10. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
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).
9. The Santa Clause 3
Christmas cheer turns into holiday chaos when Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, invites his in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) for a visit and must, simultaneously, contend with Jack Frost’s (Martin Short) scheme to take over the North Pole. Scott, his family and Head Elf Curtis must join forces to foil the nefarious plot.
While most sequels fail to hit the mark, this is actually a very well done movie with a good plot and a heartwarming ending.
4. Beauty and the Beast The Enchanted Christmas
In this Disney animated sequel, the lovely Belle (Paige O’Hara) and her monstrous beau, Beast (Robby Benson), are in the midst of the holiday season. While Belle has no problem getting into the Christmas spirit, Beast isn’t so easily swayed into a celebratory mood. Meanwhile, the castle’s pipe organ, Forte (Tim Curry), becomes opposed to Belle’s presence, as well as to her holiday decorating, and schemes to put an end to both her relationship with Beast and any Christmas festivities to boot.
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets — Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle — weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases — past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.
2. The Santa Clause
Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
This class holiday film follows the adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become gotten bored with his yearly routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally discovers Christmastown, he decides he wants something new for himself, and plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over his job. Things don’t go quite as Jack expected though, and in the end he discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
The great thing about this movie is that you can watch it from Halloween to Christmas without feeling like you’re jumping into the Christmas season too early. Although it’s also a great movie to watch any time of the year.