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12 Underrated Christmas Movies You've Probably Never Seen

A few new movies to add to your must-watch list during the holidays.

Daniel Fernandez · 11 months ago

Movies like A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, Elf, and A Charlie Brown Christmas are as Christmas as stockings by the fireplace, presents under the tree, and snow falling outside. In fact, there are a handful of movies that come to mind as being so quintessentially and utterly Christmas that if we don’t watch them, we feel like we haven’t truly celebrated the holiday!

But much like Santa’s reindeer, there are some wonderful movies that always seem to fly under the radar around Christmas time that you may have never seen (or heard of)! Let us share some of our favorites with you and your family and you may just have a new movie to add to your must-watch list during the holidays.

1. “Jingle All The Way”

Year: 1996 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 29 min

What happens when a workaholic Dad makes a promise to his son to get him the only toy he wants for Christmas, only to realize it’s sold out everywhere? Absolutely absurd Austrian-accented antics occur, that’s what! Filled with laughs and heartwarming moments, this is a personal favorite!

2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Year: 1998    Rating: PG   Run Time: 1 hr 26 min 

For all the kids out there who can’t wait to grow up, go away to college, and get away from their parents — this movie is a great reminder that the holiday season really isn’t special at all without family. The endearing message comes through a genuine and heartfelt story that includes one boy wearing a glued-on Santa suit, a bunch of Santas running a 5k, and a ton of other laugh-worthy moments.

3. “Deck The Halls”

Year: 2006 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 33 min

There’s always that one overachiever house in the neighborhood...always the first to put up their huge decorations — massive lighting displays so bright you can see them from outer space — and attracting visitors from miles away to see their commitment to extravagance. This movie is all about what happens when a new family moves to the neighborhood and starts to compete for that level of light-up fame!

4. “Nativity!”

Year: 2009 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 45 min 

After grade school teacher Paul’s girlfriend breaks up with him right before Christmas, he has no interest in joy or holiday spirit. But when he learns that a rival from drama school is staging a Nativity play at a rival school, Paul plans his own show, and lies about a famous Hollywood producer who is going to turn his Nativity show into a feature film. When the lie gets out of hand so does, well, everything. Hilarity and musical numbers abound!

5. “Blizzard”

Year: 2003   Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 33 min 

You’ve gotta give credit to Rudolph’s publicist, because it’s practically impossible to say the word “reindeer” and not to think of that bright red-nosed, Christmas-saving caribou. Rudolph’s story sure does get all the attention, but have you heard the tale of Blizzard? He’s the newest reindeer addition to the North Pole and quite possibly the most gifted reindeer of them all!

6. “Fred Claus”

Year: 2007 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 56 min 

Nothing says “fully functioning family” more than a little bit of sibling rivalry and parents playing favorites amongst their children. In this movie, Santa Claus’ younger (and way more carefree) brother, Fred, comes to the North Pole, he ends up stirring up trouble, saving Christmas, and bringing his family closer together in the process.

7. “Noelle”

Year: 2019 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 40 min 

After Santa Claus passes away, his son Nick struggles to fill his father’s shoes. After running away because of all the pressure, Santa’s daughter, Noelle, must then set off to find Nick and save the holiday. She may even need to suit up herself to get the job done.

8. “Call Me Claus”

Year: 2001 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 30 min  

Here at Camp, we love toys so much that this movie had to make an appearance on our list. According to this film’s magic system, the mantle of Santa Claus must be passed down to someone new every 200 years — and the time has finally arrived for Santa to find his replacement. To his surprise, he finds success in a toy-selling shopping executive, played by Whoopi Goldberg, who needs to rediscover her Christmas spirit.

9. “Arthur Christmas”

Year: 2011 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 37 min 

The only entirely animated film on this list, Arthur Christmas pulls back the curtain on how exactly Santa is able to deliver presents to every child in the world on Christmas Eve with the help of his sons, elves, and some fancy technology. When Santa’s operation slips up and one child in the world is left without presents, it’s up to Santa’s goofy and kindhearted son Arthur to save Christmas!

10. “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

Year: 2017 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 44 min

What would Christmas be without Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the famous tale that introduced us to cultural icons like Scrooge, the term “humbug,” and ghosts that scare us into appreciating the holidays? This movie tells the tale of Charles Dickens himself and how he came to write the novel that would move hearts for generations to come.

11. “Get Santa”

Year: 2014 Rating: PG Run Time: 1 hr 42 min 

After a freak accident causes Santa to crash his sleigh, he gets taken in by the local police while trying to wrangle his reindeer. Santa Claus is sent away to prison with only days remaining before Christmas, so he’s forced to enlist the help of a son and his father (who refuses to believe Santa is real) to save the season!

12. “Scrooged”

Year: 1988 Rating: PG-13 Run Time: 1 hr 41 min 

A modern day adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol this film focuses on cutthroat network television president Frank Cross (played by Bill Murray), who only cares about his job, making money, and getting rid of whoever stands in his way. After forcing his staff to work through Christmas, he starts to receive visits from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future who, with the help of some spicy humor, show him the true meaning of Christmas.