Favorite Holiday Films!

Since the holidays here I thought I would put together a compilation of some of my all-time favorite Christmas themed films I’ve watched over the years. Some are funny, some are mushy, and a couple will make you cry. All in all, you’ll walk away with a warm, fuzzy feeling in your heart after watching these films.

As to not repeat myself, I won’t be listing movies listed in last year’s list.


Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

This is a book I enjoyed reading as a young child and I think the directors, animators, and cast, did a great job of bringing this classic Christmas story. The visuals are absolutely stunning and I love that there’s a few musical numbers added in here too!

Synopsis:  it is a Christmas time story that centers on the Whitfield family, whose eldest has come home for the first time in four years. The Whitfield family overcome many trials and obstacles during the Christmas season.

Such a good movie! It shows all the craziness that occurs when a family comes home to spend time for the holidays. Despite their differences the Whitfield manages to comes together in times of need. It’s got a great cast with some of my favorite actors and actresses!

Synopsis:  Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. When he and his young son, Charlie, finish St. Nick’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole where Scott learns that he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed Father Christmas.

I always watched this movie a countless number of times as a kid and I still do today. This is one of my favorite Tim Allen films. It really embodies the spirit of believing in magic, being a kid at heart, and how important family it. There’s something about this film that makes it so magical.

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.

This is one of my top favorite holiday animated films. This film is also directed by Satoshi Kon who has made Paprika, Perfect Blue, and Millennium Actress (all terrific films!). It’s a comedic film with many heartwarming moments as these three strangers try to take care of a baby. They bond together and become a family.

Synopsis: A holiday wedding brings no joy to the bride’s cousin, who was literally left by the groom right at the altar. But she might find her true love there when she gains a fake fiancé in the process.

I’m usually 50/50 on cheesy Hallmark movies, but this one is cheesy (not a ton) and sentimental. If you’re looking for a sweet holiday romantic movie this is one to watch. I really thought the chemistry between the two lead actors was good and I like how their relationship evolved through the plot. Cute movie with a HEA!


I hope you enjoy these holiday picks! 🙂

What are some of your favorite holiday movies to watch and why? Share your top picks in the comment section below!🙂

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