We’ve got your back if you’re looking for the best Christmas movies in NYC. If you’re looking for a movie night with friends or family, consider one of these 12 classic favorites New Yorkers want to see this year.
Home Alone (1990)
This is the first of many movies on this list that’s not a Christmas movie. In fact, according to some sources, it isn’t even set around Christmas time! But this is a favorite among families who shop for something that won’t bore their children to death while wandering in and out of stores all day. Plus, it has an 8-year-old kid who can defend himself with deadly weapons—how can you not love that?
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
If you’ve seen “It’s a Wonderful Life,” you know that it is a classic Films that tells the story of George Bailey, an executive at his father’s building and loan company who has always dreamed of seeing the world. When he meets angel Clarence Nobody on Christmas Eve, he learns that his life would have been much different if he hadn’t been born.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a comedy in the fictional town of Griswold, Indiana. It tells the story of a family on their way to visit relatives for Christmas, who end up having a series of misadventures and learning about each other in the process.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
If you like to celebrate Christmas in a classic, family-friendly way, then Miracle on 34th Street is the movie for you. It’s a remake of the 1947 film and stars Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle, a man who claims to be Santa Claus. The movie was released in 1994 and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup. This year marks its 25th anniversary!
Love Actually (2003)
Love is a Christmas movie you should probably watch repeatedly, like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.” The film includes many big names in British cinema: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman are just some actors who make an appearance. The plot follows several couples as they navigate different stages of romance during the lead-up to Christmas. This movie will make you laugh out loud and cry (in a good way).
The Christmas Carol (2009)
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s full of holiday cheer, heartwarming moments, and Charles Dickens’ classic story. Starring Jim Carrey is performing as several characters in the film. The Christmas Carol is an absolute must for any movie lover!
Elf is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Birnbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, and Daniel Tay.
It was released in cinemas on November 7th, 2003, to generally positive reviews from critics. The film was produced and distributed by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros., which distributed it worldwide, except for Universal Pictures International, which handled the international distribution.
The Polar Express (2004)
This movie is directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, and Michael Jeter. It is based on the popular children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Fallsburg. The movie was released in 2004. It has been rated PG for some mild thematic elements, mild action, and brief language.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Grinch is a classic Christmas movie that has been around for decades, but it’s still just as fun to watch today. This film stars Jim Carrey as the titular character and is based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. The story follows a grumpy grouch who tries to steal Christmas by stealing all of the presents from his neighbors in Whoville, all while being helped by his dog, Max.
Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy directed by Richard Donner, who produced it with Michael Douglas and Joel Silver. It is a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray as Frank Cross (a television executive), Karen Allen as Claire Phillips (his former fiancée), Bobcat Goldthwaite as David Grant (his former partner), John Forsythe as Lew Smith (president of the network) and David Johansen as Alf Clausen (a musician).
A Christmas Story (1983)
You might have seen this film on television every Christmas since. It’s a comedy set in 1940s Indiana, and the main character Ralphie wants a BB gun for Christmas. The movie is beloved by many New Yorkers, including this writer, who has enjoyed it for years.
The Santa Clause (1994)
The Santa Clause is the perfect Christmas movie for children, but it also has enough humor to keep parents entertained. The film follows a divorced father who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall off his roof while trying to hang Christmas lights. As punishment, he is forced to take over his job and marry an elf. The premise is ridiculous, but that’s part of its charm; it’s like watching a cartoon come to life (and turn into a nightmare).
It’s time to get into the festive mood. Whether you want to spend some time with your family or need a good movie marathon, there are plenty of movies on this list for everyone!