Top 10 Holiday Movies

By Anna Ortega

Now that December has started, it’s about time to bring out the Christmas lights and make some hot chocolate. The holiday season is the best part of the year, and what would it be without nostalgic Christmas movies to watch all throughout it? Therefore, it’s only fitting to create a list of my favorite holiday movies of all time. 

1)    The Santa Clause Series (1994-2006)

These movies are the best Christmas movies in my opinion because of the comical yet heart-warming storyline they provide. After accidentally killing Santa Claus, Scott Calvin becomes the holiday figure and embarks on a journey with his son, Charlie, to fulfill his duty as the new Santa Clause. It’s interesting to see all the aspects of Christmas brought to life in this movie, such as the reindeer, the North Pole, and Santa Claus’ duties as Father Christmas. 

2)    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

This movie deserves second place on the list because of how well  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s story is brought to life. The animation style is what really makes me love it though, as all the characters are so cute and easy to love. I also enjoy how it brings in other elements to the Rudolph storyline that didn’t exist before, taking a twist on the story and making it unique. 

3)    The Polar Express (2004)

This movie has a special place in my heart because of the pure Christmas spirit it emits and uplifting storyline it follows. Throughout the movie, a young boy who struggles believing in the magic of Christmas boards the Polar Express and meets other children like him. His disbelief in Christmas and Santa is challenged repeatedly until he finally finds it in his heart to believe once again. 

4)    Elf (2003)

I don’t think there’s anyone who has watched this movie and not enjoyed it; Elf revolves around Buddy the Elf, an elf from the North Pole who finds out he’s adopted and goes to New York City to meet his real father. Watching how Buddy reacts to the city, regular food, and other people like him is hilarious and truly fun to watch. The best part is when Buddy goes to the mall and gets extremely excited to see Santa again only to find out he isn’t the real Santa, but a Santa impersonator. 

5)    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The Grinch obviously deserves a place on this list, and so I chose the 2000 version of the story for this because Jim Carrey’s portrayal of him is unbeatable. This version of the movie also incorporates more detail into the Grinch’s story, such as how he came to hate Christmas and why he left Whoville to go live in the mountains. The way the story is brought together is also very well done, as it’s interesting to see how they made cartoon Whoville and the Grinch come to life in this live-action adaptation. 

6)    Fred Clause (2007)

This movie isn’t heard of as much as the other ones, but ever since I watched this on a plane when I was younger, Fred Clause has always been one of my holiday favorites. When Christmas comes around in the North Pole, Santa invites his family to come visit, including his older brother, Fred Claus. When he begins helping out at Santa’s workshop, he ends up having too much fun and accidentally puts Christmas at risk. My favorite thing about this movie is that it’s fun to see how sibling rivalry runs in every family, not excluding the Claus’.

7)    A Christmas Carol (2009)

I really like this movie because of how it brings the original Christmas Carol storyline to life. The animation in this movie is excellent, especially with the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Also, Jim Carrey’s acting brings the character to life in a way it hasn’t been done before. A Christmas Carol has the perfect blend of comedy, serious topics, and joy, which is why I believe it deserves a place on this list. 

8)    Jack Frost (1998)

This is another movie that Is not very well-known, but still a good movie regardless. This heart-warming take on Jack Frost’s story begins when young Charlie’s father, Jack, dies in a car accident and, by the power of a magic harmonica he gave Charlie before he passed away, comes back to life as a snowman. Through his new life, Jack is given a new chance to bond with Charlie to make up for the time they lost when he was alive. 

9)    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Although this doesn’t really count as a Christmas movie, I thought it belonged on this list because I liked seeing Halloween and Christmas being mixed together. Because I love scary movies and Halloween, something about seeing Santa as a tall, lanky skeleton who gives out shrunken heads as presents is really enjoyable to me. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a tale about what happens when Jack Skellington, king of Halloween, discovers what Christmas is and takes over as Santa.

10) Rise of the Guardians (2012) 

In comparison to the rest of the movies, this one is fairly new, so it’s also not very well-known. However, regardless of that, this movie really stuck with me because of the characters in it; this movies features Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and Jack Frost. I really loved seeing all these characters come to life with a new take on each of them. The theme of belief Is seen here also, showing how children’s belief in these figures is what keeps them going.