Worst Christmas Movies

This is a list of the absolute worst Christmas films I have ever seen.
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1.
Santa Claus (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Xmas. (94 mins.)
Director: René Cardona
“ Santa Claus vs. a devil. And it's aimed at children. And there's Merlin in there for some god-awful reason. Need I say more? ” - forrestwrs
 
2.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
The now-adult Ricky talks to a psychiatrist about how he became a murderer after his brother, Billy, died, which leads back to Mother Superior. (88 mins.)
Director: Lee Harry
“ Shoving half of the first film into the mix in order to up the runtime does the film no favors. And the film that isn't part of the first is even worse made than the previous one. ” - forrestwrs
 
3.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. (81 mins.)
“ This Z-list film is so bad, it's hard to believe that anyone could have thought this film could have worked. ” - forrestwrs
 
4.
Deck the Halls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space. (93 mins.)
Director: John Whitesell
“ This astoundingly irritating film turns Christmas into a competition and is full of unfunny gags and performances from beginning to painful end. ” - forrestwrs
 
5.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. (79 mins.)
“ The performances are horrible and the script is completely worthless. A terrible, horrible excuse for horror--let alone Christmas horror. ” - forrestwrs
 
6.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Lembeck
“ The series finally hit rock bottom with this entry, which is so remarkably annoying that just about every second of screentime feels like a waste of life and crushes the spirit of Christmas entirely. ” - forrestwrs
 
7.
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The film begins with a live-action sequence set in Boston in 1857, the site of a live reading by renowned novelist Dickens... (77 mins.)
“ Though I can appreciate the attempt of bringing new ideas to the story of A Christmas Carol, the ideas this version brings to the table entirely drag down the film by not focusing the beginning of the film on Scrooge's arc. In addition, while the vocal performances are okay, the animation is terrible, the characters lacking animated expressiveness, the song feels dreadfully out of place, and half the time the film is more worried about the (stupid and unclear) story of a pair of mice rather than the story of A Christmas Carol. The film is weak and I hated it. It ruins and completely misses the point of A Christmas Carol. ” - forrestwrs
 
8.
Scrooged (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ I personally found this film monumentally annoying and unpleasant. I hated every moment that this film was on. ” - forrestwrs
 
9.
Home Alone 3 (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Alex Pruitt, a young boy of nine living in Chicago, fend off thieves who seek a top-secret chip in his toy car to support a North Korean terrorist organization's next deed. (102 mins.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
“ Even the second film looks marvelous compared to this schlock. Everything that made the first film feel Christmasy or funny is lost and replaced with absolutely nothing. ...At all. ” - forrestwrs
 
10.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one. (89 mins.)
Director: Brian Levant
“ The film completely highlights materialism and commercialism and is stacked with annoying performances and complete unpleasantness. ” - forrestwrs
 
11.
All I Want for Christmas (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Hallie and Ethans divorced mother is about to remarry. When Hallie goes to visit Santa Claus, she asks for an unusual gift - she wants her parents back together again. (92 mins.)
“ Two kids seek to reunite their divorced parents for Christmas. This movie is uninspired, stupid, not very well-thought out, overly schmaltzy, bland, derivative, and poorly conceived, complete with a miraculously weak premise. ” - forrestwrs
 
12.
Jack Frost (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A father, who can't keep his promises, dies in a car accident. One year later, he returns as a snowman, who has the final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever. (101 mins.)
Director: Troy Miller
“ A father is turned into a creepy-looking snowman after his death so he can reunite with his son. It's suppose to be endearing, but it's actually overly schmaltzy, cheesy, and just plain stupid. ” - forrestwrs
 
13.
One Magic Christmas (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An angel must show a mother the true meaning of Christmas. It's not just presents and materialistic things, but the people she cares about. (89 mins.)
Director: Phillip Borsos
“ This one isn't that bad until about the midway point in the movie. Then everything just slides down hill as complex themes are set up, only to be handled in an infantile manner. ” - forrestwrs
 
14.
I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A college student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas after being hazed by his friends... (86 mins.)
Director: Arlene Sanford
“ The film is unfunny and doesn't have the decent message it thinks it has. ” - forrestwrs
 
15.
Mixed Nuts (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays. (97 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ Steve Martin is as fun as always, but the thin plot and annoying characters sink the film--which already starts off with a remarkably weak premise. ” - forrestwrs
 
16.
Fred Claus (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole. (116 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
“ Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamotti do their best, but the script does not give them nearly enough to work off to make the film anything more than pure trite nonsense. ” - forrestwrs
 
17.
Four Christmases (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas. (88 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ I found the premise intriguing, but instead of taking full advantage of it, it focuses on marital troubles between the two leads. That's something that certainly doesn't feel very Christmasy. ” - forrestwrs
 
18.
Surviving Christmas (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him. (91 mins.)
Director: Mike Mitchell
“ Not quite as bad as the reviews have indicated, but still far from a good film. The performances are forced, the story dry, and the characters mostly too unlikeable to give the movie a lot of credit. ” - forrestwrs
 
19.
Scrooge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (113 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ I have to say, a musical version of A Christmas Carol is not unwelcome (the Muppets did it wonderfully) and Albert Finney turns out a good performance as Scrooge, but the songs in this are annoying, the art direction is unpleasant, and the film takes a particularly ugly turn when Scrooge has a brief stay in Hell. ” - forrestwrs
 
20.
Santa Claus (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas. (107 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
“ This film features quite a bit of creativity, but it's ultimately too unpleasant overall to be worth a second viewing... or even the first. ” - forrestwrs
 
21.
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Lembeck
“ It lacks all of the ingenuity, cleverness, and magic of the first film. ” - forrestwrs
 
22.
The Perfect Holiday (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Lance Rivera
“ Very forgettable with the exception of the astounding number of clichés. ” - forrestwrs
 
23.
Gremlins (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ A lot of people really love this film, but I found it lacked in story and character development. ” - forrestwrs
 
24.
Bush Christmas (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains. (80 mins.)
Director: Ralph Smart
“ Watching five children chase horse thieves through the Australian bush doesn't sound like a very merry Christmas, and it isn't. While somewhat charming, this film is forgettable, lacks excitement, and feels too long (in spite of a mere 70 minute runtime). ” - forrestwrs
 
25.
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together. (98 mins.)
“ Bland and forgettable Christmas drama that doesn't hold up as well as This Christmas. ” - forrestwrs
 
26.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind. (120 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Not necessarily bad in it's own right as much as it is merely a carbon copy of the first film. And an unfunny carbon copy at that. ” - forrestwrs
 
27.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. (104 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ In spite of a spirited and energetic performance by Jim Carrey, this film is unpleasant and unpleasant to look at, complete with lackluster direction and an obscured message. Just stick with the original short film. ” - forrestwrs