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10 cheese-free Christmas movies

Posted on December 3, 2012 by

By Gabriella Zicarelli

The magical aroma of cinnamon is in the air and stories of shoppers fighting over 70 percent off blenders is in the news. It all means one thing: The holidays are upon us. That means the TV lineup of classic movies will probably (hopefully) fill your snowed-in Christmas evenings. And while there are A LOT of them out there, many are cheesy and WAY overplayed — seriously how many times can we sit through Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle all the Way?

Then there are those that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, or cause an eggnog spit-take from laughing our butts off, all  while curling under a blanket. Here are my top 10 non-cheesy films to get you in the Holiday spirit.

Edward Scissorhands

Tim Burton gave us a different take on Christmas films with Edward Scissorhands. The movie tells the story of Edward, who was created by a scientist (played by the legendary Vincent Price). As a kid, this movie really freaked me out but it actually has a lot of heart and Johnny Depp is in it so what else do you need really?

I’ll be Home for Christmas

Jonathan Taylor Thomas plays Jake Wilkinson, a college student who has been avoiding his dad until he’s bribed with a Porche. His goal is to get home in time to earn it. The 1998 movie also stars Mrs. Timberlake, Jessica Biel.

Four Christmases

This movie is one of the funnier holiday films to come out recently. It stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn who play a couple that travel every year at Christmas to avoid their families. However, one fateful year their flight gets cancelled and they’re featured on the news. There are so many funny scenes in this movie you might actually dance with joy.


In this 1984 film, a boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters on his small town. The whole thing goes down during the Christmas holidays, what’s supposed to be the most joyous time of the year.

Love Actually

Apparently, this is one of Harry Styles’ favourite movies!! Although the title of this movie might make you to think “UGH, another chick flick'” (I say this because it’s exactly what I thought), it’s actually a decent movie with an amazing cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kiera Knightly, and Alan Rickman (aka Severus Snape). 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

It may not be a typical Christmas film, but that’s why I love it. Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas has become a classic, telling the story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town who accidently discovers Christmas Town and fails to bring the tradition to his town. If you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s dark and wacky mind then you’ll highly enjoy this movie.

Fred Clause

Who knew Santa had a brother? Santa’s grumpy brother needs a loan for a business venture and goes up North to ask for the favour. Unfortunately, Santa won’t give it to him unless he plays elf. The movie stars Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti as the rival brothers.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is one of the biggest Christmas cult classics. It tells the story of a young boy who dreams of getting a BB gun for Christmas. It also gave us a memorable scene that shows what will happen when you lick a metal post in cold weather because of a triple dog dare.


Not only is Will Ferrell our favourite anchorman, he also became everyone’s favourite freakishly tall elf when he played “Buddy” in Elf. It tells the tale of a baby who sneaks into Santa’s bag and grows up in the North Pole. The movie became an instant classic and with Will Ferrell in it, how can you not get excited about it?


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

And of course, no Christmas movie list is complete without The Griswalds. This 1989 classic is, for myself, a Christmas tradition. Everything that could go wrong during the Holidays is basically shown in this movie. Everyone knows a “Clark Griswald” who has to make his house the brightest one on the block.

With files from @britt_mahaney

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