The Best Christmas Films of All Time

Marie Skillern| December 2, 2014

When it comes to celebrating the holidays, one of the most perfect ways to do it is watching a heartwarming movie with your loved ones. Holidays films are all time favorites when it comes to movie marathons for the whole family.

So, here are the top ten best Christmas films that you can include in your list of movies to watch this holiday season:

10.) The Polar Express (2004)

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This motion capture movie directed by Robert Zemeckis is based on a book written by Jumanji author Chris Valn Allsburg. It revolves around the adventures of a skeptical young boy and his journey to the North Pole through an extraordinary train ride.

9.) The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

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This stop motion cult classic centers on the story of Halloween Town’s most famous resident Jack Skellington, who finds himself in Christmas Town. Here, he unwittingly and comically unleashes havoc and chaos when he decides to bring the holiday to Halloween Town.

8.) Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas (1977)

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This came out as a television movie special, which focuses on the story of a poor otter family who risks everything for a chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest on Christmas.

7.) Santa Claus is coming to Town (1970)

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Made as a stop motion film, this television movie special recounts the tales of many Santa Claus-related traditions and how they came to be.

6.) The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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This musical film is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol. Despite its comedic nature, the movie has a strict following as a literary masterpiece.

5.) Arthur Christmas (2011)

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This computer-animated feature film revolves around the story of Santa Claus’ clumsy son named Arthur, whose discovery of his dad’s high tech ship caused the failure to deliver one girl’s present. Arthur embarks on a journey to deliver the very last present.

4.) Shrek the Halls (2007)

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This animation short centers on the events after the Shrek the Third and focuses on the family’s yuletide celebration.

3.) Toy Story (1995)

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This first ever computer-animated feature is one heartwarming tale of our favorite play things. The movie centers on the relationship of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, both of whom are the favorite toys of a little boy named Andy.

2.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, 2000)

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From the imagination of Dr. Seuss, this is the story of The Grinch, who has a heart two sizes too small and who plans to “steal” Christmas from the Whos in Whoville. In the process, he eventually learns the true meaning of Christmas.

1.) Charlie Brown Christmas Special (1965)

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Dr. Schulz’ beloved characters come together in this beautiful animation short that focuses on Charlie Brown’s quest for the real meaning of Christmas amidst the commercialism around him.

Below are a couple of clips on these Christmas specials:

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