When it comes to having a blast during the festive season, there is no shortage of Christmas-worthy movies guaranteed to give the best cinematic experience.
Christmas is a period of joy and happiness. What better way to ring in the season than enjoying it with family and friends in front of the big screen! Even better, one can experience double the fun by relegating the screen time to a top-of-art Christmas movie.
Looking for dramas to hit while at it? Here’s a list of fifteen Christmas movies that not only trigger the holiday spirit but also offer a memorable Christmas experience.
1. “A CHRISTMAS PRINCE”
The perfect Christmas fairytale romance, “A Christmas Prince,” portrays the love story of magazine journalist Amber and her Prince charming, Prince Richard. The plot brings together romance and Christmas, making every minute of the joy-inducing drama a must-watch.
It is also a perfect pick for family screen time, as it is ideal for any age grade, without restrictions. What’s Christmas without love!
2. “THE PRINCESS SWITCH”
Another Netflix holiday special, “The Princess Switch,” is by far one of the best on this list. A combination of romance, royalty, and Christmas, all in one movie. The holiday drama tells the story of a Chicago baker who landed herself a royal adventure after encountering a princess that seemed like her double during a Christmas vacation.
The duo decided to switch identities, eventually leading them to the arms of their respective soulmates. The movie became such a hit that Netflix introduced a sequel, “The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again,” barely a year later.
3. “LAST HOLIDAY”
Actress Queen Latifah played the lead role in this iconic Christmas movie, taking a slight drift from the happy vibes surrounding most holiday dramas. Having nurtured dreams of visiting an exquisite swank resort her whole life, Shy Georgia gathers her savings and embarks on the luxurious trip after learning she had a few weeks to live.
Little did she know the terminal illness was only a misdiagnosis by a faulty MRI machine. After indulging her culinary cravings over the holidays, she soon received her Christmas wish. However, with the revelation of the real state of her health came the pressing concern of how she would push through life after quitting her job and spending her life savings.
4. “OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY”
Not the typical Christmas movie, “Office Christmas Party” follows two brothers who inherit the family’s company. However, their different outlooks in life made it difficult to run the business as a pair, thereby threatening its success.
The family business faced more pitfalls when the more extravagant of the duo threw the Christmas party of a lifetime, costing them a fortune they may never recover from.
5. “JUST FRIENDS”
Set in the Christmas season, “Just Friends” follows the life of Chris, who was hopelessly in love with his high school friend, Jamie. The latter doesn’t return his feelings, forcing them to drift apart.
A decade later, Chris returns to their hometown for Christmas and reunites with his longtime love. His feelings rekindle, sending the lovestruck young man on a mission to win Jamie’s love for good.
6. “JINGLE ALL THE WAY”
“Jingle All The Way” portrays the hilarious showdown between two dads determined to fulfill their Christmas promise to their sons. Keeping the Christmas promise meant winning the prized Turbo-man action figure, and neither was willing to let their lad down.
7. SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT
As much as parents would rather have their kids in love with Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and every Christmas magic, an occasional holiday thriller is a welcome indulgence. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” follows a psycho killer set out on a murder spree on Christmas eve, disguised as Santa to lure unsuspecting victims.
8. “A CHRISTMAS TALE”
“A Christmas Tale” depicts a dysfunctional family which harnesses Christmas as the perfect opportunity for familial reconciliation. After deciding to come together for the holiday season, they discover that the family matriarch was suffering from leukemia and on the brink of death.
Their common grief over the matriarch’s impending death gives the clan a common ground to reunite and resolve their age-long differences.
Set in a world of magical creatures, “Elf” follows the life of a clownish orphan growing up with Santa and his elves in the North Pole. After coming off age, the lead character, Will Ferrell, journeys to New York City in search of his biological father, who happened to be a book publisher.
10. “HOME ALONE”
One can’t go wrong with the “Home Alone” Christmas comedy-drama and its sequels. It details the adventures of Kevin McCallister, a somewhat rebellious kid left behind mistakenly after his large family embarked on a Christmas vacation.
The tot was forced to battle a pair of hooligans who break into his home to loot the family’s valuables. This holiday drama is the substance of everyone’s childhood, complete with comedy, adventures, and loads of Christmas activities.
11. “WHITE CHRISTMAS”
Adapted from the famed Christmas song of the same title, “White Christmas” is a holiday musical. It showcases the iconic performances of Crosby and Danny Kaye, two music-act partners on a mission to save the lodge of a former military commander situated in Vermont.
The duo team up with two sisters, who share their talent. And together, the quad saved the day and gave the military veteran a Christmas to remember.
12. “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”
The all-time favorite Christmas fantasy, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” has brought tears to many eyes in the last seven decades. Yet, many families still adopt the movie as a Christmas tradition, and the reason is not far-fetched.
Like a Christmas star, the 1946 drama leads one to the discovery of the true meaning of Christmas in each viewing session. It features George Bailey, a frustrated man on the verge of committing suicide. However, before making the big mistake, an angel interferes, taking the man and millions of viewers on a journey to discovering the real importance of life.
13. “HAPPIEST SEASON”
“Happiest Season” is one of the most remarkable Christmas movies of 2020 and the ideal distraction from the coronavirus pandemic.
Abby, played by actress, Kristen Stewart, faced her biggest challenge when she joined her girlfriend at home for the holidays. The gay figure had to hide her sexuality to impress her hosts. That proved to be a bigger struggle than she anticipated.
14. “THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER”
For many families, this is a top pick and unarguably a bestseller in the romantic comedy department. “The Shop Around The Corner” is a romantic comedy following two store employees at loggerheads.
Unbeknown to them, they were the subject of each other’s anonymous pen pal letters, which fast became the brewing ground for their romance.
15. “BLACK CHRISTMAS”
There’s no wrong time to get the adrenaline pumping with some heart-racing adventures. So why not seize the opportunity this Christmas?
“Black Christmas” is the ideal Christmas thriller to explore the dark side of the all-time favorite holiday. It follows the ordeal of a group of sorority girls who fall prey to a psychotic killer on the loose. It delivers the heart-racing effect and still manages to heighten the holiday spirits.
There you have it! This list of Christmas movies is guaranteed to offer a memorable experience this season.