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. The film stars actor Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus,... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassThe Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The story is based on Phyllis McGinley's 1956 book of the same name. It... more
Directed by: Tim Kiley'Twas the Night Before Christmas is a 1977 made-for-television special loosely inspired by the 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore.... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassJack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.... more
Directed by: Ronald NeameScrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Ronald Neame, and starred... more
Directed by: Charles August NicholsA Flintstone Christmas is a 60-minute animated Christmas television special featuring The Flintstones. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and aired on NBC on Wednesday December 7, 1977.... more
Released: 1976In this television special, Rudolph has just come back from delivering Christmas presents with Santa Claus when he is asked by Father Time to find the next Baby New Year before midnight on New Year's... more
Directed by: Jim HensonEmmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is a 1977 TV special that is based on the children's story of the same name, directed by Jim Henson. The story tells of Emmet Otter and his Ma, a widow who scrapes by... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassRudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a 90-minute crossover television film by Rankin Bass filmed in stop-motion animation in the style of its 1964 Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed... more
The Little Drummer Boy Book IIThe special picks up where The Little Drummer Boy left off-- at the little stable in Bethlehem, shortly after the birth of Jesus. Melchior, one of the three kings from the first movie, invites Aaron...
Directed by: Richard WilliamsA Christmas Carol is an Academy Award-winning animated adaptation of Charles Dickens's venerable 1843 novella. It was a made-for-television production originally broadcast on ABC in the United... more
Directed by: Randal KleiserThe Gathering is a 1977 ABC made for television drama film. A rare live-action drama film from the Hanna-Barbera studios, it was directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Edward Asner and Maureen... more
Directed by: Eric TillA U.S. made-for-TV movie based upon Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol set in Concord, New Hampshire during the Great Depression of the 1930's .... more
Directed by: Paul BogartThe House Without a Christmas Tree is a 1972 television movie, novelized into a children's book by Gail Rock in 1974, that centers on the relationship between Adelaide "Addie" Mills, a bright and... more
Directed by: Bob ClarkBlack Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman and... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassThe First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin-Bass in 1975. It runs a half-hour as opposed to Rankin/Bass'... 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 Rankin-Bass. It originally aired on December 2, 1976, on ABC. It is the second Frosty special and is a... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jules BassNestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin-Bass. It was first aired on ABC in 1977.... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassThe Stingiest Man in Town anime, based on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, is a Christmas special created by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, which featured traditional animation rather than the... 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 of the original 1947 film. A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl who doesn't believe in... more
Directed by: Per ÅhlinThe Tale of Karl-Bertil Jonsson's Christmas Eve (aka Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton) is a 1975 Swedish animated film directed by Per Åhlin, adapted from Tage Danielsson's short story. A boy... more
Directed by: Mervyn NelsonSome of My Best Friends Are... is a 1971 drama film written and directed by Mervyn Nelson. On Christmas Eve 1971, in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, a group of gay men and lesbians meet at the... more
Directed by: Jud TaylorChristmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A., also released as The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle, is a 1977 television film directed by Jud Taylor.... more
Directed by: Ralph NelsonChristmas Lilies of the Field is a 1979 made-for-TV sequel to the classic film Lilies of the Field. In this sequel, directed by Ralph Nelson, Homer Smith returns to the Arizona desert where he had... more
Directed by: Ralph SeneskyThe New Adventures of Heidi is a 1978 made for television musical film directed by Ralph Senensky. Heidi joins her distant family and her busy widowed father for a Christmas in New York City.... more