Top 43 Christmas Movies and TV Specials

by RetroPizzaTimeCritic | created - 28 Oct 2018 | updated - 28 Oct 2018 | Public

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1. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Directors: Burny Mattinson, Richard Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan

Votes: 9,114 | Gross: $21.00M

2. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)

47 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till | Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen

Votes: 3,190

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 28,632

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 41,535

5. A Chipmunk Christmas (1981 TV Short)

G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Family

Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy. Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall. Alvin keeps the ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Monroe | Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, June Foray, Frank Welker

Votes: 484

6. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 10,780

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)

TV-G | 47 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer | Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann, Paul Soles

Votes: 23,519

8. Frosty the Snowman (1969 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Family

A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante, Paul Frees

Votes: 13,735

9. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974 TV Movie)

TV-G | 51 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving

Votes: 7,075

10. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985 TV Movie)

G | 50 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

At a council convened by The Great Ak, the forest being tells the story of Santa Claus to explain why he deserves to be made immortal.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Earl Hammond, Earle Hyman, Larry Kenney, Lynne Lipton

Votes: 897

11. My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever (2018 TV Short)

TV-Y | 44 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In this one-hour Christmas-themed special, the Mane Six and Spike are each hoping to find the best gift ever for Hearth's Warming.

Directors: Denny Lu, Mike Myhre, Jim Miller | Stars: Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Ashleigh Ball, Cathy Weseluck

Votes: 257

12. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City - and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 270,974 | Gross: $173.59M

13. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

G | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

64 Metascore

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

Director: Brian Henson | Stars: Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 43,444 | Gross: $27.28M

14. A Disney Channel Christmas!!!! (1983 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

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Star: Eddie Carroll

Votes: 149

15. The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse.

Director: Paul Schibli | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Peter O'Toole, Mike MacDonald

Votes: 1,997 | Gross: $1.78M

16. Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982 TV Short)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Short

In this Christmas Special, Yogi escapes from Jellystone and hides out in a department store, posing as the Store's Santa. He helps a little girl to rediscover her faith in Christmas.

Director: Steve Lumley | Stars: Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Henry Corden, Georgi Irene

Votes: 138

17. The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 985

18. One Magic Christmas (1985)

G | 89 min | Family, Fantasy

An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about.

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill

Votes: 2,778 | Gross: $13.68M

19. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 415,887 | Gross: $285.76M

20. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

44 Metascore

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III | Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark, Noelle Parker

Votes: 9,438 | Gross: $28.20M

21. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 45,928 | Gross: $139.24M

22. The Santa Clause (1994)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd

Votes: 86,921 | Gross: $144.83M

23. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997 Video)

G | 72 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Astonished to find the Beast has a deep-seeded hatred for the Christmas season, Belle endeavors to change his mind on the matter.

Director: Andrew Knight | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 8,274

24. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 757

25. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 274,616 | Gross: $75.08M

26. The Christmas Gift (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

A widowed New York City architect and his young daughter take a Christmas vacation and end up in a small mystical town in Colorado where everyone believes in Santa Claus.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: John Denver, Jane Kaczmarek, Edward Winter, Gennie James

Votes: 565

27. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987 TV Special)

24 min | Animation, Short, Family

Two hosting prehistoric dinosaurs, Rex and Herb, guide you along a typical small town's Christmas choral celebration. There's just one catch, the entire town population is made out of clay. Special guest stars: the California Raisins.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: Tim Conner, Johnny Counterfit, Greg Black, Bernadette Coughlin

Votes: 655

28. Anastasia (1997)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

61 Metascore

The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 104,953 | Gross: $58.41M

29. The Powerpuff Girls: 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2003 Video)

44 min | Animation, Short, Action

Princess tries to steal Christmas from the children of the world, and the Powerpuff Girls are to the rescue.

Directors: Robert Alvarez, Lauren Faust, John McIntyre, Randy Myers | Stars: Tom Kenny, Jennifer Hale, Mike Bell, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 464

30. Babes in Toyland (1960)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

55 Metascore

Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

Votes: 3,082 | Gross: $10.22M

31. The Teddy Bears' Christmas (1992 TV Movie)

30 min | Animation, Family

Sally, The little sister of Ben's owner, Simon, would like her very own teddybear and asks Santa Claus for one. Simon teases Sally about her letter to Santa, whose existence he is a little ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schibli | Stars: Jonathan Crombie, Stuart Stone, Kylie Schibli, Ryan Lindsay

Votes: 107

32. The Snowman (1982 TV Short)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Dianne Jackson | Stars: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith

Votes: 11,395

33. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

88 Metascore

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 37,346 | Gross: $2.65M

34. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 186,840 | Gross: $260.04M

35. A Christmas Story (1983)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz

Votes: 122,931 | Gross: $20.61M

36. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The legend of Santa Claus is put in jeopardy when an unscrupulous toy manufacturer attempts to take over Christmas.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 10,661 | Gross: $23.72M

37. A Princess for Christmas (2011 TV Movie)

TV-G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas, where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Katie McGrath, Roger Moore, Sam Heughan, Travis Turner

Votes: 6,157

38. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki

Votes: 136,048 | Gross: $71.32M

39. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 366,910

40. In Search of Santa (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 80 min | Family, Animation

It's that time of year, whether proving Santa Claus is real (non-fiction) or make-believe (fiction), in this Christmas movie from Miramax. When the mysterious sleigh bell bonks Royal ... See full summary »

Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr. | Stars: Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, Kathleen Barr, Scott McNeil

Votes: 246

41. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre.

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson

Votes: 3,434

42. A Mom for Christmas (1990 TV Movie)

TV-G | 96 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Family

A young girl who wants a mom for the Christmas holidays gets her wish when a department store mannequin comes to life.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Juliet Sorci, Doug Sheehan, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 932

43. Casper's First Christmas (1979 TV Short)

G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound and more Hanna-Barbera characters get lost and decide to spend Christmas by vising Casper, the friendly ghost. But soon they encounter a not-so-friendly ghost.

Directors: Carl Urbano, Chris Cuddington | Stars: Daws Butler, Ida Sue McCune, Paul DeKorte, Julie McWhirter

Votes: 176



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