5 Classic Christmas Movies To Watch This December
December is for cozying up inside, drinking hot cocoa and eggnog, and watching Christmas movies galore (even if we’re in sunny San Diego!). To help you out with this, we’ve gathered a list of five classic Christmas movies that span from 1947 all the way to 2003.
Here at San Diego Musical Theatre, we love getting in the holiday spirit with Broadway shows. Check out five ways you can celebrate Christmas in San Diego or pick up tickets to “Miracle on 34th Street,” our newest Broadway show.
“A Christmas Story”
Can a Christmas even go by without multiple references to this 1983 film? From the bunny pajamas to the iconic lamp, this movie is a classic. Invite friends to your home, throw some cookies in the oven, and frost away while you watch young Ralphie get the Red Ryder BB gun of his dreams for Christmas.
Buckle up for singing and dancing in the post-WWII U.S. Swoon and dream of years gone by as Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen deliver an over-the-top and always-excellent performance in Vermont (“Should be beautiful this time of year … all that snow”). We may not get a white Christmas here in San Diego, but this 1954 favorite will keep you from feeling the blues.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
This 1947 film has a rich history full of delightful surprises (the film was actually released in the summer!). Follow along as a young lawyer defends a man claiming to be Santa Claus in the court, and fall in love with Christmas all over again as Kris Kringle wins hearts everywhere he goes.
The newest Christmas movie on the list — it came out in 2003 — has nonetheless earned its title as a classic. Join Buddy the Elf as he leaves the North Pole and travels throughout the hustle and bustle of New York City to find his dad. Full of laughs, jokes, and lots of candy, this film will have you wishing it was Christmas year-round.
We’ll take a wild guess that “Home Alone” was your kids’ favorite Christmas movie growing up — and for good reason! This 1990 film follows Kevin McCallister as his large, chaotic family leaves him behind on Christmas vacation — and he defends his home from a pair of unwitting burglars. This holiday film is perfect for when everyone arrives at your home for vacation.
See “Miracle on 34th Street” Live In San Diego Today
A night in watching Christmas movies with the family is always fun. But so is a night out in the Gaslamp Quarter to see Broadway shows! The San Diego Musical Theatre will perform “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. We’re located in the historic Horton Grand Theatre, and our actors, musicians, and dancers will transport you to the 1940s for a night of fun at the Broadway theatre. Buy San Diego theater tickets today.