Thursday, December 06, 2012

Christmas Movies

I have realized that I have a list of horror movies posted, but it's been several years since I updated my list of Christmas films. I'll update the list as I watch more of them. Some of these are available to watch online at the links provided.

Some of these films aren't Christmas movies in the traditional sense of the word, but all have at least one scene that takes place during the Christmas season. Not listed separately but worth noting: Each of the Harry Potter movies has a Christmas scene.


Santa Clause (1898)
Scrooge, or Marley's Ghost (1901)
The Night Before Christmas (1905)
A Christmas Carol (short, 1910)
A Christmas Accident (short, 1912)
The Insects' Christmas (1913, animated short)

A Message from Mars (1913)
The Night Before Chhristmas (1913)
The Adventures of the Wrong Santa Claus (1914, short)
Beauty's Worth (1922)
A Christmas Carol (1923) Pandora's Box (1929)


Holiday (1930)
Santa's Workshop (animated short, 1932)
Christmas Night, or Pals (animated short, 1933)
The Night Before Christmas (animated short, 1933)
The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives (animated short, 1933)
Babes in Toyland (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)
Scrooge (1935)
Christmas Comes But Once a Year (animated short, 1936)
Things to Come (1936)
Three Godfathers (1936)
The Little Match Girl (animated short, 1937)
Bachelor Mother (1938)
The Captain's Christmas (animated short, 1938)
A Christmas Carol (Reginald Owen, 1938)
Holiday (1938)
Peace on Earth (animated short, 1939)


Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
The Blue Bird (1940)
Remember the Night (1940)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Night Before Christmas (Tom and Jerry animated short, 1941)
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Alias Boston Blackie (1942)
Holiday Inn (1942)
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Christmas Holiday (1944)
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1944, animated short)
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Christmas Toy Shop (animated short, 1945)
Star in the Night (1945 short) It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Bush Christmas (1947)
It Happened On 5th Avenue (1947)
Kiss of Death (1947)
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Santa's Surprise (animated short, 1947)
They Live By Night (1948)
A Christmas Carol (1949, Vincent Price narration)
Holiday Affair (1949)
Little Women (1949)


The Great Rupert (1950)
Scandal (1950)
Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951)
A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim, 1951)
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
The Night Before Christmas (1951)
The Christmas Story (1952 Amos and Andy TV episode)
Full House (1952)
The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
The Nativity (1952)
A Star Shall Rise (1952 TV)
Christmas (1953 Make Room for Daddy TV episode)
I, the Jury (1953)
A Christmas Carol (1954)
Frosty the Snowman (1954, cartoon short)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
The Case of the Christmas Pudding (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes tv series, 1955)
Good Will to Men (animated short, 1955)
The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story (1955 short)
We're No Angels (1955)
The Blessed Midnight (1956 TV)
Bundle of Joy (1956)
The Busy Christmas (1956 Ozzie and Harriet TV episode)
The Stingiest Man in Town (1956)
Three Young Kings (1956 TV) A Christmas Carol (1959)
The Christmas Visitor (1959)


The Apartment (1960)
Jangle Bells (1960 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis TV episode)
A Silent Panic (1960)
Blast of Silence (1961)
Christmas at the 53rd (1961 Car 54, Where Are You? TV episode)
The Night Before Christmas (1961)
Plácido (1961)
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)
The Christmas Story (tv show, animated short, 1963)
A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (animated, 1965)
A Pistol for Ringo (1965)
A Christmas Story (1966 Bonanza TV episode)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" (1966)
The Monkees Christmas Show (1967)
Dean Martin Christmas Show (1968 variety show)
Will Penny (1968)
A Christmas Carol (1969 animated short)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
My Night at Maud's (1969)


Santa and the Three Bears (animated, 1970)
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970)
Scrooge (Albert Finney, 1970)
Scrooge Gets an Oscar (1970, episode from The Odd Couple TV series)
A Christmas Carol (animated short, 1971)
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)
Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973)
Black Christmas (1974)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
Twas the Night Before Christmas (animated short, 1974)
Ebenezer Sanford (Sanford and Sons TV series, 1975)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Silent Night, Holy Night (animated, 1976)
A Christmas Carol (1977)
A Cosmic Christmas (animated short, 1977)
Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977, animated short)
The Gathering (1977)
Johnny Cash and Family Christmas Show (1977)
Rabid (1977 horror)
Rich Little's Christmas Carol (1978)
The Stingiest Man in Town (1978, animated)
An American Christmas Carol (1979)
Rumpole and the Case of Identity (1979, TV series episode)


Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980 TV)
A Christmas Carol (animated, Australian, 1982)
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
First Blood (1982)
The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982)
The Snowman (1982)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983, animated)
Trading Places (1983)
The Blue Carbuncle (Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes, 1984)
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott, 1984)
Comfort and Joy (1984)
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
Gremlins (1984)
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Better Off Dead (1985)
Brazil (1985)
The Fourth Wise Man (1985)
A Jetson Christmas Carol (1985)
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
Die Hard (1988)
Prancer (1989)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)


Die Hard 2 (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Home Alone (1990)
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Seoul Mates (Northern Exposure TV series, 1991)
Theft of the Royal Ruby (Poirot tv series, 1991)
Batman Returns (1992)
Brer Rabbit's Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
The Cardboard Box (Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) tv series, 1994)
Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol (1994)
The Ref (1994)
The Santa Clause (1994)
Shofar, So Good (Northern Exposure TV series, 1994)
City of Lost Children (1995)
The Fall of Night (1995, Babylon 5 tv series episode)
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (tv series, 1995)
Reckless (1995)
Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice (Mystery! tv series, 1995)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
The Toy That Saved Christmas (1996)
A Christmas Carol (1997)
Christmas Carol (X Files tv series, 1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (X-Files tv episode, 1998)
Ronin (1998)
A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart, 1999)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Line of Fire (Touch of Frost tv series, 1999)
Millennium (The X-Files tv episode, 1999)
One Special Night (1999)
Xmas Story (Futurama tv episode, 1999)


American Psycho (2000)
Noel (The West Wing tv episode, 2000)
Door to Death (part 1 of the story, completed by Christmas Party listed below) (Nero Wolfe tv series, 2001)
Christmas Party (Nero Wolfe tv series, 2001)
The Star of Christmas (2002)
A Carol Christmas (2003)
Elf (2003)
Horatio Hornblower: Duty (2003)
Love Actually (2003)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Ghosts of Christmas Past (Midsomer Murders, tv episode, 2004)
The Polar Express (2004)
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Joyeux Noel (2005)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Rent (2005)
Deck the Halls (2006)
The Holiday (2006)
Eastern Promises (2007)
Little Theodore and the Green Candy Piece (animated short, 2007)
The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis (Big Bang Theory tv series, 2008)
A Christmas Story (2008)
A Christmas Tale (2008)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
In Bruges (2008)
The Maternal Congruence (Big Bang Theory tv series, 2009)


The Ho Ho Ho Job (Leverage tv series, 2010)
Nicholas Was (2010 animated short film)
Rare Exports (2010)
RED (2010)
The Warrior's Way (2010)
Arthur Christmas (2011)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Mr. Stink (2012)
Prometheus (2012)
The Santa Simulation (Big Bang Theory tv series, 2012)
The Christmas Candle (2013)
A Christmas Tree Miracle (2013)
The Cooper Extraction (Big Bang Theory tv series, 2013)
The Christmas Haunting (Midsomer Murders, tv series, 2013)
The Clean Room Infiltration (Big Bang Theory tv series, 2014)
The Paddington Movie (2014)
And Santa's Midnight Run (The Librarians tv series, 2014)
Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
A Very Murray Christmas (2015 variety show)
A Christmas Crow (2017 Upstart Crow TV episode)
Dear Satan (2017)
Roma (2018)
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Dead Room (2018)
Await Further Instructions (2018)
Klaus (2019)
Christmas on the Square (2020)


  1. Brazil is a Christmas movie? I have seen it, but I don´t remember that aspect of it. While You Were Sleeping, however, I remember every little bit of that one, it´s my favourite feel-good movie, my guilty pleasure and I will see it whenever I feel down, Christmas or not. We´re No Angels, I remember from my childhood, one of my mother´s favourites, I think it was. Fun list!

    1. not really a christmas movie, no, but it takes place during the christmas season. like die hard and ice harvest. we get desperate around here for movies we haven't seen a billion times that have christmas decorations in them. lol

      i agree while you were sleeping is wonderful. my daughter introduced that one and the holiday to me the same year. we're no angels is priceless. i looked for years before i finally found it on dvd.

  2. Marlo Thomas did a remake of It's a wonderful life in the late 60's early 70's But I can't remember what it's called.

    1. i am one of those rare few who do not like it's a wonderful life. what can i say? it's one of my husband's favorites. i'll have to ask him if he's seen this remake. he might like it. thx :)

  3. Anonymous8:37 AM

    An early (1905) Christmas movie:

    not truly a movie with plot & such, but a nifty little vignette from 1898:

    -- A Pal

  4. That is quite a list
    with links no less
    thanks for sharing
    and fa la laa

    1. We like to have a wide selection lol

  5. I want to check out some of these older ones I have never heard of. Love holiday films.I happen to really like the 1940's to the present vintages. Its a great list. :) Hope it was a great Thanksgiving holiday. Hugs-Erika

    1. We've always loved holiday films, but we got tired of the same old movies. Having more to pick from helps. I hope you find some you like :)

  6. OMGosh! I have to save this post and check it out this December.
    I'm wth your hubby. My favorite movie is It's A Wonderful Life. I watch it every December. :)

    1. I hope you find something you like. There are so _many_ Christmas shows lol

  7. I'd like to add to your list; Arthur Christmas, release date 2011; & TV movie Mr Stink (2012) with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey fame). Both wonderful movies.

  8. ...from this list, it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do!

    1. Well, I do take a broad view when counting something as a Christmas Movie ;)

  9. I love Christmas movies-and your list is just amazing!! thanks so much for sharing all the links and even per years

    1. I decided to organize them chronologically. I couldn't figure out another way that made sense.

  10. Oh and I am happy to see The Holiday on there-one of my favorites

    1. The Daughter introduced me to that one :)

  11. What a great list. I shall have to check back. Thanks so much for sharing! I did start White Christmas the other day which is a favorite of mine. Have you watched any of these yet this year? Happy December. Hugs-Erika

    1. White Christmas is a favorite here, to. I haven't started any Christmas movies yet for some reason. I usually start the day after Thanksgiving lol