Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time

Posted on October 05, 2016

As our name suggests, here at Christmas All Year… we love everything Christmassy, and that includes Christmas movies! In fact, the only downside of our 12-month Christmas obsession, is that most of our favourite movies are only played once a year…

In preparation for this time of year, we’ve scoured the Internet’s many different movie ranking websites, blogs and databases, to come up with a conclusive list of the Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time, based off an average of these rankings.

5. Elf


This 2003 comedy starring the hilarious Will Ferrell tells the story of Buddy (Ferrell), a cumbersome human who found himself growing up in the North Pole with Santa’s Little Helpers after climbing in Santa’s sack as an orphan infant. Upon growing to full human size amongst his Elfish kin, Buddy is banished back to New York to reconnect with his biological father (James Caan) – a grumbly publisher with no time for his ‘sons’ outlandish behavior.

What follows is a hilarious ‘fish out of water’ story, as Buddy struggles to come to acclimate to the human world, with a fairly predictable happy ending. However, the imbedded love story and hilarious family friendly humour make it well worth a watch!

4. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

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The third installment of the National Lampoon’s vacation series, the 1989 Christmas comedy has been labeled a modern classic, and inspired its own direct sequel in 2003.

The story revolves around Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), his dysfunctional family, and hilarious attempts to have a good old-fashioned Chicago Christmas… with many completely random disasters, misunderstandings, explosions, and eventual celebrations.

3. Home Alone

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The Home Alone series reinvigorated the landscape for Christmas films, and is seen as a seasonal essential for an entire generation. The unique Christmas comedy depicts ultimate child’s fantasy – family goes on vacation, kid gets left behind, burglars try to break in, and young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) systematically booby-traps the house and hysterically foils the bandits at every turn.

The film is full of absolute classic scenes and one-liners, with semi-successful attempts to touch on traditional family values of Christmas. The first installment in 1990 was the highest grossing action-comedy in the US for over 30 years, and was followed by 4 sequels, which somehow get away with repeating almost the exact same story line.

2. Miracle on 34th Street


Whether it’s the 1947 black-and-white classic, or the popular 1994 remake, it simply wouldn’t be Christmas if Miracle on 34th Street doesn’t feature on your TV guide.

The story revolves around Kris Kringle, a department store employee whose insinuation that he is the real Santa Clause draws a lot of attention, a psychological evaluation, and eventually a court case. The relationship between Kringle and a skeptical young girl is at the heart of the story, as he tries to reinstate her Christmas spirit in an ultimately heart-warming holiday hallmark.

1. It’s a Wonderful World

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This 1946 American fantasy/drama topped the list of the vast majority of ‘best Christmas movie’ lists. The film, starring James Stewart as George Bailey is widely considered one the greatest American films ever made… regardless of the Christmas genre.

It’s a Wonderful World is undoubtedly the only Christmas classic to revolve around an attempted suicide… but the sentimental story that unfolds when a guardian Angle is sent to Earth to depict the important values of love and self-worth makes for an absolutely timeless Yuletide tradition. If you haven’t seen this one, do yourself a favour!


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