Kate have been together for three years with no intention of marriage or children. On Christmas morning, they’re on their way to Fiji, having told their two sets of divorced parents that they’re off to do charity work. However, something occurs and they find themselves having to visit their four parents.
  13. Unaccompanied Minors. A group of unaccompanied minors is snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and create a makeshift holiday.
  14. Just Friends. While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with — a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer. I mean, Ryan Reynolds as the main character of a Christmas movie? Count me in!
  15. Joyeux Noël. I watched this movie when I was in high school, and it simply changed my way of viewing Christmas. In December 1914, during the First World War, the Western Front decides of an unofficial Christmas truce, which allows soldiers from opposing sides to gain insight into each other’s way of life. This movie is simply beautiful, y’all. It’ll teach you the true meaning of Christmas. 
  16. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I simply couldn’t NOT include this movie to the list. I remember watching this movie as a kid and it’s anchored to some of my deepest Christmas memories. It’s been a while since I’ve watched it, but honestly, this movie is a classic.
  17. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas. This movie reminds me of my childhood so much! I remember watching the VHS (I feel a little old saying that…) snuggled up in my pajamas as a kid. It’s a Christmas-themed three-part anthology-style movie. Definitely a must watch for kids, despite the fact that it’s 17 years old!
  18. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. Anyone who knows me well knows that Beauty and the Beast used to be my favorite Disney movie as a child (now it’s Mulan, but B&tB will always hold a special place in my heart). So it should come across as no surprise that the Christmas movie special is one of my favorites too! I just love finding myself back into this world. If you’ve never watched it before, do it now! You won’t regret it.
  19. Barbie in the Nutcracker. If I’m not mistaken, this is Barbie’s first movie, and it’s always been a favorite of mine. I’m a huge dance nerd, so the fact that this based on a famous ballet just makes it more enjoyable. Young Clara and her Nutcracker are set off on an adventure to find the Sugarplum Princess. I received the movie as a birthday gift my parents and a friend when I was six years old, and I’ve loved it the instant I watched it! 
  20. Deck the Halls. Starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, this movie is about two neighbors who have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.
  21. About a Boy. Christmas plays a central part in this charming British comedy: grumpy Will is living off the proceeds of the Christmas song his father wrote, and discovers the value of family Christmases through his friendship with young Marcus.
  22. Bridget Jones’ Diary. Once again, not a Christmas movie per sé, but since it’s mostly set during the holidays, why not?
  23. Red Nose or Take Me Home. A Christmas movie from Quebec! This is my dad’s favorite, and I have to admit that I love it too! I’m normally not the biggest fan of Quebec movies, but this one is really good! A critic who gave a writer a terrible review of her book on television has to team up with said writer for Operation Nez Rouge, a driving service offered during the holidays. He doesn’t seem to recognize her or remember the novel he bashed. But she does. And she’s out for revenge. nez rouge
  24. North Station. Yet another Christmas movie made in Quebec! We rarely ever release our own, but when we do it, they’re good! Station Nord, in French, is one of my favorite childhood ones. Sometime in the 1950s, Samuel and his girlfriend Evelyne continue a tradition started by Samuel’s grandfather of personally answering those letters as Santa Claus. Because of a snowstorm, those letters written by Samuel and Evelyne can’t be delivered before Christmas, so Samuel takes it upon himself to see those letters make it out of North Station on time.
  25. It’s a Wonderful Life. I’d never watched the famous movie before this year, and let me tell you that I understand now why everyone is making such a fuss about it! Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much when I first started watching it. It seemed a bit weirder than I had expected, but I found myself ingrossed in the story. Yes, it’s a little bit weirder than what I had expected, but the message is so great. Honestly, Christmas or not, go watch this movie if you haven’t already! You will not regret it.
  • This list made me realize how many Christmas movies I have yet to watch! I’m definitely going to watch some of these movies after finals. Nez Rouge sounds super interesting!

    • Nez Rouge is really good! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  • thanks for these movie ideas! I love The Santa Clause and A Christmas Carol! A Polar Express was only a book + audio cassette when I was a kid so I have a hard time enjoying the film (I’m old like that). It always feels like it should be an audio book haha.

    • I never read the book… I’m definitely going to check it out!

  • I had no idea there were so many more good Christmas movies besides my staple 3 or 4. AND OMG THROWBACK WITH BARBIE. That movie was my jam when I was little!! Now I really wanna watch it!!

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

    • Me too! I really felt like rewatching it when I was writing the post, haha

  • Serena Reidy

    There are so many good choices here! I love Home Alone!

    • Home Alone is a favorite of mine too!

  • Megan Anne ❄️

    😍 this is the perfect list!!

    • I’m so glad you like it!