It's that time of year again — December is upon us, and Christmas will be here before you know it! Finishing the Hat / Via giphy.com For anyone who is a fan of the festive season, there is a lot to be merry about: cheery holiday music, dazzling decorations, and of course, classic Christmas movies. New Line Cinema / Via giphy.com From modern flicks to legendary throwback films, there are so many awesome holiday features to enjoy. Paramount Pictures / Via giphy.com Here are 37 Christmas movies that are the best ever, in no particular order. 1. A Charlie Brown Christmas Year of release: 1965 Starring: Peter Robbins, Bill Melendez, Tracy Stratford, Christopher Shea, Cathy Steinberg, Karen Mendelson, Geoffrey Orstein, Chris Doran Interesting fact: A Charlie Brown Christmas had a modest budget of just $76,000, which would be around $719,000 in 2022. Mary Evans/AF Archive/Everett Collection 2. The Year Without a Santa Claus Year of release: 1974 Starring: Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, George S. Irving, Dick Shawn, Colin Duffy Interesting fact: This classic by Rankin/Bass was the last acting credit of Oscar-winning actor Shirley Booth, who voiced Mrs. Claus. Rankin/Bass Productions / Via youtube.com youtube.com 3. Love Actually Year of release: 2003 Starring: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Martine McCutcheon, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy Interesting fact: Writer-director Richard Curtis told Elle in 2013 that he thought of five previous "romantic ideas" before choosing to incorporate Mark confessing his feelings for Juliet via cue cards in the film, which was inspired by Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video. He tested his ideas out with women who worked in his office, who all liked this suggestion the best. Universal / courtesy Everett Collection 4. Christmas with the Kranks Year of release: 2004 Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Julie Gonzalo Interesting fact: The film is an adaptation of the 2001 John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas. Revolution Studios / Via youtube.com 5. Scrooged Year of release: 1988 Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Forsythe, Carol Kane, Alfre Woodard, Michael J. Pollard, Robert Mitchum, John Glover, David Johansen Interesting fact: Carol Kane told Vulture in 2018 that a scene in which her character, the Ghost of Christmas Present, does a ballet routine was originally supposed to additionally feature a double who was an experienced ballerina. After Carol put in a lot of effort to learn the routine but "was also bad at it," the production designer of Scrooged, J. Michael Riva, proposed that Carol should do the routine without the double to "show her character trying, because her character can’t do this dance." She then ended up doing the dance on her own. Paramount Pictures / Via youtube.com 6. The Nightmare Before Christmas Year of release: 1993 Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, Ken Page, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, William Hickey, Edward Ivory Interesting fact: One week of filming was necessary to complete each minute of the movie. Touchstone Pictures 7. The Polar Express Year of release: 2004 Starring: Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Eddie Deezen, Peter Scolari, Daryl Sabara, Josh Hutcherson Interesting fact: Tom Hanks voiced six different characters in the movie: the Conductor, Hero Boy, Hero Boy's father, Hobo, the Scrooge puppet, and Santa Claus. Warner Brothers / courtesy Everett Collection 8. It's a Wonderful Life Year of release: 1946 Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, Beulah Bondi, Karolyn Grimes, Thomas Mitchell Interesting fact: Director Frank Capra asked special effects artist Russell Shearman to create a brand new type of false snow for It's a Wonderful Life. Russell then made the artificial snow for the iconic scenes of the movie using water, sugar, soap, and Foamite. Liberty Films / Via youtube.com 9. A Very Brady Christmas Year of release: 1988 Starring: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Jennifer Runyon, Ann B. Davis Interesting fact: The original actor who played Cindy Brady in the Brady Bunch series, Susan Olsen, was replaced by Jennifer Runyon in this holiday movie. Susan later revealed that she instead went to Jamaica for her honeymoon when the salary she requested was rejected, even though it was "way less than" the amount requested by her costars playing her sisters, Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb. Sherwood Schwartz Company / Via youtube.com 10. Elf Year of release: 2003 Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner Interesting fact: Will Ferrell told the Hollywood Reporter in 2021 that he said no to reprising his role of Buddy the Elf following being offered $29 million to do a sequel to the Christmas comedy film. New Line Cinema 11. Eloise at Christmastime Year of release: 2003 Starring: Julie Andrews, Sofia Vassilieva, Kenneth Welsh, Christine Baranski, Debra Monk, Gavin Creel, Sara Topham, Rick Roberts Interesting fact: Julie Andrews had to wear padding on her bottom while playing Eloise's nanny. DiNovi Pictures / Via youtube.com 12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas Year of release: 2000 Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Molly Shannon, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Clint Howard Interesting fact: During a 2014 Graham Norton Show appearance, Jim Carrey said that applying the Grinch makeup was so grueling for him that a professional was brought in to teach him tactics on how to tolerate torture, which was traditionally offered to CIA agents. Universal Pictures / Via youtube.com 13. Jack Frost Year of release: 1998 Starring: Michael Keaton, Joseph Cross, Kelly Preston, Mark Addy Interesting fact: In addition to starring in Jack Frost, Michael Keaton co-wrote and sang "Don't Lose Your Faith," a song on the movie's soundtrack. He also sang a rock version of "Frosty the Snowman" for the project. Warner Bros. / Via youtube.com 14. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Year of release: 1970 Starring: Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Robie Lester, Joan Gardner, Paul Frees, Keenan Wynn Interesting fact: This animated feature was Mickey Rooney's first time voicing Santa Claus. He later voiced Santa for four other animated projects: The Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, The Happy Elf and A Miser Brothers' Christmas. He also played Santa in a 2008 live-action short called Wreck the Halls. Rankin/Bass Productions / Via youtube.com 15. Jingle All the Way Year of release: 1996 Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, Phil Hartman, Jim Belushi Interesting fact: A limited amount of Turbo Man action figures were sold to coincide with the premiere of Jingle All the Way. 1492 Pictures / Via youtube.com 16. Four Christmases 17. Home Alone Year of release: 1990 Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard Interesting fact: Director Chris Columbus shared with Entertainment Weekly in 2015 that "an extraordinary amount of prep" was required to safely pull off the booby traps that Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) plants in the movie. Twentieth Century Fox / Via youtube.com 18. The Best Man Holiday Year of release: 2013 Starring: Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Taye Diggs, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa Interesting fact: The Best Man Holiday is a sequel to and The Best Man, a third installment of the storyline will soon be released as a TV series. Universal / Â©Universal/courtesy Everett / Everett Collection 19. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Year of release: 1989 Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, Randy Quaid Interesting fact: The movie was adapted from "Christmas '58," a short story penned by writer-director John Hughes that was featured in National Lampoon magazine in 1980. Warner Bros / Â©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection 20. The Muppet Christmas Carol Walt Disney Co. / Â©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection 21. Holiday in Handcuffs Year of release: 2007 Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez Interesting fact: Melissa Joan Hart stated in a 2015 Bustle interview that the snowy environment that can be seen throughout the movie was real, as it snowed "the whole time" they were filming in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Alberta Film Entertainment 22. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Year of release: 1997 Starring: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Tim Curry, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Bernadette Peters, Haley Joel Osment, Paul Reubens Interesting fact: Two stars of the film, Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters, had previously worked together for the 1982 movie musical . Annie Disney Interactive Studios 23. I'll Be Home for Christmas Year of release: 1998 Starring: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna, Gary Cole Interesting fact: In real life, costars Jessica Biel and Adam LaVorgna dated for a time after meeting on the set of this movie. Walt Disney Pictures 24. Single All the Way Year of release: 2021 Starring: Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Macfarlane, Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy Najimy Interesting fact: Philemon Chambers scored his first-ever feature film role through starring as Nick in Single All the Way. Muse Entertainment Enterprises 25. Bad Santa Year of release: 2003 Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac, Brett Kelly, John Ritter, Lauren Tom Interesting fact: The lead role was originally written with James Gandolfini in mind, screenwriter John Requa revealed to the New York Times in 2016. Dimension Films / Â©Dimension Films/Courtesy Everett Collection 26. The Ultimate Christmas Present Year of release: 2000 Starring: Hallee Hirsh, Brenda Song Interesting fact: This was the first Disney Channel appearance by Brenda Song, who would later star in DC projects like Get a Clue, Stuck in the Suburbs, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. Disney Channel 27. A Christmas Story Year of release: 1983 Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin Interesting fact: The flagpole scene was thankfully pain-free for Scott Schwartz, who portrayed Flick. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 28. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Year of release: 1964 Starring: Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann Interesting fact: As of 2016, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the longest-running Christmas TV special ever, per MeTV. Rankin/Bass Productions / Via youtube.com 29. The Preacher's Wife Year of release: 1996 Starring: Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Justin Pierre Edmund, Lionel Richie Interesting fact: Whitney Houston's mother, singer Cissy Houston, made an appearance in the movie as Mrs. Havergal. Buena Vista Pictures / Â©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection 30. Miracle on 34th Street Year of release: 1947 Starring: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood Interesting fact: At the time Miracle on 34th Street was filmed, a young Natalie Wood believed in Santa and thought that Edmund Gwenn was the real St. Nick. 20thcentfox / Â©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection 31. White Christmas Year of release: 1954 Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen Interesting fact: Danny Kaye was the third choice for the role of Phil Davis. Paramount Pictures / Via youtube.com 32. Last Holiday Year of release: 2006 Starring: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Giancarlo Esposito, Alicia Witt, Timothy Hutton, Gérard Depardieu Interesting fact: In 2015, Alicia Witt shared on that Queen Latifah's father taught her how to play poker during the filming of The Queen Latifah Show Last Holiday. Last Holiday Productions / Via youtube.com 33. Meet Me in St. Louis Year of release: 1944 Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Lucille Bremer, Mary Astor, Marjorie Main, Tom Drake, Leon Ames Interesting fact: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was created for Judy Garland's role by songwriting duo Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin. Judy wouldn't sing the first draft of the track, as she thought it was too gloomy, Hugh said on NPR's in 2006. They then rewrote the song, and Judy sang this version for the film. Fresh Air Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Via youtube.com 34. Edward Scissorhands Year of release: 1990 Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Oliveri, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price Interesting fact: The character of Edward was adapted from a sketch that filmmaker Tim Burton drew during his high school days. In addition, screenwriter Caroline Thompson based Edward on a dog of hers that had passed away six years before she penned the Edward Scissorhands script. Twentieth Century Fox 35. The Holiday Year of release: 2006 Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black Interesting fact: Jack Black initially wasn't sold on the idea of starring in a rom-com, but he decided to take on the role of Miles once he learned that he'd be acting opposite Kate Winslet. Columbia Pictures / Via youtube.com 36. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Year of release: 2008 Starring: Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns, Warren Christie, Connor Christopher Levins Interesting fact: This film was one of two Christmas movies from 2008 that Henry Winkler appeared in; he also played Judge Newman in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh. Hallmark Channel 37. The Santa Clause Year of release: 1994 Starring: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, David Krumholtz, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold Interesting fact: Patricia Richardson, who played Tim Allen's wife, Jill Taylor, on Home Improvement, was one of the actors who was looked at for the part of Tim's onscreen ex-wife in this movie. Wendy Crewson eventually got the role and went on to play Laura in the two follow-up films of the Santa Clause franchise. Walt Disney Pictures What are your all-time favorite Christmas movies? Let us know in the comments section below!