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The Best '90s Christmas Movies

Updated December 16, 2020 12.5k votes 1.6k voters 26.8k 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.

  • 1

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci


    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is...  more

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  • 2

    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker


    Directed byJohn Pasquin

    The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary...  more

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  • 3

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin


    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series and...  more

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  • 4

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Michael Caine, Frank Oz


    Directed byBrian Henson

    The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical...  more

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  • 5

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara


    Directed byHenry Selick

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  • 6

    It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Marnette Patterson


    Directed byBill Melendez

    It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown is the 36th prime-time animated TV special based on the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on the CBS network on November...  more
  • 7

    Miracle on 34th Street

    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson


    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John Hughes, and directed by Les Mayfield. It stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, and...  more
  • 8

    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

    Milton Berle, Frank Welker


    Directed byJean-François Laguionie, Alex Mann

    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video animated Christmas movie made by Walt Disney Home Video and won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 5th Kecskemét Animation Film...  more

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  • 9

    Jingle All the Way

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show


    Directed byBrian Levant

    Jingle All the Way is a 1996 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Brian Levant and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, with Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, James Belushi...  more

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  • 10

    Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too

    Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen


    Directed byJamie Mitchell

    Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too is a Christmas television special based on the Disney television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, originally broadcast on Saturday, December 14, 1991 on...  more
  • 11

    A Christmas Carol

    Patrick Stewart, Dominic West


    Directed byDavid Hugh Jones

    A Christmas Carol is a 1999 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel A Christmas Carol. It was directed by David Jones and stars Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge and Richard E....  more
  • 12

    Frosty Returns

    John Goodman, Elisabeth Moss


    Directed byBill Melendez

    Frosty Returns is an animated Christmas television special starring Jonathan Winters as the narrator and John Goodman as the voice of Frosty the Snowman. The special was directed by Bill Melendez and...  more
  • 13

    Seasons of Giving

    Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen


    Directed byKarl Geurs, Harry Arends, Jun Falkenstein

    Seasons of Giving is a direct-to-video Winnie the Pooh film released in 1999. It included A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, and two episodes from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It features new...  more
  • 14

    To Grandmother's House We Go

    Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen


    Directed byJeff Franklin

    To Grandmother's House We Go is a 1992 Christmas television film starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The film's title is one of the first lines of Lydia Maria Child's Thanksgiving song "Over the...  more
  • 15

    Annabelle's Wish

    Cloris Leachman, Alison Krauss


    Directed byRoy Wilson

    Annabelle's Wish is a 1997 American animated Christmas film that revolves around a young calf who aspires to learn to fly and become one of Santa Claus' reindeer. It is narrated by American country...  more
  • 16

    All I Want for Christmas

    Lauren Bacall, Leslie Nielsen


    Directed byRon Lieberman

    All I Want for Christmas is a 1991 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Lieberman and starring Harley Jane Kozak, Lauren Bacall, Thora Birch, Ethan Randall, and Leslie Nielsen. The score...  more
  • 17

    The Nutcracker Prince

    Kiefer Sutherland, Peter O'Toole


    Directed byPaul Schibli

    The Nutcracker Prince is a 1990 animated romantic fantasy film made by Lacewood Productions and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was directed by Paul Schibli and based on the story The...  more
  • 18

    Father Christmas

    Mel Smith, William Dennis Hunt


    Directed byDave Unwin

    Father Christmas is a 1991 animated short based on two books written by Raymond Briggs: Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, published in 1973 and 1975 respectively. It was first...  more
  • 19

    Mrs. Santa Claus

    Angela Lansbury, Michael Jeter


    Directed byTerry Hughes

    Mrs. Santa Claus is a 1996 television musical starring Angela Lansbury as the wife of Santa Claus. The musical score for Mrs. Santa Claus was written by Jerry Herman, the composer of such hit...  more
  • 20

    Babes in Toyland

    Lacey Chabert, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byToby Bluth, Charles Grosvenor, Paul Sabella

    Babes in Toyland is a 1997 American animated musical film based on the original story. The animated feature stars Joseph Ashton, James Belushi, Lacey Chabert, Raphael Sbarge, Cathy Cavadini, Bronson...  more
  • 21

    Olive, the Other Reindeer

    Drew Barrymore, Ed Asner


    Directed bySteven Dean Moore

    Olive, the Other Reindeer is a CGI animated Christmas television special written by Steve Young, and directed by Oscar Moore. The feature was produced by Matt Groening's The Curiosity Company, and...  more
  • 22

    Home Alone 3

    Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith


    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Home Alone 3 is a 1997 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes. It is the third film in the Home Alone series and the first not to feature actor Macaulay Culkin, director...  more

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  • 23

    The Preacher's Wife

    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington


    Directed byPenny Marshall

    The Preacher's Wife is a 1996 Christmas romantic comedy-drama family film directed by Penny Marshall, and starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. It is a remake of the...  more

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  • 24

    Mixed Nuts

    Adam Sandler, Steve Martin


    Directed byNora Ephron

    Mixed Nuts is a 1994 American Christmas comedy film directed by Nora Ephron, based on the 1982 French comedy film, Le Père Noël est une ordure. Co-written by Ephron and her sister Delia, the film...  more
  • 25

    The Nutcracker

    Macaulay Culkin, Kevin Kline


    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is a 1993 film directed by Emile Ardolino....  more