Aside from eating together during Noche Buena, some families, if not all, would oftentimes snuggle up and watch heartwarming old and new, classic and modern holiday Christmas flick together to get in the holiday spirit.
Whether you’re in the mood for a tried-and-true classic or one of those irresistible Hallmark Christmas movies, there’s an endless list of holiday films to choose from out there, including family-friendly movies, cheesy-but-festive rom-coms, Christmas horror movies, and more.
Now, get ready to snuggle in your warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite holiday snacks — gingerbread cookies, popcorns, among others! Here are ten movies you and your family and friends would for sure enjoy watching during the Yuletide season.
1. The Princess Switch: Switched Again
A sequel to The Princess Switch, The Princess Switch: Switched Again is a 2020 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Mike Rohl. It stars Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Suanne Braun, and Nick Sagar.
The story follows Margaret Delacourt, the Duchess of Montenaro, who suddenly inherits the throne in her home country of Montenaro.
As her Christmas coronation approaches, she and Stacy switch places once again so Margaret can fix her relationship with Stacy’s friend Kevin. Unbeknownst to both women, a third look-alike, Margaret’s evil cousin Lady Fiona, disguises herself as Margaret in a scheme to steal the throne.
2. The Snowman
The Snowman is an animated television film and Symphonic Poem based on Raymond Briggs’ 1978 picture book The Snowman.
It was directed by Dianne Jackson for the British public service Channel 4.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and won a BAFTA TV Award.
The story is told through pictures, action, and music, scored by Howard Blake, and is wordless, with the exception of the central song “Walking in the Air”.
The story revolves around a young boy who made a snowman on Christmas that magically comes to life. The snowman then takes him on a journey to meet Santa Claus.
3. One Magic Christmas
One Magic Christmas is a 1985 American/Canadian Christmas fantasy film directed by Phillip Borsos.
It was released by Walt Disney Pictures and starred Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton.
The story revolves around Ginny, who doesn’t believe in the festival of Christmas and hates Santa Claus for his non-existence. Gideon, an angel, makes her realize the true meaning of Christmas and refurbishes her faith.
4. The Night Before
The Night Before is a 2015 American Christmas comedy, directed by Jonathan Levine and written by Levine, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie as three childhood friends who annually reunite on Christmas Eve in search of the best party in New York City. Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell, Mindy Kaling, and Michael Shannon also star.
5. Jack Frost
Jack Frost is a 1998 American dark fantasy drama film starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston.
Keaton played the title character, a father killed in a car accident before returning to life as a snowman.
Three of Frank Zappa’s four children, Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, and Moon Unit Zappa, appear in the film.
6. Four Christmases
Four Christmases is a 2008 Christmas comedy-drama film about a couple visiting all four of their divorced parents’ homes on Christmas Day.
It stars Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, with Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw, Dwight Yoakam, and Kristin Chenoweth as supporting cast.
7. Deck The Halls
Deck the Halls is a 2006 American Christmas comedy film directed by John Whitesell, written by Matt Corman, Chris Ord, and Don Rhymer, and starring Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, and Kristin Chenoweth. The film was released on November 22, 2006.
The story revolves around Steve and his new neighbor, Buddy, trying to outdo each other in decorating their houses for Christmas. However, Buddy’s extravagantly-decorated house overshadows Steve’s, causing a conflict.
8. Silent Night, Deadly Night
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a 1984 American slasher film directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr., and starring Robert Brian Wilson, Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Linnea Quigley, Britt Leach, and Leo Geter.
The story concerns a young man named Billy, who suffers from post-traumatic stress over witnessing his parents’ murder on Christmas Eve by a man disguised as Santa Claus and his subsequent upbringing in an abusive Catholic orphanage.
In adulthood, the Christmas holiday leads him into a psychological breakdown, and he emerges as a spree killer donning a Santa suit.
9. Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American fantasy romance film directed by Tim Burton. It was produced by Burton and Denise Di Novi and written by Caroline Thompson from a story by her and Burton.
Johnny Depp plays an artificial humanoid named Edward, an unfinished creation who has scissor blades instead of hands. The young man is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim (Winona Ryder).
The film received numerous nominations at the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and the Saturn Awards, as well as winning the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
Both Burton and Elfman consider Edward Scissorhands their most personal and favorite work.
10. The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause is a 1994 American Christmas comedy film written by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick and directed by John Pasquin.
The first film in the Santa Clause film series, it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. When he and his young son, Charlie, finish St. Nick’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole where Scott learns that he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed Santa Claus.
While it received mixed reviews at the time, it has since become a Christmas-time staple among viewers. Its success led to two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which was both financially successful but had a less favorable critical response than the original.