Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas. In case you haven’t, let me break it down for you. Basically, it’s a magical time of year where Freeform shows nothing but Christmas movies and shows for 25 days leading up to Christmas. During these days you’ll find everything from holiday classics like The Year Without a Santa Claus, to more modern movies like Elf, and even some Freeform originals.
The 25 Days of Christmas is just one of the many platforms you can watch great holiday movies. There’s few things better than a soft blanket, the glow of a Christmas tree and a really great Christmas movie (especially when that movie is Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.)
With that being said, here’s a list of eight Christmas movies that will just never get old, in no particular order. Grab a blanket, a snack and get ready for a movie marathon!
1. Elf (2003)
Will Ferrell shows his soft side in this role as Buddy the Elf. Although this movie isn’t exactly a classic Christmas tale, it appeals to nearly everyone. Girls who love Christmas movies, guys who love Will Ferrell and kids who love Santa and elves. Its hard to get tired of watching Buddy the Elf run around NYC wreaking Christmas havoc. Buddy said it best, the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
2. Home Alone (1990)
After acting out the night before his family trip, Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, gets left behind for the holidays. That’s what his mom gets for making him sleep in the attic, right? Who doesn’t love to watch Kevin outsmart the robbers by playing a bunch of pranks on them to get them away from his house? This Christmas classic is guaranteed to make you laugh, while also making you appreciate your family this holiday season.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
The Griswolds truly represent so many families during the holidays. While Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, prepares for the holidays by making sure everything is perfectly in line, his cousin Eddie, played by Randy Quaid, shows up with a different idea. Watching Clark’s attempts to make the perfect Christmas for his family is the perfect holiday past time. Plus, it will give you a chance to make fun of your own dad, who fell off the roof once too.
4. A Christmas Story (1989)
This holiday classic, based off of the writings of Jean Shepherd, follows the holiday adventures of Ralphie Parker, played by Peter Billingsley. Ralphie spends most of his time trying to avoid a local bully, while dreaming of his perfect Christmas gift. Although Ralphie doesn’t always have it easy, watching him make it to Christmas day in one piece is heartwarming.
5. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
This classic stop motion animated television special follows a discouraged Santa who feels like children don’t believe in him anymore. Mrs. Claus and Jingle and Jangle, the two cutest elves you’ll ever see, set out on a mission to make sure Santa knows he’s loved. This classic holiday tale will warm even Scrooge’s heart. Plus, it features two great dance numbers from the famous Heat Miser and Snow Miser, what’s better than that?
6. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jim Carrey shines in this live adaptation of the classic holiday film. If I have to tell you what the Grinch is about, you must be a Scrooge, but I’ll tell you anyway. The Grinch hates Christmas and all of the Who’s down in Whoville and decides to ruin Christmas, with the help of his dog, Max. However, the Grinch finds a hitch in his plans when he runs into the adorable Cindy Lou Who. Carrey sticks to the original Dr. Seuss tale while adding his comedic genius making this film a must-watch for everyone.
6. The Polar Express (2004)
This beloved Christmas tale, directed by Tom Hanks, follows a doubting young boy through an incredible train ride to the North Pole. The story focuses on the importance of believing in things you may not be able to see. It also stresses the importance of self-discovery and the wonder of life. I dare you to make it through The Polar Express without crying, seriously.
7. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Although everyone knows the story of Rudolph, this holiday classic has a way of bringing you back to your childhood Christmas days. This stop-animated holiday special follows Rudolph on his journey to becoming the #1 reindeer in the North Pole. This is a must-watch holiday movie for everyone.
8. A Christmas Carol (1938)
The story within A Christmas Carol has been recreated so many times that it’s hard to pick just one. There’s the original 1951 Christmas Carol, the Jim Carrey version, the Mickey Mouse version (a true classic), and tons of remakes in between. Whichever version you decide to watch, you won’t be disappointed. This holiday classic follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three spirits, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who try to transform Scrooge from his bitter ways.