ShopBlog’s all-time favorite holiday movies
As the weather cools down and the holidays draw near, there’s not much more lovely than bundling up with a blanket next to your loved ones and watching a holiday movie.
From the sentimental (“Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”) to the hilarious (“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere, leave you for dead?”), some of the best movies out there are also holiday themed.
They’re an integral part of the holiday season — family traditions, in and of themselves.
Here are our favorite holiday movies of all times.
Top classic holiday movie: “Miracle on 34th Street”
This 1947 black-and-white flick still stands the test of time as one of the greatest holiday movies. It follows a lawyer defending man who claims to be Santa Claus but has been institutionalized as insane. Something about this movie is blissfully nostalgic and appeals to people of all ages.
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Runner up: “White Christmas,” the feel-good musical from 1954 with Bing Crosby. Find it at Walmart for $19.69 (plus Cash Back)
Top funny holiday movie: “Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story”
We simply cannot pick between the endless stream of sarcastic laughter on Chevy Chase’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and the awkward fantasies and failures of the kids in “A Christmas Story.”
We relate to both main characters at different points in our lives: Clark Griswold, as the parent who tries (too hard) (and fails) to make the perfect Christmas for his family, and Ralphie Parker and his dreams of getting the perfect Christmas gift.
Top newer holiday movie: “Elf”
There is no amount of stress that Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) cannot erase in this feel-good, legitimately hilarious holiday film. It’s a reminder to all of us to channel that childlike innocence and playfulness and enjoy the season. Find “Elf” for $8 (plus Cash Back) at Target.
Runners up: “Rise of the Guardians,” a fantasy adventure film and unique spin on a holiday story, centered around Jack Frost and featuring a highly tattooed Santa Claus. Find it at BestBuy.com for $9.99 (plus Cash Back).
We also love “Nightmare Before Christmas,” again, for bringing something different to the table for the holidays. Although not quite as new as the others, Tim Burton brilliantly blends a little bit of Halloween with a little bit of Christmas for an entertaining musical cartoon that leaves a huge impression that continues to feel fresh, year after year. Find it at Walmart.com starting at $10.22 (plus Cash Back)