One of the best parts of the festive season is the days and weeks leading up to it. The rush of excitement – or stress – of finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family, decorating the home with lights and ornaments and trinkets from years gone by, spending time with those we love most, the festive cheer, the food, the music, and, of course, nestling in for a true Christmas movie marathon.
According to this round-up, there are over 1,000 Christmas movies, and just like Christmas songs, everyone has their favorite. From the heartwarming tale of It’s a Wonderful Life; to the childhood classic Home Alone; to everyone’s favorite buddy, Elf. But how well do you know your festive flicks?
We compiled a list of some of the most popular Christmas movies and used the Wombo Art app, an AI powered artwork tool, to create unique artwork for each movie. AI has come a long way in machine learning and is now able to create images that are becoming more and more recognizable from just a few words. In fact, it’s progressed so much that #AIPainting has become a viral trend on TikTok. So we decided to put technology to the test. Can you guess the movie just from the image? Tap on the images or open the menus below to see the answers. Let the festive fun begin…
1. It’s In The Singing Of a Street Corner Choir
The Muppets Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol is one of the most loved and well-told Christmas stories.
The story tells of a rich, mean-spirited, miserable and selfish old man named Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas. One cold Christmas Eve, after going about his usual unkind and spiteful ways, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come who reveal what the people of the town really think of him and show him what will happen if he doesn’t change his ways.
The Muppets Christmas Carol is a charming and colorful take on the classic story, featuring acting legend, Michael Caine. And in case you were wondering, yes, he watches the movie every Christmas too!
2. Some Might Say This One Is Wonderful
It’s A Wonderful Life
“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings” is just one of the many iconic lines from the heartwarming Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. It frequently tops best Christmas film lists and is considered one of the greatest movies of all time.
The black and white motion picture follows the story of a man named George Bailey, who gives up on his dreams of travelling and seeing the world, to run the family business and help the people of Bedford Falls when his father unexpectedly dies. Although married to his sweetheart Mary, with four loving children, George becomes stressed about money and attempts to commit suicide one Christmas Eve.
A guardian angel appears and shows George how he has touched the lives of so many and how different life would be for his wife and the community of Bedford Falls if he had never existed.
3. You Might Be Called One If You Hate Christmas
Let’s be clear about one thing, the Grinch didn’t hate Christmas, he hated people.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children’s story originally written in rhymed verse with accompanying illustrations by the author. The 2000 film adaptation, in which the Grinch is brought to life by Jim Carrey, is a well-loved, festive family favourite.
The Grinch is a grouchy, sarcastic, pot-bellied, bright green creature who lives in solitude (minus his canine sidekick, Max) just outside the town of Whoville. He despises the townsfolk and plots to steal Christmas by robbing gifts and decorations from their homes on Christmas Eve, in order to make them as miserable as he is. An encounter with a young girl named Cindy Lou, who is warm, accepting and believes in the true meaning of Christmas, causes the Grinch to realize that Christmas is not all about money and presents.
4. Santa’s (Not So) Little Helper
This Christmas comedy classic tells the story of Buddy the Elf, a human who, as an orphan baby, crawled into Santa’s sack on Christmas Eve and was unknowingly taken back to the North Pole.
Buddy is raised by the elf community and grows up thinking he is one too. A true festive advocate, he believes in the magic of Christmas and is Santa’s biggest fan, but despite his best efforts, he just isn’t like the other elves.
After learning the truth that his biological mother has passed away and his father never knew about him, Buddy travels to New York on a quest to find his biological father – a non-believer on the naughty list – and chaos ensues.
5. You Can Also Watch This One On Halloween
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The works of Tim Burton grace our list once again thanks to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Though the film was directed by American stop motion director Henry Selick, the story was produced and conceived by Tim Burton. In fact, what is now considered a cult classic motion picture, began life as a poem written by Burton in 1982.
The story tells of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who grows tired of the spooky season and longs for something different. Stumbling upon Christmas Town, he becomes obsessed with celebrating the holiday and wants to spread festive joy all over the world. Although well-meaning, Jack’s mission unwittingly puts Santa Clause in jeopardy and creates a nightmare before Christmas.
6. All Aboard!
Perhaps only second to The Hogwarts Express, The Polar Express is one magical train journey we’d all love to go on.
Originally a children’s book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg in 1985, the story of The Polar Express is now considered to be a Christmas classic. The 2004 film adaptation received a Guinness World Record in 2006 for being the first all-digital capture film.
It tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who is beginning to doubt Santa Claus’s existence. On Christmas Eve, a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stops outside the young boy’s window. The train conductor, voiced by Tom Hanks, invites him on board. The boy joins several other children as they go on a magical journey to visit the man in red as he prepares for Christmas.
7. When He’s Not Nipping At Your Nose, He’s Brought To Life By a Magical Harmonica
When it comes to famous snowmen, there are a few who spring to mind. There’s the rosy-cheeked, silent motion picture favourite, The Snowman, the kind but naive Olaf from Frozen, the mythical and somewhat terrifying Abominable Snowman and everyone’s favourite jingle-worthy, Frosty. But there is one snow man who must not be overlooked: Jack Frost.
This dark fantasy film is super festive, and super sad. Have some tissues on standby.
Jack Frost is a successful musician, often cancelling plans with his wife and son due to being busy with his music. After going on tour during wintry conditions, he is killed in a car accident whilst driving home for Christmas. Brought back to life in the form of a snowman thanks to the powers of a magical harmonica, Jack Frost remembers what’s important in life and gets to say a final goodbye to his family.
8. Gizmo Was One Of The Good Ones
Gremlins is an American comedy horror film originally released in 1984. Randall Peltzer, a gadget salesman, is looking for a special gift for his son, Billy. Whilst visiting an antique store in Chinatown, he comes across a small, furry creature called a mogwai. Initially reluctant to sell the creature, the shopkeeper gives in but tells Randall to remember three things: never expose it to bright light, do not let it come into contact with water, and do not feed it after midnight. All of which happen and the result is a spawn of Gremlins which decide to wreak havoc on the whole town on Christmas Eve.
The film takes place during Christmastime, features a villain determined to ruin the festivities, and carries themes of love and friendship. What more could you want from a Christmas film? Oh, and Gizmo is cute AF.
9. This Action Hero’s Slogan Is “Yippee Ki Yay…”
Yippee Ki Yay if you got this one right.
Christmas is a time of year depicted by joy and happiness, so it might seem strange to include an action-packed film such as Die Hard.
Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, a New York City police detective who flies to LA hoping to spend Christmas with his estranged wife. When he arrives in LA, however, he learns of a hostage situation in one of the city’s skyscrapers, where his wife is amongst the hostages.
Though considered one of the greatest action films of all time, over the years there has been some back and forth about whether this picture belongs in the festive genre, too. Thankfully, the movie’s writer settled the debate once and for all in an interview with Digital Spy, confirming it is a Christmas classic.
10. You Wouldn’t Want Him To Give You a Haircut
Tim Burton’s movies tend to have more of a spooky season feel than a festive season one but Edward Scissorhands is a Christmas movie at heart, film fanatics have debated.
An inventor begins building an animated human being called Edward, but sadly dies before he can finish his work. This leaves the young man with an unusual appearance, most notably the scissor blades he has instead of hands. A loving suburban Avon lady discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls in love with her teenage daughter. Despite Edward’s gentle heart and artistic talent, his hands make him an outcast.
Merry Christmas from TheToyZone team…
Some Christmas movies are more recognizable than others and some you’d be forgiven for forgetting are even Christmas movies at all. But remember, there is more to Christmas – and Christmas movies – than snowy scenes and lots of presents.
We hope you enjoyed our Guess The Christmas Movie quiz – as you know, we love all kinds of games and toys. The scores are in, let’s see how you did…
🦌 0-3 – If you got three films or less, you’re a rookie reindeer! You know the classics but could do with some movie marathon homework this festive season.
🧝 4-7 – If you got between four and seven right, you’re an excited elf who gives Buddy a run for his money. You love Christmas movies but there are still few you just haven’t seen enough times, yet.
🌟 8-10 – If you got eight or more, you are a true Christmas champion! You know your festive flicks upside down and inside out, and are ready to challenge anyone to a Guess The Christmas Movie quiz.
METHODOLOGY & SOURCES
We compiled a list of some of the most popular Christmas movies of all time, using sources such as IMDb and articles from Esquire and GoodHousekeeping.
We then entered the title of the Christmas movie into an AI art generator app called Wombo. The app uses AI technology to create unique art in a range of styles, according to the information you input. We used various design styles from the app, the most-used being Dark Fantasy, Festive, HD and No Style.
Designs were created in December 2021.
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J.Kirkland. (2021). The 60 Best Christmas Movies of All Time. esquire.com
L.Matthews. (2021). The 65 Very Best Christmas Movies of All Time. goodhousekeeping.com
Wombo Art. (2021). app.wombo.art