In the spirit of opening gifts and spending time in the snow with your besties during winter break, nothing rings in the holiday season like watching funny Christmas movies with your fam. While we love turning on a warm and fuzzy Christmas classic in front of the fireplace, movies starring hilarious actors like Jim Carrey, Tyler Perry, Anna Kendrick, and Will Ferrell totally take the joy of Christmas to a new level. From the hilarious mishaps in Four Christmases to the blended narratives in the teen flick Let It Snow, this list is full of LOL-worthy movies that your entire family will love.
Buddy the Elf may say, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear," but we think it's best spread by sharing a good laugh with your friends and fam. Ahead, find funny Christmas movies that'll crack your family up like chestnuts near an open fire.
Falling for Christmas
'Tis the season for a Christmas rom-com starring Lindsay Lohan. In this Netflix flick, a wealthy heiress finds herself in the care of a local lodge owner, after she falls in a skiing accident and temporarily loses her memory.
When Abby plans to propose to her girlfriend, Harper, while meeting her parents for the first time, it goes awry when she realizes her partner is still closeted to her conservative family. Trust us when we say this movie will make you go through every emotion imaginable.
The Holiday Calendar
This lighthearted flick tells the story of a photographer whose life takes a turn when an antique Advent calendar she inherited predicts her future — including her love life.
Will Ferrell's Buddy the Elf is one of the most iconic characters of all time, and with good reason. This feel-good flick follows Buddy, who was accidentally transported to The North Pole as a kid, as he makes his way into the real world to find his birth father.
Let It Snow
When a small midwestern town is hit with a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, a group of teens find their friendships and love lives colliding.
The Santa Clause
Throw it back to the first film in this classic Christmas franchise, which recently expanded with a 2-episode holiday special on Disney+. After divorced dad Scott accidentally kills the real-life Santa Claus, he's tasked with the big job of delivering gifts on Christmas Eve and brings his son along for the ride.
Funny and absolutely endearing? Sign us up. This Nancy Meyers film follows two women, Iris and Amanda, who decide to swap homes for the Christmas holiday and just so happen to find their one true loves across the pond.
A Christmas Carol
Jim Carrey tackles the iconic role of Ebenezer Scrooge in this 2009 adaptation of the classic holiday story.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This hilarious Nickelodeon flick follows two kids who have been accidentally shrunk by an elf. They get scooped up into Santa's sack and must find their way home while dodging obstacles in their minuscule state.
After he behaves badly, Kevin McCallister gets stuck sleeping in his attic the night before his family vacation. But then his family accidentally leaves him behind and he gets away with doing whatever he wants — that is, until two con men plan to rob his house and he has to protect his home all by himself.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
What's even funnier than Home Alone? Home Alone 2, of course. Watch as Kevin McCallister winds up on his own once again during the holiday season — but this time, he finds himself in New York City in a palatial suite at the Plaza Hotel.
Nina Dobrev and Never Have I Ever's Darren Barnet star in this rom-com that follows an L.A. writer who thinks she met her perfect match on a dating app. She then discovers that she's been catfished after she flies 3,000 miles to surprise him for Christmas — so, her catfish agrees to help her find love with the real man in the photos.
Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star as an unmarried couple whose tropical vacation plans for Christmas fall through at the last minute. They end up spending Christmas Day running to and from four family get-togethers as each of their parents are divorced.
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Tyler Perry's Madea franchise is not only hilarious, but iconic. In this holiday movie, Madea and her niece Eileen surprise visit Eileen's daughter, Lacey, who hasn't come home for Christmas. In reality, Lacey has been avoiding her trip home because she fell in love with a white man and secretly married him in fear of judgment from her family.
Single All the Way
Peter asks his bestie Nick to come home with him for the holidays and pose as his boyfriend, in an effort to thwart questions about his love life. But when Peter's family sets him up on a blind date, their plan changes.
A Christmas Story
This Christmas classic also received the reboot treatment in 2022. However, the original film follows a kid named Ralphie who wishes for a "Red Ryder air rifle" for Christmas to dodge his bully. While he butts heads with his dad, his mom comforts him, and he tries to make it to Christmas Day without losing hope.
Christmas With the Kranks
The king of Christmas (Tim Allen) and the queen of Halloween (Jamie Lee Curtis) join forces in this comedy about the Kranks, a couple who plan on taking a tropical getaway for Christmas when their daughter is out of town for the holiday. When she changes her mind and decides to come home, they must work together to put together the perfect Christmas celebration once she returns.
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