List of Christmas films
Theatrical Christmas films
Made-for-TV and direct-to-video Christmas films
This is a list of made-for-TV and direct-to-video films that are entirely, or in large part, about the Christmas holiday. Films in this list always feature important references to the holiday's symbols, such as family gatherings, trees and decorations, the Christ child, or Santa Claus.
|Annabelle's Wish||1997||A young deaf boy is given a calf who aspires to become one of Santa's flying reindeer.|
|Arthur Christmas||2011||Santa's clumsy son Arthur goes on a mission to save one child's Christmas.|
|Arthur's Perfect Christmas||2000||Animated special, based on the popular television and book franchise. Arthur and his friends hope to celebrate a perfect Christmas and other seasonal holidays, but discover that sometimes even if Christmas or their holiday of choice doesn't work out in the perfect manner they had planned, they can still have a wonderful holiday.|
|Babes in Toyland||1997||An animated adaptation of the Herbert operetta.|
|Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas||2006||This animated parody of A Christmas Carol casts Daffy Duck in the Scrooge-like role, with all of the other Looney Tunes characters offering support.|
|Barbie in a Christmas Carol||2008||An adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Barbie.|
|The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas||1973||The story focuses on Theodore Edward Bear (Ted E. Bear for short) who is curious about Christmas, and who decides to go searching for it while the other bears hibernate for winter..|
|The Bears Who Saved Christmas||1994||A family gets stranded in a cabin on Christmas Eve, and two teddy bears - Christopher and Holly - venture into the woods to find a Christmas tree and save Christmas.|
|Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas||1997||A holiday-themed sequel to the animated Disney theatrical film.|
|The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree||1979||Papa Bear and the cubs search the woods for the most perfect Christmas tree, but run afoul of the woodland animals who live in the trees they aim to cut down.|
|Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night||1998||An animated story about the creation of the song "Silent Night".|
|Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol||1979||An animated television special featuring the various Looney Tunes characters, with the role of Scrooge going to Yosemite Sam.|
|Casper's Haunted Christmas||2000||Casper the Friendly Ghost must scare someone before Christmas Day or be banished from the mortal realm.|
|A Charlie Brown Christmas||1965||A 28-minute animated special in which Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas, by directing a Christmas play while shunning the hyper-commercialization of the holiday.|
|A Chipmunk Christmas||1981||A sick boy makes Alvin realize the true meaning of Christmas.|
|Christmas Is Here Again||2007||A disabled orphan girl sets out to find Santa's stolen toy sack.|
|A Cosmic Christmas||1977||Three aliens visit Earth to learn about the true meaning of Christmas.|
|Father Christmas||1991||The story of what Father Christmas does the 'other' 364 days a year.|
|The Fat Albert Christmas Special||1977|
|Frosty the Snowman||1969||Animated special. A Magic hat brings snowman to life.|
|Frosty Returns||1992||Animated special. A Summer Wheeze aersol spray threatens Frosty.|
|A Garfield Christmas||1987||Animated special. Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma.|
|Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes||2006||Animated special. Holly Hobbie and her friends help a widow and her twin boys to celebrate the Christmas holidays.|
|How the Grinch Stole Christmas!||1966||A mean and stingy green creature wants to ruin Christmas. (Animated; musical)|
|The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus||2000||A human orphan raised by the Faire Folke becomes the benefactor of all human children.|
|Mickey's Christmas Carol||1983||Mickey, Minnie, and other well-loved Disney characters cast the classic Charles Dickens Christmas story of redemption.|
|Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol||1962||An animated and musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous book, A Christmas Carol, with Mr. Magoo as Scrooge.|
|Niko & The Way to the Stars ("The Flight Before Christmas" in North America)||2008||A young reindeer must overcome his fear of flying.|
|Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble||2012||The sequel of Niko & The Way to the Stars.|
|Olive, the Other Reindeer||1999||A dog called Olive wants to be a reindeer at Christmas time.|
|The Polar Express||2004||On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home.|
|Shrek the Halls||2007||Animated special. An ogre prepares to celebrate Christmas with family.|
|The Snowman||1982||The tale of a boy who builds a snowman one winter's day. One night, at the stroke of twelve, the snowman comes to life and takes him on a magical adventure to the north pole.|
|Toot and Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas||2006||Animated special. Toot and Puddle are two pigs that live together in Pocket Hollow. While Toot travels to Scotland to celebrate his grandmother's centennial birthday, Puddle stays home and gets things ready for Christmas with the help of their young cousin Opal. Toot wants to get home in time for Christmas, but a fierce snowstorm threatens to derail his plans.|
|Twas the Night Before Christmas||1974||A mouse and a clockmaker try to appease a disgruntled Santa after he has received an insulting letter.|
|A Very Merry Cricket||1973||We find Harry Cat, Tucker Mouse feeling down about all the commercial selling in the Big City of New York. People have forgotten the meaning of the Holiday, so off they go to Sunnyslope, Connecticut in search of Chester the musical cricket.|
|Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too||1991||Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is a Christmas television special based on the Disney television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, originally broadcast on Saturday December 14, 1991, on ABC.|
|The Wish that Changed Christmas||1998||Based on a 1958 children's book named The Story of Holly and Ivy — A story about an orphan girl named Ivy who gets off a train at the wrong stop and ends up finding a family who adopts her and her Christmas doll, Holly.|
|Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus||1974||An animated account of young Virginia.|
|Yes, Virginia||2009||CGI animated version of Yes Virginia, aired on CBS and produced in association with Macy's and Make-A-Wish Foundation|
|Ziggy's Gift||1982||Ziggy and his faithful dog Fuzz take a job as a street Santa to raise money for the poor.|
|The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow||1975||Stop Motion special.|
|The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus||1985||Stop Motion Rankin/Bass Special.
The Great Ak calls a council of the Immortals to ask that Santa Claus be given immortality. And to justify it, he tells the history of Santa Claus.
|Jack Frost||1979||Stop Motion special.|
|The Little Drummer Boy||1968||Stop Motion special. An orphan drummer boy who hates humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men en route to Bethlehem.|
|A Miser Brothers' Christmas||2008||Stop Motion sequel to The Year Without a Santa Claus.|
|Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey||1977||Stop Motion special.|
|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer||1964||Stop-motion adaptation of the popular song. Rudolph, and Hermey the Misfit Elf, overcome rejection for their differences and help Santa Claus make his Christmas Eve trip.|
|Rudolph's Shiny New Year||1976|
|Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July||1979|
|Santa Claus is Comin' to Town||1970||Stop Motion special.|
|The Year Without a Santa Claus||1974||(Stop Motion) Santa decides to take a holiday one year. So Mrs. Claus corrals Heat Miser and Snow Miser, along with children of the world, to show Santa that people still believe in him.|
|Will Vinton's A Claymation Christmas Celebration||1987||A stop motion claymation featuring the California Raisins and many Christmas songs.|
|The Christmas Toy||1986||Jim Henson tale of toys who come to life on Christmas Eve.|
|A Classic Christmas From The Ed Sullivan Show||1993||This VHS compilation includes a Muppet segment with Santa Claus' reindeer from 1968.|
|Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas||1977||Jim Henson's telling of the true meaning of Christmas based around a struggling mother and son who each sacrifice an item of great importance in order to give the other the perfect gift for Christmas.|
|Santa Claus is Comin' to Town||1970||The fictional story of how Kris Kringle became Santa Claus|
|It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||2002||Kermit is shown what life would be like for the rest of the Muppets without him, in this spoof of It's a Wonderful Life.|
|John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together||1979|
|A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa||2008||After mistakenly intercepting three letters sent by children to Santa Claus, the Muppets must head for the North Pole to get them delivered before Christmas.|
|A Muppet Family Christmas||1987||Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm. Muppets from both the Muppet Show and Sesame Street are featured, as are Fraggles. Includes a rare cameo appearance by Jim Henson himself.|
|The Muppet Christmas Carol||1992||The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.|
|Christmas Eve on Sesame Street||1978|
|Elmo's Christmas Countdown||2007|
|Elmo Saves Christmas||1996|
|Elmo's World: Happy Holidays||2002|
|A Sesame Street Christmas Carol||2006|
|A Special Sesame Street Christmas||1978|
|An American Christmas Carol||1979||In this adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the "Scrooge" figure is a miserly businessman in Depression-era New England.|
|The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue||1996||A Family Channel TV production: Three children travel to Washington in the hope of convincing President Hoover to release their wrongly convicted father from jail in time for Christmas.|
|Beethoven's Christmas Adventure||2011||A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa's sleigh, crash lands in a small town, and loses the magic toy bag. Beethoven must rescue the elf, recover the bag from greedy crooks, and return the sleigh to Santa in time to save Christmas.|
|Benji's Very Own Christmas Story||1978||Popular screen pooch meets Kris Kringle while preparing for a Christmas parade in Switzerland.|
|The Best Christmas Ever||1990||A Wee Sing production where a family helps an elf by traveling to the North Pole.|
|The Best Christmas Pageant Ever||1983||A church Christmas pageant touches the hearts of a family of juvenile delinquents.|
|The Best Christmas Pageant Ever||2010|
|Borrowed Hearts||1997||A wealthy manufacturer pays an impoverished single mother who works in his factory, and her daughter, to pretend to be his "family" at Christmastime, in order to impress a visiting old-fashioned tycoon interested in buying his company.|
|A Boyfriend for Christmas||2004||Santa plays matchmaker and sets up a young couple for Christmas.|
|Call Me Claus||2001||Santa Claus is preparing to retire, and grooms an American businesswoman (Whoopi Goldberg) to be his replacement.|
|A Carol Christmas||2003||In a modern comic retelling of A Christmas Carol, Carol Cartman says "Bah, humbug" to the clichés of her fellow talk-show host, Dr. Bob, and especially to a live Christmas Eve show her producer has planned.|
|Carol for Another Christmas||1964||This modernization of A Christmas Carol was produced to promote American support for the United Nations.|
|A Chance of Snow||1998||A divorced couple get snowed in at Christmastime.|
|Chasing Christmas||2005||In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a "mission" and leave his "target" stranded in 1965.|
|Christmas at Water's Edge||2004||An Angel teams with spoiled college coed to organize Christmas concert at community youth center.|
|The Christmas Box||1995||Based on the bestselling book of the same name, a couple and their daughter move in with a widow and discover a box containing the answer to the first gift of Christmas.|
|The Christmas Card||2006||A soldier serving in Afghanistan receives a Christmas card from a Californian woman he has never met.|
|Christmas Caper||2007||A Grinch-like thief retreats to her hometown for Christmas. Can the spirit of Christmas, combined with a stint babysitting her niece and nephew, rid her of her wicked ways?|
|The Christmas Cottage||2008||Tells the story of the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade's painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.|
|Christmas Cupid||2007||Sloan is beautiful, stylish, and on the fast track to success at her public relations firm. After her client Caitlin dies and becomes her own personal ghost of Christmas past, present, and future; she finds out first hand that her unethical ways needs to change and reuniting with a past jilted lover may be the answer.|
|A Christmas Carol||1984||Starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.|
|A Christmas Carol||1999||A Hallmark Channel adaptation of the famous story. Starring Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge and Richard E. Grant as Bob Cratchit.|
|A Christmas Carol||2004||Kelsey Grammer is Scrooge in this musical adaptation of the Dickens classic,|
|Christmas Comes to Willow Creek||1987||Two truck-driving brothers attempt to transport a load of Christmas gifts from California to an economically strapped Alaska town.|
|Christmas Do-Over||2006||In a remake of the plot from Groundhog Day, a man has to repeat Christmas Day over and over until he realizes how selfish he has become and has to change his ways.|
|Christmas Every Day||1996||In a juvenile reworking of Groundhog Day a self-centered teenager is forced to relive the same Christmas over and over again after his sister wishes it were Christmas every day.|
|The Christmas Gift||1986||A widowed architect and his daughter visit a town where everyone believes in Santa Claus.|
|Christmas in Boston||2005||Two pen pals who have never met, decide to meet up at one of their home towns in Boston during the Christmas holiday. Only one problem though, they have both sent pictures of their better looking friends to each other.|
|Christmas in Connecticut||1992||Remake of the 1945 theatrical film.|
|A Christmas Kiss||2011||A romance movie.|
|Christmas Lilies of the Field||1979||Seasonal sequel to the theatrical film Lilies of the Field (1963) has its African-American protagonist returning to the chapel he had built in the Arizona desert for a group of German nuns.|
|The Christmas List||1997||A woman makes a list of things she wants for Christmas and learns the lesson, "Be careful what you wish for."|
|Christmas Mail||2010||A Postal worker falls for a mysterious woman who answers letters to Santa.|
|A Christmas Memory||1966||Award-winning adaptation of Truman Capote's poignant, nostalgic reminiscence about his childhood best friend — a childlike elderly relative with whom he makes fruitcakes and other gifts, in Depression-era Alabama.|
|Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A.||1977||Coal miners are trapped in a mine following an explosion on Christmas Eve, 1951.|
|The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey||2007||A bereaved boy and his widowed mother commission a grumpy woodcarver to carve a nativity set and thus form a relationship that enables them all to put their sadness behind them and move on.|
|Christmas on Division Street||1991||A young boy befriends a homeless man, against the wishes of his mother.|
|A Christmas Romance||1994||A bank vice president is forced to spend Christmas with a woman whose house he was about to repossess after a blizzard hits.|
|Christmas Rush||2002||Suspended Chicago cop battles hostage-taking shopping mall thieves on Christmas Eve.|
|The Christmas Secret
(aka Flight of the Reindeer)
|2000||A scientist sets out to prove that reindeer can fly, and along the way discovers the true meaning of faith, family, and Christmas.|
|The Christmas Shoes||2002||Trio of interlocking stories, adopted from the hit song of the same name.|
|Christmas Snow||1986||A widowed mother struggles to prevent her candy shop from being put out of business by a hard-hearted businessman.|
|A Christmas Snow||2010||A woman must face the hurts of her past while trapped with two strangers in her house for Christmas.|
|Christmas Spirit||2011||A mystical Christmas Spirit visits a cynical boy whose mom is about to lose her job. The boy entrusts her to help his family find their holiday spirit and, along the way, learns how to revive the happiness within himself.|
|The Christmas Star||1986||Two kids befriend an escaped convict who they believe is Santa Claus.|
|A Christmas Story 2||2012||Now-teenaged Ralphie Parker schemes to acquire a car for Christmas in this sequel to the theatrical classic.|
|A Christmas Too Many||2007||A Hollywood legend invites her not so normal family home for the holidays.|
|Christmas Town||2008||A single mom visits her estranged father for Christmas, and is surprised to discover his hometown oddly resembles the North Pole.|
|A Christmas Visitor||2002||A family decides not to celebrate Christmas for 11 years after their son dies, but when a stranger visits them for Christmas, they realize he is the miracle their family has been waiting for.|
|A Christmas Wedding||2006||2 people who meet on Christmas Day plan to marry on Christmas Day two years later.|
|The Christmas Wish||1998||A businessman tries to uncover a family secret for his grandmother after he returns to a small town to modernize his family's real-estate company.|
|Christmas with a Capital C||2010||Small Alaska town erupts into conflict over public Nativity scene.|
|A Christmas Without Snow||1980||Church choir members try to balance personal issues with practice as the holiday approaches.|
|Christmas in Wonderland||2009||Two children find a bag full of counterfeit money and Santa too.|
|Comfort and Joy||2003||Single businesswoman wakes up married and a mother after a car accident.|
|Crazy for Christmas||2005||A female limousine driver takes an eccentric elderly rich man around town on Christmas Eve, and it turns out he's her long lost biological father, that she didn't know she had.|
|A Dad for Christmas||2006||When a young man discovers that his girlfriend intends to give their baby up for adoption, he brings the baby to his grandmother for the holidays.|
|Deck the Halls||2005||Widowed mother and her young son come to believe their new neighbor may be Santa Claus.|
|A Dennis the Menace Christmas||2007||Dennis tries to inject his grinchy neighbor Mr. Wilson with the holiday spirit, with the help of an Angel of Christmas Past Present and Future.|
|A Different Kind of Christmas||1996||After the death of his wife, a father starts to act like Santa Claus and turns his house into a year-round wonderland. Unfortunately his daughter is a big city attorney who has been given the job of making sure her father's illegal all-year Christmas business is shut down.|
|A Diva's Christmas Carol||2000||A TV movie that premiered on VH1, now on Lifetime, portraying Vanessa Williams in the Scrooge role as "Ebony" Scrooge, one third of a late-'80's pop trio called "Desire" and now an egotistical, arrogant, grouchy solo diva.|
|A Dog's Christmas Miracle||2011||A mischievous but lovable puppy, named Cinnamon, is determined to break-up her devoted “mummy’s” new relationship.|
|The Dog Who Saved Christmas||2009|
|The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation||2010|
|Ebbie||1995||Made by Lifetime Television, this retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol features Susan Lucci in the title role of Elizabeth Scrooge, a hard-driven department store owner with no compassion and no time for Christmas joy until she receives a visit from three Christmas spirits. This is Dickens turned on its ear as all the major roles in this classic tale have been converted to female characters.|
|Eve's Christmas||2004||A wealthy and successful career woman gets a second chance in life when a magical wish transports her back in time eight years to when she walked away from her fiance to lead a business life in New York.|
|A Fairly Odd Christmas||2012||A Christmas-themed live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's animated series The Fairly OddParents.|
|The Family Holiday||2007||A conman must show the executor of his uncle's will that he has changed his lifestyle, in order to receive his uncle's fortune.|
|The Fourth Wise Man||1985||The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.|
|The Gathering||1977||A dying man attempts to reconcile with the family he had abandoned years earlier, by having them come to visit for Christmas.|
|The Gift of Love||1978||An orphaned heiress in 1900s New York falls in love with a poor but honest immigrant in this moving adaptation of O. Henry's timeless Christmas story, "The Gift of the Magi." Marie Osmond, Timothy Bottoms, David Wayne, June Lockhart star.|
|The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story||1983||A woman reeling from business and marital failure is visited in a Christmastime dream by her deceased mother, who takes her on a journey back through her childhood.|
|A Grandpa for Christmas||2007||During the Christmas season, an old-time film-star/singer/hoofer, who is estranged from his daughter and 9-year-old granddaughter, suddenly finds himself bonding with his granddaughter when her mom is hospitalized.|
|Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!||2011||Based on the Disney Channel Original Series Good Luck Charlie, the film follows the Duncan family, who get separated at Palm Springs on their way to visit Grandma and Grandpa Blankenhooper for Christmas.|
|The Greatest Store in the World||1999||A family lose their home at Christmas and in desperation, stay in a department store over the Christmas period.|
|His and Her Christmas||2005|
|A Hobo's Christmas||1987||A hobo decides to return home after being away for 25 years.|
|Hogfather||2006||It's Hogswatch on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.|
|Holiday in Handcuffs||2007||A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.|
|A Holiday to Remember||1995||Carolyn is leaving the big city with her daughter Jordi for her childhood village, deep in the forest.|
|Home Alone 4||2002||A made-for-TV sequel to theatrical original|
|Home Alone 5||2012||Another made-for-TV sequel.|
|Home for Christmas||1990||A thief befriends a young boy at Christmas.|
|Home for the Holidays||1972||Four sisters return home to visit their father for Christmas, only to discover that someone is trying to kill him.|
|Home for the Holidays||2008|
|A Home for the Holidays||2005||A woman struggles to adopt her orphaned relatives.|
|The Homecoming: A Christmas Story||1971||On Christmas Eve in 1933, the Walton family of rural Virginia awaits the return of the father, who had gone to look for work in a distant city. This film served as a pilot for the series The Waltons.|
|The House Without a Christmas Tree||1972||A widower, still grieving from his wife's death, refuses to allow a Christmas tree in the home, to the dismay of his young daughter.|
|I'll Be Home for Christmas||1988||A Massachusetts family holds down the WW2 home front during Christmas of 1944.|
|It Came Upon the Midnight Clear||1984||After suffering a fatal heart attack, a man (Mickey Rooney) is granted a brief return to life so that he can show his California-bred grandson his first white Christmas in New York.|
|It Happened One Christmas||1977||A young businesswoman, despondent over the circumstances of her life, contemplates suicide, but is shown the value of her life by a guardian angel, in this feminist remake of It's a Wonderful Life starring the then recently liberated Marlo Thomas.|
|It Nearly Wasn't Christmas||1989||A disillusioned Santa Claus (Charles Durning) quits Christmas. Through the selflessness of a little girl looking to reunite her parents for Christmas (and the help of his bumbling chief elf, Philpot (Bruce Vilanch)), Santa and the child travel across America and Santa discovers that people really do need him and care about other people.|
|John Grin's Christmas Carol||1986||A miserly African-American businessman is shown the spirit of Christmas by three ghosts in this update of A Christmas Carol.|
|J.T.||1969||Troubled inner-city youngster adopts a stray cat for Christmas, and must hide it from his financially strapped mother.|
|Like Father, Like Santa||1998||A ruthless toy tycoon who is also secretly the son of Santa Claus travels to the North Pole to put an end to an attempted coup.|
|The Man in the Santa Claus Suit||1979||The lives of three different men are transformed by a magical Santa Claus costume rented to them by a mysterious shopkeeper.|
|The Man Who Saved Christmas||2002||Fact-based drama of toy inventor A.C. Gilbert, a pacifist toymaker who is forced by the U.S. government to turn his factory into a munitions plant during WWI, and is asked to convince consumers to buy bonds instead of toys.|
|Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas||2011||A girl stumbles upon the mystery of a long forgotten Christmas while visiting her school's forbidden attic.|
|Mary Christmas||2002||Widower's young daughter asks Santa for a new mother.|
|Meet the Santas||2005||Sequel to Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus.|
|Miracle on 34th Street||1973||Remake of the classic tale.|
|A Mom for Christmas||1990||A young girl desires to have a mother in her life gets her wish at the department store.|
|The Monster's Christmas||1981||A young girl helps the monsters from her storybook defeat an evil witch that has stolen their voices because they sang better at Christmas carols than she did.|
|Moonlight and Mistletoe||2007||A man runs a year-round Santa Town.|
|The Most Wonderful Time of the Year||2008||A Retired policeman attempts to kindle romance between his daughter and a visiting chef.|
|A Mouse, A Mystery and Me||1987||A world-class mystery-writing mouse spends Christmas Eve with his sleuthing partner tracking down a missing Santa.|
|Mr. Krueger's Christmas||1980||A widowed apartment janitor daydreams to escape his lonely life.|
|Mr. St. Nick||2002||An aging Santa Claus is ready to retire but first he must convince his son to take over his job.|
|Mrs. Santa Claus||1996||Santa's wife ends up in New York in the early 1900s near Christmastime.|
|Mrs. Miracle||2009||A widower gets a babysitter for his twin sons in the form of a woman called Mrs. Miracle, who quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend... and matchmaker!|
|Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan||2010||Sequel to Mrs. Miracle.|
|Ms. Scrooge||1999||A different twist on Charles Dickens classic starring Cicely Tyson.|
|Must Be Santa||1999||Santa must pass his powers on to his chosen successor, but mistakenly passes them on to an ex con.|
|National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure||2004||Cousin Eddie and his family get stranded on what they think is a deserted island for Christmas in this sequel to the 1989 theatrical film.|
|The National Tree||2009||A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree. He and his father end up driving the Tree throughout the country and the tree become a national icon.|
|The Nativity||1978||Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.|
|Naughty or Nice||2004||A Chicago sports radio shock jock is changed by a Christmas season encounter with a 15-year-old fan who is dying of cancer who forces him to be nice for a day.|
|Naughty or Nice||2012||A woman finds herself in the possession of Santa's "Naughty or Nice book" and uses it for her own advantage.|
|The Night They Saved Christmas||1984||An oil company dynamites in the North Pole in search of an oil field, unaware that they are endangering Santa Claus.|
|November Christmas||2010||A father tries to provide an early Christmas for his seriously-ill young daughter.|
|Once Upon A Christmas||2000||Santa's daughter tries to change a family so they are no longer on the Naughty list, or else Santa will cancel Christmas.|
|One Magic Christmas||1985||An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas.|
|Picking Up & Dropping Off||2003||A divorced father and a divorced mother start to meet at Denver International Airport when picking up and sending off their children to ex-spouses for holidays.|
|Recipe for a Perfect Christmas||2005||A struggling chef agrees to date a food critic's mother.|
|Red Boots for Christmas||2004||A bitter shoemaker gets a visit from an angel shortly before Christmas.|
|Richie Rich's Christmas Wish||1998||After getting blamed for spoiling Christmas Richie Rich, the richest kid in the world, wishes he'd never been born.|
|(Rich Little's) Christmas Carol||1978||Comedian Rich Little plays all of the characters, using his unique skills as an impressionist to apparently fill the cast with some of Hollywood's best-known stars.|
|Road to Christmas||2006||A high powered fashion photographer finds herself stranded in middle America on her way to her wedding in Aspen, Colorado. She gets a lift from a widower and his daughter, setting off a change of events that will change their lives forever.|
|Roots: The Gift||1988||Kunta Kinte and Fiddler, from Roots, accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape.|
|Samantha: An American Girl Holiday||2004||A wealthy girl visits an orphanage during the holiday season, and tries to house them.|
|Santa Baby||2006||Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly successful business executive - who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she left behind to take over for her dad and implement her innovative ideas for running Christmas.|
|Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe||2009||Santa needs his daughter, Mary Class' help again.|
|Santa Buddies||2009||Puppy Paws, the only son of Santa Paws, does not want to follow in his father's footsteps. He then hi-tails it to Fernfield, Washington to be a normal puppy, just like Budderball (who is on Santa's naughty list for eating the Thanksgiving Turkey). Meanwhile, the icicle that holds the magic of Christmas is melting away due to children's and puppies' belief in Santa and Santa Paws dying. It is up to Puppy Paws and the Buddies to rediscover their belief in Christmas and save the holiday.|
|Santa, Jr.||2002||Santa's son, mistaken for the "Christmas Bandit", is held under house arrest two days before Christmas.|
|The Santa Suit||2010||A greedy toy CEO, who refuses to give his staff Christmas bonuses, is magically transformed to look like Kris Krandall (a department store Santa).|
|Santa Who?||2000||Santa (Leslie Nielsen) suffers an attack of amnesia shortly before Christmas, after falling out of his sleigh. Only the innocence of a small child can save Christmas for thousands of people around the world.|
|"The Search for Santa Paws"||2010||Sequel to Santa Buddies in which Santa loses memory in New York and it's up to his new friend Paws to save him.|
|A Season for Miracles||1999||A homeless woman and her niece and nephew attempt to outrun the authorities during the holiday season.|
|Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out!||1989||Horror sequel|
|Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation||1990||Horror sequel|
|Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker||1991||Horror sequel|
|Silent Night||2002||Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front.|
|Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus||2004||A high-flying career woman and single mother with no time for love or Christmas is unexpectedly wooed by Santa's son and heir, Nick who must find a wife before Christmas because his father wants to retire.|
|A Smoky Mountain Christmas||1986||A singer retreats to an isolated mountain cabin for a quiet holiday, but finds seven orphaned children there.|
|Spot's Magical Christmas||2000||Spot the dog's magical Christmas adventure.|
|Snow||2004||With only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden, heir to a certain Arctic toy business, must work hard to save Christmas after someone steals Buddy the reindeer and takes him to a California zoo.|
|Snow 2: Brain Freeze||2008||Sequel to 2004's Snow.|
|Snowglobe (film)||2007||A young woman discovers a Christmas-themed dream world inside a magical snow globe.|
|The Sons of Mistletoe||2001||A cold businesswoman threatens to close a boys foster home during the holidays, when she returns to her home town to settle her late father's estate.|
|Special Delivery||2000||A bumbling courier at a private adoption agency botches the delivery of a baby to its new parents in time for Christmas, when he misplaces their baby en route.|
|Stealing Christmas||2003||A criminal hides in a small town and takes a job as a Santa.|
|Stubby Pringle's Christmas||1978||A Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation about a young cowboy (Beau Bridges) who discovers that the joy of Christmas is in the giving, rather than the receiving.|
|CBC's The True Meaning of Christmas Specials||2002||Hosted by Dave Foley, this parody of Christmas specials and many classic Christmas stories follows David and friends as he seeks to learn the meaning of Christmas Specials, beyond selling knickknacks for $49.99.|
|Three Days||2001||An angel offers a literary agent, whose wife of ten years died just before Christmas, a chance to relive the last three days of his wife's life.|
|The Three Kings||1987||3 Mental-hospital patients escape from a Christmas pageant and go search for baby Jesus while in costume as the Magi.|
|Three Wise Guys||2005||Three Gangsters are hired as hitmen during the Christmas season.|
|The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve||2004||A dying man has 12 days (12 chances) to achieve the "perfect" Christmas.|
|Twice Upon a Christmas||2001||Santa's daughter has lost her memory, and her new family is determined to help her get it back.|
|'Twas the Night||2001||A mischievous 14-year-old boy and his irresponsible uncle almost ruin Christmas when they decide to take Santa's new high-tech sleigh for a joyride.|
|The Ultimate Christmas Present||2000||A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus to make it snow on Christmas Day, but the machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm.|
|Unlikely Angel||1996||A singer must work with St Peter to earn her wings at Christmas by re-uniting a family.|
|Vendetta: A Christmas Story||1997||1980s cop show spoof has two agents taking on Santa Claus.|
|Will You Merry Me?||2008||A Lifetime film, in which a newly engaged couple, one Christian and the other Jewish, must survive their families meeting for the first time during Christmas.|
This is a list of feature films in which Christmas is more incidental to the plot. The holiday may be part of the story, or figure in one or more scenes, but as in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), it is not central to the film.
- 3 Godfathers (1948) — At Christmastime in the Old West, three cowhands find a woman dying in childbirth, and deliver the baby to civilization in a parody of the Biblical story of the Magi.
- 12 Monkeys (1995) — Man is sent back in time to try and prevent an apocalyptic plague outbreak. Film includes scenes set during the Christmas season.
- 29th Street (1991) — When a man wins the first New York State Lottery on Christmas Eve, instead of celebrating, he throws a rock through a church window. Based on a true story.
- 101 Reykjavík (2000) — Thirtysomething slacker living with his mother gets involved with lesbian dance instructor over the holidays.
- 2046 (2004) — Hong Kong sci-fi writer engages in various sexual encounters through successive Christmas Eves while searching for true love.
- About a Boy (2002) — A bachelor enjoys a life of ease thanks to the royalties from a Christmas song his father composed.
- Alias Boston Blackie (1942) — Detective searches for a killer during the Christmas season.
- All Fall Down (1962) — Self-centered, womanizing young drifter returns home to his dysfunctional family. Film includes Christmas scenes.
- All Mine to Give (1957) - A Scottish family comes to Wisconsin and do well until tragedy hits as Christmas nears.
- All That Heaven Allows (1955) — Lonely widow seeks love with younger gardener in the face of her adult children's disapproval. Includes a memorable Christmas scene.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) — Songwriter Dave Seville takes in three chipmunks, who can sing, during the Christmas season. The film features the classic "Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)".
- American Psycho (2000) — Serial killer Patrick Bateman takes a break from his reign of terror to attend a Christmas party given by his fiancée.
- Annie Hall (1977) — Alvy Singer is forced to attend a Christmas party in Hollywood and breaks up with the title character (again) during the holidays.
- The Apartment (1960) — A young executive climbs the corporate ladder by loaning out his apartment to bosses for their extramarital trysts. The bulk of the film takes place between Christmas and New Year's Eve.
- Arthur (1981) — Drunken millionaire playboy, on the brink of an arranged marriage, risks his inheritance by falling in love with waitress. Film takes place during or just prior to Christmas season in New York.
- Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) — Having lost his inheritance, the now-married Arthur attempts to find a job and adopt a baby. Film takes place during Christmas season in New York.
- The Associate (1996) — A black woman makes it on Wall Street by creating (and then impersonating) a fictional white male partner. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Auntie Mame (1956) — One scene has free-spirited eccentric Mame Dennis attempting to support herself as a Macy's sales clerk during the holidays.
- Autumn in New York (2000) — Middle-aged restaurateur falls in love with free-spirited but terminally ill younger woman. Includes a Christmas scene.
- Babe (1995) — The segment "Pork is a Nice Sweet Meat" takes place on Christmas Day.
- Backfire (1950) — While recovering at a VA hospital, a WW2 veteran learns his friend has disappeared and is accused of murdering a gambler; after his release he attempts to locate the friend and clear his name. Film includes some Christmas scenes.
- Bad Teacher (2011) - Has several scenes that take place around Christmas break
- Beat Street (1984) — takes place during the holidays with "Santas' Rap" performed by The Treacherous Three.
- Bell, Book and Candle (1958) — Modern-day witch tries to woo unsuspecting publisher. The first part of the film takes place at Christmas.
- The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) — An easygoing priest and a no-nonsense nun try to save their run-down school. Scenes include a Christmas pageant.
- Ben-Hur (1925) — Jewish prince turned slave seeks revenge against former friend. Film was remade in 1959; both versions depict Christ's Nativity in the prologue.
- Better Off Dead (1985) — A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier during the holiday season.
- Big Business (1929) — Door-to-door Christmas tree salesman (Laurel and Hardy) get into a mutually-destructive feud with a would-be customer in this short silent comedy.
- Black Christmas (1974) — girls at a sorority house are harassed by obscene phone calls and then murdered by a psychopath during the holiday season.
- Blast of Silence (1961) — Hitman plans mob murder during Christmas season in New York.
- The Boat That Rocked (2009) — Government official tries to shut down pirate radio station in 1960s Britain. Includes a Christmas scene.
- Das Boot (1981) — German U-boat makes a perilous mission during World War II. Includes a Christmastime scene aboard a supply ship.
- The Bourne Identity (2002) — Late in the film, the protagonist stays overnight at a friend's house which has been decorated for Christmas. It is also snowing throughout most of the film, indicating that time of year.
- Boys Town (1938) — Features a Christmas Sequence in the middle.
- Breakfast with Scot (2007) — Closeted gay ex-hockey player and boyfriend take custody of 11-year-old boy. Film includes some Christmas scenes.
- Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) — The title character is introduced to her primary love interest at her parents' Christmas party, among several holiday-themed scenes.
- Bright Eyes (1934) — Young girl becomes center of custody battle after being orphaned on Christmas morning.
- La Bûche (Season's Beatings) (1999) — Woman reunites with her estranged daughters during Christmas following the death of her second husband.
- Cast Away (2000) — A man is stranded on a tropical island for several years. The main character's family Christmas party is interrupted when he is summoned away on business, but his plane crashes.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002) — An FBI agent pursues an identity-changing con artist over a period of several years. A number of scenes take place on different Christmases.
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) — C.S. Lewis tale, in which the return of Christmas to the frozen fantasy world of Narnia is the first sign of its liberation.
- Citizen Kane (1941) — An early scene shows the young Charles Foster Kane receiving a sled as a Christmas gift from his guardian, Mr. Thatcher.
- The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995) — Monstrous scientist kidnaps children to steal their dreams using a machine. Film opens with a Christmas Eve dream sequence.
- Come to the Stable (1949) — Two French nuns come to the New England town of Bethlehem to stay with a struggling artist of Christmas scenes for greeting cards. They want to build a children's hospital but soon run afoul of a local gangster, a popular composer and the diocesan bishop.
- Cosmopolitan (2003) — An unexpected romance blossoms over the holidays, and undergoes shifts on Christmas and New Years.
- Cover Up (1949) — Insurance agent investigates apparent suicide that may be murder. Film takes place at Christmas.
- Cronos (1993) — Mexican horror film is set during Christmastime and New Year's Eve.
- The Crowd (1928) — Young man and wife face challenges making a living and establishing a family in an impersonal, competitive New York City. Film includes a Christmas Eve scene.
- The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950) — Widower struggles to raise three daughters in 1890s New York City. Musical film ends at Christmas.
- Deadly Little Christmas (2009) — A mental patient's escape at Christmas coincides with a string of brutal murders.
- Dead End (2003) — Family takes a fatal shortcut en route to Christmas dinner at grandmother's house.
- Dead of Night (1945) — One of the segments in this British horror anthology involves a young girl befriending a frightened little boy she encounters while playing hide-and-seek at a Christmas party, only to discover that he might be the ghost of a murder victim.
- Decalogue III (1988) — Woman tricks a former lover, now married, into spending Christmas Eve with her.
- Desk Set (1957) — TV network researcher and computer expert clash, then find romance. Film includes a Christmas party scene.
- The Devil Makes Three (1952) — U.S. pilot uncovers Nazi revival movement in post-WW2 Munich. Film includes Christmas scenes.
- Die Hard (1988) - Cop fights terrorists at his wife's Christmas party.
- Diner (1982) — Old childhood friends, now grown, get together during the holidays in 1959 Baltimore.
- Doctor Zhivago (1965) — Includes scene of Lara shooting Komarovsky in the arm at a Christmas party after he rapes her.
- Donnie Brasco (1997) — FBI agent infiltrates '70s crime family. A scene has characters celebrating Christmas by exchanging cards stuffed with hundred-dollar bills.
- Donovan's Reef (1963) — Comedy about three war veterans' life on a French Polynesian island, the plot takes place in the month of December and includes an amusing Christmas pageant at the local Catholic church, with a unique set of three kings.
- Eastern Promises (2007) — Midwife searches for family of newborn baby whose teenaged mother died in childbirth, uncovers dark secrets in Russian gang. Thriller takes place during Christmas season.
- Edward Scissorhands (1990) — A man with scissors for hands adjusts to life in suburbia after the death of his creator, and later he sees the Christmas holiday season.
- Eight Crazy Nights (2002) — Davey Stone, with the help of Whitey Duvall, remembers the joys of the holiday season in the eight days leading up to Hanukkah and Christmas.
- Enemy of the State (1998) — A man is pursued by rogue agents, after he unknowingly obtains incriminating evidence on them, while shopping for Christmas gifts for his family.
- The English Patient (1996) — After being badly burned in a plane crash during World War II, a Hungarian cartographer relates his past to a nurse via flashbacks. Includes a Christmas party scene.
- Everybody's Fine (2009) — A widower travels around the country to visit each of his alienated grown children. Film ends at Christmas.
- Everyone Says I Love You (1996) — Characters attend a Paris Christmas party where everyone is dressed like Groucho Marx.
- Expendables 2 (2012) — The heroes' aircraft has Santa painted on the front. During first water scene Stallone's character asks to "wake up Santa".
- Eyes Wide Shut (1999) — Around Christmas, a man goes on a sexual odyssey that leads to a mysterious orgy and possibly murder.
- The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) — Lounge pianist brothers find their act, and relationship, transformed by new female singer. Film includes some Christmas scenes.
- The Facts of Life (1960) — Two people, each married to someone else, enter into an affair. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Falling In Love (1984) — Married strangers meet while Christmas shopping and begin a friendship that gradually blossoms into love.
- Fanny and Alexander (1982) — Swedish children try to deal with cruel stepfather. Opening scenes take place at Christmas.
- The FBI Story (1959) — An FBI agent recounts his career with the Bureau through the decades. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Female Trouble (1974) — Dark comedy chronicles young woman's journey from juvenile delinquency to mass murder. Film begins at Christmas 1960.
- First Blood (1982) — There are Christmas decorations hung up in the town that John Rambo visits, thus implying that the film takes place during the holiday season.
- Fitzwilly (1967) - A butler and his crew rob Gimbels on Christmas Eve.
- For Love of the Game (1999) — An aging pitcher recalls his past while throwing a perfect game. Includes a flashback scene where he celebrates Christmas with his girlfriend and her teenaged daughter.
- The French Connection (1971) — NYC police detective Popeye Doyle attempts to intercept massive heroin shipment from France. We first see Doyle dressed as a sidewalk Santa Claus during a stakeout.
- Full Metal Jacket (1987) — One scene has a drill instructor leading his Marine boot camp recruits in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" to Jesus on Christmas Day.
- Funny Farm (1988) — A couple buys their dream farmhouse in the country, but a series of disasters lead them to plan a divorce. They attempt to sell their farmhouse by bribing the local townspeople to create the perfect fantasy Christmas to impress prospective buyers.
- Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) — Nudist aliens take over the world, and the Planet Express crew are made homeless at Christmas. Also, Santa Claus helps in the final battle.
- Ghostbusters II (1989) — The film is set in December during Christmas and New Years season in New York City, and a Christmas tree is visible during at least one scene.
- The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) — Railroad workers are stalked by two lions in 1898 Kenya. At one point one character says to another, "Oh, and Merry Christmas, I forgot this is the month."
- Girl in Gold Boots (1968) — Crime drama of go-go dancing and drug dealing includes a scene where characters drive around Los Angeles at Christmastime while the song "Cowboy Santa" plays on the soundtrack.
- The Glenn Miller Story (1954) — Portrait of the bandleader's life and career ends with a Christmas Eve scene shortly after his death in a December 1944 plane crash.
- Go (1999) — Three intertwining plots that happen to involve one drug deal on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles.
- The Godfather (1972) — Christmastime in 1945 forms the backdrop for several murders and two attempts on Don Corleone's life.
- Going My Way (1944) — Young priest is mentored by his aging predecessor in urban parish. Film concludes with a Christmas Eve scene.
- Good Sam (1948) — Compulsive do-gooder nearly drives his family to bankruptcy while helping others. Film climaxes at Christmas time.
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) — Retired English schoolteacher and headmaster recalls his career. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Goodfellas (1990) — A scene has the mobster protagonists celebrating Christmas after pulling off the Lufthansa heist in December 1978.
- The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) — Account of Christ's life and ministry includes a depiction of the Nativity.
- The Great Ziegfeld (1936) — A scene has the Broadway impresario lavishing his family with Christmas presents.
- The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) — Account of Christ's life and ministry includes a depiction of the Nativity.
- Gremlins (1984) - Father buys his son a Mogwai creature named Gizmo for Christmas.
- Grumpy Old Men (1993) — Elderly bachelors vie for the affections of a widow. Film has some Christmas Eve scenes.
- Harry Potter series (2001–2011) — Several of the films have scenes that take during Christmastime with the characters exchanging gifts.
- Heatwave (1982) — Conflict over a planned housing development comes to a boil during a brutally hot Christmas season in Sydney, Australia.
- Holiday (1938) — Man engaged to wealthy girl finds himself attracted to her free-spirited sister. Film begins on Christmas Day.
- The Holiday (2006) - The story is about two women who trade homes for the holidays only to find that a change of address can change their lives.
- Hot Rods to Hell (1967) — Man recovering from Christmas Eve car accident finds himself and family harassed by teenage punks en route to new job as motel owner.
- The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) — Naive mail clerk is installed as president of a New York manufacturing company and invents the hula hoop. The film is set in December 1958.
- I Am Legend (2007) — A viral outbreak occurs on Christmas Eve 2009, and quickly spreads across the entire planet.
- I, the Jury (1953) — Hard-boiled PI Mike Hammer investigates the murder of a war buddy during Christmas season.
- In Bruges (2008) — Two Irish hit-men hide out in Belgium during the holiday season.
- In the Good Old Summertime (1949) — A musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, set in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Despite its title, the film includes several Christmas scenes and introduces the song "Merry Christmas".
- Inside (À l'intérieur) (2007) — On Christmas Eve, a widowed expectant mother is stalked by a murderous woman who wants her unborn child.
- It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) — When a New York millionaire boards up his 5th Ave. mansion for the winter and heads south, a homeless man moves in and invites others to join him. Christmas dinner is a key scene.
- Jaws: The Revenge (1987) — Killer shark follows dead policeman's family to the Bahamas. Film begins at Christmas time.
- Just Friends (2005) - A once overweight young man returns to his hometown for Christmas looking better than ever and tries to win his best friend's heart whom he has been in love with since High School.
- King of Kings (1961) — Account of Christ's life and ministry includes a depiction of the Nativity.
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) — A crook poses as an actor and gets tangled up in a crime during a Christmas setting.
- Kotch (1971) — An elderly man befriends, and takes in, a pregnant teenage runaway. Film includes a Christmas Eve scene.
- Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) — Trying to secure a new job in order to obtain legal custody of his son, Ted Kramer interviews for one (and gets it) during an office Christmas party.
- L.A. Confidential (1997) — The opening of the film takes place around Christmas and fictionalizes the real-life Bloody Christmas incident, which took place in 1951.
- Lady and the Tramp (1955) — The film opens and closes around Christmas.
- Lady for a Day (1933) — Broadway panhandler Apple Annie needs a Christmas miracle when her convent-bred daughter returns from Spain with the son of a count as her fiance. Remade in 1961 as Pocketful of Miracles.
- Lady in the Lake (1947) — Detective Philip Marlowe finds murder while searching for the wife of a publishing executive. Noir mystery spans Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- Larceny, Inc. (1942) — Crooks buy a luggage shop in order to tunnel to (and rob) the bank next door, then decide to "go straight" when the store is unexpectedly successful. Film climaxes on Christmas Eve.
- Lassie (2005) — Collie dog embarks on long journey home after being sold by her destitute family. Remake of Lassie Come Home climaxes on Christmas Eve.
- Legion (2010) — God loses faith in humankind and sends his angels to slaughter them all on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, Charlie's baby is born, and is deemed the new savior of mankind.
- The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) — A small time con artist has until Christmas to raise money he owes to a gangster. The song Silver Bells made its debut in this film.
- Lethal Weapon (1987) — A young suicidal cop is partnered with a veteran officer to solve a murder during the holidays.
- The Lion in Winter (1968) — Christmas 1183 is the setting for palace intrigues with King Henry II and family. Remade for television in 2003.
- Little Fockers (2010) — Comic complications and misunderstandings abound in this sequel to Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). Part of the film takes place at Christmas.
- Little Women (1933) — Includes scenes of the March family at Christmastime. Remade in 1949, 1978, and 1994.
- The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) — An amnesia victim accidentally re-discovers her previous persona during pre-Christmas holiday events and preparations.
- Look Who's Talking Now (1993) — The Ubriacco family struggles to be together for Christmas.
- Love Affair (1939) — Lovers are parted after a planned liaison is thwarted by a car accident. Film climaxes at Christmas. Remade in 1957 (as An Affair to Remember) and 1994.
- Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) — Teenager tries to find romance as Christmas approaches.
- Love Story (1970) — Romance blossoms between wealthy law student and doomed schoolteacher. A scene has the young man raising money by selling Christmas trees.
- Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) — Having lost their home to foreclosure, an elderly married couple are forced to separate and live with different children. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Mame (1974) — Musical version of Auntie Mame. Includes the song "We Need a Little Christmas".
- The Manchurian Candidate (1962) — Political scion is turned assassin by Communist brainwashing. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- The Man from Majorca (1984) — Stockholm police uncover political corruption while investigating a bank robbery. Film takes place during Christmas season.
- The Matador (2005) — Businessman and hit man strike up an odd friendship. The second half of the film takes place during the Christmas season.
- Mean Girls (2004) — Teenage outsider infiltrates school clique. Includes a scene where schoolgirls sing and dance to "Jingle Bell Rock".
- Meet John Doe (1941) — A newspaper reporter turns a bum into a national hero, but the man threatens to commit suicide by leaping from the town hall after he's exposed as a fraud. The climax takes place on Christmas Eve.
- Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) — A Missouri family prepares for the 1904 World's Fair. Film includes Christmas scenes, and introduces the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".
- Melvin and Howard (1980) — A down-on-his-luck working man lends assistance to a stranger who claims to be Howard Hughes. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) — Relationships among men in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. A key scene takes place on Christmas Eve.
- Metropolitan (1990) — Young upper-class collegians attend holiday balls and bond during Christmas break in Manhattan.
- A Midnight Clear (1992) — American and German soldiers spend an uneasy Christmas together in WW2 France.
- A Midwinter's Tale (1995) — Acting troupe attempts to save a church by mounting a Christmastime production of Hamlet.
- Millions (2004) — Two young British brothers, one very religious, clash over how to spend a chance acquisition of £229,520 (later revealed as stolen) before the fictional conversion to the Euro takes place on or near Christmas Day.
- The Minus Man (1999) — Serial-killer thriller takes place during the Christmas season.
- The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) — Small-town girl finds herself pregnant after marrying a departing soldier while intoxicated. Film climaxes on Christmas Eve.
- Mon oncle Antoine (1971) — Boy comes of age in Quebec mining town in late 1940s. Much of the film takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- Money Train (1995) — Takes place during the Christmas season and New Year's Eve.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) — Comedic account of ancient Israelite whose life parallels Christ's. Opening scene takes place during (and parodies) the Nativity.
- Monty Python's the Meaning of Life (1983) — A collection of comedic vignettes illustrating the various stages of man's life. One scene depicts Heaven as a place where it is Christmas every day.
- Moonstruck (1987) — Romantic comedy-drama takes place during, or just prior to, the holiday season.
- Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) — Man and woman discover their marriage was not legal. Film takes place in or around the holiday season.
- Mr. Soft Touch (1949) — Returning WW2 hero robs mobsters who've taken over his nightclub, then hides out in a settlement house under an assumed name. Film takes place just before Christmas.
- Mrs. Parkington (1944) — On Christmas Eve, a woman reminisces about her climb from hotel maid to wealthy society matron.
- Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) — British seamen rebel against their tyrannical captain during 1789 expedition to Tahiti. Includes a Christmas scene.
- My Night at Maud's (1969) — Catholic engineer engages in philosophical conversation with atheist professor friend and seductive divorcee during Christmas season.
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) — Mystery surrounds a young man's disappearance during a Christmas Eve storm. Remade in 1993.
- Never Say Goodbye (1946) — Artist attempts to win back his ex-wife as Christmas approaches.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) — Jack Skellington from Halloween town discovers Christmas town and plots to take Christmas for himself
- The Night of the Hunter (1955) — The final scenes of the film have the children enjoying Christmas since the capture of their pursuer.
- Nobody's Fool (1994) — Aging construction worker fights his employer and reconnects with his estranged family. Film takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Noise (2007) — Australian police constable suffers from tinnitus while investigating a brutal mass murder on a suburban commuter train. Film ends on Christmas Eve.
- The Odessa File (1974) — Political thriller is set around Christmas, and has "Christmas Dream" as its theme song.
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) - The last scene takes place around Christmas where the Dalmatians arrive back home.
- One Nite In Mongkok (2004) - Hong Kong crime drama that takes place on Christmas Eve, includes a prologue on 23 December.
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) — James Bond works to thwart biological-warfare threat. Part of the film takes place in Switzerland during the Christmas season.
- On Moonlight Bay (1951) — Tomboy falls for boy next door in 1910s Indiana town. Musical film includes Christmas scenes and song "Christmas Story".
- On the Avenue (1937) — Features the Christmas scenes and has a famous Christmas song.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) — Includes a scene where McMurphy throws an illicit Christmas party for the mental ward.
- Ordinary People (1980) — Affluent suburban family struggles with the aftermath of one son's death and the other's attempted suicide. Includes some Christmas scenes.
- Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945) — Norwegian immigrant farm family in rural Wisconsin. Film includes Christmas scenes.
- P2 (2007) — A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.
- Pandora's Box (1929) — Seductive young woman brings ruin to herself and those who love her, culminating in her death at the hands of Jack the Ripper on Christmas Eve.
- Penny Serenade (1941) — Tearjerker includes a child's Christmas pageant scene.
- Period of Adjustment (1962) — Two couples hash out their marital difficulties on Christmas Eve.
- Pocketful of Miracles (1961) — Frank Capra remake of his own Lady for a Day (q.v.).
- Precious (2009) — Inner-city teen mother struggles to overcome poverty and parental abuse. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Pride of the Marines (1945) — U.S. Marine undergoes rehabilitation after being blinded in an enemy attack during WW2. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Prometheus (2012) — Spaceship crew seeks humanity's origins and discovers a grave threat on a distant planet. A scene takes place on Christmas Day in 2093.
- The Proposition (2005) — In 1880s Australia, a captured outlaw is given until Christmas Day to find and kill his murderous older brother.
- Psycho (1960) — Bank secretary Marion Crane goes on the lam with embezzled money and has a fatal encounter with disturbed motel manager Norman Bates. Christmas decorations are visible in downtown Phoenix in an early scene.
- Rabbit Test (1978) — A man gets pregnant and spoofs the Nativity.
- The Railway Children (1970) — After their father is suddenly taken away, three children and their mother build a new life in Edwardian Yorkshire. Film begins at Christmas.
- The Reckless Moment (1949) — A middle-class housewife is targeted by blackmailers after the death of her daughter's sleazy boyfriend. Noir film takes place just prior to Christmas.
- The Ref (1994) — A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.
- Reindeer Games (2000) — A newly-paroled convict is coerced into helping a gang of thieves rob a Native-American casino on Christmas Eve.
- Rent (2005) — The first half of the film takes place on Christmas Eve and the days leading up to the new year. The second half of the film shows the events of the next year, with the film ending on Christmas Eve.
- Rick (2003) — Adaptation of Verdi's opera Rigoletto, set in the Manhattan corporate world during the Christmas season.
- Rocky (1976) — Small-time boxer is given a shot at the heavyweight championship in a New Year's bout. Film includes a couple of Christmas scenes.
- Rocky IV (1985) — An epic boxing match between the USSR's Captain Ivan Drago and the USA's Rocky Balboa on Christmas Day.
- Roger & Me (1989) — Documentary about General Motors plant closures in Flint, Michigan climaxes with filmmaker Michael Moore confronting GM chairman Roger Smith at a company Christmas Eve party.
- Ronin (1998) — Espionage thriller features an outdoor Joyeaux Noel celebration scene in the south of France.
- Roughly Speaking (1945) — Woman endures various hardships while raising a family over the first half of the 20th century. One scene takes place at Christmas of 1928.
- Running Scared (1986) — Lethal Weapon-style cop/buddy comedy takes place largely around Christmas.
- Santa Claws (1996) — Horror-film actress is stalked by a fan while shooting a Christmas-themed film.
- Serendipity (2001) — Opening scene set to Cool Yule at Bloomingdale's during the Christmas rush. John and Sara meet when they both reach for the same pair of gloves, which they are buying to be Christmas presents.
- The Seven Little Foys (1955) — Biographical account of vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy and family. Film includes some Christmas scenes.
- Shadowlands (1993) — Writers C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham meet and enter a relationship in 1950s England. Semi-biographical film includes Christmas scene.
- The Silent Partner (1978) — Bank teller plays cat-and-mouse with mall Santa-turned-holdup man over money from robbery.
- Since You Went Away (1944) — WW2 homefront drama climaxes on Christmas Eve.
- The Sisters (1938) — Three sisters endure unhappy marriages shortly after the turn of the century. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Sister Mary Explains It All (2001) — A tyrannical nun learns of the trouble she has caused through her strict and bigoted teachings, when former students confront her at a lecture on Christmas Eve.
- Six Weeks (1982) — Wealthy cosmetics tycoon and her dying daughter strike up a friendship with a politician and visit New York City for the holiday season.
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993) — Woman responds to plea from lonely widower on Christmas Eve radio program.
- Soldier (1998) — Includes a Christmas party among the settlers before Todd's exile.
- Some Girls (1988) — College student gets more than he bargained for when he visits his girlfriend's family in Quebec for Christmas.
- Splendor in the Grass (1961) — Young love, repression, and mental collapse in late-1920s Kansas. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Stalag 17 (1953) — American POWs fight among themselves a few days before Christmas.
- Star Trek: Generations (1994) — When Jean-Luc Picard is in The Nexus, he has a family and it is Christmas.
- Steel Magnolias (1989) — Exploring the intersecting lives of several women in small-town Louisiana. One scene takes place at Christmas.
- Stella Dallas (1937) — Working-class woman struggles to better herself and her daughter. Remade in 1990 as Stella; both versions include a Christmas scene.
- Step Brothers (2008) — Immature, combative 40-somethings become stepbrothers and attempt to go into business together. Film includes a Christmas Eve scene.
- Stowaway (1936) — Chinese orphan (Shirley Temple) stows away on a ship and is cared for by an American couple. Temple sings "That's What I Want for Christmas" in the final scene.
- A Summer Place (1959) — Adultery, divorce, and teen romance between two families who meet at a Maine island resort. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Sun Valley Serenade (1941) — Musician falls in love with Norwegian refugee during holiday gig at Idaho ski resort.
- The Sure Thing (1985) — Hostility turns to romance as college students travel cross-country during Christmas break.
- Tales from the Crypt (1972) — The first segment in this horror anthology is about a woman who kills her husband in their house on Christmas Eve, and is thus unable to call the police when a madman in a Santa costume is outside of the house.
- The Thin Man (1934) — Comic murder mystery includes several Christmas scenes.
- This Sporting Life (1963) — Rugby player looks back while recovering from getting his teeth knocked out in a Christmas Eve match.
- Three Days of the Condor (1975) — Espionage thriller takes place during the holiday season.
- To All a Good Night (1980) — Killer Santa stalks sorority girls.
- Tokyo Godfathers (2003) — A homeless trio (an alcoholic ex-athlete, a teenaged runaway, and an aging drag queen) are redeemed when they discover an abandoned infant at Christmas.
- Tom & Thomas (The Christmas Twins) (2002) — Long-separated identical twins reunite, fight child-trafficking ring. Film takes place during Christmas season.
- Torch Song Trilogy (1988) — A gay female impersonator struggles to find love and acceptance in 1970s New York. Part of the film takes place at Christmastime in 1973.
- Toy Story (1995) — The final scene takes place on Christmas Day.
- Toys (1992) — Man battles his war-loving brother for control of their dead father's toy factory. Film begins at Christmas.
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) — Memoir of a girl's coming of age in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn includes some Christmas Eve scenes.
- The Trouble with Angels (1966) — Teenage girls get into mischief at a Catholic boarding school. Film includes a Christmas scene.
- Two Family House (2000) — Blue-collar worker dreams of singing career and serves as landlord to a young Irish mother in 1950s Staten Island. Film ends on Christmas Eve.
- L'ultimo treno della notte (1975) — Young women are terrorized by criminal thugs on Christmastime train ride from Germany to Italy
- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) — Young romance is thwarted by war and arranged marriage in this musical film. Final scene takes place on Christmas Eve.
- The Unholy Three (1925) — Circus sideshow performers enter a criminal alliance that leads to murder. Silent film remade as a sound film in 1930; both versions have Christmas Eve/Christmas scenes.
- The Victors (1963) — The scene in which Private Slovik is executed for desertion is accompanied by Frank Sinatra singing Christmas carols on the soundtrack.
- The War of the Roses (1989) — Includes several Christmas scenes.
- The Way of All Flesh (1927) — Bank clerk and family man is driven to destitution and "death" after being robbed while delivering money to another city. Silent film, now lost, remade as a sound film in 1940; both versions end with a Christmas scene.
- The Wiggles Movie (1997) - The Wiggles mention this holiday when they tell Dorothy the Dinosaur what special day it is.
- Welcome to L.A. (1976) — Depicts relationships, sexual and otherwise, among a group of alienated young Los Angelinos. Film includes some Christmas scenes.
- We're Not Married! (1952) — Several different couples are wed on Christmas Eve by a justice of the peace, but later discover that the marriages aren't legally valid.
- When Harry Met Sally (1989) — Includes several Christmas– and New Year's-related scenes.
- The World of Henry Orient (1964) — Two prep-school girls follow philandering concert pianist around Manhattan. Film includes several Christmas scenes.
- Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) — Follows the lives of two families joined into one, all 22 of them. Includes a scene on Christmas morning with the ensuing confusion of 19 children opening presents.
- You've Got Mail (1998) — Internet-era update of The Shop Around the Corner includes Christmas– and Thanksgiving-related scenes.
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