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 Polar Express
The Polar Express is a 2004 American computer-animated adventure film co-written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, who also served as one of the executive producers.
The film tells the story of a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, sees a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stop outside his window and is invited aboard by its conductor. The boy joins several other children as they embark on a journey to visit Santa Claus, preparing for Christmas.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a 2000 American Christmas fantasy comedy film directed by Ron Howard and written by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman.
Based on Dr. Seuss’s 1957 book of the same name, it was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film. The film is narrated by Anthony Hopkins and stars Jim Carrey in the title role along with Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, and Molly Shannon in supporting roles.
Because the film is based on a children’s picture book, many additions were made to the storyline in order to bring it up to feature-length, including some information about the backstory of the title character and reworking the story’s minor character Cindy Lou Who as the main character. Most of the rhymes that were used in the book were also used in the film, though some of the lines were to some degree changed, and several new rhymes were put in.
It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup as well as getting nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
3. A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas
A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is a 2011 American 3D stoner comedy film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and starring John Cho, Kal Penn, and Neil Patrick Harris.
It is a sequel to the 2008 film Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and the third installment of the Harold and Kumar series.
The plot follows Harold (Cho) and Kumar (Penn) as they embark on an adventure to find a new Christmas tree after Kumar accidentally destroys the original.
Gremlins is a 1984 American comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante.
The story follows a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters that all wreak havoc on a whole town on Christmas Eve.
It draws on legends of folkloric mischievous creatures that caused malfunctions — “gremlins” — in the British Royal Air Force going back to World War II.
The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character. Steven Spielberg was the film’s executive producer, with the film being produced by Michael Finnell and released by Warner Bros.
5. A Christmas Tale
A Christmas Tale is a 2008 French comedy-drama film by Arnaud Desplechin, starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos and Chiara Mastroianni.
It tells the story of a family with strained relationships that gathers at the parents’ home for Christmas, only to learn that their mother has leukemia.
6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a 1964 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Videocraft International, Ltd. and currently distributed by Universal Television.
The special was based on the Johnny Marks song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which was itself based on the poem of the same name written in 1939 by Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May.
As with A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph no longer airs just once annually but several times during the Christmas and holiday season.
It has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest continuously running Christmas TV special.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special and is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
In this special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers. After Linus tells Charlie Brown about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown cheers up, and the Peanuts gang unites to celebrate the Christmas season.
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart, and Ed Asner.
The film centers on Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. He learns about this and heads to New York City to meet his biological father while also spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics in the process.
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.
It tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of “Halloween Town” who stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and becomes obsessed with celebrating the holiday.
The Nightmare Before Christmas originated in a poem written by Burton in 1982 while he was working as an animator at Walt Disney Productions.
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, a first for an animated film.
10. A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated Christmas dark fantasy film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
It is a film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 story of the same name and stars Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright, and Cary Elwes.
The film was produced through the process of motion capture, a technique used in Zemeckis’s previous films The Polar Express and Beowulf. It is also Disney’s third adaptation of the classic story, following Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992).