The best 1970s Christmas movies are an interesting mix of lighthearted family films, zany comedies, and even a little holiday horror. On this list, you will find all of the Christmas characters you’ve come to expect from a December movie release: Santa Claus, Rudolph, Jack Frost, and many more!
What are the greatest ‘70s Christmas movies? Let’s start with A Christmas Carol, the 1971 animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’s famous tale. The film starred Alastair Sim as the voice of Scrooge, reprising his role from the live-action adaptation twenty years prior. Produced by animation titan Chuck Jones, A Christmas Carol earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Other notable films on this list include Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, A Flintstone Christmas, and the Star Wars Holiday Special. One of the top ‘70s Christmas movies has a much darker tone. Black Christmas, the story of a series of grizzly murders in a sorority house around Christmas time, was a low-budget Canadian horror movie that is credited with being one of the first slasher films ever made. If dark flicks are your thing around the holiday season, definitely check it out.
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Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassSanta Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass.... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassThe Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special... more
Directed by: Tim Kiley'Twas the Night Before Christmas is a 1977 made-for-television special loosely inspired by the... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassJack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and... more
Directed by: Charles August NicholsA Flintstone Christmas is a 60-minute animated Christmas television special featuring The... more
Directed by: Ronald NeameScrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas... more
Released: 1976In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with... more
Directed by: Jim HensonEmmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is a 1977 TV special that is based on the children's story of... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a 90-minute crossover television film by Rankin Bass... more
The Little Drummer Boy Book IIThe special picks up where The Little Drummer Boy left off-- at the little stable in...
Directed by: Richard WilliamsA Christmas Carol is an Academy Award-winning animated adaptation of Charles Dickens's... more
Directed by: Randal KleiserThe Gathering is a 1977 ABC made for television drama film. A rare live-action drama film from... more
Directed by: Paul BogartThe House Without a Christmas Tree is a 1972 television movie, novelized into a children's... more
Directed by: Eric TillA U.S. made-for-TV movie based upon Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol set in Concord, New... more
Directed by: Bob ClarkBlack Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassThe First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow is a Christmas television special... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jules BassNestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is a Christmas television special produced in stop... more
Frosty's Winter WonderlandShelley Winters, Paul Frees
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassFrosty's Winter Wonderland is an animated Christmas television special produced in 1976 by... more
Directed by: Don BluthThe Small One is a 1978 animated Christmas short film created by Walt Disney Productions and... more
Directed by: Bernard L. KowalskiThe Nativity is a 1978 television film starring Madeleine Stowe as Mary, set around the... more
Directed by: Theodore GershunySilent Night, Bloody Night is a 1972 American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny and... more
Directed by: Ralph NelsonChristmas Lilies of the Field is a 1979 made-for-TV sequel to the classic film Lilies of the... more
Directed by: Donald WryeIt Happened One Christmas is a 1977 made-for-television film starring Marlo Thomas and Wayne... more
Miracle on 34th StreetRoddy McDowall, Jane Alexander
Directed by: Fielder CookMiracle on 34th Street is a 1973 drama film directed by Fielder Cook. It is the third remake... more
Directed by: Per ÅhlinThe Tale of Karl-Bertil Jonsson's Christmas Eve (aka Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton)... more