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The Best '90s Christmas Movies

Updated December 16, 2020 12.7k votes 1.6k voters 26.2k views74 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Xmas films that were released in the 1990s

The best '90s Christmas movies are super diverse and unique. Some of them are gritty and adventurous, while others are sweet and family-oriented. Do you prefer something a little darker, a little more fantastical? If so, you might vote for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, a stop-motion dark fantasy romp through an imaginary world of creatures and misfits. Looking for something a bit lighter? Maybe Home Alone is up your alley. The story of a grade school kid named Kevin whose family accidentally leaves for vacation without him, Home Alone is packed with hijinks from top to bottom. When thieves target Kevin’s house, he has to protect himself and his home with every trick he can muster, from boxing glove boobie traps to threatening movie quotes.

This list of the best ‘90s Christmas movies also features plenty of family friendly entertainment, including Jingle All the Way, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as stressed out fathers seeking an exclusive Christmas toy. For a more sentimental story, look no further than Miracle on 34th Street, a remake of the 1947 classic tale of Santa Clause in New York City. These are just a few examples of the best Christmas movies for kids.

Vote up the best '90s Christmas movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci
    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes...  more

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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker
    The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is...  more

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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and...  more

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara
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    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Michael Caine, Frank Oz
    The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of...  more

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    It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Marnette Patterson
    It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is the 36th prime-time animated TV special based on...  more
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson
    Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John...  more

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    A Christmas Carol

    Patrick Stewart, Dominic West
    A Christmas Carol is a 1999 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel A...  more

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    Jingle All the Way

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show
    Jingle All the Way is a 1996 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Brian Levant...  more

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    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

    Milton Berle, Frank Welker
    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video animated Christmas movie made by Walt...  more

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    Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too

    Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen
    Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is a Christmas television special based on the Disney...  more
  • 12

    Frosty Returns

    John Goodman, Elisabeth Moss
    Frosty Returns is an animated Christmas television special starring Jonathan Winters as the...  more
  • 13

    Seasons of Giving

    Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen
    Seasons of Giving is a direct-to-video Winnie the Pooh film released in 1999. It included A...  more
  • 14

    Annabelle's Wish

    Cloris Leachman, Alison Krauss
    Annabelle's Wish is a 1997 American animated Christmas film that revolves around a young calf...  more
  • 15

    To Grandmother's House We Go

    Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen
    To Grandmother's House We Go is a 1992 Christmas television film starring Mary-Kate and Ashley...  more
  • 16

    All I Want for Christmas

    Lauren Bacall, Leslie Nielsen
    All I Want for Christmas is a 1991 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Lieberman...  more


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    The Nutcracker Prince

    Kiefer Sutherland, Peter O'Toole
    The Nutcracker Prince is a 1990 animated romantic fantasy film made by Lacewood Productions...  more
  • 18

    Father Christmas

    Mel Smith, William Dennis Hunt
    Father Christmas is a 1991 animated short based on two books written by Raymond Briggs: Father...  more
  • 19

    Mrs. Santa Claus

    Angela Lansbury, Michael Jeter
    Mrs. Santa Claus is a 1996 television musical starring Angela Lansbury as the wife of Santa...  more
  • 20

    Babes in Toyland

    Lacey Chabert, Christopher Plummer
    Babes in Toyland is a 1997 American animated musical film based on the original story. The...  more
  • 21

    The Preacher's Wife

    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington
    The Preacher's Wife is a 1996 Christmas romantic comedy-drama family film directed by Penny...  more

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    While You Were Sleeping

    Sandra Bullock, Monica Keena
    While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and written...  more

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    In the Nick of Time

    Lloyd Bridges, Cleavon Little
    In the Nick of Time is a 1991 Christmas television film directed by George T. Miller....  more
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    Home Alone 3

    Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith
    Home Alone 3 is a 1997 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes. It is...  more

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    Olive, the Other Reindeer

    Drew Barrymore, Ed Asner
    Olive, the Other Reindeer is a CGI animated Christmas television special written by Steve...  more