Best Classic Christmas Movies for a Holiday Binge Session

Annie Snyder '21 , Co-Assistant Editor

Christmas movies hold a special place in my heart, and every year I enjoy a mixture of classic Christmas movies and more recent Christmas movies. I thought I would share my list of the ultimate classic Christmas movie binge session.

1. A Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

A bit biased as it is my personal favorite Christmas movie, my number one spot goes to A Year Without A Santa Claus. Nothing can beat the catchy banter between Heat Miser and Snow Miser (if you’re a fan of them, I would also recommend the made for TV movie A Miser Brothers’ Christmas too). I can watch this movie year after year without getting bored.

2. White Christmas (1954)

You might have recently seen Masque’s musical performance based off this movie, but nothing can beat the Bing Crosby original. An adorable classic Christmas movie that should definitely be on your holiday bucket list this season.

3. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

I truly believe that everyone has seen Rudolph, but if you’ve written it off of your list due to its repetition, I encourage you to revisit it. The Island of Misfit Toys is super cute, and the songs are catchy.

4. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

A staple movie for children of all ages, I believe everyone enjoys the story of the adorable Frosty. Cute songs and a lovable snuggly snowman create a classic short movie.

5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

A classic that might be lost in our generation, I truly encourage watching the story of Kris Kringle and a young girl as he strives to keep the mystery of Santa Claus alive.

6. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

A Christmas Eve tradition in my family, It’s a Wonderful Life has a place in the hearts of many Christmas lovers. It is a good example of bit more complex change-of-heart story.

7. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

What is a holiday without a Charlie Brown special?  A Charlie Brown Christmas was actually the first TV special based off the Peanuts comic strips.  It is simply a classic for the holiday season.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

While the 2000 version is a funny twist, the original animated version cannot be beaten. Who doesn’t love an endearing change-of-heart story?

9. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)

A cute stop-motion Santa Claus (or Kris Kringle) origin story that was always a part of my childhood Christmases.  If you haven’t seen it, it is definitely worth the watch.

10. A Christmas Story (1983)

The story of 9-year-old Ralphie’s Christmas narrated by an older Ralphie in a series of vignettes. I only watched this movie last Christmas season, but the cult following of A Christmas Story would agree with my recommendation.

A few favorites I deemed a little below classic but still must-watch movies: The Santa Clause (1994), Elf (2003), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 and 2018), Home Alone (1990), Love Actually (2003), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Polar Express (2004)

More recent Christmas movies I highly recommend: Arthur Christmas (2011), The Christmas Chronicles (2019), Noelle (2019) (which is new on Disney+!)

If you watched all ten classic movies it would take eleven hours and forty minutes, so grab some fuzzy socks, a warm blanket, and a mug of hot cocoa and get binge watching!