Every year, several new holiday movies are released. And as much as we love more options and holiday cheer, I think we can all agree that there’s nothing like the good old Christmas movies from our childhood. Simply put, they don’t make them like they used to!
Which Christmas movies are your go-to each and every holiday season? We bet most on your list are movies from your childhood. But hey, don’t get me wrong, there are some great, new holiday films, as well. A personal favorite is the underrated Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke’s Last Christmas. A tear-jerker and must-see for me. Netflix also released another winner with Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, a super sweet family movie. But even after watching these new movies, I always run back to the classics! We list them below.
Christmas movies from our childhood that we’ll never stop watching
Release date: July 1988
Where to watch: Die Hard is streaming on Starz and Prime Video.
Let’s get one thing out of the way, Die Hard is absolutely a Christmas movie. We were all a little young to be watching this movie when it was released, but that was a different time. But now, we still enjoy it this time of year.
Release date: November 1988
Where to watch: Scrooged is streaming on Paramount+ and Pluto TV.
A true classic! The story has been retold many times, but we always fall back to this one! Stream it on Paramount+ or free on Pluto TV (with ads).
Release date: November 1990
Where to watch: Home Alone is streaming on Disney+.
Home Alone 2
Release date: November 1992
Where to watch: Home Alone 2 is streaming on Disney+.
This list of movies is in no particular order. If it was, I’d have Home Alone and Home Alone 2 higher on the list…maybe even in the top spot! I watch it every Christmas season and now enjoy it with my kids. As for the other Home Alone movies after Lost in New York…we don’t acknowledge those!
Jingle All the Way
Release date: November 1996
Where to watch: Jingle All the Way is streaming on Starz.
Jingle All the Way is unfairly underrated. At Rotten Tomatoes, it has horrible reviews from both critics and audiences. But they must’ve not been watching what I was watching, because the movie is so much fun! If you’ve never seen it, give it a chance! If you have seen it, give it another chance.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Release date: October 1993
Where to watch: The Nightmare Before Christmas is streaming on Disney+.
Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? The answer is yes. It’s a holiday movie with a little spice! I’ll admit I was afraid of it as a kid, but I have since learned to appreciate it.
Miracle on 34th Street
Release date: June 1947 (the 1994 remake is great, too)
Where to watch: Miracle on 34th Street is streaming on Disney+ and Prime Video.
This is such a beautiful story! And the 1994 remake does an excellent job bringing the magic of the original to it. You need to add this one to your list if you haven’t already.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Release date: November 1999
Where to watch: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is streaming on Disney+.
I have to say, I never really got into it, even as a kid, but I know a lot of people enjoy it. At the very least, put it on for your kids! Maybe this new generation will appreciate it.
A Christmas Story
Release date: November 1983
Where to watch: A Christmas Story is streaming on HBO Max.
A Christmas Story is another tale that continues to see remakes, but none have been better than this 1983 gem.
The Polar Express
Release date: November 2004
Where to watch: The Polar Express is streaming on HBO Max.
Can we all admit that The Polar Express is a little creepy? I sure thought so! And still do. But at the very core, it’s a very sweet and moving story. We watch it every year.
Which Christmas movies are on your list to watch each holiday season? Did we miss a classic favorite?