Co-contributor Taylor Southerland
Twelve Days of Christmas Movies
The Christmas season is finally upon us! I don’t know about any of you, but Christmas movies are my favorite! To be honest, I watch them all year long. Watching movies is a great way to spend some time together as a family during the holiday season. To save you the trouble of searching for the perfect Christmas movies, I have compiled a list of my all time favorite movies that I watch every Christmas season. If you start this watch list on December 13th, you can watch a different movie every night for the twelve days of Christmas!
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
This is my absolute favorite Christmas movie! I love this movie so much. I actually have a tattoo of the grinch on my arm. This is the live action version starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. This movie came out in the year 2000. It is about a man that hates Christmas and a little girl who tries to show him the true meaning of the holiday. The little girl, Cindy Lou Who, attempts to change the Grinch’s view about Christmas. Nothing works. The Grinch thinks that Christmas is all about the presents people get and the decorations they put up. To try and ruin everyone’s Christmas he goes to the town of Whoville on Christmas Eve and steals all the presents and decorations. When everyone wakes up happy on Christmas morning, despite not having anything, the Grinch realizes that Christmas means more than just presents and decorations. This is a wonderful movie to watch with the kids. It shows them that Christmas is about family and spending time together. This movie can be found on HBO MAX with a subscription, and Prime video to rent for $3.99.
THE LEGEND OF FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
This is a different version of the classic movie “Frosty the Snowman”. This movie came out in the year 2005. It is about a small town that has very strict rules for all the people that live there. The town has been this way for so long, it seems like there is no fun to be had due to the rules. Frosty the snowman comes to this town to restore joy and bring happiness just in time for the holiday season. I believe that every adult needs to watch this movie every year. It shows that there is more to life than just all work and no play. This movie can be found on Peacock and Prime Video to rent for $3.99.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS
This is another movie that is a retelling of a classic. We all know and love the original Beauty and the Beast Disney movie. This is the Christmas version. This movie came out in the year 1997. It is about Belle trying to celebrate Christmas in the castle. Little does she know, the Beast hates Christmas. He tries everything to make sure Christmas does not happen. However, Belle is persistent. She does everything in her power to make him celebrate Christmas again. It isn’t until Beast finds the gift Belle made for him, that he finally opens his heart to the idea of Christmas. This is another great movie to watch with the kiddos. Especially ones that already love the original. This movie can be found on Disney Plus with a subscription.
THE POLAR EXPRESS
This movie is great for the kids that are starting to think Santa is not real. This will help keep the magic going for a little bit longer. This movie came out in the year 2004. It is about a boy who has stopped believing in Santa. It takes you on his journey upon the Polar Express traveling to the North Pole to meet Santa. The end of the movie allows kids to realize that you don’t need to see Santa to believe in him. This movie can be found on HBO MAX with a subscription or Prime Video to rent for $3.99.
THE SANTA CLAUSE
I watch this movie every Thanksgiving. It is a tradition in my family. When the other two movies came out, we added those to the tradition as well. This movie, starring Tim Allen, came out in the year 1994. It is about this man, Scott Calvin, who does not have much Christmas spirit. On Christmas Eve Scott sees a man, Santa, on his roof and yells at him to get down. Santa gets scared, he slips, and falls off the roof. Scott puts on Santa’s jacket and, unbeknownst to him, becomes the new Santa. The rest of the movie and the next two movies take you through his journey of juggling family like and being Santa Clause. This movie, as well as the other two, can be found on Disney Plus with a subscription and Prime Video to rent for $3.99.
This is a modern take on a Christmas musical. I found this movie by accident one day while I was trying to find something new to watch. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. This movie came out in the year 2020. This is about an inventor who had his inventions stolen from him. Instead of picking himself back up, he falls into a bad slump and alienates everyone. His granddaughter, deserprate to meet him, makes up a lie so she can spend a few days with him. This movie takes you through the journey of this man finding his spark again and putting his family back together. The music and singing in this movie is phenomenal! This movie can be found exclusively on Netflix with a subscription.
This is another Christmas musical. This movie came out in the year 2012. It is about a woman, Holly, trying to join a caroling group that her mom was previously apart of. Holly was rejected from the group and decided to start her own. This movie takes you through their journey of trying to beat out the Bells for the caroling spot at the mall on Christmas Eve. This is a really cute movie with great music! This movie can be found on Prime Video with a subscription, Peacock, Freeform, and Tubi.
If you love Dolly Parton, you will love this movie! This Christmas movie, starring Dolly Parton, came out in the year 1996. This is about a woman, Ruby Diamond, who has died in a car crash. She has not done enough for other people to get into Heaven. Ruby is sent back down to earth to help put a family back together. The movie takes you on her journey trying to be a nanny for this family while also trying to fulfil her good deed to get into Heaven. This movie can be found on Tubi, Pluto, and Prime Video to rent for $2.99.
This movie, starring Will Farrell, came out in the year 2003. This is about a human, Buddy, who was raised in the North Pole by elves. He really believes that he is an elf and is devastated when he figures out that he is human. Buddy realized that his biological dad lives in New York. He travels to New York to find his father, only to find out that his father doesn’t do Christmas. Buddy tries everything he can to connect with his father and make him believe again. This is such a great family movie. It is a comedy for any age. This movie can be found on HBO MAX with a subscription, and Prime Video to rent for $3.99.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This classic movie is based off the Charles Dickens book. This Disney animated version came out in the year 2009. This is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. This movie takes you on Ebenezer’s journey of seeing the errors of his way. It shows him that being a mean person will only make him end up all alone. This a great movie for the kids to watch. It shows the value in sharing. The Disney version can be found on Disney Plus with a subscription, and Prime Video to rent for $3.99.
MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
Now, I’m not going to lie to you. I am almost 27 years old and I still watch this movie every Christmas. This movie came out in the year 1999. This has three different stories in it. The first story shows what it would be like if Christmas was everyday. It shows the good thing about Christmas being one day a year. The second story is about Goofy trying to show his son that Santa is real. The third and final story shows that it isn’t the gift that counts, but the thought that is put into it. This movie is great for little kids, big kids, and adult kids. This movie can be found on Disney Plus with a subscription, and Prime Video to rent for $3.99.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Now this is a Christmas classic! This, in my opinion, is one of the best christmas movies ever made! This classic came out in the year 1946. This story shows that no matter what you think, you matter to the people around you. This shows the importance of the impact you can make on even one person’s life. This is such a wonderful heartfelt movie that always makes me cry happy tears. This movie can be found on Prime Video with a subscription.
That concludes my twelve days of Christmas movies! I hope these movies bring light and joy to your family like they have for my family. The holidays are a time to be with family and make memories. Maybe you can make some new memories with your family this Christams with these Christmas classics.
Coming to you from 258 Terp Time
By yours truly,