Top 25 Christmas Movies You Must See This Holiday Season

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We love lists!  With that in mind, we’ve built a list of the top 25 Christmas movies you must see this holiday season, as chosen by the Blog Encounters team!  These listings are in no specific order.  Enjoy!  If we missed a favorite of yours, be sure and tell us in the comments area below.  Vote for your favorite(s) in the poll on the last page of this article!

  • 1. The Polar Express (2004) | Rated: G | Runtime: 1hr40min | Category: Animation/Family | Stars: 6.6/10
    Summary: A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
    Main Characters: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter | Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

  • 2. Bad Santa (2003) | Rated: R | Runtime: 1hr31min | Category: Comedy/Drama | Stars: 7.1/10
    Summary: A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
    Main Characters: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham | Director: Terry Zwigoff
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

  • 3. Jack Frost (1998) | Rated: PG | Runtime: 1hr41min | Category: Drama/Family | Stars: 5.2/10
    Summary: A father, who can’t keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever.
    Main Characters: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross | Director: Troy Miller
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

  • 4. The Santa Clause (1994) | Rated: PG | Runtime: 1hr37min | Category: Comedy/Family | Stars: 6.4/10
    Summary: When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
    Main Characters: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson | Director: John Pasquin
    Related: The Santa Clause II (2002) [Info] | The Santa Clause III (2006) [Info]
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes


  • 6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) | Rated: PG | Runtime: 1hr44min | Category: Comedy/Fantasy | Stars: 6.0/10
    Summary: On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.
    Main Characters: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley | Director: Ron Howard
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

  • 7. A Christmas Carol (2009) | Rated: PG | Runtime: 1hr36min | Category: Animation/Family | Stars: 6.8/10
    Summary: An animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
    Main Characters: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth | Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

  • 8. Krampus (2015) | Rated: PG-13 | Runtime: 1hr38min | Category: Fantasy/Horror | Stars: 6.2/10
    Summary: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home.
    Main Characters: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner | Director: Michael Dougherty
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

  • 9. Jingle All The Way (1996) | Rated: PG | Runtime: 1hr29min | Category: Comedy/Family | Stars: 5.5/10
    Summary: A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.
    Main Characters: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman | Director: Brian Levant
    Related: Jingle All The Way 2 (2014) [Info]
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

  • 10. A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) | Rated: G | Runtime: 1hr25min | Category: Comedy/Family | Stars: 7.7/10
    Summary: The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.
    Main Characters: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire | Director: Brian Henson
    Netflix: Streaming – No | DVD – Yes

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  1. This list is missing some quality Christmas movies, such as:
    1) White Christmas
    2) Love Actually
    3) Ernest Saves Christmas
    4) Gremlins
    5) The Holiday
    6) Home Alone 2