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The Best '60s Christmas Movies 

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Updated December 20, 2019 879 votes 228 voters 11k views 13 items

List Rules Vote up films released in the '60s where the Christmas season is a main theme of the film

The best ‘60s Christmas movies will you make you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Some of the most recognizable faces in Christmas movie history can be found right here, such as Ed Wynn, Sally Dryer, Boris Karloff, and more! If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, these 1960s Christmas films are definitely for you. 

While there were not a ton of Christmas-themed releases in the 1960s, the films that did come out are genre classics. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang appear in A Charlie Brown Christmas, while Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman star in films of their own. In addition, one of the Christmas season’s best villains, The Grinch, shows up in the cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The film was later remade with Jim Carrey in the title role. And we certainly can’t forget the most recognizable Christmas figure of them all-- Santa Claus! This list features French filmmaker Jean Eustache's take on Good St. Nick in the short film, Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes. It stars top French New Wave icon, Jean-Pierre Léaud.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Re... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Janis Orenstein

Released: 1964

Directed by: Larry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass Productions and currently distributed by DreamWorks Classics. It first aired ...more

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A Charlie Brown Christma... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein

Released: 1965

Directed by: Bill Melendez

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away ...more

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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe

Released: 1969

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS, was ...more

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The Little Drummer Boy ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Zero Mostel

Released: 1968

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by Rankin/Bass, based on the song of the same name. It was followed by a sequel in 1976.
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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn, Tommy Kirk

Released: 1961

Directed by: Jack Donohue

Babes in Toyland is a 1961 Walt Disney Christmas musical film in Technicolor, directed by Jack Donohue, and distributed to theatres by Buena Vista Distribution. It stars Ray Bolger as Barnaby, ...more

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Mister Magoo's Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
dennis.weeks8 added Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam

Released: December 18, 1962

Directed by: Abe Levitow

Animated version of the Dickens classic, with Mr. Magoo as Mr. Scrooge.
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The Christmas That Almos... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Rossano Brazzi, Mischa Auer, Valentino Macchi

Released: 1966

Directed by: Rossano Brazzi

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp, and was originally released by Childhood Productions Inc. On television, the movie had traditional ...more
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The Magic Christmas Tree... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
The Magic Christmas Tree Willard W. Willingham, Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei, Chris Kroesen

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard C. Parish

The Magic Christmas Tree is a Christmas-themed fantasy-adventure film about a boy who uses a magic ring to bring a Christmas tree to life. The tree then grants the boy three wishes.
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Santa Claus Conquers the... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon, Ned Wertimer

Released: 1964

Directed by: Nicholas Webster

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction comedy film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list ...more

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Santa Claus Has Blue Eye... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes Jean Piere Leaud, Jean Eustache, René Gilson

Released: 1965

Directed by: Jean Eustache

Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus is a fifty minute film starring French nouvelle vague icon Jean-Pierre Léaud, whose character takes on a job dressing up as Santa Claus in order ...more
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The Veterinarian's Adopt... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Dirch Passer, Lone Hertz

Released: 1968

Directed by: Carl Ottosen

The Veterinarian's Adopted Children is a 1968 Danish comedy film directed by Carl Ottosen and starring Dirch Passer.
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A Carol for Another Chri... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1964

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

A Carol for Another Christmas is a 1964 American television movie, scripted by Rod Serling as a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a plea for global cooperation between ...more