Although Christmas is over, I still believe in keeping that Christmas spirit alive for just a little bit longer. So before the Christmas season is completely done for another year, I wanted to share some jammin’ Christmas movies with all of you!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
If you’ve never seen this 1964 classic from Rankin Bass, where have you been? Yes, Rudolph does experience quite a bit of emotional abuse and Santa does seem like a prick, but in all seriousness this is a Christmas classic for a reason. The catchy songs, the stop motion animation, and the lovable band of misfits make this a must-see for all.
Frosty the Snowman
Happy Birthday! Frosty was such a lovable guy. There was a television short that came out later called Frosty’s Winter Wonderland in which he wants to find a wife, which is a cute special in its own way. Later on there was another weird sequel called Frosty Returns in which Frosty was voice by John Goodman. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Goodman but….he is not Frosty. But if you’re gonna watch one Frosty movie, make sure it’s the original!
Muppet Christmas Carol
This is one of those movies that I have seen so many times I can probably recite every line as I’m watching it. Though one of my favorite songs was cut in the later release, this is by far my favorite telling of “A Christmas Carol”. I sing along with all of the songs, and Michael Cane as Ebenezer Scrooge is just charming.
I’ve always been a fan of Will Ferrell but this newer Christmas classic made me appreciate his childlike nature even more. I only wish that they had done a studio recording of Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” instead of the one they included in the credits but that’s just my opinion. There are some adult references in this one so maybe save it for your older school age kids. Just remember, the best way to spread holiday cheer is by sing loud for all to hear.
The Santa Clause
I actually love the entire trilogy of Santa Clause movies, though the 2nd one had some moments that were a little cringy. Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin who works for a toy company and one night causes Santa to fall from his roof and upon doing so unknowingly must assume the role of the new Santa Claus. This movie teaches us that seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I always watch both the animated classic, and the live action version starring Jim Carrey. I know it’s not for everyone as Carrey’s acting style can be a bit over the top at times, and the live action telling does take some liberties, but I still love it just as much as the classic.
I cry every single year when I watch this movie. Sam Elliot plays an apple farmer who is also a father and a widower. His daughter Jessica holds onto her belief of Santa at an age when most kids no longer believe. When she finds an injured reindeer, her father wants to put him out of his misery but she stops him as she believes this is actually Prancer, one of Santa’s reindeer. She tries to nurse him back to health in time for Christmas so that he can return to Santa. There are so many emotional moments in this brilliant movie I have loved ever since I first saw it as a kid.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Christmas movie list would not be complete without Charlie Brown. I’ll never understand why all the kids are so mean to poor old Chuck, but his true friend Linus is always the voice of reason. When Charlie Brown is losing his Christmas spirit because everyone around him seems to have forgotten about the true meaning, Linus helps everyone remember. Now anytime anyone sees a tree that’s a little sparse, we will all think of Charlie Brown and how that tree just needed a little love.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Another telling of A Christmas Carol, this time starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge. This version is based on the Broadway musical version of A Christmas Carol and was shown on television in 2004 with an all-star cast. Jesse L. Martin plays the ghost of Christmas present, Jane Krakowski the ghost of Christmas past, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Emily, Steven Miller as young Scrooge, and Jason Alexander as Jacob Marley. With music by Alan Menken, how can you go wrong?
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Of course I couldn’t forget about Mickey on my list! I am a huge Disnerd and although I love Beauty and the Beast and could have included Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, instead I would like to recommend Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, as well as the sequel Twice Upon a Christmas. Both of these movies feature 3-4 Christmas stories featuring beloved Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck and more. Each story teaches some kind of valuable Christmas lesson. If you have Netflix I highly recommend watching both of these.
Though there are numerous other Christmas movies I always have to watch, these are my go-to recommendations. Which Christmas movies are on your must-watch list? Do you keep watching them after Christmas like I do?