There are countless ways to celebrate Christmas, but one tradition that many people have in common is watching Christmas movies. From claymation classics to Hallmark romances, the catalog of films based on this holiday is nearly endless. Here are the favorite Christmas movies of some of our Fandom Spotlite staff!
Gabby – How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
When Violent Night came out last year, I thought that I may have found my new favorite Christmas movie. But I don’t think anything will ever truly top Jim Carrey’s Grinch. While some movies only continue to be enjoyable because of the nostalgia factor, I continue to find this movie hilarious even as an adult – partially because I now understand some of the jokes that went over my head as a kid, and also because I find myself relating to the Grinch more and more as I get older. Living alone with my dog in a mountain sounds more appealing every year. Side note: I’m still patiently waiting for Taylor Momsen, who played Cindy Lou Who and is now the frontwoman of rock band The Pretty Reckless, to drop a metal version of “Where Are You Christmas.”
Kyle – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
[My] all time favorite [is] the newest Miracle On 34th Street. The scene with the deaf girl gets me every time. But I do have to say Violent Night is a close second.
Hailey – The Polar Express (2004)
It was difficult to pick a favorite Christmas movie when my top choices were both so different: The Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. While the latter is a Christmas Eve staple in my household, sprinkled with adult humor and all-around fun for the whole family, I have to go with my childhood classic, The Polar Express. It’s the Christmas movie that gives me the most warm and fuzzy feeling while celebrating the real spirit of the holiday. I know I’m not the only kid who was obsessed with finding a bell exactly like the one from the movie. The belief and joy the movie elicits solidifies it as my number one. Besides, who could forget the famous “Hot Chocolate” song and sequence sung with the best pizzazz by the conductor?
Martin – Home Alone (1990)
When I think of what is my favorite Christmas movie, I can’t think of anything other than Home Alone. It’s one that I grew up with and would watch constantly. It’s a Christmas movie that has everything in it. Amazing slapstick comedy throughout. A great soundtrack and score. A heart warming Christmas message. A quote so famous it has no words and everyone still knows it. Just smack both hands on your face and scream. Whenever I am feeling down during the holidays, it just puts a big smile on my face.
Rhiley – White Christmas (1954)
My family loves Christmas, and we always loved to watch the holiday classics. While most of my family would go with comedies like Elf or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, my favorite is White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, and Rosemary Clooney. I’m a theater kid at heart and love old Hollywood, and the various creative musical numbers have always made my heart sing. And how can you forget the magical moment during the film’s finale with the titular song, the entire cast gathered around as they pull they barn doors open to reveal the Vermont snow everyone had been waiting for?