Favorite Christmas Movies and TV Specials

Christmas is my second favorite holiday and every year I watch movies throughout the month and just before Christmas, I watch TV specials. If anyone has any suggestions I would like to hear them. I will be adding to this list each year.

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1. Movies are first in no order then shorts and TV Specials in no order
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1.
Die Hard (1988)
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John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
2.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
3.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
 
4.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
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Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. (97 mins.)
 
5.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (97 mins.)
 
6.
Bad Santa (2003)
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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. (91 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
7.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
8.
Midnight Clear (2006)
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On Christmas Eve, Lefty is a homeless and unemployed alcoholic loser that will lose the right to see his son... (103 mins.)
Director: Dallas Jenkins
 
9.
A Christmas Story (1983)
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In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (94 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
10.
Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
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A peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and later foils an evil toy manufacturer's scheme to take over Christmas. (107 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
11.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. (85 mins.)
Director: Brian Henson
 
12.
Elf (2003)
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After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
13.
The Santa Clause (1994)
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When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (97 mins.)
Director: John Pasquin
 
14.
Gremlins (1984)
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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
 
15.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
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In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. (84 mins.)
 
16.
Black Christmas (1974)
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During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
17.
The Little Match Girl (2004 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: James Ricker
“ Very sad animated short that can be found on the Little Mermaid DVD or Bluray ” - RdVirus777
 
18.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983 Short Film)
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The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece. (26 mins.)
Director: Burny Mattinson
 
19.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
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Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
 
20.
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003 Short Film)
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Linus and Lucy's younger brother Rerun wants a dog for Christmas, and Snoopy's brother Spike may be the answer. (43 mins.)
 
21.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 Short Film)
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. (26 mins.)
 
22.
A Garfield Christmas Special (1987 Short Film)
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Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma. (30 mins.)
 
23.
Prep & Landing (2009 Short Film)
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Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit. (22 mins.)
 
24.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV Movie)
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A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them. (47 mins.)
Director: Larry Roemer
 
25.
Frosty the Snowman (1969 Short Film)
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A living snowman and a little girl struggle to elude a greedy magician who is after the snowman's magic hat. (25 mins.)
 
26.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)
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A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus. (48 mins.)
 
27.
Moral Orel (2005 TV Series)
Episode: The Best Christmas Ever! (2005)
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Moralton on Jesus' birthday...a very special "Moral Orel." (11 mins.)
 
28.
King of the Hill (1997 TV Series)
Episode: Hillennium (1999)
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As Y2K approaches, everybody fears the approaching millennium, even Dale, who hoards food, Mountain Dew and hamsters in his basement. Only Hank is unaffected by the growing concerns...until there's a propane shortage. (30 mins.)
 
29.
Beavis and Butt-Head (1993 TV Series)
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Beavis and Butt-head spend Christmas watching music videos, reading letters from viewers and spoof popular Christmas movies into their own hilarious shorts, like: "Huh Huh Humbug" and "It's a Miserable Life". (15 mins.)
 
30.
Invader ZIM (2001 TV Series)
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Zim disguises himself as Santa in order to woo adoring Christmas humans to their doom at the North Pole. (24 mins.)
 
31.
Tales from the Crypt (1989 TV Series)
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A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose. (25 mins.)
 
32.
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Christmas Who? (2000)
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Christmas Who?: Nobody in Bikini Bottom has ever heard of Christmas or Santa Clause until Sandy lets them in on this surface tradition... (23 mins.)
 
33.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Night of the Meek (1960)
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After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas. (51 mins.)
 
34.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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When Homer receives no holiday bonus, he hopes to make extra money by becoming a Mall Santa, in an attempt to bring the family a happy holiday. (22 mins.)
 
35.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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On Christmas Eve, Marge admonishes the family not to open presents until 7 a.m. the next morning. Bart finds a way around the directive and opens his gifts at 5 a.m. However, his prized gift - a remote-controlled fire truck - overheats and causes a fire that engulfs the tree and presents. The family investigates and Bart tells them that a burglar has struck. As a result of Kent Brockman's human interest story, the entire town donates gifts and cash to the Simpsons for their "misfortune." Eventually, Bart admits the truth, angering his clueless family but angering the town even more (when Brockman finds out the truth). The family is made into outcasts, and Marge's attempt to win the needed funds on "Jeopardy!" (to pay everybody back) fails miserably. Eventually, the townspeople loot the Simpsons' home ... save for a dust rag. (22 mins.)
 
36.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Grift of the Magi (1999)
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A toy company purchases Springfield Elementary and uses the student body as a focus group for their new Christmas toy Funzo. (22 mins.)
 
37.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
Episode: Marge Be Not Proud (1995)
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Marge's relationship with Bart is strained when he is caught shoplifting before Christmas. (22 mins.)
 
38.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
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Stan helps a group of woodland critters by killing a mountain lion, only to discover that he's helping them give birth to the Antichrist. (22 mins.)
 
39.
South Park (1997 TV Series)
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Mr. Hankey hosts a collection of Christmas songs sung by South Park characters. (22 mins.)