The 10 Best Almost Christmas Movies

Are you sick of Christmas yet? CAUSE I’M NOT. Naturally I’ve been spending the season by watching as many Christmas movies as possible, while mentally patting myself on the back for our fabulously decorated tree. I’ve already watched Love Actually, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street.

So when you’ve watched every Christmas classic (or when your boyfriend refuses to watch another Christmas movie because “we just watched one yesterday!”), here are some almost Christmas movies to suggest. They aren’t entirely about Christmas. But Christmas happens in them. So they count.

1. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Because nothing represents the holidays (and particularly, the holiday’s while single) better than Bridget Jones, spilling her wine while plays the invisible drums and fake belts, “All byyyyy myseeellllfffff.” And truthfully, I still don’t know what turkey curry is.


2. Sleepless in Seattle

The scene where Annie (Meg Ryan) is driving in her car at Christmastime, listening to Dr. Marcia Fieldstone and she asks Sam “Tell me what was so special about your wife?”

And he replies with “Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”

Oh gosh. Gives me chills just copying and pasting from IMDB. Well done Nora Ephron, well done.


3. Diehard

Insert eye roll here. One of me and N’s longest standing household debates is whether this is or is not a Christmas movie. Since it’s set around Christmas time and is therefore KIND OF a Christmas movie, I’ll include it. We watch it every year and I just know that N loves when Hans Gruber appears and I shout PROFESSOR SNAPE!

4. Harry Potter

Oh, this isn’t a Christmas movie, you say? Five of the movies have Christmas scenes. So there.


5. Rent

Almost the entire film takes place between Christmas and New Year’s and if you’ve gotten enough of your fa-la-la’s in, maybe it’s time for 525,600 minutes.

6. Serendipity

I have the warm fuzzies just thinking about this movie. Christmas + Fate + Romance + New York.

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7. Toy Story

Because really, isn’t Christmas about joy? And gosh, I don’t know if I can think of a more uplifting movie. Plus, that final scene on Christmas day…”It’s a PUPPY!”

8. When Harry Met Sally

I’ll admit, this is more of a New Years movie but it happens to be my favorite movie of all time. We’ll file this one under “holiday” instead of “Christmas”.

9. Little Women

If I remember correctly, there are several Christmas scenes of the March family. Plus, it’s just such a heartwarming classic.


10. You’ve Got Mail

Alright, this one is a stretch but it does have Thanksgiving and Christmas related scenes. And anyway, “I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.” STOP. I can’t.

Have any to add to this list? What Christmas (or sort of Christmas) movie can you not get through the season without?

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