Top Vintage Christmas Movies to Watch this Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year so I invite you all to grab some hot tea, snuggle up on the couch, light the Christmas tree and enjoy some of the best vintage Christmas movies of all time. These movies are full of fun, fabulous fashions, wonderful songs and heartfelt moment. Many of these I have watched more times that I care to admit but I assure you, I love them more and more as time goes on. They are not in any particular order but should all be treasured.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Whilst not technically a Christmas movie, this film does feature the most beautiful rendition of Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” which has always melted my heart and put me in the festive spirit. The film follows a family preparing to move from St Louis to New York with laughter, drama and romance all popping up along the way.
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Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Time to give you that warm cuddly feeling inside with this stunning stop-motion animated classic. Following Santa, Rudolph and the gang, you will be taken on a charming adventure full of friendship, courage, understanding and Christmas magic. Perfect for a night in with little ones.
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The Lion in Winter (1968)
If you like a dysfunctional family Christmas’s, look no further than this classic film. Featuring Katherine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole and the debut of Anthony Hopkins, you will follow Henry as he gathers his family to celebrate Christmas. Who doesn’t love duelling spouses during the festive season?
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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Even if you know the modern version of this film, the original is still absolutely beautiful to watch. Follow the story of a cynical woman and her daughter who befriend a man claiming to be Santa Claus. With a chance to prove himself in court, he also proves himself to be the true Santa infant of a very young Natalie Wood who has closed her heart to the magic of Christmas. It’s so heartwarming it’ll keep you warm all winter.
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White Christmas (1954)
I don’t think there’s a more classic Christmas film than this one. Featuring Bing Crosby, you follow him and his partner falling for sisters and trying to save the lodge which belongs to their former commanding general. With some iconic songs as well as stunning costumes, this movie will put you right in the Christmas mood.
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Holiday Inn (1942)
If you still want more Bing Crosby, this is the perfect film for you… oh and Fred Astaire is in this one too. There’s plenty dancing, singing and stunning scenery as you watch these gentlemen compete for the same woman in this festive classic.
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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Of course this film made the list, it’s such an iconic film and everyone should watch it at least 10 times in their life. Follow George Bailey and the angel who teaches him the value of a well-lived life. This film also features some truely magical moment which are perfect after the year we’ve all just gone through. You won’t be disappointed with this classic.
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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
This was the first festive film I watched this year and it truely put me right in the Christmas mood. With the entire Peanut’s gang getting together to put on a Christmas play, Charlie Brown questions the true meaning of Christmas and helps his friends look past the superficial parts of the season to show what truely matters. It’s heartwarming and adorable so make sure this is on your list.
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The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
In this classic Christmas film, you follow Cary Grant who plays an angel sent to help a minister what is really important in life. Of course, there is plenty of romance, a stunning vintage Christmas tree and some perfect moments so there is something in this film for everyone.
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The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
It’s the perfect time of year to watch this wonderful film which went on to inspire the much loved ‘You’ve Got Mail’. Starring James Stewart, follow two co-workers who can’t stand each other in real life but fall deeply in love in other ways. It’s so good and such a wonderful watch.
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Bachelor Mother (1939)
We can’t have Fred without Ginger so I had to include this film in the list. Follow Ginger who plays a young saleswomen that’s mistaken as the mother of a baby left at her doorstep which puts her job on the line. With lots of complications and incorrect assumptions along the way, you’ll laugh, cry, cringe and fall in love with this movie time and time again.
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I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
A little bit more Ginger Rogers because you can never have too much. Follow the tale of Ginger who is on leave from prison and Joseph Cotten, a soldier, who meet on a train and come together whilst addressing the hardships of life, love and other disasters. A film that will give you hope for the year to come.
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The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
So I actually haven’t seen this film but I had three friends recommend it to me so it’s on this years ‘to-watch’ list. It follows the story of a family gathering the celebrate the Christmas holidays but are surprised when an unexpected member of the family shows up.
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Holiday Affair (1949)
A perfect rom-com which forgoes the excessively sweet sentimentality of traditional Hallmark festive films. Follow the tale of a widow, two men and a partridge in a pear tree as they navigate the holiday season with all sorts of wonderful happenings and lessons along the way.
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)
As much as I adore the Jim Carrey version of the Grinch, the original animation is something truly special. The beloved Dr Seuss classic follows the story of the Grinch who attempts to steal Christmas from the Who’s down in Who-ville with the help of his dog Max. With some classic songs and a story that will make your heart grow three sizes, this is a wonderful family classic.
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