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The Five Best Christmas Movies to Watch this Weekend

Everyone who likes Christmas has a favourite holiday movie – often, it is something they watched as a kid, or something with sentimental meaning specific to them. It’s impossible to get everyone to agree on what movies are best, because everyone needs something different to get them in the holiday spirit. But not everyone writes a blog!

Here are, completely subjectively, what I think are the top 5 best Christmas films. We’ll go in reverse order, to build tension and suspense. Like they do in the movies!


5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Warning – we are going to play fast and loose with the term “Christmas movie” in this list, but I contend that anything where Christmas is featured more than once qualifies. Ergo, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a Christmas movie.

This movie has it all – it’s funny, it’s timeless, and it’s tremendously sweet. Sure, Dell may annoy you, but the ultimate message, of including and loving people even when they make it difficult, is truly in the spirit of the season.

4. Scrooged

There are so many versions of the classic Charles Dickens tale, but any adaptation that includes Bill Murray is going to be the best one.

Carol Kane as an abusive Ghost of Christmas Present? Mice with tiny antlers? Bobcat Goldthwait? Come on! It’s one of the raunchier shows on this list, but it’s still got all the heart.

3. Home Alone

The idea of remaking this classic is just … wrong. It was a low-budget movie that almost didn’t get made, and I think that is part of the charm. It isn’t trying to be anything – it created something totally new. It’s funny and entertaining, but the scene in the church and the two reunion scenes show how very sweet and sentimental this film is.

2. Miracle on 34th Street

This movie is salve for the Bah Humbug soul. Whether he’s actually Santa or suffering from delusions, Kris helps us believe again. And we all need help sometimes to remember that magic is real.

There are two versions of the movie, and I contend that the 1947 one is far superior. Maureen O’Hara and wee little Natalie Wood are wonderful.

1. The Muppet Family Christmas

If you were a child of the 80s, then you understand why this tops the list: Fraggles, the Sesame Street gang, AND The Muppets, all in one wonderful movie. It’s got everything you need to make you feel fuzzy and warm before the big day.

Will Miss Piggy make it in time for Christmas? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Honourable Mention:

This is a contentious one, but it just wouldn’t be a Christmas Movie list without Die Hard. Sure, it’s more action than Christmas, but there are so many great Holiday-adjacent messages – communication is important, don’t mess with a mother’s kids, and we should all be saying “ho ho ho” like Alan Rickman.