Top 26 Funny Christmas Movies Of All Time To Watch And Relax


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One of the best stress relievers of the holiday season is to binge on funny Christmas movies.  These movies provide a healthy purge of pressure that comes during this time of year.

Think about it.  It begins at begins to build before Thanksgiving planning and cooking, then eating to get up to your fighting weight so you can fend off those Black Friday shoppers.

Then there are a lot of gifts to buy, and plans to make, through all of that you have to keep up that holiday spirit til the season is over.

Funny Christmas movies mock the chaos of it all and will make you laugh til your belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly.

We have done the research and compiled the top list of funny Christmas movies to get you through this holiday season or watch all year long.

Our list includes the traditional movies you may have seen a million times over and, yet, you may discover a few surprises in our list we hope to help you band together a merry movie marathon to get you through.

Quick List of Our Favorite Funny Christmas Movies


A Christmas Story

    Funny Christmas Movies A Christmas Story

    The 1983 holiday movie A Christmas Story is one of those funny Christmas movies that has grown in stature and notoriety with each passing year, becoming a true Christmas staple.

    It has captured our imagination and our hearts with a force comparable to It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street because of its warm, absurd, and cynically realistic depiction of an American family’s normal Christmas joys and struggles in small-town Depression-era Indiana.

    • Cast: Peter Billingsly, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin
    • Rating: PG

    Home Alone

    Funny Christmas Movies Home Alone

    Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) gets his dream for his family to vanish when they leave him behind when they embark on a holiday trip to Paris.

    Initially enjoying his time alone, he is soon met by two burglars Harry and Marv, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

    Kevin uses a series of comical booby traps to outsmart the two until his family arrives back home.

    Home Alone is a classic and one of the funny Christmas movies you will watch over and over again every year.

    • Cast: John Candy, Macauley Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
    • Rating: PG

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Funny Christmas Movies The Muppet Christmas Carol

    It’s the season of love, joy, and one of history’s most cherished tales! Join the fun-loving Muppets, Miss Piggy, and Kermit the Frog in this cheerful, magical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless story.

    The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future pay Scrooge a visit on a fateful Christmas Eve.

    The Spirits help the good, humble Kermit the Frog and his family show Scrooge the true spirit of Christmas by opening his eyes and his heart.

    The Muppet Christmas Carol has become a cherished family holiday tradition that is full of original music and eye-catching special effects.

    • Cast: Michael Cain, Steven Whitmire, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz
    • Rating: G

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    Funny Christmas Movies National Lampoon'S Christmas Vacation

    The Griswold family’s comical misadventures continue with Cousin Eddie and other laughable family members on their Christmas Vacation.

    This year, America’s most devoted father is determined to spend the holidays with his family at home, but life and the season have a way of dampening his plans like a wet blanket.

    National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation hits all the marks and is one of our favorite funny Christmas movies of all time.

    • Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid,
    • Rating: PG-13


    Funny Christmas Movies Elf

    A long time ago, on Christmas Eve, a baby crawled into Santa’s sack of gifts.

    Buddy (Will Ferrell), an adult who was raised as an elf but grows three times bigger than the biggest elf, discovers that he will never really fit in at the North Pole.

    During the holiday season, Buddy travels to New York City in search of his rightful place in the world.

    When Buddy returns home, he meets his workaholic father (James Caan), who is on Santa’s “bad” list, his new mother (Mary Steenburgen), and his 10-year-old brother, who doesn’t believe in elves or Santa Claus.

    Buddy finally realizes his destiny: to keep Christmas in New York and around the world!

    Will Ferrell is epic in Elf and at the top of our list of funny Christmas movies.

    Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner
    Rating: PG


    Love Actually

    Funny Christmas Movies Love Actually

    The ultimate romantic comedy. Love Actually, from the creators of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill, is the pinnacle of romantic comedies.

    An all-star cast will take you on a spectacular tour of love’s delicious turns and turns in funny, captivating, and heartwarming ways.

    Become enchanted with Love Actually and continue to laugh and be charmed by it.

    Cast: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson
    Rating: R


    Daddy’s Home

    Funny Christmas Movies Daddys HomeThe ultimate Dad vs. Step-Dad battle pits Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell against one another!

    Brad (Ferrell), who always imagined having the ideal family, is committed to being the greatest stepfather he can be for the kids of his new wife (Linda Cardellini).

    In this funny family comedy, Brad’s picture-perfect family life is flipped upside down when their biological father Dusty (Wahlberg) unexpectedly shows up.

    Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church
    Rating: PG-13


    Trading Places

    Funny Christmas Movies Trading Places

    What happens when the director John Landis, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy combine their comedic talents?

    The result is a rags-to-riches story that makes its place among funny Christmas movies mixed with biting satire.

    Murphy plays a small-time con artist who has the opportunity to swap lives with Aykroyd’s famous stock market guru.

    The two bored, extremely wealthy brothers Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, however, are just cruelly making fun of them as part of a pointless wager.

    The results are pure comedic gold when the truth is revealed!

    Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy
    Rating: R


    Bad Santa

    Funny Christmas Movies Bad Santa

    Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and John Ritter, three hilarious actors, bring the “baddest” Santa to town!

    With the help of his cunning Elf companion Marcus, shady store Santa Willie Stokes (Thornton) has a festive custom of making one sizable score every Christmas Eve.

    However, the heist-fest this year might be utterly thwarted by a nosy store manager (Ritter), a smart mall investigator (Mac), a gorgeous Santa fan, and an innocent 8-year-old misfit who believes the drunk and criminal Willie is the genuine Santa he seeks.

    Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, John Ritter
    Rating: R


    Arthur Christmas

    How is it possible for Santa to bring billions of gifts to every person on Earth in a single night?

    With a massive, cutting-edge command center hidden beneath the ice of the North Pole and an army of a million combat-trained Field Elves!

    So how is it possible that this amazing operation MISSED one child? Arthur, the little son of Santa, fears that the enchantment of Christmas will soon be over.

    Arthur embarks on a madcap adventure to deliver the final gift with the help of retired Grandsanta, a disobedient young elf, an outdated sleigh, and some untrained reindeer!

    Arthur Christmas is one of the top funny Christmas movies the whole family can enjoy.

    Deck the halls with adventure, delight, and wonder in this brand-new holiday classic!

    Cast: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent
    Rating: PG


    Grumpy Old Men

    Funny Christmas Movies Grumpy Old Men

    Squeeze Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Ann Margret in a small town with a mix of Sophia Loren and you get the only thing more ornery than a rattlesnake with hives.

    Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, two neighbors, have nothing better to do but to carry on their lifelong bitter feud.

    However, an all-out battle to earn Ariel’s (Ann Margret) favor breaks out when she moves in across the street.

    Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann Margret, Sophia Loren
    Rating: PG-13



    Funny Christmas Movies Scrooged

    In this humorous parody of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Frank Cross (Bill Murray) gets into some wild antics on Christmas Eve that send him into a spectral time warp.

    A modern-day Scrooge would be well described as harsh, unpleasant, heartless, unforgiving, and having a sadistic sense of humor.

    Cross has made a spectacular rise from the mailroom to the president of a TV network.

    Before the evening is done, he will receive visits from a psychotic New York cab driver from the past, a pratfall-loving fairy from the present, and a spooky, seven-foot headless messenger from the future.

    Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Carol Kane, Bobcat Goldthwait
    Rating: PG-13


    The Santa Clause

    Funny Christmas Movies The Santa Clause

    Disney’s beautiful, larger-than-life smash comedy The Santa Clause stars superstar comedian Tim Allen.

    Scott Calvin, a divorced father, and his son find Santa Claus has fallen from their roof on Christmas Eve.

    When Scott takes control of the enchanted sleigh, he discovers that he has become the new Santa and must persuade a skeptical world, including himself.

    Cast: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Loyd
    Rating: PG


    The Night Before

    Funny Christmas Movies The Night BeforeSince they were kids, Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen), and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been pals.

    For the past ten years, their annual Christmas Eve get-together has been a night of revelry and humor.

    The custom is ending now that they’re reaching maturity, so to make it as special as they can, they set out to locate the Nutcracka Ball, the legendary Christmas party.

    If you are into funny Christmas movies that are more geared toward adults this one should be at or near the top of your list.

    Cast: Seth Rogan, Anthony Mackle, Michael Shannon, Lizzy Caplan
    Rating: R


    How The Grinch Stole Christmas

    Funny Christmas Movies How The Grinch Stole Christmas

    This holiday season, explore the Mean One’s enchantment!

    With the help of the unstoppable Jim Carrey as The Grinch, Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard and Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer bring Christmas’ most beloved grump to life.

    Why is Jim Carrey’s The Grinch such a grump?

    Nobody seems to know until young Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) takes matters into her own hands and, in her quest to discover the true meaning of Christmas, turns both Whoville and The Grinch’s world upside down, inside out, and funny side up.

    Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin
    Rating: PG


    The Holiday

    Funny Christmas Movies The Holiday

    Two women switch residences in Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy The Holiday, only to discover that a change of address may alter their lives.

    Iris (Winslet) has a crush on a man who is engaged to another lady. Around the world, Amanda (Diaz) discovers her partner has been unfaithful.

    Two women who are 6,000 kilometers apart and have never met find themselves in the same location.

    They spontaneously switch homes for the holiday after meeting online at a home exchange website.

    As Amanda arrives in the snow-covered English countryside, Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. home in the warm state of California.

    Soon after reaching their destinations, neither of the women finds what she expected or wanted: a new romance.

    Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law
    Rating: PG-13


    The Family Man

    Funny Christmas Movies Family Man

    High-powered Wall Street bachelor Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) is enjoying the high life until he experiences the shock of a lifetime when he wakes up next to his ex-girlfriend Kate (Tea Leoni) in a suburban New Jersey home.

    Right now, everything in Jack’s life is upside down. He has two children and has traded in his Ferrari for a minivan while attempting to maintain his sanity.

    Can a high-end downtown athlete thrive in a mediocre suburban community?

    In this funny comedy about second thoughts and second chances, what does it take for a previously single-minded executive to truly become The Family Man?

    Cast: Nicholas Cage, Tea Leoni, Kate Walsh, Jeremy Piven
    Rating: PG-13


    The Polar Express

    Funny Christmas Movies The Polar ExpressA youngster boards the enigmatic train known as The Polar Express that is waiting for him late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep.

    Santa Claus grants the youngster any gift he wants when he gets to the North Pole.

    The boy just requests a bell from Santa’s reindeer’s harness. But the bell disappears on the way home.

    The youngster discovers the bell under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning, and when he shakes it, it emits the most beautiful melody he has ever heard.

    Because only a real believer can hear the ring of the bell, his mother admires the bell but regrets that it is shattered.

    Cast: Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye
    Rating: G


    The Grinch

    Funny Christmas Movies The Grinch

    The Grinch is based on Dr. Seuss’ children’s book that tells the tale of a cynical grump who sets out to steal Christmas but has his heart changed by a little girl’s kind nature.

    The Grinch is entertaining for the whole family and is funny, touching, and gorgeous to look at!

    Cast: Michael Beetle, Cathy Cavadini, Brian Delaney, John Demita
    Rating: PG


    Funny Farm

    Funny Christmas Movies Funny Farm

    Although not known as traditionally ranked among funny Christmas movies and possibly Chevy Chase’s best performance, Funny Farm begins with a move to the countryside in the summer and ends on a festive holiday note.

    Chevy and his wife are two fast-track yuppies who put up their careers and the New York way of life in search of the peace and quiet of the country, only to discover that there are more weirdos than bugs in their picture-perfect setting.

    Cast: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith, Joseph Maher, Jack Gilpin
    Rating: PG


    Office Christmas Party

    Funny Christmas Movies Office Christmas Party

    Party like your job depended on it!

    T.J. Miller and his fired-up coworkers (Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, and Kate McKinnon) plan to throw an epic office party to attract a big-name client and save everyone’s jobs when an overbearing CEO (Jennifer Aniston) threatens to close her hard-partying brother’s failing branch.

    In this wild and bawdy comedy, things swiftly go out of control due to alcohol and poor choices. Prepare to work and play harder than ever!

    Cast: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell
    Rating: R


    Four Christmases

    Funny Christmas Movies Four Christmases

    In a funny Christmas movie starring Vince Vaughn and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, many kids of divorced parents can identify.

    One well-planned, joyful day rapidly spirals out of control into the ridiculous frenzy of Four Christmases due to the presence of one happy couple and four dysfunctional, divorced parents who insist on celebrating with their children.

    Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Robert Duvall, John Favreau
    Rating: PG-13


    Just Friends

    Funny Christmas Movies Just Friends

    In this romantic comedy, a music industry entrepreneur (Ryan Reynolds) runs into Amy Smart, his high school love who rejected him and made him a known womanizer.

    But now that he knows she is his one and only genuine love, he wants to go beyond just being friends with her.

    Cast: Amy Smart, Anna Farris, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Klein
    Rating: PG-13


    Fred Claus

    Funny Christmas Movies Fred Claus

    The team behind the entertaining Wedding Crashers, Vince Vaughn and director David Dobkin, is back to tackle Christmas!

    Upon his return to the North Pole, Santa Claus’ little-known older brother, Fred (Vaughn), manages to wreak comedic havoc that nearly ends Christmas before revealing himself to be more than the loser the younger Claus has always thought him to be.

    Cast: Paul Giamatti, Vince Vaughn, Miranda Richardson, John Michael Higgins
    Rating: PG


    Trapped In Paradise

    Funny Christmas Movies Trapped In Paradise

    On Christmas Eve, three minor criminals from New York, Bill, Alvin, and Dave Firpo, are celebrating the season in the quaint town of Paradise.

    Although the mischievous brothers are anxiously attempting to leave town, the nice people of Paradise are politely eliminating the Firpos one by one.

    With TRAPPED IN PARADISE, George Gallo, who previously helmed the critically acclaimed comedy 29th Street and created the original screenplay for the popular action comedy Midnight Run, demonstrates his talent for developing deep, character-driven comedies.

    Cast: Nicholas Cage, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz
    Rating: PG-13


    Jingle All The Way

    Funny Christmas Movies Jingle All The Way

    High-powered businessman Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is hard at work filling urgent orders from clients to whom he simply cannot say no, including his son Jamie (Jake Lloyd), who requested the season’s hottest action figure: Turbo Man!

    Unfortunately, Howard is dealing with a MAJOR issue. Turbo Man has been sold out since Thanksgiving, and it’s Christmas Eve!

    Howard’s last-minute search for Turbo Man swiftly develops into a journey wilder than anything he could have ever imagined.

    He gets into a no-holds-barred fight to the death with a crazy postman named Myron (Sinbad) who wants to take the last Turbo Man for his child as part of his seemingly continuous Yuletide exploits.

    Even the most courageous guys would be scared off by it. But to Howard —it’s a must-win war!

    Cast: Arnold Schwarzeneger, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad
    Rating: PG

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