My Favorite Holiday Movie Playlist.
Um, hi. I’m going absolutely crazy this holiday season (do kids do that to you?!) and already have more holiday cheer that I have in YEARS.
Seriously, I think the last time I was this excited for the holidays was when I was around nine years old and not only had a tree in my room but also had to string colored lights over the entire thing. #fabulous.
These are my absolute FAVORITE holiday movies and between apple TV, netflix, amazon and downloads, I’ve already played half of this list. I’m determined that anytime the TV is on in the house, one of these is playing. That’s going over great, in case you’re wondering.
What are you favorites?! My all-time fave is probably The Family Stone. Then Christmas Vaca. And Four Christmases? I love a good bad movie.
Row 1: Elf – Christmas Vacation – Charlie Brown Christmas – The Holiday
Row 2: Home Alone – Four Christmases – Home Alone 2 – The Family Stone
Row 3: Love Actually – The Polar Express – The Grinch – It’s a Wonderful Life
Honorable mentions go to Rudolph, Prancer and The Santa Clause. I purposely left A Christmas Story off of that list because I have an irrational dislike for it. What is that all about?! But really, most of these are just nostalgia watches for me, and put me in the Christmas mood. Tell me your favorite holiday movie! And please do not say Die Hard. (coughcoughEddiecough)
48 Comments on “My Favorite Holiday Movie Playlist.”
White Christmas is my fave holiday movie everrrrrr. That music! The dancing!
Yesss! White Christmas is the best! I have it on right after thanksgiving and watch it about a dozen times each year! I don’t bake my Christmas cookies without it :)
I’m ashamed to say I’ve never watched it. Maybe I’ll have to this year!
White Christmas is most definitely one of the best holiday movies ever made. I also like all versions of A Christmas Carol. My favorite one of those is the 1938 black and white version, though. I agree with this list, though, too. Except I’m not familiar with 4 movies on this list; Love Actually, The Holiday, Four Christmases ans The Family Stone. The rest I have seen.
Of course I love all the picks you already mentioned, but last year I discovered “12 Dates of Christmas” on Netflix. I think it’s a made for TV movie, and definitely a little cheesy at times, but it’s a really cute rom com where the main character relives a Christmas Eve until she gets a night with a blind date right (12 times of course). Had me googling recipes for the featured “Cherry Chip Loaf” recipe! (And swooning over a grown up Zack from Saved by the Bell!)
White Christmas! All of the musical scenes make for great background noise when I’m doing chores around the house. Also, A Christmas Story always leaves me in a horrible mood…same with Jingle All the Way.
Great list! I love ELF. Santaaa! I know him!
I love Christmas Eve and The Grinch who stole christmas it always reminds me of family
Oh how I adore Love Actually and The Holiday. They NEVER get old!
I love them all! We always start with Charlie Brown and the Grinch, then White Christmas while we decorate the tree. After that it’s Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut, the Santa Clause movies, Polar Express and various others, until we get to the weekend before Christmas. That’s when we watch It’s a Wonderful Life, and on Christmas eve the 1951 version of Scrooge. And I suppose I have to mention the dozens of bad Hallmark and Lifetime movies. I hate that type of movie at any other time of the year, but at Christmas time I totally love them! I’ve seriously already seen about 10 so far this week. My husband is thinking of filing for divorce.
I also truly dislike A Christmas Story! I love all your picks and will also add White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street (the original one) to the list.
Love actually, the holiday are some of favorite movies to see and not only during Christmas!!
I love this list!!! Thanks!!!! Home alone all the way!
I would add Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th St. to the list.
My #1 all-time favorite is Elf! My second favorite is Love Actually, which my fiancé hates for some incomprehensible reason. And I know it’s not a movie movie, but Muppets Family Christmas is the best thing ever in my book.
I haven’t seen Four Christmases but can already tell it’s the kind of bad movie I will adore. Might watch it today…
My favourite is the family stone too. Also love The Polar Express and The Snowman. Also It’s a Wonderful life!
Love your movie picks! You must watch “Nativity!”…it is hilarious (especially if you appreciate all things British!) It is on Amazon Video and is now one I watch each year.
I love While You Were Sleeping!
My husband and I included the promise to watch Die Hard together every Christmas as part of our wedding vows! :-P
Oh man, you are missing five of my absolute favorites:
Christmas in Connecticut
Holiday Affair (the 1949 version)
The Christmas Card
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas
The Christmas List
It’s weird, but I always watch Bridget Jones’s Diary. It starts at Christmas and ends at Christmas. Plus. It is still so freaking hilarious!
Love this list! Just watched Family Stone last week! However, I may be the only one who does NOT consider Love Actually a Christmas movie. Well, maybe I do, but it’s one I can watch any time it is on, regardless of the season! :)
Haha, I have an irrational dislike for A Christmas Story too! I don’t know why, it just annoys me?! Not a fan. I do love White Christmas, with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney! It’s an old classic that is so nostalgic to me :)
I asked my husband to find us a Xmas movie last night, came in and he had Die Hard waiting! What??? The Santa Clause was our first date 21 years ago :)
Home Alone & Christmas Vacation are definitely my favs, but I watched Elf last night! The only one on my must-watch list that’s not on yours is A Christmas Story, it’s cheesy in the best mocking-itself kind of way!
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Love this list, for me the Grinch is the winner. I have to see it every year, I’m a bit obsessed with it.
SERENDIPITY!!! Not exactly a Christmas movie, but it take place in New York at Christmastime, so that’s good enough for me. Plus it has one of the cutest engagement scenes ever. Eva mentioned it above, and I feel like you should also be obsessed with it!!!
My husband would say Die Hard!! Christmas Vacation, The Holiday, Elf and the Home Alone movies are my most watched Christmas movies!
And While you Were Sleeping!!!
I love them all, but Elf is my fave hands down. I saw Home Alone in the theaters as a kid, and was ROTF, so that holds a special place for me too. Not technically a Christmas movie, but While You Were Sleeping is my favorite rom-com, and happens during the holidays, so I always feel like it’s a Christmas movie! Can’t lie, the Hallmark ones are terrible and cheesy, but I am a sucker for them!
I used to not understand the appeal of White Christmas, but it’s grown on me over the years. I watch it with my Gma several times each holiday season, and she is positively entranced by it every time. The music is really amazing!
Not a Christmas movie, but my family has a Christmas tradition of watching The Princess Bride every year. One of my all time faves!
I also second Bridget Jones Diary, Love Actually, and pretty much anything with Colin Firth in it.
This list makes me want to hibernate all winter long and just watch movies all month. Let’s do that!
i love all those. just watched four christmases the other day. i guess my fave is christmas vacation. i also love elf too. and family stone. i used to love santa clause i need to rewatch that one 1 i always think of charlie and the choc factory and wizard of oz as holiday movies since it seems like they were on a lot when i was a kid and home from school ?
White Christmas!! Watch it every Christmas eve after driving around looking at the lights! Best movie to get me in the Christmas spirit!
FINALLY – someone else who hates A Christmas Story! What is the deal with that movie?? I love all your recommendations though, especially The Family Stone; that movie is amazing. And even though I just (finally) discovered Love, Actually last year, it has quickly become one of my holiday favorites. I also love Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol, which came out a few years ago.
All good. :D
Yes! The Family Stone, Love Actually, Elf, and Home Alone are definitely on my must-watch list every year. I’m ashamed to say this, but I’ve never seen The Polar Express. Going to have to change that this year!
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Yes!! I too also have an irrationall dislike for The Christmas Story!
I can’t believe you threw out the honorable mention to Prancer! I love that movie, everyone always makes fun of me for how cheesy it is. I fully support this list, but adding Christmas with the Kranks, which people also tease me for! Good bad movies are the best
So I love the Snowman, but more as a put in while baking kinda movie (not sit down and watch).
And this is a weird one but growing up in the UK, ET was played on Boxing Day Every. Year. and it’s weird because there is nothing holidays in that movie! But for me ET = Christmas.
Love this list though!!!
The Family Stone ALL THE WAY. Great movie. As for Four Christmases, I also love a good bad movie. Last year I watched Holiday Engagement several times (a week). It’s awful but cute. Gah.
Glad to see The Holiday is on your list too. I watch this at least once every December. It’s my favorite. ?
Oh, what a wonderful list! It includes most of my favourite holiday movies too but there are two movies from your list I haven’t seen. I will correct this mistake in just a few days :)
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Elf……the end, when Santa flies over everyone, it makes me happy cry……although most movie ends make me cry. My girls think it’s funny!
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Am I the only adult who watches muppet Christmas Carol EEERRRRY year? Love me some Michael Caine as scrooge. How he can act so we’ll opposite puppets is beyond me.
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