Top 10 Classic Holiday Movies RANKED

Christmas is my favorite. I start listening to Christmas music from Labor Day onward. I’m a proud early decorator. The jolliness, decorations, treats, music, gifting GOSH it’s all so good.

One of my favorite holiday feel-good moments is turning off the lights (except the twinkling of the tree), getting into comfy PJs, and watching a classic Christmas movie.

I originally titled this post “Top 5” but it was incredibly difficult to choose so I extended to the Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies.

This could end up being controversial but in a very specific, particular order here it is:

Honorable Mentions: Gremlins (Love this movie but it leans a bit too Halloween. Plus my dog looks like a mogwai so I’ve got to give it a nod), Frosty the Snowman (Busy Busy Busy!)

10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – Jim Carrey was made to be the Grinch. Sure, he’s a grouchy guy but deep down we all relate. Also, baby Grinch is very cute.

9. Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – You can’t fault me for preferring the 1994 version, I was born in the late 80’s!

8. The Santa Clause – Out of all the movies on the list, Chris debates this one the hardest but I just love this movie! I still want to taste Judy’s hot chocolate every time I watch this one.

7. Rudolph (Claymation) – This one is a staple. There was nothing better than sitting inches from the television and catching this one when it aired every year.

6. The Holiday – Cameron Diaz dancing around by herself drinking wine and singing the Killers in the cutest cottage across the pond = perfection.

5. Home Alone 2, Lost in New York – The BEST Home Alone is Lost in New York. It has all the NY at Christmas vibes and the booby traps are just as brilliant. Whenever a sequel is better than the first it’s quite impressive.

4. The Year Without A Santa Claus (Claymation) – This is high on my list for a few reasons. First, Mrs. Clause is so badass in this movie. Second, the snow miser and heat miser songs are my jams. Third, when the kids around the world sing Blue Christmas my heart melts.

3. Christmas Vacation – Phenomenal one liners with top notch exterior illumination.

2. Polar Express – I watch this movie every year on my birthday. The music on this soundtrack makes me feel so Christmasy. Chris gets the hot chocolate song stuck in his head all the time because I have on in the background so much

1. ELF – I could write an entire separate blog post about how much I love Elf. I will watch this movie any time, any where. I watched this movie by myself the night before I got married to stop my jitters. It’s equally sweet and funny. Elf will always be my #1.

There you have it! Opinions expressed are purely my own. I would love to hear how others would stack rank the classics.

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