Top 5 Christmas Movies


Zach Kaminski

Everyone that celebrates Christmas has their own traditions for the joy-filled holiday, whether it be going to see massive displays of Christmas lights, doing Secret Santa with friends, or decorating their home with lights and blow ups. One thing that I’m sure everyone does universally every year is watch the same Christmas movies we watched as children, bringing us that same joy we experienced year after year when we were younger. 

5:  Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

On paper, Home Alone 2 probably shouldn’t be a good movie. It just takes the first movie’s plot and puts Kevin in New York instead of a Chicago suburb. However, the change of setting works, despite the plot being the same. It allows for the finale of the movie to be even bigger than the first movie. 

4: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This movie is a staple of Christmas for me. The portrayal of The Grinch by Jim Carrey is amazing and easily the best part of the movie. The set designs of Whoville are distinguished. The lighting and sets are vibrant and just give off an amazing Christmas look and feel. The entire town is covered in snow and Christmas lights, with every house and building decorated. Not to mention the town Christmas tree. Sadly, the designs of The Whos don’t hold up for me when I rewatch it now that I’m older. They just look too fake.

3: Home Alone

Home Alone is one of the first movies I remember watching as a kid. This is one of the highest grossing Christmas movies of all time, and for good reason. It puts together a really entertaining story premise, and executes it really well to where you’re never bored while watching it. The characters are all amazing and memorable, and the movie is funny too. I can watch it now that I’m older and still laugh and have a good time.

2: Gremlins

Gremlins is sort of the oddball of this list. Gremlins serves as both a Christmas and Halloween movie. You can watch it on either holiday and enjoy it for that day. It is a kids’ horror movie (by that I mean it’s a horror movie, but it’s only rated PG) set on Christmas. The idea and execution of the movie are great with a lot of creativity and passion behind it.

1: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Without a doubt, I think Christmas Vacation is the best Christmas movie of all time. It is the only Christmas movie I will watch all year round. I saw it when I was a kid, and have loved it ever since. It’s humorous, the characters are all funny and have their own time to shine. The movie uses every scene and shot perfectly, always keeping the viewer entertained.