Just when you thought you couldn’t watch another claymation holiday special, we’ve got you covered with a countdown of the greatest holiday movies from the ’90s – and a couple from the ’80s – that you can’t (and shouldn’t) do without!
Jack Frost (1998)
It’s the classic story – rock star dies in a car accident, rock star comes back as a… snowman? Nothing is too out there for a movie full of holiday hope! Besides, this one stars Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston – and all three of Frank Zappa’s kids are in it for extra surrealism.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
A remake of the 1934 original (which we think is the very best version), this version has the super adorable Mara Wilson whom you probably also loved in Matilda, and still has all the charm of the original.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
A Very Terminator Christmas? Kind of. As a kid, you probably didn’t realize that holiday season toy sell-outs were a very real thing in the ’90s. Cabbage Patch Kids, Tickle Me Elmos, Furbys – your folks were doing the most to get you the gift you wanted. That’s what makes this comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and ’90s poster-boy, Sinbad, face off as rival dads so hilarious.
The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
A remake of the 1947 movie, The Bishop’s Wife, this version starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. Two Oscar nominations and Whitney Houson singing – do you really need more reasons to stream this one?
The Santa Clause (1994)
We love this touching holiday comedy starring Tim Allen, one of the best TV dads in the ’90s. When a regular guy accidentally knocks Santa off a roof, he finds himself having to pick up the slack on Christmas. It’s a holiday fantasy and a good chuckle all in one.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Maybe you’re not really all-in on the Christmas movie front. That’s ok, that’s exactly why this Tim Burton flick is so perfect. It’s a little Hallowe’en and a little Christmas all rolled into one.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The original The Christmas Carol was probably too scary for you back in the ’90s, but the Muppet version? It struck just the right chords of holiday warmth, and Henson humour. Our favourite grown-up Easter Egg? Definitely when Beeker swears at Scrooge! The kids always miss it, the adults always laugh.
Home Alone (1990)
The movie that turned “lovely cheese pizzas” into Christmas food, and made us all want to have shampoo mohawks! Can someone please tell us what Mr. McAllister did for a living to be able to have that house and take the whole family on vacation?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Poor Clark Griswold just can’t catch a break! It’s the worst (and most hilarious) Christmas ever when Clark’s wild family members descend upon the house during some tough times. But, it’s the crazy family antics that help Clark to finally realize what Christmas means to him. Mela kamiki maka…
Die Hard (1988)
Yippee-ki-yay, Die Hard is a Christmas movie!! We never tire of watching John McClane take on the villainous Hans Gruber. But hey, if you need an excuse to rewatch this hit, blame it on the holidays…just like McClane says: “Yeah. I got invited to a Christmas party by mistake. Who knew?”