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23 OF BEST NOSTALGIC HOLIDAY MOVIES YOU NEED TO WATCH

December 14, 2023

Get ready to cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and a blanket, because we’ve rounded up the 23 of best nostalgic holiday movies you need to watch, that will transport you back to the warm and fuzzy moments of yesteryears. From timeless classics to heartwarming tales, these movies are the perfect companions to make your holiday season extra merry and bright. So, grab your loved ones, gather around the TV and let the holiday nostalgia begin! 🎄🍿✨

1. TO GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE WE GO (1992)

Is a heartwarming and festive tale that follows two mischievous twin sisters, eager for holiday excitement. Frustrated with their single mom’s hectic schedule, the adventurous duo sets off on a solo journey to visit their beloved grandmother for Christmas. As they embark on this comical and unpredictable adventure, encountering various challenges along the way, the film explores themes of family, love and the true meaning of Christmas. Packed with laughter, warmth and unexpected twists, “To Grandmother’s House We Go” is a delightful holiday movie that captures the spirit of the season.

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2. ELF (2003)

Is a whimsical and heartwarming holiday comedy that tells the tale of Buddy, a human who, as a baby, accidentally ends up at the North Pole and is raised by Santa’s elves. Unaware of his true identity, the towering and overly cheerful Buddy discovers he is not like the other elves. Determined to find his real father in New York City, Buddy embarks on a fish-out-of-water journey filled with comedic misadventures and infectious Christmas spirit. As Buddy spreads joy and Christmas cheer, he teaches those around him the true meaning of the holiday. Packed with humor, warmth, and a touch of magic, “Elf” has become a modern classic that brings laughter and festive joy to audiences of all ages.

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3. CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)

Is a classic holiday comedy that follows the calamitous misadventures of the Griswold family as they attempt to create the perfect Christmas. Led by the well-meaning but accident-prone patriarch, Clark Griswold, the family’s holiday plans quickly spiral into a series of hysterical and chaotic events. From over-the-top decorations to unexpected houseguests and a disastrous Christmas dinner, the film captures the humor and challenges of the holiday season. Fueled by Chevy Chase’s iconic performance as Clark, “Christmas Vacation” has become a beloved tradition for audiences, offering a hilarious and relatable take on the highs and lows of celebrating Christmas with loved ones.

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4. THE GRINCH

“DR. SEUSS” HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! (1966)

                                                                             Original Animated Version:

Is a timeless animated classic that brings to life the story of the Grinch, a green and grouchy creature with a heart two sizes too small. Voiced by the legendary Boris Karloff, the Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the cheerful who’s of Whoville. With its whimsical animation, catchy songs and Dr. Seuss’s signature rhymes, this 1966 adaptation captures the essence of the beloved children’s book. The Grinch’s journey from a holiday hater to understanding the true spirit of Christmas makes this short film a heartwarming and enduring holiday favorite.

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HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)

Live-Action Adaptation:

 Jim Carrey brings the iconic character to life with his comedic flair. Directed by Ron Howard, this version delves deeper into the Grinch’s backstory, exploring his childhood and the reasons behind his disdain for Christmas. Carrey’s over-the-top performance, elaborate sets and imaginative storytelling add a new dimension to the classic tale. Despite some creative liberties, the film retains the heartwarming message of love and redemption, making it a visually extravagant and entertaining take on Dr. Seuss’s timeless story.

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5. HOME ALONE (1990)


Is a beloved film franchise that began with the original classic in 1990. The first movie follows 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation for Christmas. Kevin’s ingenuity and resourcefulness are put to the test as he defends his home against two burglars using a series of hilarious and creative traps.

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The success of the original led to a series of sequels:

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Kevin finds himself separated from his family once again, this time navigating the bustling streets of New York City while outsmarting the same burglars, Harry and Marv.

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Home Alone 3 (1997)

In this installment, a new character named Alex Pruitt (played by Alex D. Linz) finds himself home alone, defending a top-secret microchip from a group of international criminals.

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Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002)

A made-for-television movie featuring a different cast, this installment follows Kevin as his parents are about to divorce and he once again finds himself battling burglars.

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Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (2012)

The fifth installment introduces a new family in a different setting, where young Finn Baxter must protect his home from thieves using a high-tech security system.

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6. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (2018)

Is a enchanting ballet that has become a holiday classic. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale, it follows the whimsical journey of Clara, a young girl, on Christmas Eve. When her mysterious uncle Drosselmeyer gifts her a magical nutcracker doll, Clara is transported into a magical realm of fantasy and wonder. The Nutcracker comes to life, leading Clara through a series of enchanted lands, including the iconic Land of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing score accompanies the graceful and dazzling dance performances, making “The Nutcracker” a timeless celebration of the joy, magic and spirit of the holiday season.

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7. A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

Is a heartwarming and whimsical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, brought to life by the beloved Muppets. Starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly old man who despises Christmas, the film takes a unique and entertaining approach to the timeless story. As Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, familiar Muppet characters, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, play key roles in teaching him the true meaning of the holiday. Filled with humor, catchy musical numbers and the Muppets’ signature charm, “A Muppet Christmas Carol” is a delightful and family-friendly festive treat that captures the spirit of generosity, redemption and joy.

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8. BARBIE THE NUTCRACKER (2001)

Is a charming animated film that brings a magical twist to the classic Nutcracker tale. Starring Barbie as Clara, the story unfolds as she receives a beautiful nutcracker as a gift on Christmas Eve. To her surprise, the nutcracker comes to life and together, they embark on a fantastical journey through the enchanted Snow Queen’s realm to save the Sugar Plum Princess. Filled with dazzling visuals, delightful characters, and a touch of holiday magic, “Barbie in the Nutcracker” is a family-friendly adventure that captures the spirit of the season, sprinkled with Barbie’s signature charm and warmth.

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9. A CHRISTMAS TOY (1986)

Is a heartwarming and imaginative tale that unfolds in the magical world of toys. When the toys in a shop come to life on Christmas Eve, they eagerly anticipate being chosen by children to become their new playmates. The story follows a brave toy named Rugby the tiger, who embarks on an adventurous journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of being cherished by a child. Filled with enchanting characters, festive spirit and valuable lessons, “A Christmas Toy” is a delightful family-friendly film that captures the wonder and joy of the holiday season through the eyes of toys that come to life.

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10. NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)

Is a darkly enchanting stop-motion animated film that weaves a unique holiday tale. The story revolves around Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who stumbles upon Christmas Town and becomes captivated by the joy and wonder of the holiday. Determined to bring Christmas to his gloomy realm, Jack’s well-intentioned plans go awry, leading to a series of comical and spooky misadventures. With memorable characters, hauntingly beautiful animation and a whimsical soundtrack by Danny Elfman, this film is a visually stunning and atmospheric journey that blurs the lines between Halloween and Christmas, creating a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.

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11. A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) 

Is a nostalgic and comedic journey into the holiday season, capturing the essence of childhood dreams and the quirks of family traditions. Set in the 1940s, the film revolves around young Ralphie Parker, who dreams of receiving a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Narrated by an adult Ralphie, the story unfolds with humor and heart as Ralphie navigates the challenges of school, bullies and the skepticism of adults who warn him, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Filled with iconic moments, from the leg lamp to the infamous bunny suit, “A Christmas Story” is a timeless and endearing classic that resonates with audiences as it celebrates the magic, trials, and joy of the holiday season.

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12. ANNABELLE’S WISH (1997)

Is  a heartwarming animated tale that centers around a young calf named Annabelle who dreams of becoming one of Santa’s reindeer. Set in a rural farm town, the story unfolds as Annabelle befriends a mute boy named Billy. Miraculously, Annabelle discovers she has the ability to speak on Christmas Eve. Determined to fulfill Billy’s holiday wish of hearing her voice, Annabelle sets out on an extraordinary journey with her farm animal friends. Filled with themes of friendship, kindness and the magic of Christmas, “Annabelle’s Wish” is a touching and family-friendly film that captures the spirit of the season through the eyes of a lovable and determined little calf.

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13. POLAR EXPRESS (2004)

 

Is a magical and heartwarming animated film that follows a young boy on a thrilling adventure on Christmas Eve. After boarding a mysterious train, known as the Polar Express, he journeys to the enchanting North Pole along with other wide-eyed children. Guided by the charismatic Conductor, voiced by Tom Hanks, the train whisks them through snowy landscapes and delivers them to the magical realm of Santa Claus. Filled with breathtaking visuals, memorable characters and a message of the power of belief, “The Polar Express” is a timeless holiday classic that captures the joy and wonder of Christmas for audiences of all ages.

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14. THE MISTLE-TONES (2012)

 

Is a festive and musical holiday film that centers around Holly, a talented singer who is denied the chance to join the prestigious local Christmas singing group, The Snow Belles. Undeterred, Holly decides to form her own competing group, The Mistle-Tones, to prove her worth and bring a new spark to the town’s holiday traditions. As the two groups prepare for a Christmas Eve sing-off, the film combines heartwarming moments with catchy musical performances, spreading the joy of the season. “The Mistle-Tones” is a feel-good and harmonious celebration of friendship, determination, and the magic of Christmas.

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15. CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS (2004)

Is a festive and comedic holiday film that follows the Kranks, a couple played by Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, as they attempt to skip Christmas and embark on a tropical vacation. However, their plan takes an unexpected turn when their daughter decides to come home for the holidays at the last minute. The Kranks scramble to transform their holiday-less house into a winter wonderland, encountering comical mishaps and neighborly surprises along the way. Filled with laughter, chaos and a heartwarming message about the true meaning of Christmas, “Christmas with the Kranks” is a lighthearted and entertaining addition to the holiday movie lineup.

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16. THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994)

 

Is a heartwarming holiday comedy starring Tim Allen. The film follows Scott Calvin, a divorced dad, who inadvertently becomes Santa Claus when he puts on the suit of the man who accidentally fell off his roof. Initially resistant to the idea, Scott soon discovers he must take on the responsibilities of St. Nick, including delivering presents and managing the North Pole. As he navigates his new role, Scott learns about the magic of Christmas and the importance of belief. Filled with humor, fantasy, and touching moments, “The Santa Clause” is a delightful family film that captures the spirit of Christmas in a unique and charming way.

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The Santa Clause was successful and led to two sequels:

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

In this sequel, Scott Calvin faces a new challenge. He discovers that he must find a Mrs. Claus to remain Santa or lose his role forever. At the same time, he has to deal with his rebellious son, who is on the naughty list.

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

The third installment introduces Jack Frost as the main antagonist. Scott has to contend with Frost’s mischief while also dealing with the challenges of being Santa Claus. The plot involves time travel and explores the consequences of using the “Escape Clause” from the original Santa Clause.

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17. JINGLE ALL THE WAY (1996)

Is a hilarious and festive comedy that follows Howard Langston, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, on a madcap quest to find the elusive Turbo-Man action figure for his son on Christmas Eve. As the clock ticks down, Howard embarks on a chaotic adventure through a frenzied and competitive holiday shopping landscape. Along the way, he encounters a rival dad, played by Sinbad, and faces a series of comedic misadventures. Fueled by slapstick humor and a heartfelt message about the true meaning of Christmas, “Jingle All the Way” is a spirited and entertaining holiday film that captures the chaos and joy of the festive season.

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18. I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (1998)

Is a heartwarming holiday comedy that follows Jake Wilkinson, played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, as he embarks on a cross-country journey to make it home for Christmas dinner. The catch? His estranged father promised him a vintage Porsche if he makes it in time. Facing a series of comedic obstacles and unexpected challenges, Jake learns about the importance of family, friendship, and the true spirit of Christmas along the way. Filled with humor, warmth, and a dash of holiday magic, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a feel-good film that captures the joy of coming together during the festive season.

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19. JACK FROST (1998)

Is a touching and whimsical family film that tells the story of musician and loving father Jack Frost, played by Michael Keaton. After an unfortunate accident, Jack is given a second chance at life when he is magically transformed into a snowman. Determined to mend his relationship with his son Charlie, Jack embarks on a heartwarming and snow-filled adventure to make things right. Filled with laughter, music, and poignant moments, “Jack Frost” is a tale of love, family, and the magic of believing in the extraordinary, even during the coldest of seasons.

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20. MIXED NUTS (1994)

Is a zany and festive comedy that unfolds during Christmas Eve at a crisis hotline center. Starring Steve Martin, the film follows the quirky and dysfunctional staff as they navigate a series of comedic mishaps and unexpected challenges while trying to bring holiday cheer to their callers. With a mix of offbeat characters, hilarious situations, and a touch of heartwarming chaos, “Mixed Nuts” is a lighthearted exploration of the ups and downs of the holiday season, ultimately celebrating the resilience and camaraderie found in the most unexpected places.

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21. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 

Is a timeless holiday classic that revolves around a man named Kris Kringle who claims to be the real Santa Claus. When he is hired to be the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa, he sparks both skepticism and belief. The story unfolds as Kris’s authenticity is put to the legal test in a courtroom, where a young lawyer and a little girl work to prove that Santa is real. Filled with the magic of Christmas and themes of faith, “Miracle on 34th Street” is a heartwarming tale that explores the power of belief, kindness, and the true spirit of the holiday season.

1947

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1994

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22. MICKEYS ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS (1999)

 

Is a delightful animated anthology that weaves together three heartwarming holiday tales featuring beloved Disney characters. Mickey Mouse and his friends, including Donald Duck, Goofy, and many others, share enchanting stories that capture the magic and spirit of Christmas. From lessons about the true meaning of the season to the importance of family and friendship, each vignette is filled with laughter, warmth, and the timeless charm of Disney animation. “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” is a festive and family-friendly collection that brings joy and holiday magic to audiences of all ages.

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23. FLINTSTONES CHRISTMAS CAROL (1994)

 

Is a festive and animated twist on the classic Dickens tale. Set in the prehistoric town of Bedrock, Fred Flintstone takes on the role of Scrooge as he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Guided by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Fred discovers the joy of generosity and goodwill. Filled with humor, catchy tunes and the iconic Stone Age charm of the Flintstone family and their friends, this animated special brings a delightful blend of holiday spirit and prehistoric fun to the beloved characters of Bedrock.

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There you have it – 23 of the best nostalgic holiday movies you need to watch with warmth and joy! From festive classics to heartwarming tales, these films are a must-watch for a cozy and nostalgic holiday season. Grab your favorite snack, snuggle up and let the holiday movie marathon begin! 🎥🍿🎄

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