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The Best '60s Christmas Movies

Updated December 20, 2019 1.2k votes 239 voters 11.3k views13 items

List RulesVote 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 Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Released1964

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Frosty the Snowman

    June Foray, Paul Frees

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins

    Released1965

    Directed byBill Melendez

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Little Drummer Boy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Released1968

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas stop-motion television special produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol

    Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam

    ReleasedDecember 18, 1962

    Directed byAbe Levitow

    Animated version of the Dickens classic, with Mr. Magoo as Mr. Scrooge.amazon buy button
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    Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Babes in Toyland

    Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

    Released1961

    Directed byJack Donohue

    Babes in Toyland is a 1961 Walt Disney Christmas musical film in Technicolor, directed by Jack... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Christmas That Almost Wasn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

    Rossano Brazzi, Mischa Auer

    Released1966

    Directed byRossano Brazzi

    The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Magic Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    The Magic Christmas Tree

    Willard W. Willingham, Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard C. Parish

    The Magic Christmas Tree is a Christmas-themed fantasy-adventure film about a boy who uses a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Santa Claus Conquers the Marti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

    Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon

    Released1964

    Directed byNicholas Webster

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    Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes

    Jean Piere Leaud, Jean Eustache

    Released1965

    Directed byJean Eustache

    Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus is a fifty minute film starring French nouvelle vague icon... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Veterinarian's Adopted Chi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    The Veterinarian's Adopted Children

    Dirch Passer, Lone Hertz

    Released1968

    Directed byCarl Ottosen

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    A Carol for Another Christmas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Christmas Movies
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    A Carol for Another Christmas

    Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland

    Released1964

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    A Carol for Another Christmas is a 1964 American television movie, scripted by Rod Serling as... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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