How long until Christmas? When the season comes, nothing rekindles that winter holiday cheer like your classic Christmas movies. Here is our list of top ten Christmas classics that every person should plan to enjoy this season:
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Considered a classic by most, It’s a Wonderful Life follows compassionate but disheartened dreamer, George Bailey, who comes to think that the world would have been better if he hadn’t been born. In the spirit of a Christmas miracle, he is visited by an angel who shows him what the world would have been like without him. The film shares messages of inspiration such as not to give up, and to know that even a single person can make a difference.
- A Christmas Story (1983)
We’ve got an average-enough American family here, with a young boy who can’t help but find himself in embarrassing situations, a younger brother to look up to him, and parents that bring their own kind of oddities to the table. But there’s love, too, and A Christmas Story is considered a classic because of its themes emphasising the importance of love and family.
- White Christmas (1954)
A dazzling musical with lovable humour, a score that will warm your heart, and spectacular dance, White Christmas deserves a place on every list of Christmas movie classics. A movie with pizzazz that you need to see at least once in your lifetime, but possibly (probably) more.
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Who doesn’t love to watch a miracle on Christmas? Miracle on 34th Street is a timeless movie rich with magical spirit that perfectly accompanies the holiday season as we join in believing in our favourite jolly, bearded gift-giver.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a comforting, short movie to plop down on a couch to watch with family. Short and sweet, with the perfect nostalgia to cuddle into as you revisit classic characters like Lucy, Patty, Snoopy, Linus, and Charlie himself.
- Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
The story of the How the Grinch Stole Christmas shares a message of hope and reassures that even a grumpy grinch can find their self with a softened heart in the face of unadulterated kindness.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
This story of a misfit reindeer who finds a sense of belonging in his life after being cast-out for so long as “different” is close to many hearts. Kid-friendly and another sweet nudge of nostalgia makes this a must-watch every year.
- Frosty the Snowman (1969)
If you had to sing the carol in grade school, you probably became curious enough at some point to watch the actual film, if you weren’t plopped down in front of it by family already. An oldie but a goodie, Frosty the Snowman is a story that will never not be cute, even if you can only admit it’s cute in the silliest way possible.
- A Christmas Carol
The holiday-appropriate story by Charles Dickens is a classic, and basically by association, so are its film adaptations. The story follows the miser, Scrooge, who develops a deeper appreciation for Christmas and those around him after receiving visits from ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.
- Elf (2003)
The most recent classic movie on this list, you may be asking, is this really a classic? And I’d have to tell you: Yes, yes it is. In the thirteen years it’s been released, it has become a modern classic Christmas film. With humour that appeals to a variety of audiences, and a heart-warming story with real-life application, Elf is the Christmas movie you should be able to get practically anyone to watch with you.