TOP 20 FAVORITES OF MOM & DAD
(Movies marked with a * may not be suitable for children, at least in our opinion.)
20. The Night They Saved Christmas
What 80’s kid doesn’t remember and LOVE this movie about a cranky dad who wants to blow up the North Pole?
19. Ernest Saves Christmas
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve seen this. I LOVED this as a kid.
I always wanted a mogwai. I’ll probably name my next pet Gizmo.
17. Christmas with the Kranks
A good “train-wreck” movie is good for the soul, especially if it’s about Christmas.
16. Christmas Vacation*
A guilty pleasure that we have to sneak around to watch at Christmas time, because the kiddos just aren’t ready for it.
I thought this was the best, most clever telling of the Christmas Carol that had been made in a long time when I was a twelve. I still crack up over stapling the antlers to the mice!
14. The Nativity Story
There’s a shortage of good quality Christmas movies that focus on the true meaning of Christmas. While I didn’t find this movie terribly fantastic, it’s still the best offering out there.
13. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This is a Christmas movie? you ask. Of course it is. Not only is it magically filled with a snowy wonderland, but Santa himself makes an appearance to give the children gifts. He gives them WEAPONS…how cool is that?
12. Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol
If you know us at all these next two don’t surprise you. Christmas specials are a Doctor Who tradition, and this is one of the best…good enough to make this list.
11. Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe
This is also one of the best, and the only reason it’s above the other is that my wife disagreed with me and I let her win.
10. Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
A little explanation is needed here. These are on the list for two reasons. Every movie was released during the Christmas season and every year we rewatch LOTR during the Christmas break. It’s a tradition. And now that the Hobbit is complete, we’re going to rotate which one we watch each year.
9. Twas the Night Before Christmas
A childhood favorite of both of ours, it’s difficult to find now-a-days. Perhaps it’s time to buy it.
8. Miracle on 34th Street
Either one will do, actually. They’re both charming in their own ways.
7. White Christmas
This fun musical is a must see. My wife might have put it higher on the list, but she’s not writing it!
6. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
This was the definitive Christmas Carol to me growing up. I can’t imagine Christmas without it. It always came on with two other shorts…the one with Mickey, the tree, and the Chipmunks (included with the DVD), and the one with Goofy learning how to ski (can’t find it anywhere).
One day I want to have the guts to scream “SAAANTAAAA! I KNOW HIM!” when someone mentions pictures with Santa at an event!
4. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
This one was MY favorite childhood classic. It just wasn’t officially Christmas until this came on TV.
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
And this was my wife’s favorite childhood classic. And since it famously tells the true Christmas story, it gets the edge on mine.
2. Polar Express
This is the only movie to make all three of our lists and will probably become the favorite childhood classic for both the Jedi and the Princess.
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
Not sure what to say about this one. But if you don’t include this in your holiday line-up, you’re missing out on something special. It tops nearly every Christmas movie list you’ll find, including this one.
So…what’s your favorite Christmas movies? Leave a comment and share!