24 Best Christmas Movies and Cartoons

Santa ClausPart of living a healthy lifestyle is getting the proper amount of rest and relaxation. Without rest our bodies can not recover from stress, and we end up getting sick.

One method of relaxation that I frequently use, is watching movies. I personally love the horror and sci-fi genres, but a good comedy is always welcome.

During the Christmas and Holiday season I love to watch the traditional Holiday movies that I grew up with as a kid like The Christmas Story, as well as some of the excellent newer flicks like Bad Santa, and some unpopular films that I personally love like Ernest Saves Christmas.

Updated for 2016!

Warning: some of the videos below (like Bad Santa) contain R-rated content. Don’t view them if you are easily offended.

Movies you should see every holiday season:

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Rated PG-13
  2. Bad Santa (2003) Rated R
  3. Fred Claus (2007) Rated PG
  4. Elf (2003) Rated PG
  5. Jingle All the Way (1996) Rated PG
    Extra points for a Schwarzenegger flick!
  6. Die Hard (1988) Rated R
  7. The Santa Clause (1994) Rated PG
    Also see the two sequels!
  8. A Christmas Story (1983) Rated PG
  9. Home Alone (1990) Rated PG
    Another one with a couple great sequels
  10. A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Rated Ghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NA-JJ10lqQ
  11. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Rated PG
  12. Scrooged (1988) Rated PG-13
  13. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) Rated PG
  14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action Jim Carrey version 2011) Rated PG

Holiday Cartoons

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Rated G
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version 1966) Rated G
  • A Garfield Christmas Special (1987) Rated G

For You Horror Movie Fans

Santa Slay

Granted, we’re not talking about Halloween here, but some of us are year-round Die-Hard horror movie fans. I am one of them and if you are too, then this list is for you.

Selections range from the more mainstream Krampus, to the underrated Finnish indie flick Rare Exports, and even features Bill Goldberg playing old Kris Kringle in Santa Slay. William Shatner makes an appearance in A Christmas Horror Story, and be sure to check out Silent Night, Deadly Night if you like those old 80’s slasher flicks. This one specifically was banned in theaters!

  • Krampus (2015) Rated PG-13
    Probably one of the highest quality, mainstream Xmas horror movies ever made
  • A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Rated PG-13
    Extra points for William Shatner!
  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Rated R
  • Black Christmas (original – 1974, remake – 2006) Rated R
    The Original
    The Remake
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)Rated RThis movie was banned from the theaters in 1984 and release unedited on VHS in 1986. It was scheduled to be remade for Christmas 2008, but never made it into production. Here’s hoping we see Silent Night, Deadly Night directed by Rob Zombie in Christmas 2009.

    Also has 4 sequels of decreasing quality.

    This also has a remake from 2012.

  • Santa’s Slay (2005)Rated R

Let me know what you all think about these flicks by leaving comments!

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7 Responses to “24 Best Christmas Movies and Cartoons”

  1. Wow! What a great list with many of my favorite Holiday Christmas Movies! I always look forward to: ELF! Charlie Brown Christmas, The Santa Clause Series, Christmas with the Kranks, Deck the Halls, the Grinch, and of course, Christmas Vacation!

  2. I would rather not to choose any Christmas horror movie because Christmas is for happiness. I like the last video in the first list, Garfield movie. Garfield has been my favorite cartoon character during my early years. I think it is a good idea to spend time to check all of these movies.

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