Classic Holiday Movies

I don’t know about you, but the holiday season is my very favorite time of year. I look forward to all the sights, sounds, and smells that bring back my cherished memories from Christmases past.


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6 Classic Holiday Movies


One of the ways I like to enjoy the season is by watching holiday movies. I know that The Hallmark Channel is all the rage right now, showing constant Christmas movies for months leading up to the holidays, but I prefer the old classics.


There is nothing I enjoy more than being snuggled up in a cozy blanket next to a crackling fire with a cup of hot cocoa watching timeless holiday films. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the season doesn’t allow me much time to curl up and enjoy the Christmas movies as often as I’d like, so I make sure I squeeze them in somehow. I’ll have them on in the background while I bake cookies, or wrap gifts, or write out my Christmas cards. This way, I can still experience the happiness they bring me, even if I can’t devote my undivided attention to them.


My top six holiday classic movies


All of these movies, at the time of this posting, are available through Amazon Prime Video. If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime Video account (included with an Amazon Prime membership), then you can get a 30-day free trial here.




1.  Holiday Affair (1949)


This charming movie is probably the least well known on my list, but that doesn’t mean it should be passed over. It stars Janet Leigh as a young, widowed mother that finds herself in a surprising love triangle during the Christmas season in New York City. Robert Mitchum and Wendell Corey are her love interests.


2.  White Christmas (1954)


This musical comedy features the music of Irving Berlin and stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. They are war vets turned entertainers, and they team up with fellow entertainer sisters Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen at a sleepy New England resort where they find their old army general in need of some Christmas help.  


3.  The Shop Around the Corner (1940)


This classic film finds James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan working as clerks in the same shop, and constantly at odds with each other. What they don’t know is, they are romantic pen pals with one another. This movie lead the way for it’s modern-day counterpart You’ve Got Mail.  


4.  Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


This movie will turn anyone into a believer.  Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a Macy’s department store Santa, that wins over the customers and the hearts of Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood.


5.  It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)


This may be the most beloved holiday movie of all time. It stars James Stewart and Donna Reed, and follows the life of George Bailey, whom things don’t go according to plan for. When George wishes he’d never been born, he soon realizes how important he is to so many people. 


6.  A Christmas Carol (1951)


There are quite a few versions of this Charles Dickens’ classic, but this is the most definitive, in my opinion. The cranky businessman Ebenezer Scrooge is brilliantly portrayed by Alastair Sim. 



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