The gifts have been opened, the wrapping paper thrown away. Now it’s time to huddle around the TV and enjoy a traditional holiday movie. From yuletide classics (It’s a Wonderful Life) to feel-good romcoms (Love Actually) and even a surprise action flick, they’ve offered up many entertaining ways to spend your Christmas morning.

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    This is a classic in the Zalopany home. It’s hilarious and such a disaster—it gives a little perspective when my family’s squabbles begin.

  2. White Christmas

    There’s just something about watching Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye that means the holidays are finally here. Maybe it’s the cross-dressing number where they pretend to be the Haynes sisters—nothing says holiday spirit quite like helping two gorgeous strangers escape the landlord, right?

  3. It’s a Wonderful Life


  4. Love Actually

    You know the holidays are coming when you see Keira Knightley in her best wedding crop top and feathers in Love Actually. Add Hugh Grant as prime minister and Bill Nighy as the lovable rock star and the results are epic (and festive)!

  5. A Charlie Brown Christmas

  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas

    This nightmarish takes on a completely non-classic Christmas story.

  7. Home Alone


  8. The Holiday

    The idea of swaping your house at Christmas time only to find that a change of address can change your perspective on seeing your life.

  9. Meet Me in St Louis

    The loneliness and trepidation of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”! Oh, and also, because Judy!

  10. Elf

    If you don’t laugh out loud when Will Ferrell is run over by a New York City cab, then you are most definitely a Christmas scrooge.


From silly Santas to shoot-outs in the snow, let’s cozy up your Christmas with these top holiday classic Christmas movies.