12 of the Best Christmas Movies to Watch this Year

There’s no better way to put yourself in a Yuletide mood than to pop some popcorn, curl up under a blanket in front of a warm fire, and watch a good old-fashioned Christmas movie. We’ve compiled a list (and checked it twice) of 12 of our favorite holiday films that will be sure to help you get into the holiday spirit.

Home Alone

Macaulay Culkin stars in the 1990 John Hughes classic Home Alone as precocious eight-year-old Kevin McCallister who accidently gets left behind while his family goes on vacation. In their absence Kevin is forced to protect his home from a pair of burglars, played to perfection by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, with a series of hilarious booby traps that every kid has since wished they could emulate. Aside from the incredible supporting cast featuring Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, and John Candy, this movie also features a beautiful score by John Williams that will definitely put you in a holiday mood.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Although Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is now considered to be a Christmas staple, it didn’t quite start out that way. When the film was first released in 1946, it was considered to be a box office flop. But when the film’s copyright lapsed in 1974 allowing television stations to air it for free (which they did, all the time), the film enjoyed a new found popularity that turned it into a beloved Christmas classic.

Jimmy Stewart stars as family man George Bailey of Bedford Falls. In the movie, Bailey is saved from the depths of despair by a friendly Christmas angel named Clarence. Stewart’s incredible performance and the hopeful message of this film make it a Christmas flick for the ages.

Miracle on 34th Street

We know that we should probably be putting the original 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood on this list, but the 90s kid in us can’t help but love the 1994 remake. Not only does it star the adorable and talented child actress Mara Wilson (Matilda FTW!) but it features Sir Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle, who is basically our ideal twinkly-eyed Santa Claus.


No matter which version you love best, the both tell a heart-warming story of a little girl who teaches an entire city how to believe in Santa again and it just might make you want to believe too.

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