Watching Christmas movies has been a family tradition in my home for as long as I can remember. As such I have compiled a list of what in my opinion are some of the top Christmas movies of all time.
“The Year Without a Santa Claus” What is not to love about Heat Miser and Snow Miser? This 1974 Bass and Rankin claymation cartoon was one of my most favorite Christmas movies as a child, and dare I admit that at my advanced age I can still sing their songs.
“Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” Like many Christmas classics this movie has been remade several times. I however am partial to the one I grew up with, which is the 1964 version starring Burl Ives and produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. I personally loved “Yukon Cornelius”, “Hermey” and the “Abdominal Snowman.”
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Introduced in 1965 this Christmas classic has been a hands-down, absolute favorite with my family ever since.
“A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens’s classic tale of redemption has been told many times over the centuries. Film and television versions of it appeared in 1938, 1984, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2009 just to name a few.
“Miracle on 34th Street” I prefer the 1947 version starring Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Green, John Payne, Gene Lockhart and Natalie Wood. I am embarrassed to say that this movie still manages to bring a tear to my eye every time I watch it.
“Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol” This 1962 version of Charles Dickens classic starred Jim Backus. There is just something about the affable, blind as a bat Mister Magoo that always makes me smile.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Directed by the celebrated Chuck Jones, the 1966 version of this classic Christmas story starred Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, Hans Conreid, and June Foray.
“Frosty the Snowman” This 1969 version of a classic Christmas tale starred Jimmy Durante, Billy De Wolfe, Jackie Vernon, June Foray and Paul Frees.
“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” I added this little known 1964 film to this list because it is such a weird and wacky little movie that everyone should see at least once. It was directed by Nicholas Webster and tells the tale of Santa being abducted by aliens only to later escape and save the world.
“The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” This 1985 movie was directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. It starred Alfred Drake and Earle Hyman.
“The Santa Clause” This humorous 1994 movie starring Tim Allen spanned a few equally as funny sequels. It makes for a great holiday stress reliever.
“Come to the Stable” This 1949 Christmas classic starring Loretta Young and Celeste Holm tells the story of two nuns looking for a place to build their new hospital.
“Jingle All the Way” This 1996 Christmas comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad literally had be rolling out of my seat especially when I compared it to what my family often went through to get the children certain gifts.
“Jack Frost” This 1998 Christmas movie starring Mark Addy and Joseph Cross was a real tear jerker.
“Home Alone” This movie starring Joe Pesci and countless others was so popular that it spurred several sequels that were just as charming.
“Scrooged” This 1988 classic film starred renowned funnyman, Bill Murray.
“A Christmas Story” This 1983 Christmas classic starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie.
“White Christmas” 1954 Christmas classic starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby
“Holiday Inn” This 1942 classic starred Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.
“The Bishop’s Wife” This 1996 classic starred Denzel Washington as an angle.
“Four Jills in a Jeep” This 1944 classic starred Kay Francis
“Meet John Doe” This 1941 movie starred Gary Cooper.
“Stowaway” This 1936 classic starred the renowned child actress, Shirley Temple.
“The Christmas that Almost Wasn’t” This 1966 film starred Paul Tripp.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” This 1946 movie was directed by Frank Capra
“Christmas in Connecticut” This 1945 movie starred Dennis Morgan
“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” This classic was directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. in 1976
“The Story of the First Christmas Snow” This 1975 classic was directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
“Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” This 1976 movie was directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
“Nestor the Long Eared Christmas Donkey” This is a 1977 movie directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.