We'll be home for Christmas—and a movie marathon with mom!

By Emily VanSchmus
December 09, 2020
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Enjoying quality time together is a wonderful Christmas tradition for mother-daughter duos of all ages. And what better way to celebrate the season than by snuggling up for a feel-good Christmas flick? We’ve rounded up our favorite Christmas movies to watch with mom this season (and we can’t wait to go home to our mamas to get started).

Cuddle up under a blanket with a mug of homemade hot chocolate and pick from our list that has everything from grown-up humor to feel-good holiday flicks that are suitable for the whole family. You can stream most of these for free with Amazon Video, or use Amazon Prime to order a DVD version just in time for Christmas.

After your movie marathon, pick one of our other favorite things to do with mom to keep the quality time going all season.

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This is one of our all-time favorite feel-good Christmas movies, and there's no one we'd rather watch it with than mom. Dig out the old VHS copy, stream it on Amazon or watch it live on TV. A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on Freeform as part of their 25 Days of Christmas programming last year, and we're hoping to see it back again in the next few months. Since baking something together is also on this year's top list of things to do with your mom, make a batch of our adorable Charlie Brown-inspired Christmas sugar cookies to munch on during the movie.

Buy It: Charlie Brown Christmas DVD, $12

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This Christmas, snuggle up with a mug of hot cocoa, pop in Home Alone, and thank your mom for never leaving you in the attic while she hopped a flight to Paris. This heartwarming and hilarious Christmas film will make you both appreciate family time a little more this season.

Buy It: Home Alone DVD, $8

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This adorably funny Christmas movie features a man (er, elf) on a journey to find out where he came from. As he searches for his parents, Buddy the Elf learns how to act outside the North Pole and discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Buy It: Elf DVD, $8

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You probably won't find this movie on many other lists of classic Christmas films, but it's such a feel-good holiday flick. Watch as six-year-old Eloise navigates the busy holiday season in New York City and saves the day, just before Christmas. There's even a mother-daughter reunion scene that will totally tug your heartstrings.

Buy It: Eloise at Christmastime DVD, $6

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The Polar Express is another must-watch Christmas movie, and it's inspired by a book you probably read together years ago, so it’s perfect for a mother-daughter movie date. This is one that’s usually shown in local theaters around the holidays, so check your local listings to plan an outing, or rent the movie online if you don’t own a copy. You could even book a Polar Express train ride as part of mom's gift this year!

Buy It: The Polar Express DVD, $6

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This one may not be totally appropriate for small children, but Christmas Vacation is one of our top picks for moms and their adult children. You'll both be in stitches laughing as Uncle Eddie empties his RV sewage into the street before Aunt Bethany recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the dinner table. You may even shed a tear as Clark and his boss both realize the importance of celebrating the holiday with family.

Buy It: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation DVD, $8

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This Christmas classic made headlines this year when it returned to theaters last Christmas. If you didn't get a chance to see it on the big screen, you can get your own DVD version of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye's singing and dancing act.

Buy It: White Christmas, $10

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No list of best Christmas movies could omit this lovable green guy! Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the most classic children’s movies of all time, and we totally remember snuggling up to mom and watching this one as a child.

Buy It: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD, $9

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Since Hallmark is releasing 40 new Christmas movies this year, you’ll have plenty of movie options for a Hallmark movie marathon with mom. Bake your favorite Christmas cookies, then brew a big batch of Hallmark’s new Countdown to Christmas tea and snuggle up for a long movie marathon.

Buy It: Hallmark Holiday Collection 4-Pack, $10

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