TAG24’s Ultimate Christmas Movie List: Here’s What Our Writers Chose
By Elyse Johnson
Gather around the fireplace as the TAG24 team share their favorite holiday movies!
We love Christmas movies as much as everyone else. From classics to modern must-haves, it’s just not that time of year without some good ol ‘party fun.
But there are certain films that have a special place in each of our hearts.
From endearing romantic comedies to oldies that can be watched every year – the team at TAG24 have come together to share their favorite Christmas movies and specials.
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Snuggle up with a healthy trendy Christmas tide and check out TAG24’s ultimate Christmas movie list.
Danny Coposescu – The Snowman (1982)
If you ever hear The Snowman referred to as a “symphonic poem” – enough to elicit a pretty massive eye roll – don’t be put off by the pretension.
This absolute gem of an animation is one of the most spellbinding, emotional, and memorable visions you have ever had.
The massive amount of Christmas magic wrapped up in just 28 minutes of run time makes it, IMHO, the best vacation deal ever. This is no exaggeration.
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It’s a British public television production that managed to land an Oscar nomination, and even people who haven’t seen it may be familiar with its creepy centerpiece – Walking in the Air.
If you don’t mind being reduced to a mess, as I always am, no matter how many times I see it, search for yourself on YouTube and settle in for a short film like no other. . “
Taylor Kamnetz – Elf (2003)
There shouldn’t even be a debate about what the greatest Christmas movie of all time is, as it’s undoubtedly Elf starring Will Ferrell.
Buddy the elf’s childlike state of “ignorance is bliss” really carries the movie from start to finish.
Not to mention, it’s a far cry from your prototypical Christmas movie that is immersed in a sappy love affair with a hint of “Christmas magic” in the air.
From the days when Buddy bonded with his new best friend in his father’s office building mail room calling Santa a “cotton-headed boob,” this movie is made of little moments to get a light laugh or two this holiday season.
Lena Grotticelli – Love Makes It (2003)
My favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually.
I watch it every Christmas – and shamelessly, sometimes throughout the year.
The Hugh Grant story is my favorite of all, but they all blend seamlessly together.
I laugh out loud whenever Grant’s bodyguard starts to join him in singing Christmas carols at the insistent request of three persuasive children.
Plus, Emma Thompson’s performance in the film is worthy and heartbreaking. The film’s ending at a local elementary school ties into it all.
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Tanesha Bridenback – Santa Claus Comes to Town (1970)
My favorite Christmas movie is Santa Claus is Comin ‘to Town.
It’s my favorite movie because it’s so old-fashioned, and in such a fast-paced world, it was one of the movies I used to sit down and enjoy with my family.
This was one of the movies we all gathered to watch and it would feel like a normal, healthy Christmas – like nothing in the world was wrong.
It also has some really uplifting messages so it really embodies the idea of what the Christmas spirit is all about.
William Phelps – The Holidays (2006)
The Holidays is my favorite Christmas movie.
It does it all, the soundtrack is beautiful and the cast takes me every time.
Love stories are wacky, cute, and well played. Speaking of acting, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Jude Law crush him with vulnerability, humor and passion perfectly mixed.
This movie is a comfortable choice for your vacation viewing pleasure.
Kaitlyn Kennedy – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
My favorite vacation movie is It’s a Wonderful Life.
It’s the first old black and white movie I’ve ever seen, and they’ve had a special magic for me ever since.
Like George Bailey, I’ve always been the type of person who wanted to go everywhere and see everything. George’s struggle to find joy and meaning in life despite not being on the path he envisioned strikes particularly near his home as we face another party dominated by the pandemic of Covid-19.
It’s also a great example of ordinary people coming together to conquer powerful business interests!
Elyse Johnson – A Christmas Story (1983)
Finally, my favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story.
Every year my parents, sister and I would watch this movie all day while eating Christmas dinner.
It is a tradition that I hope to carry on with my own family in the future.
Plus, just like the main character Ralphie and his chaotic family, we’ve also had our fair share of hilarious incidents over the holidays.
But the message behind the film is something that stays with me as an adult.
Holidays just aren’t the same, unless you spend them with your loved ones.
From our TAG24 family to yours, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO / Ronald Grant & Everett Collection & United Archives & Cinema Publishers Collection