Christmas Movies Buying Guide

A family library of Christmas movies is a handy source of entertainment when everyone is home for the holidays. Use this Christmas movies buying guide to build your collection.

Christmas Movies 101

The weather outside is frightful, the kids are home for winter break and you have time off work... what better opportunity to gather the family, pop some popcorn and unwind together with some good Christmas movies? There's no need to wait for your favourites to air on TV when you can add Christmas DVDs and Blu-rays to your own video library and watch them whenever your busy schedule allows. A movie break can be an afternoon matinee with the kids, a late-night movie/gift wrapping double feature for mom and dad, or as a backdrop to Christmas parties or tree decorating. Many of the best Christmas movies you grew up watching have been re-released as deluxe editions with extra features and even collectible bonuses like Christmas ornaments!

Christmas Movies


Christmas Cartoons

There's no age limit on the magic of Christmas cartoons; they can be enjoyed by kids from ages one to 100. From the classic Frosty the Snowman to the new favourite Arthur Christmas, there's plenty of animated holiday cheer to go around. Calling out the spirit of the holidays in A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Peanuts gang puts on a pageant and Linus enlightens Charlie Brown on the true meaning of the season. In the stop-motion, animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, we meet everyone's favourite North Pole misfit on his journey to guide Santa's sleigh. And no Christmas cartoon collection would be complete without How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Dr. Seuss classic that reminds us of the joy of sharing the holidays with family and friends. 

Christmas Movies for Kids & Family

Finding films that amuse both toddlers and tweens can be a challenge, but with Christmas movies for kids you can keep both groups entertained while sharing everyone’s company. Get the kids into the holiday spirit with The Dog Who Saved Christmas, the story of a beloved pet who saves the family from bungling bad guys. Or cuddle up together and watch Ralphie plead his case for an official Red Ryder air rifle in the retro family flick, A Christmas Story. The Santa Clause has Tim Allen taking over for the big guy after Santa takes an unfortunate fall, and features some fun answers to questions such as, 'how does Santa fit down the chimney?'. Also a good bet to bring cheer to all ages: Home Alone, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Classic Christmas Movies

Like trimming the tree and hanging stockings, some Christmas traditions never go out of style. Introducing new generations to classic Christmas movies is a great way to relive cherished holiday memories, and create new ones. Cheer on Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, as his determined lawyer attempts to prove the Macy's Santa is the real deal, while creating a new family for a disillusioned young girl in the process. Or check out the classic 1951 version of A Christmas Carol featuring Alastair Sim. This interpretation is widely considered the definitive version of Dickens’ classic tale of greed, ghosts and redemption. For many, Christmas isn’t complete until you’ve watched the affable George Bailey learn that "no man is a failure who has friends" in Frank Capra's, It's a Wonderful Life. Continue your nostalgic trip through Christmas past with vintage holiday movies White Christmas, The Bishop's Wife and Holiday Inn.

Funny Christmas Movies

The holidays can be busy and stressful, so take time to relax and see the lighter side with some funny Christmas movies. Laugh along with Santa's not-so-little helper, Will Ferrell in Elf, as he connects with his birth father and rekindles humanity's Christmas spirit. Comedic legend Bill Murray delivers a humorous but heartwarming update of A Christmas Carol in the 1988 film, Scrooged. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation never fails to bring giggles as the Griswolds bumble their way through an old-fashioned, family Christmas. Bad Santa features Billy Bob Thornton in a raucous, adult-rated comedy for those looking for something less conventional. Keep the laughs coming throughout the season with more funny, festive flicks including Trading Places, The Ref , and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.
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