The Best Holiday Movies

November 6, 2018


1: Holiday Inn: This one is my all time favorite! I first watched this one with my dad. It stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as show biz friends. One friend (Crosby) decides to leave the stage and open an inn in Connecticut. The inn is only open on the holidays, while his friend. (Astaire) continues performing in New York. They both find themselves in love with the same woman.

2: It Is A Wonderful Life: Jimmy Stewart makes us all cry in this movie. He stars George Bailey, who contemplates ending it all. Suddenly, Clarence the angel arrives to save his life and show him what life would be like if Bailey wasn’t born. My favorite moment is at the very end, when Clarence gets his wings.

3: White Christmas: Reminds me of Holiday Inn, with the song, “White Christmas” featured in both movies. It stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. They are military buddies, who become big stars in show business. A sister act, with stars, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, join their act. A beautiful movie set in Vermont.

4: A Christmas Story: The nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot, Range Model Air Rifle. We watch as this kid from the 1940’s tries to get his ultimate Christmas gift. Will he shoot his eye out?

5: Christmas Vacation: This National Lampoon classic, in a series of movies for Chevy Chase as Clark Griswald. We see accident-prone dad in action! One disaster after another, makes for a not so merry and bright holiday.

6: Christmas With the Kranks: Empty nesters book an island cruise and skip Christmas. But then their daughter calls to tell them she will be there for Christmas Eve. Surprise, the Kranks have just twelve hours to pull together an old-fashioned holiday bash.

7: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: When I was a little girl, THIS was my favorite! Rudolph, “with your nose so bright”, begins as an outcast, battles the Abominable snowman and becomes a hero for Santa.

8: Christmas In Connecticut: This 1945 classic is about a Journalist, (Barbara Stanwyck) who is a famous food writer. Her column portrays her in a farm-life setting, raising children and an excellent cook. She is none of those things. But she discovers how to become that “woman” while spending Christmas on a farm in Connecticut.

9: Elf: Funny man, Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. So, is he an elf or not? Buddy goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.

10: Home Alone: An eight-year-old boy is left behind for Christmas. What could possibly happen? Well he is busy decorating the house and protecting it too from a couple of bumbling burglars are trying to break in!

11: Miracle On 34th Street: Six-year-old Susan (played by my favorite Natalie Wood) has doubts Santa Claus will bring her important gifts on her Christmas list. But she is wrong when she meets Santa at Macy’s.

12: Frosty the Snowman: True friendship is the theme of this holiday classic. The snowman comes to life after a magician’s magical hat winds up on his head. But the magician wants it back and without the hat, Frosty becomes just a snowman. One little girl, Karen becomes Frosty’s friend and tries to save him.

13: How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Grinch disguised as Santa Claus, he raids the village of Who-ville to steal Christmas. The best part: The Grinch’s heart grew 3 sizes that day!

14: The Bishop’s Wife: This is a great story about a young clergyman, driven to raise funds for his church. In doing so, he neglects his loving wife. A powerful and handsome angel sent from Heaven to teach the husband and wife lessons, while saving their marriage. Cary Grant makes for a perfect angel in this classic.

15: Charlie Brown Christmas: Charlie Brown and his tree. What’s not to love about this short movie. My favorite part is when Linus tells Charlie Brown what Christmas all is about.


1: A Heavenly Christmas: This movie shows you what is important in life, even if it is too late. A workaholic’s untimely death, becomes “an angel in heaven in training.” She discovers the meaning of Christmas.

2: The Christmas Ornament: After the loss of her husband, a young woman’s memories of holidays traditions are almost too hard to take. It all changes when she an ornament from a handsome shop owner.

3: Christmas Cookies: The story is about the small town of “Cookie Jar”, where they make Aunt Sally’s Christmas Cookies. The company is sold to a large conglomerate. This could hurt this small town if it’s famous cookie company leaves.

4: Christmas Under Wraps: A remote Alaskan town gains a big city doctor. She discovers the small town’s big holiday secret.

5: Journey Back to Christmas: Time Traveling is the plot of this one. A WWII era nurse is transported in time to 2016 and discovers that the true meaning of Christmas is timeless.