1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey Version, 2000) This remake of the original animated classic does not disappoint. Jim Carrey’s Grinch is genius, and we get to see all sorts of um….interesting character development! It will make you laugh, and won’t sacrifice any of the original movie’s message.
2. Elf (2003) There’s so much to love about this movie with Will Ferrell as Elf: A grown man as an elf, him moseying around the city doing everything wrong–the list goes on and on.
3. Love Actually (2003) What’s better than a rom-com? A rom-com with multiple plots! What’s even better than a rom-com with multiple plots? A rom-com with multiple plots set primarily in London! Nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit like sharing intimate moments with loved ones–this film will help set the scene.
4. The Holiday (2006) Another romantic comedy set in London, “The Holiday” makes the list because of its heartwarming messages of perseverance and positivity (and yes, because Jude Law and Cameron Diaz will forever be soulmates in our hearts). The movie also features Jack Black in a serious role. It’s a refreshing change of pace!
5. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Let’se be honest: We’re adults, and we love animated films and Muppet movies!!! So a classic story like “A Christmas Carol” can only get better with Muppets. It’s a fun, family-friendly film that everyone will love.
6. The Polar Express (2004) This film is a famous favourite for everyone, because we all love believing that anything is possible! If any film encourages people to hold on to the whimsical aspects of childhood, it’s this one.
7. Gremlins (1984) This horror-comedy is basically everyone’s worst fear: You get a Christmas present that’s seemingly cute, and you accidentally do something bad to it. Of course, this film takes fear to another level. Maybe this movie is better for children that aren’t so young.
8. Bad Santa (2003) This is definitely one to watch without the kids–it’s perfect for a movie night with friends or with your S.O. It will keep you laughing nonstop, and prove that not everyone is filled with genuine Christmas cheer!
9.Four Christmases (2008) Imagine having to go back and forth with your significant other to four different Christmas celebrations in one day. The title of this film is pretty self-explanatory, and the movie is just as hilariously cringe-worthy as you might expect!
10. Christmas with the Kranks (2004) If you’re ever thinking of cancelling Christmas because of empty nest syndrome, think again. This movie shows the type of chaos that can unfold when you cancel the holiday celebration and wind up with surprise visitors!
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Do you love Christmas and Halloween equally? Do you love Halloween a little more? Are you just counting down the days until it’s Halloween again? Pop this movie in! It’s beautifully animated, and is sure to be an instant classic for you and your family.
12. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Charlie Brown films make certainly no exception. It’s a hilariously good time, but ends with just the right amount of warmth and fuzziness to remind you and your family what Christmas is really about. You’ll want to watch this one every year.
13. Home Alone 2: Lost In NY (1992) The sequel to Home Alone does not disappoint. This time, Kevin finds himself on the wrong plane, and ends up at a hotel in New York! His hilarious antics are the stuff of true nightmares for parents–and awe-inspiring fantasy for kids (and kids at heart)!
14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) Okay, so the first movie in the Harry Potter franchise isn’t a Christmas movie but it definitely fills you with the Christmas spirit. Come on! Harry has his first real Christmas, and gets his first real presents! And an invisibility cloak? That’s not a bad present!
15. Arthur Christmas (2011) Everyone loves an underdog, right? Arthur Christmas is an awesome animated character, mainly because he’s so awkward that you can’t help but love him! This is an interesting take on how someone becomes Santa, so to speak. Your kids will definitely love it, and they’ll learn what virtues and morals matter most!
Complete with classics, new favorites, and even some romantic options, our list has every option you need for a fun, binge-worthy holiday season. So grab some popcorn, and get ready to indulge in some festive holiday flicks!