A&E’s Top Christmas Movies

1. A Christmas Story

Is Christmas ever really what we imagine it to be? In this comedy, Ralphie Parker narrates what he believes will be the best Christmas ever—but it becomes one of the most stressful instead. Filled with bullies, leg-shaped lamps and, of course, Ralphie’s never-ending battle to get the one gift he wants more than anything, this movie is full of iconic scenes and relatable scenarios that many can  empathize with during the holiday season.

 

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2. It’s a Wonderful Life

Christmas Eve, 1945. A time when everyone is full of cheer—except for George Bailey. George contemplates suicide at the start of this classic film, but thankfully his guardian angel is there to rescue him, using A Christmas Carol-esque flashbacks to reveal what could have been if George had never been born. A truly heartwarming story, this beloved movie is a simple and truly compassionate story to be enjoyed with friends and family.

 

 

3. Polar Express

What if you could take a trip to meet Santa Claus himself? When a mysterious train claiming to be able to travel to the North Pole on Christmas night starts arriving at children’s doorsteps, the children embark on an adventure to meet Saint Nick. They work together to get to Santa’s Workshop in time to see who receives the “first gift of Christmas”—a gift more treasured than any colorfully wrapped box—and, in the end, discover how to believe in Santa Claus.

 

4. Miracle on 34th Street

Santa Claus is real—or is he? This movie tells the story of a certain Kris Kringle who takes on the job as a Macy’s Department Store Santa in order to help spread holiday cheer to children and adults alike. At first, those who meet him are delighted by his efforts, but soon, his enthusiasm is perceived as dementia when he begins to insist that he really is Santa Claus. Kringle’s story takes a turn for the worst when he goes to court in order to testify that he is the real Santa Claus and to prove that his true purpose is to spread holiday cheer. This movie has been a classic for decades and won’t disappoint.

 

5. Home Alone

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If you think spending a night at home by yourself is fun, try staying for all of Christmas! Kevin McCallister is given that opportunity when his family accidentally leaves him behind in a rush to leave for vacation, but not everything is as wondrous as Kevin believes it to be. Battling thick-headed thieves who are trying to break into his house, as well as the isolation of being alone for Christmas, Kevin’s wits are put to the test to see if he can survive every twist and turn before the thieves catch up and if he’ll be able to see his family home again for Christmas. A movie that you will watch over and over again for Christmas, Home Alone will keep you laughing up until the very end.

 

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Christmas takes a spooky turn in this movie as Jack Skellington of Halloween Town tries to take over the jolly holiday. After stumbling into Christmas Town, Jack is amazed by what he finds there and brings the holiday cheer to his own ghostly friends as they prepare for the day that they plan to steal Christmas. Complete with both chilling and enthralling musical numbers and dark animation sequences, this Christmas movie will captivate you and put a smile on your face just in time for the holidays.

 

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