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Nick Ripa December 9, 2020

For those who celebrate Christmas, most spend some time during December watching the same movies every year. Though some of these movies become less entertaining each year, there are good ones for all types of viewers.

After seeing “A Christmas Story” on loop for 12 hours every single year on Christmas day, I can no longer enjoy the funny moments of the movie. The good news is that my movie taste isn’t very picky, and I have found many other holiday gems to watch.

Here are some great options for all those naughty and nice:

Classics (Pre-2000)

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”
  • “The Santa Claus”
  • “A Christmas Story”
  • “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
  • “Scrooged”
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
  • “White Christmas”
  • “Holiday Inn”

Family Comedies

  • “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”
  • “Elf”
  • “Fred Claus”
  • “Jingle All The Way”
  • “The Santa Clause” and “The Santa Clause 2”

Adult Comedies

  • “The Ref”
  • “Love Actually”
  • “Bad Santa”
  • “The Night Before”
  • “Office Christmas Party”

Uplifting/Drama Movies

  • “The Polar Express”
  • “Christmas With The Kranks”
  • “A Christmas Carol”
  • “Miracle on 34th Street”
  • “Arthur Christmas”


  • “Krampus”
  • “Black Christmas”
  • “A Christmas Horror Story”
  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas”


  • “Die Hard”

It is clear that there are great options for everyone and these movies represent only a fraction of the Christmas movies in each genre.

My personal favorites include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Elf.” Jim Carrey’s performance as the Grinch is incredibly funny while keeping it PG. The classic Rudolph story includes multiple interesting characters such as Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman. Elf is very similar to the Grinch with Will Ferrell leading the way as the comedic main character who is an outcast to society.

Use this list as a reminder to not overwatch the same movie this year and try a few new ones out. Maybe watch Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” and decide whether or not it really is a Christmas movie.