‘Tis the season for Christmas… movies.
From the days when we believed in Santa come awesome 80s and 90s cinematic gems that can still make us feel like a kid at Christmas.
To honour that nostalgic Christmas spirit, we‘ve come up with this list, not of the holiday classics (sorry Bing Crosby) or the modern faves (sorry Elf), but of those movies that continually get us in the mood for Christmas reminiscing.
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
10. Ernest Saves Christmas
It’s everyone’s favourite screw-faced buffoon, and he saves Christmas! For any 80s kid, there just no such thing as nostalgia without a little dose of Ernest P. Worrell.
9. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Obviously not as good as the first, the combo of mischievous Kevin McCallister and beautiful New York City at Christmas still seems to make this fun sequel work year after year.
8. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Another take on the Dickens classic, but done only the way the iconic Muppets know how: all cute and crass, and still fully entertaining.
7. All I Want for Christmas
Little Thora Birch pulls pranks to get her parents back together for Christmas, and Leslie Nielsen is Santa Claus. It’s every child-of-divorce’s Christmas miracle come true.
Bill Murray is totally timeless, so much so that even in this late-80s version of a 19th century classic, he continues to make us laugh, through Christmases past, present, and future.
5. The Santa Clause
Tim Allen was our fave silly TV dad already, so putting him in a fat suit and a Santa hat was a guaranteed holiday homerun.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas movie for the 90s’ alternative crowd (so pretty much everyone in the 90s)…or anyone crazy-impressed with the pre-computerized stop-motion animation that took three years to make.
3. A Christmas Story
A true holiday classic about a “Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas”…that was partially filmed in Toronto.
2. Christmas Vacation
Another total classic, for both young and old, that our parents always insisted on watching, and now we do too. Poor Clark Griswold, trying so hard, failing so bad, it’s just so funny.
1. Home Alone
The soundtrack, the one-liners, the booby-traps, whatever it is you love most about this hilarious and heartwarming holiday flick, you know that it has defined the true meaning of Christmas for our entire generation.