Christmas time is here, and you know what that means! It’s time to watch all the Christmas movies you can think of. There’s something about watching movies during the holidays that just helps you get into the spirit and really soak up the season while it’s here. To help kick things off, we put together the ultimate Christmas movie bucket list for you. So pick your favorites, and get started!

the best holiday movies to watch as a family.

We divided this list into four different categories: classics, kid-friendly, comedy, and romance. There’s definitely something for everyone here whether you are enjoying an evening with girlfriends, or making family memories on a night in. Most of these movies are available with common streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, etc., so they shouldn’t be hard to find when you search for them on your TV! 

The Classics

Christmas isn’t complete without watching a few of these classics. This list takes it all the way back to White Christmas but also highlights some of the more recent classics we all know and love. All of these capture the true spirit of Christmas in different ways, so you can’t go wrong with any of them!

  • Home Alone (1 & 2)
  • The Santa Clause (1, 2 & 3)
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • White Christmas
  • Holiday Inn
  • A Christmas Carol


Here’s a roundup of the Christmas movies younger children will love! These really embrace the magic of the season. The best part is that while these are geared toward kids, adults will definitely enjoy them too. Watching them reminds us of what it was like to be a kid during Christmastime, and it really is the best feeling!

  • Polar Express
  • The Muppets Christmas Carol
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Frosty the Snowman

absolute best christmas movies to watch every season.


You’ve probably heard of most of these, but they are all movies you can watch every year and never get tired of! You will definitely get a good laugh from them, and watching them together is a great way to bond as a family. 

  • Elf
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Jingle All the Way
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • Christmas With the Kranks
  • Deck The Halls
  • Spirited
  • Daddy’s Home


This list of Christmas movies ranges from romantic comedies to the super cheesy ones that we all know and love. Either way, these are great options to watch with your girlfriends or just to enjoy a cozy night to yourself!

  • The Princess Switch
  • Falling for Christmas
  • A Christmas Prince
  • The Holiday
  • Four Christmases

the ultimate Christmas movie bucket list.

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bucket List

Are there any movies we missed that you think should be included? Be sure to let us know! We hope this list inspires you to revisit some old favorites, and maybe even discover some new ones! Above all, we hope you enjoy quality time together this Christmas season. If you love this post and want more ideas on how to connect with your family and friends, follow us on Instagram @lumitory.

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Christmas movie bucket checklist.

the best christmas classics to watch this year.

the ultimate christmas movie bucket list.

the best christmas movies to watch as a family.

Team MGC