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Christmas Movie Bucket List + Printable

The weather is cold outside and fire is crackling. It’s the perfect time to cuddle up on the couch with a cozy blanket and binge watch your favorite Christmas movies!

Christmas Movie Bucket List

This Christmas Movie Bucket List is a great way to bring some holiday cheer this season. We’ve rounded up the best Christmas movies from kids to classics and more plus a free printable so you can cross them off as you watch them. 

Print the Christmas Movie Bucket List here!

ELF

A story about Buddy (Will Ferrell) the elf that grew up in the North Pole but never even realized he was an actual elf. After he finds out the truth he goes on the hunt to find his father on a hilarious adventure. 

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

A classic Christmas story of a man named Kris Kringle who fills in for Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade. He becomes so into character that people believe he is the real Santa and then he starts claiming to be. The case ends up going to court to determine his authenticity.

THE SANTA CLAUSE (1, 2, & 3)

Scott Calvin, a divorced father tries to mend his relationship with his son Charlie but ends up turning himself into Santa in a bizarre way. Follow along the adventure of the new Santa Clause in all 3 movies.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

This movie is a classic and a story about a fictional character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and how he uses his luminous red nose to guide Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

This movie never gets old and must watch each year. Follow along on the adventures of the Griswold family with family mishaps and good old fashion fun with the most dedicated dad, Clark Griswold.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

After George wishes so much to end including Christmas an angel comes down to let him see his life in a flashback. So much has changed with George being around that he starts to rethink everything in the end.

THE YEAR WITHOUT SANTA CLAUS

This movie is based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Phyllis McGinley’s children’s book and is about the time that Mrs. Claus almost donned her husband’s famous red suit.

A CHRISTMAS STORY

We can never get enough of Ralphie in this classic holiday movie. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid.” The most famous line in the whole movie. This story is about getting a Red Ryder air rifle as the ideal Christmas gift as the parents go back and forth to whether it would be good for him or not.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS

Luther Krank decides he want to skip Christmas and go on a vacation with his wife Nora instead. Just as things are about to happen their daughter decides to come out and chaos happens as they cancel the trip and put Christmas together at the last minute.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

No one know how all the presents are delivered in one night but in this movie it’s with the help of a team of Christmas elves. However, one present ends up lost and Arthur goes on a mission to make sure the girl missing the gift gets something special.

POLAR EXPRESS

A tale based on a children’s book about a young boy and a magical train that goes to the North Pole. 

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

A classic Dickens holiday tale is performed by The Muppets but then scrooge comes into play and receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. These spirits show him his ways in hopes of turning him happy again.

SCROOGED

This story is a modern take on “A Christmas Carol” where scrooge is visited from a series of ghosts to show him his past, present and future in hopes to re-evaluate his actions.

HOME ALONE

Keven MacAllister wishes that his family would disappear and gets that wish as his family leaves him at home on accident. As his dream comes true he starts to have all the fun of watching movies his parents wouldn’t let him watch while eating junk food in bed. As the wet bandits targets his home for robbery they go through a maze of booby traps.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

It all started with an animated film then turned live action with the hilarious Jim Carrey starring as The Grinch who tries to ruin all of Christmas for all the Whos of Whoville.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

Watch as the snowman the children made come to life from a magic top hat. But when magician, professor Hinkle, wants his hat back and the weather gets warmer the snowman begins to melt and loses his jolly soul. The kids go on an adventure to help Frosty by hopping on a train to the North Pole.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

It all started back in 1965 in an animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts. This classic movie is played year and year and good one to own.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

Howard Langston wants to make things up to his son, Jamie by promising to get him the hottest toy of the season, Turbo-Man. But there is a problem, it’s almost sold out and it’s Christmas Eve. Howard goes on a hunt to find the toy but along the way learns the real meaning of Christmas. 

WHITE CHRISTMAS

A song and dance team consisting of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont to be the best act ever after World War II. 

SANTA BUDDIES

Go along on a puppy adventure as the Puppy Paws go the magical world of the North Pole to remind Santa Paws when the meaning of Christmas is all about.

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Father tries to lure his son home for Christmas with the promise of getting an expensive gift of a Porsche for Christmas and goes on a cross-country ride from Los Angeles to New York to make it home on time.

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