It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate by surrounding ourselves with the ones we love.

This top 10 list of classic holiday movies will certainly give you the warm-fuzzies – whether you’re rallying everyone for a gift-giving mood, or winding down from a huge meal with your favorite people.

Bask in the holidays a little longer with these timeless treasures. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll remember what it means to be thankful. Which one is your favorite?

A Warm and Fuzzy Holiday Movie List

  1. “Scrooge / A Christmas Carol” (1951)

Throughout the decades, there have been many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ time-honored story about a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by three Christmas ghosts in hopes of warming his cold heart. Keep the tissues handy – this one’s a tearjerker filled with action, mystery, and good feels for the whole family. While every version has its own flair, look for the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, and Kathleen Harrison to warm your spirits.


  1. Elf (2003)

This hilarious comedy stars Will Ferrell as a full-grown man raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole as he seeks out his true origin in the United States. Full of classic “SNL” slapstick, this heartwarming story is one that children and adults alike can both appreciate.


  1. A Christmas Story (1983)

Who doesn’t look forward to hearing the classic line, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” every year? Ralphie and his campaign for the ultimate Christmas gift – a Red Ryder beebee gun – proves that no family is perfect, but surviving the holidays can bring everyone together.


  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Another slapstick comedy on our list features Chevy Chase and the Griswold family, as they bumble through one holiday catastrophe after another. Everyone knows a family like this one – even if it’s your own.


  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

This holiday favorite follows Dr. Seuss’ grumpy Grinch, as he and his faithful pup plan to pillage the town of Whoville and leave them without a Christmas. But something happens along the way that may make all our hearts grow a few sizes bigger. With plenty of catchy songs and Boris Karloff’s iconic baritone narration, you’ll want to watch it again and again.


  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

This story chronicles the “greatest reindeer of all,” as he travels across the globe to save Christmas and lead Santa’s sleigh. This stop animation movie introduces unforgettable characters like Sam the Snowman, Hermey the elf, and the Abominable Snow Monster.


  1. Scrooged (1988)

Remember how we said “A Christmas Carol” was a time-honored favorite? Well…it’s so nice it made the list twice. This adaptation features the comedic genius of Bill Murray, as he begrudgingly meets the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in modern-day New York City. Don’t watch this on a full stomach – you’ll bust a gut laughing.


  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Fun for the whole family, this classic brings Charles Schulz’s Peanuts strip to life, as Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of the holiday season.


  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Follow a stunning performance by Jimmy Stewart as an angel shows his character, frustrated business-man George Bailey, what life would be like if he had never existed. This uplifting classic shows us what it truly means to be rich.


  1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Is Santa real or not? This outstanding family feature follows the incredible story of a sweet old man claiming to be Santa Claus, and the young lawyer who defends his claim in court.

Bringing You Together on the Road to Home

The staff at County Ford in Graham, North Carolina wishes you and your family a happy holidays. No matter where you are, these movies are guaranteed to feel like home. Drive safe. Drive responsibly. Drive to wherever your heart takes you.