The ultimate Christmas movie list

The kids are out of school; the air con is cranked; the tree is trimmed; and the popcorn is ready. So what Christmas-themed movie will it be? We’ve got all your favourites for kids, adults and everyone in between.

With school holidays upon us, there is plenty more time for family fun. And one of the best ways to enjoy each other’s company and unwind after a long day of sun is by turning on a movie. So what will it be tonight? Die Hard? Love Actually? The Grinch? Check out our top picks:

The Christmas Classics

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Carol

Festive family-friendly flicks

  • Elf
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Christmas with the Kranks 
  • The Polar Express
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Santa Buddies
  • The Grinch
  • Deck the Halls
  • Mr Popper’s Penguins
  • The Dog Who Saved Christmas


Christmas cartoons for the wee ones

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  • Jack Frost
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Merry Christmas, Olivia
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Shrek the Halls
  • The Night Before Christmas
  • Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Movies set during Christmas

  • Love, Actually
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • The Holiday
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Four Holidays
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • The Family Stone
  • Gremlins
  • Uncle Buck
  • Edward Scissorhands

Christmas movies for when the kids are in bed

  • Fred Clause
  • Bad Santa
  • Scrooged
  • Trading Places
  • Black Christmas
  • Joyeaux Noel
  • Reindeer Games
  • Surviving Christmas
  • Eight Crazy Nights
  • Die Hard

What are your favourite Christmas movies? Check out some of our other movie lists including the best movies from our childhood to watch with the kids.

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