Favorite Christmas Movies and TV Specials

Tis the season, and I can watch 2 of my top 4 on streaming this year. Here they are in no particular order, what are yours?

I like A Christmas Story. I usually watch the Garfield Christmas Special but that is way too short to count as a movie.

Die Hard is pretty good.

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The Holiday.

Last Holiday.

Love Actually.

Raunch No 9—never thought the same about Mrs Claus after watching

I like scrooged too.

And those:
Bad Santa

Groundhog day (not Christmas, but winter)

Trading places

And: Kevin alone at home, haha.


Jingle all the way, an honorable mention.

Nothing says Christmas more than a terribly-produced 90s film with an exclusively-white cast. :smiley:

There is only one

A Christmas Carol, 1951, Alistair Sims as Scrooge,

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It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s not even close.

All That Heaven Allows and Klaus are good too.

I don’t know if there’s ONLY one, but that’s certainly the one I’ve watched the most at this time of year.

I once used the final scenes of that in class and may never do so again, because I was close enough to crying that I had trouble talking.

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This one is nice to watch with the family:


Always and forever.


My tie for favorite movie ever The Lion in Winter (tie with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) takes place at Christmas yet isn’t a Christmas movie per se. Still evokes much Christmas atmosphere, a historical drama film set around the Christmas of 1183.

Maybe you should add TV too?


‘Bad Santa’, ‘Scrooged’, ‘A Christmas Story’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Elf’ are all great fun around this time of year.


‘Jingle all the Way’ with Arnie is kind of a guilty pleasure too.


Someone said Garfield, this is an open thread! But ok, added to the title :slightly_smiling_face:

If it’s your Christmas movie, that’s what counts :wink:

Some people disagree about Die Hard. I don’t care!

Sinbad is white? News to me! (And probably him)

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Gremlins and Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.

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Going with an open mind and Spirited is good.