What is YOUR favorite Christmas movie? Vote in our poll!


Yesterday, while talking about Christmas movies, I noted that there are just about as many different kinds of Christmas movies as there are secret compartments in an advent calendar. Then I asked you, PopWatchers, for your favorite Christmas films, and you immediately proved my point. I learned there’s a Muppet TV film called Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. I was reminded that the 1999 ensemble comedy thriller Go was set during Christmas Eve. I caught at least one commenter who watches The Empire Strikes Back at Christmas, even though “it has themes better suited to Lent.”

And out of everyone’s comments, nine films emerged as the most steady contenders as your favorite Christmas movie ever: It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Die Hard, Scrooged, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Elf, and Love Actually. So vote for your favorite in our poll, and then sound off in the message boards on your choice!

For a handy reminder of when you can watch your favorite Christmas films on TV this month, check out EW’s Holiday TV Guide here!

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  • Becca

    Jim Henson’s ‘The Christmas Toy’.
    The toys that come to life when humans leave the room,and die if they are caught in a position different than the one the human left them in.
    A little dark,but fantastic:)

    • Laci

      The Christmas Toy remains one of my all-time favorites. I really wish they had it on DVD! I still have it on VHS from where my mom recorded it for me when it originally aired.

      • Katie

        They do have The Christmas Toy on DVD. I own it. I think I got it at FYE or some entertainment store like that. Google it. :)

      • kate

        I bought it on DVD at Target two years ago! It’s out there. I loved that special… “Ewwww! It’s Mew!”

      • Molly M M

        They DO have The Christmas Toy on DVD!

      • JB

        We just had this from the library. My daughter LOVED it. So it must be out there somewhere.

      • John T.

        According to the reviews on Amazon.com Kermit is edited out of the DVD version.

      • Brianna

        My favorite Christmas movies are: It’s A Wonderful Life, Love Actually, The Family Man, Nothing Like The Holidays, About A Boy, Four Christmases, and Elf. The Christmas movies that I still need to see that look awesome are: The Preachers Wife, Scrooged, and This Christmas. HaPpY HoLLiDaYs everyone!!!

      • Brianna

        Oh…I forgot to add the movie Batman Returns to my favorites list. Ok I know it doesn’t have the “Christmas heart feeling”, but it was set at Christmas time when Gotham City and its holiday celebrations are under siege by the penguin, a group of circus freaks, and catwomen. Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito are awesome in the movie. The movie is a great thrilling holiday time treat!!!

      • Brianna

        I also forgot to add the movie Jingle All The Way to my favorites list. It’s a entertaining crazy movie that fits in with the crazy holiday time season. And by the way, when I said in my other post that I still need to see the movie The Preachers Wife, I’m talking about the new version(with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston).

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      • Yeah!

        Scrooged and White Christmas

    • Jen

      I was just thinking about that one the other night while watching Rudolph. I loved that one. I used to wonder if my toys came to life when I left the room…lol

      • JBD

        SANTA CLAUSE? BABES IN TOYLAND? Redo this poll!

    • Kat

      HOLY CRAP. I was trying to figure out what this movie was, and I googled it, and BAM! I remembered I used to LOVE this movie. Sorry for the excessive use of caps, but I’m super excited now. Nostalgia! The cute little mouse-shaped cat toy! That crazy new doll! Man, I’ve got to find a copy of that somewhere.

      • Kat

        And now I’ve just remembered this other movie my sister and I used to watch back in the day – Quincy’s Quest! There’s almost too much childhood Christmas nostalgia for me to handle right now. IMDB’s description: It’s the night before Christmas, and all toy store rejects are due to be tossed into the furnace. This includes Quincy, a most lifelike doll. In a last ditch effort to save himself and his “unwanted” chums from incineration, Quincy goes on a long and perilous journey in search of the only one who can save them: Santa Claus.

    • Kate

      JH’s Muppet Family Christmas is my all time fav…not the dvd version with songs cut out but the TV only version which I have taped 3X to make sure we will never be without a copy. Its got everyone, Sesame Street muppets, Muppet Show cast, Fraggle Rock and the last scene is Jim Henson himself washing up the Christmas dinner dishes – always get a little tear when I see him… too young too young.

      • Megan

        Dying for that one to come on DVD!!! ONE OF MY FAVS!!

      • dctoronto

        I love this show. I loved seeing all the Muppets together. I was so ticked when I bought a tape of it in the 90s they had taken out the last part of the slipping on the ice at the front door running gag.

      • Mike

        Kate –

        I have an original copy of A Muppet Family Christmas on VHS, but a few years ago my brother accidently recorded over a portion of it. I, of course, was devastated!

        Is there any way I could get a copy of one of yours? I’d even through a few buck your way! Thanks! :)

    • Suntrap

      One of my absolute favorites! I saw it was on DVD, but heard it didn’t have the opening intro from Kermit (when he’s sitting in the chimney).

    • Mary

      Oh my God!!!! I loved this movie growing up!!! Rugby Tiger and Mew!!! The original Toy Story!!!

    • Jeff M.

      National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has to be the best christmas movie ever what is wrong with you people

    • CDR

      The Christmas Toy IS, indeed, the greatest Christmas movie of all time. They do sell it on DVD. I just purchased it from Amazon a few weeks ago. But, sadly, Kermit is NOT in the DVD version.

    • Peacemaker

      Ahh! I came on here to post about the Christmas Toy because it’s one of my all-time favorites and NO ONE that I know has ever even heard of it. For years whenever I would mention it people thought that I was making it up and that it didn’t really exist. I finally bought the DVD from amazon a few years ago and was able to show everyone that it really exists. I’m so happy to find that other people love this little gem of a movie as much as I do.

  • CJS

    Rudolph and loveActually

  • court

    Such a tough call. I love the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle, but the Muppets, Elf and Love Actually have a warm and fuzzy place in my heart.

    • Liz

      Elf and Love Actually are tied for me. If I want to see a sappy romantic movie I would say Love Actually and if I just want a nice holiday comedy I would say Elf. It’s a toss up.

      • karyn

        I had the same battle, I love both of those movies so much!

    • Tori

      Agreed. But where’s Home Alone? It’s not Christmas to me if I don’t watch Home Alone at least once.

      • Lynn

        Tori, I totally agree. Before I even clicked on the story, I thought to myself, “Home Alone.” It will always be my Christmas movie.

      • Kalie

        I agree.

      • Brian

        Home Alone all the way.

      • Kaylee

        Not even! Everyone knows Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is the best of the Home Alones. Not even kiddin, it is my favorite.

      • Kaylee

        That was supposed to say *Kidding

        Seriously though, Home Alone 2 and the Santa Clause are my favorite Christmas movies.

      • Dan

        Yes, HOME ALONE all the way! Also, JINGLE ALL THE WAY! Arnold and Sinbad are a dynamic duo… ITS TURBO TIME!!!

      • JB

        totally thought home alone should be on the list! Love John Candy and the polka dudes!

      • Scott

        I agree, I love home alone! I have to watch it every year and it has standed the test of time. It cracks me up every time I watch.

      • Lisap

        Completely agreed. Also how is A Charlie Brown Christmas not here? My heart melts just thinking about them all decorating the tree.

    • Michael

      Yeah, choosing just one is hard. Between “Love Actually,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and “Christmas Vacation”…I don’t think I can do it. I also really love “The Holiday.” That wasn’t on the list but it should have been.

      • lisa

        Yes! I love the The Holiday. Such a great Christmas movie to watch.

  • Ben

    Muppet Christmas Carol! I thought for sure it wouldn’t be on the poll. Love Actually is my Christmas Eve movie though.

    • sandd

      I love that they gave a shout out to Muppet Christmas Carol. It is a highly underrated Christmas movie. I watch it every year!

      • Michelle

        Me too! The songs are good and who doesn’t love Michael Caine?

      • Andrea

        For the past ten years or so, my family has made a tradition out of watching the Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. We all pretty much have the movie memorized, but it doesn’t feel like Christmas until we watch it.

      • Sadie

        Ha, Michelle, I totally agree — what’s not to like about a movie with Muppets AND Michael Caine? It was a tough call among this, Elf and Love Actually, though.

      • Liz

        I used to own this sound track. It was the only CD I owned when I was 13 and I would listen to it all the time. Such a cute movie.

      • Melinda

        We also love the Muppets Christmas Carol..Michael Caine is incredible as Scrooge…I always cry when “the love is gone” song comes up..

    • mary q contrary

      I think it’s awesome my top two are in the lead. My brother and I used to watch as many airings of A Christmas Story as we could when they played the marathon every year. Love Actually is one of my favorite ensemble films of all time, and I can’t remember a year since it came out that I haven’t watched it sometime around Christmas.

    • Nat

      I just watched this movie yesterday. I watch it every year…its got great songs, and some genuinely funny moments. I love Gonzo (Dickens) and Rizzo.

  • tvaddict

    Die Hard FTW!!!!!!!!

    • tvgirl48

      My favorite Christmas movie. I’m surprised frankly to see so much love for Love Actually. I love good romcoms, but it’s like watching the first five minutes and the last five minutes of twenty different movies. I guess I like my feel-good holiday spirit from John McClane and Alan Rickman as a villain.

      • Pede

        How can you not love John McClane & Hans Grueber? Another great Christmas movie not on this list is The Ref with Denis Leary & Kevin Spacey. Funniest movie ever!

      • Terry

        Agree with Die Hard and if I feel like something even nastier- The Silent Partner.

    • Robin

      Good call!

    • shundy

      Die Hard is great any time of year

    • John

      Die Hard’s one of the greatest action movies of all time, but I certainly wouldn’t consider it a Christmas movie.

  • DE

    You forgot “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. A true Christmas classic!!

    • dancerindc

      I agree! Where is White Christmas? It’s clearly the best!

    • MK

      Thank you! We used to drop everything when White Christmas was on TV.

    • canuck

      I just saw the stage show and then watched the movie the following night. It’s the first one I watch every year.

    • Claen

      White Christmas is my ultimate favorite. Vermont should be beautiful that time of year – all that snow!

      • Kate

        and I fall asleep counting my blessings :)

      • MK

        Very Vermonty.

    • SueN

      Yep, it wouldn’t be Christmas without White Christmas.

    • steph

      White Christmas is my fave as well!

      • ADC

        If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep…

    • Meghan

      Yes! The absolute best Christmas movie is not even on this list!

      • Emily

        Yes, it is an absolute travesty that White Christmas is not on this list. It has remained a classic for almost 60 years! We watch it every year while putting up the Christmas tree and can quote every line!

    • Katie

      I dont know how this 1 missed the list,but it is the best Christmas movie ever.

    • elr

      White Christmas and A Christmas Carol with George C Scott as Scooge are my Christmas Eve movie watching tradition. After all my cooking and whatnot are done for the day I sit back and watch these two movies. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen singing Sisters.

      • Marcy

        That’s my favorite version of “A Christmas Carol”, too! I can’t miss it! George C. Scott was the best!!

    • warped

      I so agree. Where’s White Christmas? That and Holiday Inn are two of my absolute favorite movies, not just Christmas movies.

      I enjoy movies like Love Actually and Home Alone, but there’s just something about Bing and Christmas time.

    • Elizabeth

      YES! Best Ever!

      “Sisters… sisters…”

    • AT

      I know I saw at least 3 other people mention White Christmas in the other article. This makes me sad. It is a great Christmas movie.

    • Zo

      THANK YOU! Who can forget “White Christmas”?? Even Clark Griswald in “Christmas Vacation” in the list above remembered this film! “We’re gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny-F/c/ing-Kaye!”

      • angelwhiteraven

        That is one of my favorite lines from that movie!
        We even “hide” a squirrel in our Christmas tree. It’s a stuffed animal I don’t want to upset PETA!

      • Brett

        EW’s collective editorial opinions generally stop somewhere around the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. That’s why seminal Christmas classics like the 1951 version of “A Christmas Carol,” 1970’s “Scrooge,” and other classics are ignored in favor of such tripe as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Elf.”

    • Ken A

      I’ve been a fan of this film ever since it came out. Back in 1954 I must have seen this film 5 times and memorized all the songs. Count Your Blessings should have gotten the Best Song Oscar. Ah, the 50s musicals!

    • the girl

      White Christmas is DEFINITELY my FAVORITE Christmas movie, hands down.

    • darcy

      Yes, White Christmas is the best! Bing Crosby cracks me up in that movie. Snow, snow, snow, snow, snoooow

  • Kelly

    It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic. I watched it every year with my parents growing up and continued it on with my boyfriend.

  • Maryann Craven

    A Christmas Carol especially with Alistair Sim

    • Katie

      Definitely the best version! I would have voted for that if it had been on the list. He is a wonderful Scrooge.

    • Sam

      Agreed! By far, the best version!

    • shundy

      George C. Scott!!

    • Mary Anne

      The one with Alistair Sim is the absolute best. You see and feel him change and his joy is heartfelt in the end. The George C. Scott version is second for me, but also good.

    • JLC

      Completely agree. I watch it at least once every year. Believe it or not, Disney’s version from last year also is not half bad. A lot more faithful than the trailers would have had you believe.

  • Xmas fan

    Scrooge (A Christmas Carol in the U.S.) with Alastair Sim. Best Christmas movie ever. End of story. Since it’s not on the list (serious oversight IMO), I voted for It’s A Wonderful Life.

    • TV/Movie Fan

      I love A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) with Alastair Sim as well. Since it’s not the list, I voted for A Christmas Story. It’s A Wonderful Life is excellent.

  • A

    None of the above. The best Christmas movie of all time is White Christmas.

    • Donna Rose

      Absolutely agree!

  • Mattador

    what? no jingle all the way? HOLIDAY CLASSIC! not even joking.

  • T

    Where’s Jingle All the Way?!

    • Kevin

      In the $0.99 bin where it belongs.

      • Suntrap

        That’s really overstating it’s value.

      • Amanda Banana

        O SNAP!

    • tvgirl48

      Oh come on, it’s definitely an underrated classic for the Holidays. My siblings and I LOVED this movie as kids and watched it every year

  • Larry David

    I’m a bitch.

  • Kat

    The Santa Clause… i don’t think there has been a christmas gone by since its release i haven’t watched it. looooove

    • Jessica

      Absolutely! The Santa Clause is fantastic!

    • Stacy

      YESSSSS my absolute favorite.

    • Silv

      How is this not even on the list? It became an instant classic the minute it was released. THE BEST!

    • EPK

      The Santa Clause is my favorite Christmas movie ever! Although Love Actually is my favorite movie of all-time… weird, huh? ;)

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  • Sara

    Black Christmas (1974)

    • katy

      Nice choice! Good anytime of the year, really.

    • Kyle

      THANK YOU! Horror movie buff here and I do like some of the choices, but that one and Gremlins are on my annual watch list!

    • Terry

      But definitely not the terrible remake.

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