I recently published a post telling you 48 Christmas movies to watch this year. That’s a TON of movies, and not everyone (most) has the time to get through them all. Chances are that even I won’t (I definitely won’t). So I figured that maybe I should tell you all my top 5 Christmas movies to give you the low down on the best of the best!
5. White Christmas (1954).
This movie is the epitome of Christmas. It was a Christmas gift for me years ago. I had never heard of it, but quickly fell in love. I think that first week of owning it I watched it a solid 3 or 4 times. It stars Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and Vera-Ellen. Some of the biggest stars of the time. It shows two singers who met in the army. They meet two sisters who are also singers, and they all end up in Vermont together to perform at an inn. This inn turns out to be run by the men’s former commander from the war. Unfortunately Vermont had no snow that year, so the commander could not afford to keep up the inn.
It is such a beautiful story, and a bit of a tear jerker!
4. The Santa Clause (1994).
This is one of the first Christmas movies that I remember seeing. A man accidentally kills Santa and ends up having to become the new Santa Clause, even though he doesn’t want to. It is entertaining the entire way through, and I LOVE the story and Bernard the elf. This movie is what made me into a huge Tim Allen fan.
3. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (1964).
I feel that this movie needs no explanation. It is the classic Christmas tale, the most fun yet heartbreaking story. A story of a bullied reindeer and elf who leave their homes and go on a depressing adventure. Eventually they have to return home to save those who treated them poorly, and eventually Rudolph saves the day. If I don’t watch this movie, Christmas didn’t really happen. Period.
2. Elf (2003)
I think everyone knows about and loves this movie. Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf is hilarious. A human who wound up in Santa’s bag is brought back to the North Pole. After Santa considers sending him back to the orphanage, an older elf decides to adopt him and raise him as his own. Buddy thinks he’s an elf for the first 30 years. When he discovers he is actually human and adopted, he travels to New York City to find his birth father and we see his insane adventures along the way.
I literally love everything about this movie.
“Santa, I know him!”
1. A Year Without A Santa Clause (1974)
This is my favorite Christmas film by far. It is shot in stop motion, and tells the tale of how Santa believes that nobody cares about him anymore, so he decides to take a year off. Two of his elves head down to earth and end up in South Town in the United States. There, the elves young reindeer is taken to the pound by the dog catcher. Santa has to go to South Town to save his reindeer. There he meets a boy and his family who speak of how much they believe in Santa Clause. When Santa begins receiving gifts and letters from children who believe in him, he changes his mind and Christmas is saved.
Mickey Rooney plays Santa, and there are some really fun musical numbers to sing along to! Yes, I sing along to every one.
This movie always makes me cry, sing, and laugh. It is just SO good.
I highly recommend these 5 movies if you are tight on time for Christmas movies this year!
Did anyone notice how every movie except elf was made on the fourth year of each decade?
What are your go to Christmas movies?