The Best (and worst) Christmas Movies of all Time

Olivia Griffin, Staff Reporter


20. Silent Night, Deadly Night – A disturbed teen dresses up as Santa and goes on an ax-wielding killing spree. What next, a terrorist dressed up as the Easter Bunny?

19. Santa’s Slay – In this film, it is revealed that Santa Claus is actually a demon who returns to his evil ways. New rule for filmmakers: Horror movie + holiday themed plot = disaster.

17. Fred Claus – Don’t even waste your time watching this.

16. Deck the Halls– It may have a talented cast, but this movie’s overall plot is stupid, cheesy, and a waste of two hours that you will never get back.

15. Christmas with the Kranks – More proof that some Christmas comedies should never be viewed by the general public.

14. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause – a painfully dreadful waste of two hours that I will never get back.

13. Four Christmases – A waste of a Reese Witherspoon’s talent. And another new rule for filmmakers: Vince Vaughn + holiday themed plot = yet another disaster.

12. The Nativity Story – It could have been a great film, but too many wrong decisions that made the film dull and boring.

11. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York – It’s the same cute tricks as the first movie, but seriously, these parents should be arrested for child neglect after losing their ten year old not once, but twice.

10. The Santa Clause – for once, a good Christmas family comedy.

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas – it’s really cliché, but still fairly cute.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – whichever version of Dr. Seuss’ Christmas tale you watch, both will leave you with a cheerful feeling inside.

7. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer – it’s by far the cutest, most family friendly Christmas movie

6. Polar Express – it’s every child’s dream – to travel to the North Pole by train and meet Santa Claus himself.

5. Home Alone – It’s pure cute innocent fun.

4. A Christmas Carol (1971 adaptation) – going against the norm of a completely happy and cheerful Christmas tale, the Dickens’ classic is meaningful and a must-see for all ages.

4. Saturday Night Live Holiday Special – Okay, it’s not a true “holiday movie”, but it is good enough to be on this list. Adam Sandler’s “Hanukah Song” might be the best holiday song ever.

3. A Christmas Story – All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but he faces challenges when his parents, teachers, and even Santa Claus tells him “You’ll shoot your eye out!” It’s a must see Christmas classic.

2. Elf – Will Ferrell + elf costume = hilariousness.

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Maybe it’s just that the Griswolds completely reminds me of my crazy family, but this has to be the best Christmas movie of all time. It’s a crazy season for the Griswold family, complete with fighting in-laws, over-the-top Christmas lights, fried pussy cat, the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, and, most hilarious, an unexpected visit from none other than Cousin Eddy!