Top Twelve Favorite Movies to Watch During Christmas Season

I thought I’d put together a fun post sharing our favorite movies to watch during this season. They are in no particular order. Hopefully, you find one or two you have not seen, or perhaps have forgotten.

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Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

On Christmas Eve, two young strangers are invited to dinner and they fall in love. When the benefactors die they come back as ghosts.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

After George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentlemen with twinkling eyes, and ample belly, and a snowy beard is hired as Macy’s department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit – except for his boss, Doris Walker, who’s raising her daughter Susan to not believe in Santa but when Kris is declared insane and put on trail everyone’s faith is put to the test as old and young alike face the age old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Polar Express (2004)

A doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

A hobo and friends take up residence in a mansion whilst the family is away on Christmas holiday.

Holiday Inn (1942)

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in the sensational musical comedy Holiday Inn. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, this special edition features 13 holiday songs by famed composer Irving Berlin, including “White Christmas” – one of the biggest-selling recordings in music history!

Scrooge (1951)

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

The Bishop’s Wife (1948)

An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

White Christmas (1954)

Two talented son-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.

The Sound of Music (1965)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s cinematic treasure, “The Sound of Music” is the winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children – and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

James Stewart is a Budapest store clerk who finds himself feuding with his co-worker, Margaret Sullavan, only to unknowingly fall in love with her.

A Christmas Wish aka The Great Rupert (1950)

In this heart-warming Holiday tale, a lovable trained squirrel inadvertently helps a family of down on their luck vaudeville performers. A George Pal Production!

I couldn’t find a decent trailer so here’s the movie.

Plus one!! I forgot this one!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in this latest “Vacation” outing, the third and most successful of the series.

My daughter Lillian loves any of the Christmas themed Barbie movies also.

Here are the movies we’ve got on our list to watch. We just haven’t made it to them yet.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles


Die Hard

We love discovering new movies. What are your favorite Christmas or Holiday movies?

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