Christmas Movie Marathon

It’s that time of the year for watching your favorite holiday movies.  In my opinion, these are the best Christmas movies and are worthy of a holiday movie marathon.  Putting this list together has made me realize that I have a bit of an obsession with New York in the 1990’s.  I guess I should ask Santa for a time machine for Christmas.

Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 

Poor Kevin.  First, he gets left home alone and has to defend his home from the Wet Bandits while his family flies to Paris for Christmas.  Next, he gets on the wrong plane and goes to New York instead of Florida with his family.  The second movie is my favorite, and as I child, dreamed about visiting the Plaza Hotel and the fictional but oh-so-magical Duncan’s Toy Chest.


All I Want for Christmas

All brother and sister Ethan and Hallie want for Christmas is for their divorced parents to get back together.  Only problem is that their mom just got engaged to someone else.  This is another film that fuels my infatuation with the Big Apple.  I really wanted to be Hallie.


Buddy was raised in the North Pole, but when he learns that he is adopted and that his real father is on the naughty list, Buddy sets off for New York.  An incredibly quotable movie that always makes me laugh.

12 Men of Christmas

Cheesy, Lifetime movies are a must for the holiday season.  When a New York publicist loses her job and fiance at an office Christmas party, she moves to a small, Montana town and decides to produce a naked calendar to raise funds for the search-and-rescue station.

Little Women

Technically, this is not a Christmas movie, but it came out around Christmas and has Christmas scenes, so I think it counts.  Four sisters grow up and learn about life and love.

Miracle on 34th Street

Returning to my obsession with 90’s Christmas movies set in New York, this retelling of what it means to believe is a favorite.  Is Kriss Kringle really Santa Clause or just a crazy old man?  Sometimes you just have to believe.

The Santa Clause

Divorced dad, Scott Calvin, accidentally kills Santa and has to take over the big man’s job, but turning into Santa creates more problems for a man desperately trying to connect with his son.  I always thought that this North Pole looked like a lot of fun.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Can you go wrong with the Muppets? I don’t think so.

White Christmas

You didn’t think I’d forget this one, did you?  Two Army pals follow two sisters to Vermont and run into their old Army general who runs a struggling inn.

What are your favorite Christmas movies?


  1. Ashley, I haven’t seen some of these- I’ll have to check them out! White Christmas is such a beautiful classic.

    I guess my all-time favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Cause I’m so sophisticated and all. 😉 I also really like Home for the Holidays (1995).

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  2. I have seen all of these and I love Home Alone 2 because it has Tim Curry. And it stands alone as a great movie too. Most sequels aren’t that much fun. The 3rd one, though? Better to skip.
    My favorites are It’s a Wonderful Life and Love Actually. One new(ish).
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  3. Great idea, this is such a fun post. When it comes to Christmas movies I like Christmas with the Kranks. I totally need to watch that soon.