List of Christmas films

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This is a list of films that are about or otherwise related to the Christmas holiday. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers, but also for creative industries.[citation needed]


Theatrical Christmas films

This is a list of Christmas films which were theatrically released. Films in this list always feature important references to the holiday's symbols, such as family gatherings, trees and decorations, the Christ child, or Santa Claus.

All I Want for Christmas1991Two kids plot to reunite their estranged parents at Christmas.
All Mine to Give1957A Scottish family comes to Wisconsin and do well until tragedy hits as Christmas nears.
Annabelle's Wish1997A heartwarming tale of self sacrifice and friendship when a young calf gives up her Christmas miracle to come to the aid of a young boy.
Arthur Christmas2011Santa's youngest son must deliver a bicycle to an overlooked girl before Christmas morning dawns. 3-D/CGI animated film.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas2011Kumar accidentally burns down Harold's Christmas tree with a pot joint and the two go on a fun and whacky adventure to get a new one before his wife and her father return home.
Babes in Toyland (March of the Wooden Soldiers)1934Apprentice toymakers Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee (Laurel and Hardy) rescue Tom Tom and Bo Peep from Bogeyland in this loose adaptation of Victor Herbert's operetta.
Babes in Toyland1961Disney adaptation of the Herbert operetta.
Bachelor Mother1939A department-store salesgirl finds and begins to care for an abandoned infant at Christmas time.
Bad Santa2003A con man poses as Santa to rob stores on Christmas Eve.
Batman Returns1992Christmas comes to Gotham City and with the winter chill comes the devious Penguin to thwart Batman.
Bernard and the Genie1991Bernard gets fired from his job and walked out on by his girlfriend on Christmas Eve, taking everything from his flat. All that is left behind is an old lamp. His Christmas suddenly becomes brighter when he rubs it.
Beyond Tomorrow1940The first half of this fantasy film takes place on Christmas Eve as three old men befriend two strangers, a young man and woman, who return their wallets.
The Bishop's Wife1947An angel helps a bishop rearrange his priorities during the Christmas season.
Black Christmas1974A murderous stranger terrorizes some sorority girls during the holiday break. Remade in 2006.
Blizzard2003A young girl is told a tale by her aunt of a young ice skater and an enchanted reindeer.
Brazil1985The wrongful arrest of a man on Christmas because of a bureaucratic error causes a series of events in which a low-level government employee tries to find the woman of his dreams and in the process begins to live counter to the state's banal bureaucracy.
Bush Christmas1947Children quest for stolen horses at Christmas time.
Cast Away2000The first part of the film is set during Christmas.
The Candlemaker1957A candlemaker entrusts his young son with the task of making church candles for Christmas Eve in this animated short.
The Cheaters1945An alcoholic ex-actor is invited to Christmas dinner by a rich family and enlisted to help them swindle a woman out of her inheritance.
Christmas at Maxwell's2006The Austin family faces a bleak Christmas when Suzie, extremely ill, gathers the family to go away and spend their last Christmas together before she dies.
A Christmas Carol1938MGM's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story.
A Christmas Carol1951American title of British film Scrooge (see below).
A Christmas Carol1971Oscar-winning animated adaptation, with Alastair Sim and Michael Hordern recreating their roles as Scrooge and Marley's Ghost, narrated by Michael Redgrave; produced by Chuck Jones.
Christmas Carol: The Movie2001Dickens' story is retold through a mixture of live action and animation.
A Christmas Carol2009Walt Disney Pictures/ImageMovers Digital performance capture film starring Jim Carrey.
Christmas Child2003A life-sized nativity statue leads a man to learn about his past.
Christmas Comes But Once a Year1936Grampy rehabilitates old toys and brings Christmas joy to an orphanage in this animated short.
Christmas Eve1947An heiress attempts to bring her adopted sons back home by Christmas Eve to rescue her fortune from a scheming nephew.
Christmas Evil (You Better Watch Out)1980A psychotic killer spends the holiday punishing the naughty as Santa Claus.
Christmas Holiday1944A stranded soldier listens as a cabaret singer recounts a doomed marriage to a killer.
Christmas in Boston2005Gina and Seth have been pen pals for 13 years and now will have the chance to meet. Both used their best friends pictures to send to each other and now will let their friends meet.
Christmas in Connecticut1945A columnist must entertain her boss and a returning war hero for the holidays. Remade for television in 1992.
Christmas in the Clouds2001Comedic misunderstandings abound at a Native American ski resort during the holidays.
Christmas in Wonderland2007A father and his three kids move from Los Angeles to Edmonton. While shopping at West Edmonton Mall, they discover counterfeit money, unintentionally catch the criminals, and later make a discovery about Santa Claus.
A Christmas Story1983All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun.
A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël)2008A family gets together in the worst of circumstances during Christmas.
The Christmas That Almost Wasn't1966An attorney tries to stop a miser from evicting Santa Claus and confiscating his toys.
Christmas with the Kranks2004When a suburban couple decide to forgo Christmas festivities, preferring to take a cruise to the Caribbean instead, their neighbours refuse to allow such Scrooge-like behaviour.
Comfort and Joy1984A DJ recovers from a breakup and gets mixed up in a turf war between rival ice cream vendors during the holiday season.
Coopers' Christmas2010A family gets a video camera for Christmas and tapes how dysfunctional the family is.
Crash2004The film is set during Christmas.
Creepers Christmas2010A boy saves a dragon the week before Christmas.
Dear Santa2011A spoiled 24-year-old woman decides fate has spoken when she discovers a little girl's letter to Santa asking for a new wife for her widowed father for Christmas.
Deck the Halls2006Rival neighbors duke it out when one of them decides to light his house up so it can be seen from outer space
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya2010Haruhi and her friends are gonna celebrate Christmas, but the next morning, Kyon finds out that all of his friends either don't know him or don't attend at the North High School. So it's up to Kyon to crack this mystery, before Christmas.
Die Hard1988New York Cop John McClane attends the company Christmas party of his estranged wife, a high-powered businesswoman in Los Angeles.
Die Hard 2: Die Harder1990Officer John McClane picks up his wife from the airport to celebrate the holiday with their families.
Don't Open Till Christmas1984A murderer stalks the streets of London.
Elf2003A human who thinks he is an elf searches for his family in New York.
Elves1989Nazi scientists genetically engineered an small creature whose goal is to impregnate a young girl of a certain bloodline: the grandchild of a former nazi officer.
Ernest Saves Christmas1988Ernest P. Worrell helps Santa.
Exit Speed2008The film is set around Christmas Eve.
The Family Stone2005A woman wants acceptance from her boyfriend's eccentric clan at Christmastime.
The Family Man2000A fast-lane investment broker wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.
Feeders 2: Slay Bells1998Aliens invade Earth over the Christmas holidays, and it's up to Santa Claus and his elves to save the world.
Fitzwilly1967A butler and his staff fund their employer's charitable activities with various illicit schemes, climaxing in an attempt to rob Gimbels department store on Christmas Eve.
Four Christmases2008A couple struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.
Fred Claus2007Santa's bitter older brother is forced to move to the North Pole.
Friday After Next2002Stoner buddies Craig and Day-Day start new jobs as security guards on Christmas Eve after a robber dressed as Santa robs their house and ruins their Christmas party plans.
Frozen River2008A single mother turns to people-smuggling to provide for her family at Christmas.
Gift Wrapped1952Sylvester tries to catch and devour Tweety on Christmas morning in this animated Looney Tunes short.
The Great Rupert (A Christmas Wish)1950Trained squirrel passes money along to needy family just before Christmas.
Gremlins1984Gets Gizmo during the holidays.
The Hebrew Hammer2003After the murder of Santa by his reindeer, an orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa's evil son.
High Crimes2002During Christmas, an attorney and her husband become involved in a mystery based on her husband's past.
Holiday Affair1949Romance blooms between a young widow and a sales clerk at Christmastime.
Holiday Inn1942Musicians prepare for a white Christmas at a cozy lodge.
The Holiday2006Two women swap homes for the holidays and meet up with their dream men.
The Holly and the Ivy1952An English clergyman reunites with his grown children for Christmas.
Ho Ho Ho2009Horaţiu is an 8-year-old boy who still believes in Santa Claus. As a Christmas gift, his mother takes him to the mall to buy him a gift.
Home Alone1990Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy, is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992Kevin McCallister, now ten-years-old, mistakenly travels to New York City without his family on Christmas.
Homeless for the Holidays2009A man's family is in danger of losing everything right before Christmas.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas2000A furry green creature wants to ruin Christmas for denizens of Whoville.
The Ice Harvest2005A seemingly perfect crime on Christmas Eve spirals out of control.
I'll Be Home for Christmas1998A college student finds it hard to get home for Christmas.
I'll Be Seeing You1944A war veteran finds romance with furloughed prisoner during the holidays.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus2002When a young boy catches his mom kissing Santa, he decides to be as naughty as he can until he drives Santa back to the North Pole.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue1947A hobo occupies a millionaire's posh New York mansion each year while the family winters in Florida. The plot thickens when he gives shelter to former servicemen and their families and the family returns sooner than expected.
It's a Wonderful Life1946Attempting to commit suicide on Christmas Eve, a man is rescued by a guardian angel and shown what his hometown would be like had he never lived.
Jack Frost1996A killer snowman terrorizes a small town during the holidays.
Jack Frost1998A dad gets second chance as a snowman.
J'ai Rencontré Le Père Noël1984Young boy and girl take a plane to Lapland to visit Santa so he will save the boy's parents who have been kidnapped in Africa.
Jingle All the Way1996Dad competes with another to find sold out toy for his son.
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)2005World War I trenches go silent during the "Christmas truce" of 1914.
Just Friends2005Chris Brander returns to New Jersey to chase after his high school crush.
The Lemon Drop Kid1951When the Lemon Drop Kid (Bob Hope) accidentally steers Moose Moran's girl away from a winning bet at the racetrack, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it is Christmas, a time when people can be persuaded to part with money for the right cause.
A Lively Christmas Eve1962On Christmas Eve, A veteran communist discovers to his horror that his daughter is about to marry a dissident. Eventually, the two reconcile in the spirit of the holiday, as the young man re-embraces socialism. While the film features Santa Claus, a family reunion and a Christmas tree (decorated with sputniks), it ignores the Christian connotations of the holiday.
Love Actually2003Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London.
Lovely, Still2008An elderly bachelor romances a widowed neighbor during the Christmas season, with unexpected results.
The Magic Christmas Tree1964A witch's ring gives a young boy the titular tree, which comes to life and grants him three wishes.
Make the Yuletide Gay2009An openly gay college student struggles with concealing his sexual orientation from his parents when he goes home for Christmas.
The Man Who Came to Dinner1942A hobbled, self-centered New York wit makes Christmas unbearable for the family whose Ohio home he has commandeered.
Mickey's Christmas Carol1983Disney's animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story.
Miracle on 34th Street1947Macy's Santa, with help from the U.S. Postal Service, restores a little girl's faith. Remade for television in 1955, 1959, 1973.
Miracle on 34th Street1994Theatrical remake.
Mixed Nuts1994Christmas at a crisis hotline center.
The Muppet Christmas Carol1992Jim Henson's creations tackle Charles Dickens' festive favorite.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation1989The Griswold family plans turn to disaster, this time at Christmas. Followed by a made-for-TV sequel (see below).
Nativity!2009An improvised comedy based around a school Nativity play.
The Nativity Story2006The Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993Inhabitants of Halloween Town try to host Christmas.
Noel2004A series of events link five disparate strangers in New York on Christmas Eve.
Nothing Like the Holidays2008A Puerto Rican family, living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago, face what may be their last Christmas together.
The Nutcracker (Schelkunchik)1973The titular Christmas toy comes to life and battles the Mouse King in this animated adaptation of Tchaikovsky's ballet.
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture1986The Pacific Northwest Ballet performs in this adpatation of the Tchaikovsky work.
The Nutcracker in 3D2010Live-action 3D adaptation of the ballet.
Nutcracker Fantasy1979Stop-motion animated adaptation of the ballet.
O. Henry's Full House1952Five of the author's famous short stories, three of which take place during Chistmastide: The Cop and the Anthem, The Last Leaf & The Gift of the Magi. Narrated onscreen by John Steinbeck; made by five famous directors, with an all-star cast.
One Magic Christmas1985At Christmas time an angel shows a young mother the true meaning of the holiday.
The Perfect Holiday2007A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother.
The Planet of Junior Brown (Junior's Groove)1997A young piano prodigy with a controlling mother retreats into a fantasy world and reaches out to a better life around Christmas time.
Prancer1989Girl finds a wounded reindeer and nurses it while hiding it from her family.
Prancer Returns2001Boy finds a reindeer and cares for it while hiding it from his family.
The Preacher's Wife1996Remake of The Bishop's Wife with an all African-American cast.
The Polar Express2004A magical train takes a boy and other children up to the north pole to meet Santa Claus.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale2010Finnish fantasy film directed by Jalmari Helander about hunters in the Korvatunturi mountains who discover the secret behind Santa Claus.
The Ref1994Denis Leary stars as a sarcastic house burglar who ends up in the abode of the most dysfunctional family on the eastern seaboard just in time to partake of their Christmas Eve feast.
Remember the Night1940A brilliant DA with a future in politics falls for a streetwise Christmastide shoplifter.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie1998Rudolph's own biopic showing his journey from zero to hero.
Santa Claus1959Santa battles evil demon in outer space. A Spanish-language film for which an English-dubbed version also exists.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians1964Martians kidnap Santa Claus (John Call) because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.
Santa Claus: The Movie1985Big-budget "biopic" for the fat man in the red suit (David Huddleston); produced by the team that made the first Christopher Reeve Superman films.
The Santa Clause1994When Santa falls off his roof, a dad is required to take santa's place.
The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs Clause2002Sequel to The Santa Clause; Santa must find a Mrs. Claus.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause2006Santa battles Jack Frost to keep his title.
Santa's Slay2005In this horror/comedy film it is revealed that Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, but when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways.
Santa with Muscles1996An evil millionaire gets amnesia and then believes that he is Santa Claus.
Scrooge1935Early film adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol starring Sir Seymour Hicks.
Scrooge1951Dickens' ghostly meditation on Christmas. This version of the story, with Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge, is universally regarded as the very best.
Scrooge1970A musical adaptation of Dickens' tale, starring Albert Finney in the title role.
Scrooged1988Modern, dark-humored interpretation of Dickens' story, with Christmas spirits visiting a cynical, selfish TV exec, played by Bill Murray.
The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives1933Santa Claus brings a poor orphan boy to his workshop in this animated Merrie Melodies short.
The Shop Around the Corner1940Bickering Budapest store clerks pine for pen pals as Christmas approaches.
Silent Night, Bloody Night1974Christmas Eve killings surround the attempted sale of an abandoned house.
Silent Night, Deadly Night1984The controversial slasher film about a murderous Santa Claus.
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 21987Killer's younger brother embarks on his own murder spree after escaping from mental hospital. Followed by three direct-to-video sequels (see below).
Stalking Santa2006Dr. Lloyd Darrow, a self-proclaimed "Santalogist," sets out to prove the existence of Santa Claus.
Stealing Christmas2003A burglar, on the run, ends up playing Santa Clause in a small town, and decides to rob their bank.
Surviving Christmas2004A smug, cynical young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.
Susan Slept Here1954A Hollywood screenwriter hosts a teen vagrant for the Christmas holiday.
Tenth Avenue Angel1948A child of the tenements helps an ex-con find a new life as Christmas approaches and learns that cattle genuflect at midnight on Christmas Eve, in memory of the birth of Jesus.
This Christmas2007The Whitfield family comes together for their first Christmas in several years.
Toy Tinkers1949Chip 'n' Dale steal nuts from Donald Duck's home using a variety of Christmas toys in this animated short.
Trading Places1983A rich man and a poor man switch classes as part of a social experiment through the holiday season.
Trapped in Paradise1994A kindly town's hospitality melts Christmas burglars' hearts.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas1914A boy gets a ride in Santa's sleigh.
Unaccompanied Minors (Grounded)2006Bored kids make up their own holidays while stuck in an airport after Christmas.
What Would Jesus Buy?2007Documentary about the commercialization of Christmas.
While You Were Sleeping1995After a lonely transit worker saves a man on Christmas Day, she spends the holidays with his family and pretends to be his fiancee while he lies in a coma.
White Christmas1954As in Holiday Inn, musicians bring Irving Berlin's lyrics to Vermont lodge. (The story is not a remake, however.)
We're No Angels1955A trio of escaped convicts (Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov & Aldo Ray) and their pet snake, Adolph, help a shopkeeper and his wife avoid financial ruin while steering their daughter toward true love on Christmas Eve.

Made-for-TV and direct-to-video Christmas films

This is a list of made-for-TV and direct-to-video films that are entirely, or in large part, about the Christmas holiday. Films in this list always feature important references to the holiday's symbols, such as family gatherings, trees and decorations, the Christ child, or Santa Claus.


Stop Motion


Live action

Films related to Christmas

This is a list of films in which Christmas is more incidental to the plot. The holiday may be part of the story, or figure in one or more scenes, but as in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), it is not central to the film.

See also