Must See Family Christmas movie marathon checklist

Must Watch Christmas Movies

It’s no secret Christmas is my favourite time of year. To be honest, I am the type of person that would happily move to the North Pole hang out with Santa making toys all day, singing Christmas carols at the top of my lungs and eating way too much Ginger Bread. As I can’t do that, I like to do the next best thing. A Christmas Movie Marathon. You know camping out in the lounge room with blankets and pillows, fruit and cheese platters, a few little treats, a pot of tea and all phones turned off or switched to silent.

Being  6mths mths pregnant with our third and having a pretty rough pregnancy this time round I decided this year I would not only create a family Christmas movie checklist but also one just for me for when the kids are in bed or off on a playdate and I just want some down time. Feet up in front of the telly with the aircon running (ha! a mamma can dream, right?)

So, without further ado, here are my lists. The Top 5 Adult Christmas movies and Top 5 Family Christmas movies. Happy Christmas Movie watching!

TOP 5 Christmas movies FOR THE ADULTS:

  1. The Holiday – 2006 – Comedy/ Romance
    Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black
  2. Four Christmases – 2008 – Comedy, Drama, Romance
    Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen
  3. The Family Stone 2005 – Comedy, Drama, Romance
    Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton
  4. Love Actually – 2003 ‧ Comedy-drama/Drama
    Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson
  5. The Family Man – 2000 – Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
    Starring: Nicolas Cage, Téa Leoni, Don Cheadle

TOP 5Christmas movies FOR THE KIDS:

  1. Elf – 2003 – Comedy, Family, Fantasy 7+ yrs. PG
    Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart 
  2. Arthur Christmas – 2011 – Animation, Adventure, Comedy 5+ yrs. PG
    Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
  3. Santa Claus – 1994 Comedy, Drama, Family 9+ yrs. PG
    Starring Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
    (The Santa Clause 2 – 2002 Comedy,Fantasy, Family 5+ yrs. G
    Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell)
  4. Prancer – 1989 Drama, Family, Fantasy
    Starring: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda
  5. Miracle on 34th Street – 1994 Family, Fantasy 6+ yrs. PG
    Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, Mara Wilson

Our list would not be complete without a few other notable mentions that were recently listed and discussed on our Facebook Page with our followers.


  • Home Alone
  • Polar Express
  • The Grinch
  • Blizzard
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • The Night before Christmas
  • The Muppets Christmas
  • Jingle All the Way
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Jack Frost
  • Scrooged
  • National lampoons Christmas vacation
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Bad Santa
  • It’s a Wonderful Life

Was your favourite Christmas movie on one of the lists? Let me know below if I have missed it!

Feel like a different kind of movie night? Check out or Top 10 Family Movie from the 80’s list or Top 10 Family Movie from the 90’s list.


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20 thoughts on “Must Watch Christmas Movies

  1. Amy - The Rolling Baby says:

    There’s some great movies here. We’ve only watched Four Christmases so far this year – we definitely need to watch some more asap! #TheListLinky

  2. Kel K says:

    Some great movies here! But my favourite is missing – Fred Claus! I do love Vince Vaughn, so Four Christmases is another fave! #thelistlinky

  3. Brianne Tursi Manz says:

    Elf and both Santa Clause movies are our favorites. We could watch them all year, but would rather wait until the official start of the holiday season. It just makes watching them that much more special.

  4. bryanna says:

    we try to watch loads of Christmas films across December – Elf is a favourite of mine I’ll admit! was so nice to see Prancer on the list as it’s not often mentioned x

  5. Natasha Mairs - Serenity You says:

    My favourite Christmas films are Elf and it’s a Wonderful life. I have never heard of the Family Man or The Family Stone. Will have to look out for them

  6. Rebecca Smith says:

    I’ve seen quite a few on these lists but you’ve given me some new ones (to me!) to watch too! Love Christmas movies especially the Muppets Christmas Carol and Love Actually.

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