100+ Classics & New Christmas Movies 2022


Watching Christmas movies is part of this festive season, especially with Covid-19, the uninvited guest sticking around. We put together a list of Christmas classics from the beginnings of film-making to the newest Christmas movies published this year!

8-Bit Christmas (2021)

In 1980s Chicago, a ten-year-old sets out on a quest to get the Christmas gift of his generation – the latest and greatest video game system.
Initial release: November 25, 2021
Director: Michael Dowse
Production companies: New Line Cinema; Star Thrower Entertainment

48 Christmas Wishes (2017)

A pair of junior elves decide to find some missing wishes after letters to Santa are accidentally lost forever. Their journey takes them away from the North Pole and into the wide world.
Initial release: November 2, 2017
Directors: Marco Deufemia, Justin G. Dyck

A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny.
Release date: November 26, 2021 (United Kingdom)
Director: Gil Kenan
Music by: Dario Marianelli
Based on: A Boy Called Christmas; by Matt Haig
Production companies: Canal+; Ciné+; Blueprint Pictures

A Castle for Christmas (2021)

To escape a scandal, the bestselling author journeys to Scotland, where she falls in love with a castle — and faces off with the grumpy duke who owns it.
Music composed by: Jeff Rona
Production company: Motion Picture Corporation of America
Cinematography: Michael Coulter
Editor: Suzy Elmiger
Executive producers: Brad Krevoy, Amanda Phillips, Brooke Shields, Steve McGlothen, Katrina Stagner, Steve Berman
Costume design: Katy Taylor, Alison Mitchell

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special. It is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965.
Initial release: December 9, 1965
Director: Bill Melendez

A Christmas Story (1983)

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.
Release date: November 18, 1983 (Canada)
Director: Bob Clark

A Christmas Tale (2008)

When steely French matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve) learns she has leukemia, she asks her children and grandchildren at the family Christmas gathering to see if they are eligible to become bone marrow donors. This causes deep friction in the family, especially between Junon’s daughter Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) and son Henri (Mathieu Amalric), who already have a tumultuous relationship. Their mother’s sickness also recalls the traumatic loss of their brother Joseph when they were children.
Release date: May 21, 2008 (France)
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Box office: $6.3 million
Language: French
Screenplay: Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu
Story by: Jean-Pierre Jouet, Jacques Ascher

A Christmas Tree Miracle (2013)

A dysfunctional family loses everything when David, the father, loses his job. They are taken in by an old Christmas tree farmer and, by sticking together, manage to overcome all of the obstacles in their path.
Initial release: December 3, 2013
Director: J.W. Myers

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)

An aspiring singer is stalled on her path to success by her stepmother and two wicked stepsisters. When she starts working at a job to help her dreams come true, she starts to fall for the handsome new Santa.
Initial release: October 15, 2019
Based on: A Cinderella Story; by Leigh Dunlap
Produced by: Dylan Sellers; Michelle Johnston
Production companies: Blue Ribbon Content; Front Street Pictures Inc.

A Garfield Christmas (1987)

Everyone’s favourite wise-cracking, lasagne-loving feline Garfield gets festive in this Christmas special.
Initial release: December 21, 1987
Director: Phil Roman
Adapted from: Garfield

A Magic Christmas (2014)

A loving mother (Olivia d’Abo) is obsessed with getting a huge promotion at work. When she is forced to take a family vacation at Christmas, Kris Kringle shows her what life would be like without the love of her family.
Release date: October 28, 2014 (USA)
Director: R. Michael Givens
Music composed by: Misha Segal
Initial DVD release: November 27, 2014 (Germany)
Screenplay: Jon Young, Gregory Poppen

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is a 2008 NBC television special directed by Kirk R. Thatcher featuring The Muppets in a Christmas mission to personally deliver three letters to Santa Claus, accidentally diverted by Gonzo, to the North Pole.
Initial release: December 17, 2008
Director: Kirk Thatcher
Story by: Paul Williams; Hugh Fink; Scott Ganz; Andrew Samson

A Very Country Christmas (2017)

A busy single parent is unaware that the handsome man she just met is actually a country superstar who is trying to escape the chaos of fame.
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Producer: Patrick McBrearty
Writer: Keith Cooper
Release Date: Jan 16, 2019

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

Harold is asked to look after a Christmas tree by his father-in-law, but he and his ex-roommate Kumar end up destroying it. The two then set out to find a replacement for the damaged tree.
Release date: November 4, 2011 (USA)
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Budget: $19 million
Music by: William Ross
Written by: Jon Hurwitz; Hayden Schlossberg
Produced by: Greg Shapiro

All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)

Young Mariah desperately wants a puppy for Christmas. To prove she’s responsible, Mariah pet-sits a mischievous puppy named Jack, but it’s not long before the playful pooch turns the Careys’ Christmas family holiday upside down.
Initial release: November 13, 2017
Director: Guy Vasilovich
Music by: Richard Evans; Matthew Gerrard; Marco Luciani
Based on: “All I Want For Christmas Is You”; by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff
Produced by: Steven Rosen; Mike Young; Liz Young
Production companies: Universal 1440 Entertainment; Splash Entertainment; Magic Carpet Productions; Universal Animation Studios

Angela’s Christmas (2018)

A Christmas Eve trip to church with her family gives young Angela an extraordinary idea, one that not everyone approves of.
Initial release: December 8, 2017
Director: Damien O’Connor
Written by: Will Collins; Damien O’Connor
Production companies: Brown Bag Films; 9 Story

Arthur Christmas (2011)

When Santa’s gawky son Arthur learns that owing to a technical glitch a little girl’s Christmas gift has been misplaced, he sets out on a mission to deliver the present before it is too late.
Release date: December 2, 2011 (Indonesia)
Director: Sarah Smith
Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams
Box office: $147 million
Written by: Peter Baynham; Sarah Smith
Production companies: Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Columbia Pictures

Babes in Toyland (1961)

Mary Contrary (Annette) is set to marry Tom Piper (Tommy Sands) when he is kidnapped by Roderigo (Gene Sheldon) and Gonzorgo (Henry Calvin), two goons working for the evil Barnaby (Ray Bolger). Barnaby wants to marry Mary for her inheritance. Instead of killing Tom as instructed, Roderigo and Gonzorgo sell him to Gypsies, which allows Tom to rescue Mary. Soon afterward, Tom and Mary encounter the odd Toymaker (Ed Wynn), who becomes a pawn in Barnaby’s new scheme.
Release date: December 14, 1961 (USA)
Director: Jack Donohue
Adapted from: Babes in Toyland
Box office: $4.6 million (U.S./Canada rentals)
Screenplay: Glen MacDonough, Ward Kimball, Anna Alice Chapin, Joe Rinaldi, Lowell S. Hawley

Bad Santa (2003)

Rather than spreading good cheer, Willie, a swindler dressed up as Santa, and his elf partner Marcus try to rob a mall. Their motive fails when the thief befriends an eight-year-old boy.
Release date: November 26, 2003 (USA)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Box office: $76.5 million
Music by: David Kitay
Produced by: John Cameron; Sarah Aubrey; Bob Weinstein
Production companies: Columbia Pictures; Dimension Films; Triptych  Pictures

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Belle prepares for Christmas despite Beast’s hatred for the season. Forte, a pipe organ, schemes to trick Belle into leaving the castle, as he thinks her attempts might end the curse.
Initial release: November 11, 1997
Director: Andy Knight
Music by: Rachel Portman
Produced by: Lori Forte; Susan Kapigian
Production companies: Walt Disney Video Premiere; Walt Disney Television Animation
Written by: Flip Kobler; Cindy Marcus; Bill Motz; Bob Roth

Black Nativity (2013)

Langston, a street-smart teenager, is sent to live with his estranged relatives in New York City to celebrate Christmas. As he spends his days there, he embarks on an inspirational life journey.
Initial release: November 27, 2013
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Adapted from: Black Nativity
Box office: $7.5 million
Produced by: William Horberg; T. D. Jakes; Galt Niederhoffer; Celine Rattray; Trudie Styler

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Elizabeth, author of the popular magazine column “Diary of a Housewife,” lives alone in a New York apartment and cannot cook, she writes about a bucolic life on a Connecticut farm.
Release date: August 11, 1945 (USA)
Director: Peter Godfrey
Music by: Frederick Hollander
Box office: $3 million or $4,132,000
Story by: Aileen Hamilton
Budget: $864,000

Christmas Oranges (2012)

A girl is suddenly forced to leave her happy orphanage home and move to a far more harsh institution, where the headmaster takes an instant dislike to her. She keeps her spirits up through her lonely life by looking forward to a traditional Christmas treat, and when the holiday arrives, something unexpected happens.
Initial release: 2012
Director: John Lyde

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

The Kranks scandalize everyone when they declare that they won’t be celebrating Christmas. But, when their daughter decides to visit home, they get off on a mad rush to organize a spanking Christmas.
Release date: November 15, 2004 (USA)
Director: Joe Roth
Adapted from: Skipping Christmas
Budget: $60 million
Produced by: Michael Barnathan; Chris Columbus; Mark Radcliffe
Music composed by: John Debney, Paul Morabito

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)

George, a playful monkey, and his human friend prepare to welcome Christmas and wonder what to gift each other.
Release date: November 25, 2009 (USA)
Directors: Scott Heming, Cathy Malkasian

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (2020)

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker is an American documentary film directed by Oliver Bokelberg. Wikipedia
Initial release: November 27, 2020
Production company: Shondaland
Distributed by: Netflix
Directed by: Oliver Bokelberg

Deck the Halls (2006)

Steve and his new neighbour, Buddy, try to outdo each other in decorating their houses for Christmas. However, Buddy’s extravagantly-decorated house overshadows Steve’s, causing a conflict.
Release date: November 22, 2006 (USA)
Director: John Whitesell
Music by: George S. Clinton
Box office: $46.8 million
Written by: Matt Corman; Chris Ord; Don Rhymer
Production companies: Regency Enterprises; Scott Free Productions (uncredited)

Die Hard (1988)

Hoping to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, detective John McClane arrives in LA. However, he learns about a hostage situation in an office building and his wife is one of the hostages.
Release date: July 22, 1988 (USA)
Director: John McTiernan
Sequel: Die Hard 2
Music by: Michael Kamen
Budget: $25–35 million
Adapted from: Nothing Lasts Forever

Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)

Ebenezer Scrooge, a spiteful and miserly man, encounters three spirits on Christmas Eve, who show him the folly of his ways and prompt him to become a better man.
Release date: November 18, 2009 (Indonesia)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Adapted from: A Christmas Carol
Music by: Alan Silvestri
Box office: $325 million
Production companies: Walt Disney Pictures; ImageMovers Digital

Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch (2018)

The Grinch grows increasingly annoyed with the ever-growing festive cheer that engulfs the village of Whoville. So, he teams up with his dog to ruin the festive spirit by being a spoilsport.
Release date: November 9, 2018 (Indonesia)
Directors: Scott Mosier, Yarrow Cheney
Narrated by: Pharrell Williams
Box office: $511.8 million
Adapted from: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

DreamWorks: Home for the Holidays (2017)

2017 | TV-Y | 45m | Movies Based on Books. Oh takes it upon himself to introduce Christmas joy to his fellow Boovs. Unfortunately, his well-meaning mission nearly destroys the city. Starring:Rachel Crow, Mark Whitten, Kelly Clarkson.
Initial release: December 1, 2017
Director: Blake Lemons

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020)

A woman plans to sell a small town with no regard for the people living there until she receives a miraculous visit.
Initial release: November 22, 2020
Director: Debbie Allen
Screenplay by: Maria S. Schlatter
Production companies: Warner Bros. Television; Magnolia Hill Productions

Elf (2003)

Buddy, a human, is raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father.
Release date: April 2, 2004 (Indonesia)
Director: Jon Favreau
Music by: John Debney
Written by: David Berenbaum
Box office: $223.3 million
Production companies: New Line Cinema; Guy Walks Into a Bar Productions

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer (2018)

When Blitzen suddenly announces his retirement, Santa needs to find a replacement. Against all odds, Elliot and his best friend, Hazel, set out to prove that he is the horse for the job. As Elliot and Hazel take on the North Pole reindeer try-outs, Hazel learns that Christmas, as we know it, may be headed for disaster. Meanwhile, back at the farm, a sinister lady threatens the lives of their friends, and Elliot is faced with the biggest decision of his life.
Release date: January 5, 2019 (Indonesia)
Director: Jennifer Westcott
Music by: Igor Correia; Robert Melamed
Box office: $2.2 million
Produced by: Lucas Lynette-Krech; Victoria Westcott

Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

The talented six-year-old Manhattanite of Kay Thompson’s beloved Eloise books gets into the sabbatical mood while playing cupid in this made-for-TV comedy.
Release date: November 22, 2003 (USA)
Director: Kevin Lima
Music by: Bruce Broughton
Adapted from: Eloise at Christmastime
Produced by: Thomas D. Adelman; Christine A. Sacani
Written by: Kay Thompson (books); Hilary Knight (drawings); Elizabeth Chandler (written)

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Emmet and Ma Otter are very poor, but they are very happy and talented singers. Christmas is around the corner, and they both want to get the other a very special present. The prize in the talent show is $50. Both Emmet and Ma get a song ready for the competition; Emmet forms a jug band, and Ma practices alone, to vie with the Riverbottom Gang.
Release date: December 4, 1977 (USA)
Director: Jim Henson
Adapted from: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
Theme music composer: Paul Williams
Original network: CBC
Production company: Henson Associates

Father Christmas Is Back (2021)

Centring around four sisters who have reunited for the Christmas holiday in a Yorkshire mansion. Misunderstandings uncover the long-buried secret that tore their family apart, so many years ago.
Directors: Philippe Martinez, Mick Davis
Screenplay: David Conolly
Story by: Philippe Martinez
Producers: Philippe Martinez, Alan Latham

Four Christmases (2008)

Lovers Brad and Kate plan to go on a vacation to Fiji to spend the holidays. However, when their vacation plan is foiled, they are forced to visit all four of their divorced parents for Christmas.
Release date: November 26, 2008 (USA)
Director: Seth Gordon
Music by: Alex Wurman
Box office: $163.7 million
Story by: Matt R. Allen; Caleb Wilson
Produced by: Gary Barber; Jonathan Glickman; Roger Birnbaum

Fred Claus (2007)

Fred, Santa Claus’s older brother, has landed in jail for stealing. However, Santa agrees to bail him out on the condition that Fred comes to the North Pole and makes toys for Christmas.
Release date: November 9, 2007 (USA)
Director: David Dobkin
Music by: Christophe Beck
Box office: $97.8 million
Story by: Dan Fogelman; Jessie Nelson
Production company: Silver Pictures

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

A discarded magic top hat brings to life the snowman that a group of children made, until a magician, professor Hinkle, wants it back, and the temperature starts to rise. Frosty will melt or no longer be a jolly soul, if the kids cannot get him away from Hinkle and warm weather, so he hops a train to the North Pole with young Karen.
Initial release: December 7, 1969
Directors: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Narrated by: Jimmy Durante
Production company: Rankin/Bass Productions
Based on: “Frosty the Snowman”; by Steve Nelson; Jack Rollins
Written by: Romeo Muller

Get Santa (2014)

After crashing his sleigh and coming to the attention of the local police, Santa Claus asks a father and son for help to round up his reindeer so he can return home and ensure that Christmas is not ruined for all.
Release date: December 5, 2014 (United Kingdom)
Director: Christopher Smith
Music by: Ilan Eshkeri
Box office: $4.8 million
Producers: Liza Marshall, Tony Scott

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000)

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer is a 2000 Canadian–American animated Christmas TV special, directed by Phil Roman. The special was first released on home video in October and then aired on The WB network on December 21, 2000. The title and story are based on the 1979 novelty song of the same name.
Initial release: October 31, 2000
Director: Phil Roman
Production companies: The Fred Rappoport Company, Inc. Phil Roman Entertainment; SFM Entertainment
Story by: Fred A. Rappoport; Elmo Shropshire; Jim Fisher; Jim Staahl

Gremlins (1984)

Billy’s father gets him a pet from China with three very specific instructions. However, when Billy does not follow them, it unleashes a horde of monsters.
Release date: June 8, 1984 (USA)
Director: Joe Dante
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Box office: $212.9 million
Written by: Chris Columbus
Produced by: Michael Finnell

Holiday Affair (1949)

A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic but unsuccessful sales clerk.
Initial release: November 23, 1949
Director: Don Hartman
Music by: Roy Webb
Based on: Christmas Gift; by John D. Weaver

Holiday Affair (1949)

A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic but unsuccessful sales clerk.
Initial release: November 23, 1949
Director: Don Hartman
Music by: Roy Webb
Based on: Christmas Gift; by John D. Weaver

The Holiday Calendar (2018)

A photographer discovers that the antique Advent calendar she inherited seems to predict her future, including a budding romance.
Release date: November 2, 2018
Director: Bradley Walsh

Holiday Rush (2019)

When a widowed radio DJ is fired, he and his four spoiled children must leave their lives of luxury behind and move in with his aunt just before Christmas.
Initial release: November 28, 2019
Director: Leslie Small
Music by: Kathryn Bostic
Produced by: Julie Crank Di Cataldo; Sean Dwyer; Elizabeth Cullen
Production companies: Poke Prod Production

Holidate (2020)

Fed up with being single on holidays, two strangers agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long, only to catch real feelings along the way.
Initial release: October 28, 2020
Director: John Whitesell
Music by: Dan the Automator
Cinematography: Shane Hurlbut
Written by: Tiffany Paulsen
Produced by: McG; Mary Viola

Home Alone (1990)

Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he tries to put up a fight.
Release date: August 16, 1991 (Indonesia)
Director: Chris Columbus
Music by: John Williams
Box office: $476.7 million
Production company: Hughes Entertainment

Home Sweet Home Alone (2021)

A married couple tries to steal back a valuable heirloom from a troublesome kid.
Initial release: November 12, 2021
Director: Dan Mazer
Story by: Mikey Day; Streeter Seidell; John Hughes
Music by: John Debney
Based on: Home Alone; by John Hughes
Produced by: Hutch Parker; Dan Wilson

How the Toys Saved Christmas (1996)

Enchanted toys come to life to do battle with a holiday-hating villain who is bent on stopping Christmas.
Release date: December 5, 1996 (Germany)
Director: Enzo D’Alò
Adapted from: La freccia azzurra

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Boris Karloff narrates an animated tale about the lonely and heartless title character who decides to dress up as Santa and steal the Christmas decorations, gifts, and feast from the people of Whoville.
Release date: December 18, 1966 (USA)
Director: Chuck Jones
First episode date: December 18, 1966
Budget: $315,000
Adapted from: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)

Estranged from his father (Gary Cole), college student Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is lured home to New York for Christmas with the promise of receiving a classic Porsche as a gift. When the bullying football team dumps him in the desert in a Santa suit, Jake is left without identification or money to help him make the journey. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Allie (Jessica Biel), does not know where he is and accepts a cross-country ride from Jake’s rival, Eddie (Adam LaVorgna).
Release date: November 13, 1998 (USA)
Director: Arlene Sanford
Music by: John Debney
Box office: $12.2 million
Story by: Michael Allin
Produced by: Robin French; Justis Greene; David Hoberman; Tracey Trench

It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

When Michael O’Connor discovers that his house has been taken over by a group of homeless people, he disguises himself and stays with them to find out what is going on.
Release date: April 19, 1947 (USA)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Music by: Edward Ward
Box office: $1.8 million (estimated)
Story by: Herbert Clyde Lewis; Frederick Stephani
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Story, Gran Premio Internazionale di Venezia per il miglior film

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

After the Muppet Theater faces closure on account of financial hardships, angel Daniel requests Boss to help its owner Kermit the Frog and his team of muppets.
Initial release: November 29, 2002
Director: Kirk Thatcher
Music by: Mark Watters
Based on: The Muppets; by Jim Henson
Distributor: NBCUniversal Television Distribution

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
Release date: January 7, 1947 (USA)
Director: Frank Capra
Adapted from: The Greatest Gift
Music by: Dimitri Tiomkin
Box office: $3.3 million
Production company: Liberty Films

Jack Frost (1998)

After singer Jack Frost dies suddenly, his young son, Charlie, is unable to overcome his loss. However, Charlie’s life changes when Jack returns as a snowman to be by his son’s side.
Release date: December 11, 1998 (USA)
Director: Troy Miller
Music by: Trevor Rabin
Box office: $34.6 million
Produced by: Irving Azoff; Mark Canton
Production companies: Azoff Entertainment; The Canton Company

Jingle All the Way (1996)

Howard, a haggard salesman, promises his son a Turbo Man toy for Christmas. He is forced to fight every parent and travel all over town to get the toy after he forgets to buy it.
Release date: November 16, 1996 (USA)
Director: Brian Levant
Music by: David Newman
Box office: $129.8 million
Produced by: Chris Columbus; Michael Barnathan; Mark Radcliffe
Production companies: 1492 Pictures; Fox Family Films;

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

Decades after being betrayed by his apprentice, a once joyful toy maker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter arrives on his doorstep.
Initial release: November 13, 2020
Director: David E. Talbert
Production companies: Golden Girl; Brillstein Entertainment Partners; Burr Productions; Get Lifted Film Company; 260 Degrees Entertainment
Cinematography: Remi Adefarasin

Joyeux Noel (2005)

With the advent of World War I, Europe is thrown into a brutal and vicious chaos as men are forced to kill or be killed. While blood soaks the battlefield as Christmas approaches, the men in the trenches of the Western Front face a transformation, however fleeting, toward peace and goodwill. Against all odds, four unlikely individuals from opposing sides (Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis) bond during this bloodless respite to experience the hope and goodness in humanity.
Release date: November 9, 2005 (France)
Director: Christian Carion
Music by: Philippe Rombi
Box office: $17,709,155
Languages: French; English; German
Edited by: Judith Rivière Kawa; Andrea Sedlácková

Klaus (2019)

After proving himself to be the worst student at the academy, a postman is sent to a frozen town in the North where he discovers a reclusive toymaker named Klaus.
Initial release: November 8, 2019
Director: Sergio Pablos
Music by: Alfonso González Aguilar
Budget: $40 million
Languages: Spanish; English; Northern Sami

Last Holiday (2006)

Georgia, who leads a life full of unfulfilled desires, is left shocked when she discovers her terminal illness. Soon, she quits her job, gathers her savings and sets out on a luxurious trip to Europe.
Release date: January 13, 2006 (USA)
Director: Wayne Wang
Music by: George Fenton
Box office: $43.3 million
Produced by: Laurence Mark; Jack Rapke
Written by: Jeffrey Price; Peter S. Seaman

Legacy Peak (2022)

Jason is a man with a plan – all the plans in fact. But when a surprise trip with his girlfriend’s children crashes and burns, they’ll all discover if he’s father material or not.
Initial release: September 22, 2022
Director: Aaron Burns

Let It Snow (2022)

A snowstorm hits a small midwestern town on Christmas Eve, bringing together a group of highschool students. They soon find their friendships and love lives colliding, and and Christmas morning, nothing will be the same.
Initial release: November 8, 2019
Director: Luke Snellin

Love Actually (2003)

Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways. Their tryst with love makes them discover how complicated relationships can be.
Release date: 2003
Director: Richard Curtis
Music by: Craig Armstrong
Box office: $246.8 million
Produced by: Duncan Kenworthy; Tim Bevan; Eric Fellner; Debra Hayward; Liza Chasin
Production companies: StudioCanal; Working Title Films; DNA Films

Love Hard (2021)

After meeting her perfect match on a dating app, an L.A. writer learns she’s been catfished when she flies 3,000 miles to surprise him for Christmas.
Initial release: November 5, 2021
Director: Hernán Jiménez
Produced by: McG; Mary Viola
Written by: Danny Mackey; Rebecca Ewing
Production company: Wonderland Sound and Vision

March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep’s mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby’s Bogeymen are set on Toyland.
Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers
Writers: Frank Butler(screen play), Nick Grinde(screen play), Anna Alice Chapin(libretto)
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

“Meet Me in St. Louis” is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is the nonpareil Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The film spotlights the sisters’ education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn’t limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love — accompanied by song, dance, and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor — conquers all.
Release date: January 1945 (USA)
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenplay by: Irving Brecher; Fred F. Finklehoffe
Box office: $6,566,000 (original release); $12,800,000
Adapted from: 5135 Kensington, Meet Me in St. Louis

Merry Madagascar (2009)

Santa and his reindeer crash on the island of Madagascar, and Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and the penguins must save Christmas.
Initial release: November 17, 2009
Show: DreamWorks Holiday Classics
Director: David Soren
Music by: Heitor Pereira
Original network: NBC

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

After Donald refuses to be happy and excited for Christmas, Mickey and Minnie decide to teach him the true meaning of the festival.
Initial release: November 9, 2004
Directors: Matthew O’Callaghan, Theresa Cullen, Carole Holliday
Featured song: Share this Day
Narrated by: Clive Revill
Production companies: DisneyToon Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

An anthology of three short stories that feature heart-warming sequences and shed light on the true meaning of Christmas.
Initial release: November 9, 1999
Directors: Alex Mann, Jun Falkenstein, Bradley Raymond, Toby Shelton, Bill Speers
Music by: J. Eric Schmidt
Production company: Walt Disney Television Animation
Narrated by: Kelsey Grammer

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated family comedy-drama featurette directed and produced by Burny Mattinson. The cartoon is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella A Christmas Carol, and stars Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Initial release: October 20, 1983
Director: Burny Mattinson
Music by: Irwin Kostal
Adapted from: A Christmas Carol
Story by: Burny Mattinson; Tony L. Marino; Ed Gombert; Don Griffith; Alan Young; Alan Dinehart
Production company: Walt Disney Pictures

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
Release date: May 2, 1947 (USA)
Director: George Seaton
Story by: Valentine Davies
Music by: Cyril Mockridge
Box office: $2.7 million (US rentals)
Budget: $630,000

Mixed Nuts (1994)

The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.
Initial release: December 21, 1994
Director: Nora Ephron
Adapted from: Santa Claus Is a Stinker
Music by: George Fenton
Box office: $6.8 million
Produced by: Joseph Hartwick; Paul Junger Witt; Tony Thomas

Mrs. Miracle (2009)

A widowed father of six-year-old twins struggles to cope with his family responsibilities. His life is then transformed by the arrival of a kindly housekeeper, who demonstrates miraculous skills around the house and dispenses sound advice on affairs of the heart. Based on the bestselling book by Debbie Macomber.
Initial release: December 5, 2009
Director: Michael M Scott
Adapted from: Mrs. Miracle

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)

Clark Griswold is really into Christmas and promises to make it a good one until he turns everything completely around, causing a domino effect of disasters.
Release date: December 1, 1989 (USA)
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Music by: Angelo Badalamenti
Written by: John Hughes
Budget: $25 million

Noelle (2019)

Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
Initial release: November 12, 2019
Director: Marc Lawrence
Music by: Cody Fitzgerald; Clyde Lawrence
Produced by: Suzanne Todd
Production company: Walt Disney Pictures

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (1986)

In this Pacific Northwest Ballet performance, it is Christmas Eve and festivities are underway. Clara (Vanessa Sharp) is excited when her godfather, Herr Drosselmeier (Hugh Bigney), arrives with a bag full of gifts, one of which is an intriguing wooden nutcracker. That night, while the rest of the household is sleeping, Clara visits the Christmas tree to inspect her nutcracker and soon finds herself immersed in a dream world that is both dark and enchanting.
Initial release: November 26, 1986
Director: Carroll Ballard
Music by: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Box office: 781,727 USD
Story by: E. T. A. Hoffmann, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Adapted from: The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker, and the Mouse King

Office Christmas Party (2016)

An office Christmas celebration gets out of control after Clay, the branch manager, throws a party to impress a client and retain his branch and employees from his sister.
Release date: December 5, 2016 (New York)
Music by: Theodore Shapiro
Box office: $114.5 million
Story by: Jon Lucas; Scott Moore; Timothy Dowling
Directed by: Will Speck; Josh Gordon
Produced by: Scott Stuber; Guymon Casady; Daniel Rappaport

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

Olaf and Sven set out on a mission to visit every household in Arendelle to find a new Christmas tradition for Elsa and Anna.
Release date: November 22, 2017 (USA)
Directors: Stevie Wermers, Kevin Deters
Cinematography: Alessandro Jacomini (lighting); Cory Rocco Florimonte (layout)
Produced by: Roy Conli
Production companies: Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

Neal, who needs to reach home for Thanksgiving, goes through a series of misadventures when his flight gets canceled and he ends up meeting Del, a goofy salesman.
Release date: November 25, 1987 (USA)
Director: John Hughes
Music by: Ira Newborn
Box office: $49.5 million
Edited by: Paul Hirsch

Prancer (1989)

Refusing to give up her belief in Santa Claus, a child, Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell), discovers a hurt reindeer in the woods, which she believes to be Prancer. With the help of a sympathetic veterinarian (Abe Vigoda), Jessica takes care of the wounded creature. It’s supposed to be a secret, but eventually, a store Santa Claus (Michael Constantine), the girl’s dad (Sam Elliott), and the entire town find out about Prancer, leading to big problems for Jessica and her family.
Release date: November 17, 1989 (USA)
Director: John D. Hancock
Music by: Maurice Jarre
Box office: $18.6 million
Produced by: Raffaella De Laurentiis
Production companies: Nelson Entertainment; Cineplex Odeon Films

Prep & Landing Series (2009)

Wayne is an elf who believes that Christmas is just a job. After working for 227 years preparing homes for Santa’s arrival, he wonders if all his efforts make any difference. His patience is put to the test when he is paired with Lanny, an idealistic rookie who embraces the holiday spirit. The elves encounter unexpected challenges on their mission, and Wayne learns that his job does indeed have an impact in a very surprising way.
Initial release: December 8, 2009
Directors: Stevie Wermers, Kevin Deters
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Budget: $14 million
Producer: Dorothy McKim
Production companies: Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

Remember the Night (1940)

Remember the Night is a 1940 American Christmas romantic comedy trial film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.
Release date: January 19, 1940 (USA)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Story by: Preston Sturges
Music by: Frederick Hollander
Production company: Paramount Pictures

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

When Pitch, an evil spirit, returns to planet Earth to assault children and take over the world, a group of immortal guardians with extraordinary abilities join forces to protect the children.
Release date: November 28, 2012 (Indonesia)
Director: Peter Ramsey
Box office: $306.9 million
Adapted from: The Guardians of Childhood
Music by: Alexandre Desplat
Produced by: Christina Steinberg; Nancy Bernstein

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a 1964 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Videocraft International, Ltd. and currently distributed by NBCUniversal Syndication Studios. Wikipedia
Initial release: December 6, 1964
Directors: Larry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima
First episode date: December 6, 1964
Narrated by: Burl Ives
Adapted from: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Santa Buddies (2009)

Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws gets tired of the North Pole. When he finds Budderball on Santa’s naughty list, he decides to enlist his help to be an ordinary pup.
Initial release: November 2, 2009
Director: Robert Vince
Music by: Brahm Wenger
Based on: Characters; by Paul Tamasy; Aaron Mendelsohn; Kevin DiCicco; Robert Vince; Anna McRoberts
Production companies: Keystone Entertainment; Key Pix Productions

Santa’s Apprentice (2015)

Santa doesn’t want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of the planet, there is a little boy who is a perfect match, but his lack of self-confidence and fear of heights make him a poor contestant. Will Santa agree to step down, and help his apprentice take his place?
Directors: Luc Vinciguerra, Paulette Victor-Lifton(voice director)
Writer: Alexandre Reverend(script by)

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970)

A postman (the voice of Fred Astaire) explains why Santa has whiskers, lives at the North Pole and brings presents once a year. Animated.
Initial release: December 14, 1970
Directors: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Music by: Maury Laws; Jules Bass (lyrics)
Production company: Rankin/Bass Productions
Written by: Romeo Muller

Scrooge (1951)

Crotchety Victorian businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) has no use for festivity, even at Christmas. After resentfully allowing timid clerk Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) to have the holiday to spend with his loving wife (Hermione Baddeley) and family, Scrooge is swept into a nightmare. The ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), appears, warning that Ebenezer will be visited by three more spirits who will show the coldhearted man the error of his parsimonious behavior.
Release date: October 31, 1951 (United Kingdom)
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Adapted from: A Christmas Carol
Music by: Richard Addinsell
Screenplay by: Noel Langley
Production company: George Minter Productions

Scrooged (1988)

A cynically selfish TV executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. With the help of the ghosts of the past, present, and future, he realizes that he must reform himself.
Release date: November 23, 1988 (USA)
Director: Richard Donner
Featured song: Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Box office: $100.3 million
Adapted from: A Christmas Carol
Screenplay by: Mitch Glazer; Michael O’Donoghue

Spirited (2022)

A musical version of Charles Dickens’ story of a miserly misanthrope who’s taken on a magical journey.
Initial release: November 18, 2022
Directors: Sean Anders

Single All the Way (2021)

Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about being single, Peter persuades best friend Nick to pose as his boyfriend on a trip home for the holidays.
Director: Michael Mayer
Music composed by: Anton Sanko
Production company: Muse Entertainment Enterprises
Producer: Joel S. Rice
Executive producer: Chad Hodge
Casting directors: Rosina Bucci, John Buchan, Jason Knight

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they find out just how easy it is for long-forgotten enmities and romances to be rekindled.
Release date: November 15, 2013 (USA)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Featured song: Can You Stand the Rain
Sequel: The Best Man Wedding
Box office: $71.6 million
Production companies: Blackmaled Productions; Sean Daniel Company

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it’s too late.
Release date: November 22, 2018 (USA)
Director: Clay Kaytis
Music by: Christophe Beck
Story by: Matt Lieberman; David Guggenheim
Produced by: Chris Columbus; Michael Barnathan; Mark Radcliffe
Production companies: 1492 Pictures; Cinesite Animation

The Christmas Project (2016)

During the Christmas season, the Buckley brothers decide to teach the Hagbarts boys, the bullies at school, a lesson. However, their mother decides to send the Hagbart family gifts.
Release date: November 3, 2016 (USA)
Director: Michael Buster

The Family Stone (2005)

A traditionalist and uptight businesswoman goes with her boyfriend to his quirky and outgoing family’s yearly Christmas bash and realizes that she is terribly out of place in such an environment.
Release date: December 16, 2005 (USA)
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Budget: $18 million
Production company: Fox 2000 Pictures
Edited by: Jeffrey Ford

The Great Rupert (1950)

A little squirrel with lots of charm accidentally helps two poor, down-but-not-out families overcome their obstacles.
Initial release: March 1, 1950
Director: Irving Pichel
Music composed by: Leith Stevens

The Holiday (2006)

Two girls from different countries swap homes for the holidays to get away from their relationship issues. However, their lives change unexpectedly when they meet and fall in love with two local guys.
Release date: November 29, 2006 (USA)
Director: Nancy Meyers
Music by: Hans Zimmer
Box office: $205.1 million
Cinematography: Dean Cundey
Production companies: Columbia Pictures; Universal Pictures; Relativity Media; Waverly Films

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)

The story of how an abandoned baby, raised by magical creatures, grew to become Santa Claus.
Initial release: 1985
Directors: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Theme music composer: Bernard Hoffer
Based on: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum
Written by: Julian P. Gardner
Original release: December 17, 1985

The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

The Little Drummer Boy is a stop motion television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, based on the song of the same name. It was first televised December 19, 1968, on NBC, and was followed by a sequel in 1976.
Initial release: December 19, 1968
Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
First episode date: December 19, 1968
Theme music composer: Maury Laws
Production company: Rankin/Bass Productions
Based on: “The Little Drummer Boy” Katherine Davis; Jack Halloran

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Charles Dickens, a failed author, finds himself in a financial crisis. However, he uses his father as an inspiration and creates an unforgettable tale that redefines Christmas.
Release date: November 10, 2017 (USA)
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Music by: Mychael Danna
Box office: $8.1 million
Based on: The Man Who Invented Christmas; by Les Standiford
Produced by: Robert Mickelson; Ian Sharples; Paula Mazur; Mitchell Kaplan; Andrew Karpen; Vadim Jean

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Scrooge, an old miser who dislikes Christmas, is visited by spirits who foretell his future and share secrets from his past and present, which helps change his view on life.
Release date: December 11, 1992 (USA)
Director: Brian Henson
Adapted from: A Christmas Carol
Box office: $27.2 million
Production companies: Walt Disney Pictures; Jim Henson Productions

The Night Before (2015)

For the last 10 years, lifelong buddies Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have gathered on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays with a bang. As Isaac prepares to become a first-time father, the friends realize that their annual tradition is coming to a sad end. To make it as memorable as possible, they plan a night of debauchery and hilarity by searching for the Nutcracka Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.
Release date: November 20, 2015 (USA)
Director: Jonathan Levine
Music by: Marco Beltrami; Miles Hankins
Box office: $52.4 million
Produced by: Evan Goldberg; Seth Rogen; James Weaver
Production companies: Columbia Pictures; LStar Capital; Good Universe; Point Grey Pictures

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, a being from Halloween Town, finds Christmas Town and is instantly enchanted. The situation becomes riveting when his obsession with Christmas leads him to abduct Santa Claus.
Release date: October 13, 1993 (USA)
Director: Henry Selick
Story by: Tim Burton
Budget: $24 million

The Noel Diary (2022)

Cleaning out his childhood home at Christmas, a novelist (Justin Hartley) meets an intriguing young woman (Barrett Doss) searching for her birth mother. Will an old diary unlock their pasts — and hearts? Based on the novel by Richard Paul Evans and Directed by Charles Shyer (Father of the Bride).
Release date: November 24, 2022
Director: Charles Shyer

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

On Christmas Eve, Clara realises that before dying, her mother left her with an inheritance to a magical world of fairies and toy soldiers that are alive. She holds the key to the fate of this world.
Release date: November 2, 2018 (Indonesia)
Directors: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Music by: James Newton Howard
Box office: $174 million
Produced by: Mark Gordon; Larry Franco
Adapted from: The Nutcracker, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Polar Express (2004)

A young boy boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. His life takes a turn after he encounters special people that make his journey memorable.
Release date: October 30, 2004 (USA)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Adapted from: The Polar Express
Box office: $314.1 million
Production companies: Castle Rock Entertainment; Shangri-La Entertainment; ImageMovers; Playtone; Golden Mean Productions;

The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

Henry Biggs is the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. His marriage to a choir singer is also failing. He gets help from an angel which enters his life.
Release date: December 13, 1996 (USA)
Director: Penny Marshall
Music by: Hans Zimmer
Box office: $48.1 million
Adapted from: The Bishop’s Wife
Produced by: Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

The Princess Switch (2018)

One week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and they each fall in love with each other’s beaus.
Initial release: November 16, 2018
Director: Michael Rohl

Produced by: Amy Krell; Brad Krevoy; Linda L. Miller
Production company: Motion Picture Corporation of America
Written by: Robin Bernheim; Megan Metzger

The Santa Clause (1994)

By helping Santa Claus with a Christmas crisis, Scott unknowingly agrees to become the next Santa Claus. Now, he has to deal with a suspicious former wife while trying to keep his secret safe.
Release date: November 11, 1994 (USA)
Director: John Pasquin
Music by: Michael Convertino
Box office: $189.8 million
Produced by: Robert Newmyer; Brian Reilly; Jeffrey Silver
Production companies: Walt Disney Pictures; Hollywood Pictures; Outlaw Productions

The Santa Clauses (2022)

After being Santa Claus for nearly thirty years, he’s as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic. Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.
Release date: November 16, 2022 (PG)
Director: Jack Burditt

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) are employees at Matuschek and Company, a general store in Budapest. Klara and Alfred are constantly at odds with each other, butting heads and disagreeing on almost everything. Both are enamored of their respective pen pals, who serve as welcome distractions in their lives. Little do they know, they are each the other’s pen pal and, despite outward differences, have unwittingly fallen in love through their letters.
Release date: January 12, 1940 (USA)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Adapted from: Parfumerie
Music by: Werner R. Heymann
Box office: $380,000 (EU)
Screenplay by: Samson Raphaelson; Ben Hecht (uncredited)

The Snowy Day (2016)

Based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. Peter sets out on a magical walk to help Nana with the mac`n’cheese for their traditional Christmas Eve dinner.

The Snowman (1982)

When a young boy starts making a snowman on Christmas, it magically comes to life. The snowman then takes him on a journey to meet Santa Claus.
Release date: December 26, 1982 (USA)
Directors: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami
Featured song: Walking in the Air
Production company: TVC London
Based on: The Snowman; by Raymond Briggs
Producer: John Coates

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

Sidelined by a nasty cold and feeling unneeded, Santa decides not to make his annual Christmas journey. Elves Jingle and Jangle scour the world to find people who still believe, hoping to convince the jolly old elf to make his trip anyway.
Initial release: December 10, 1974
Directors: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Featured song: Snow Miser
Composer: Maury Laws
Production company: Rankin/Bass Productions
Adapted from: The Year Without a Santa Claus

Trading Places (1983)

Two callous millionaire brothers conspire to switch the fortunes of a snobbish investor and a wily street con artist, owing to a bet.
Initial release: June 8, 1983
Director: John Landis
Music by: Elmer Bernstein
Box office: $90.4 million
Written by: Timothy Harris; Herschel Weingrod
Produced by: Aaron Russo

Trolls Holiday (2017)

Poppy, queen of the Trolls, realises her best friend Bridget, a Bergen, has no holidays in her calendar. Poppy, Branch and the Snack Pack hop on the Caterbus Express to Bergen Town to prove how fun it is to celebrate.
Initial release: November 20, 2017
Director: Joel Crawford
Composer: Jeff Morrow
Based on: Treasure Toys (Holiday Edition)
Producer: Holly Edwards

Violent Night (2022)

An elite team of mercenaries breaks into a family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone hostage inside. However, they aren’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint.
Initial release: December 2, 2022
Director: Tommy Wirkola

White Christmas (1954)

Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!
Release date: October 14, 1954 (USA)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Box office: $30 million
Written by: Norman Krasna; Norman Panama; Melvin Frank
Produced by: Robert Emmett Dolan

Your Christmas or Mine? (2022)

It’s Christmas Eve-Eve and after a mix up, a young couple experience each other’s family Christmases. Starring Asa Butterfield, Cora Kirk, Daniel Mays, Angela Griffin.
Release date: December 2, 2022
Director: Jim O’Hanlon

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