The 10 Best Almost Christmas Movies

Are you sick of Christmas yet? CAUSE I’M NOT. Naturally I’ve been spending the season by watching as many Christmas movies as possible, while mentally patting myself on the back for our fabulously decorated tree. I’ve already watched Love Actually, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street.

So when you’ve watched every Christmas classic (or when your boyfriend refuses to watch another Christmas movie because “we just watched one yesterday!”), here are some almost Christmas movies to suggest. They aren’t entirely about Christmas. But Christmas happens in them. So they count.

1. Bridget Jones’ Diary

Because nothing represents the holidays (and particularly, the holiday’s while single) better than Bridget Jones, spilling her wine while plays the invisible drums and fake belts, “All byyyyy myseeellllfffff.” And truthfully, I still don’t know what turkey curry is.


2. Sleepless in Seattle

The scene where Annie (Meg Ryan) is driving in her car at Christmastime, listening to Dr. Marcia Fieldstone and she asks Sam “Tell me what was so special about your wife?”

And he replies with “Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”

Oh gosh. Gives me chills just copying and pasting from IMDB. Well done Nora Ephron, well done.


3. Diehard

Insert eye roll here. One of me and N’s longest standing household debates is whether this is or is not a Christmas movie. Since it’s set around Christmas time and is therefore KIND OF a Christmas movie, I’ll include it. We watch it every year and I just know that N loves when Hans Gruber appears and I shout PROFESSOR SNAPE!

4. Harry Potter

Oh, this isn’t a Christmas movie, you say? Five of the movies have Christmas scenes. So there.


5. Rent

Almost the entire film takes place between Christmas and New Year’s and if you’ve gotten enough of your fa-la-la’s in, maybe it’s time for 525,600 minutes.

6. Serendipity

I have the warm fuzzies just thinking about this movie. Christmas + Fate + Romance + New York.

serendipity christmas

7. Toy Story

Because really, isn’t Christmas about joy? And gosh, I don’t know if I can think of a more uplifting movie. Plus, that final scene on Christmas day…”It’s a PUPPY!”

8. When Harry Met Sally

I’ll admit, this is more of a New Years movie but it happens to be my favorite movie of all time. We’ll file this one under “holiday” instead of “Christmas”.

9. Little Women

If I remember correctly, there are several Christmas scenes of the March family. Plus, it’s just such a heartwarming classic.


10. You’ve Got Mail

Alright, this one is a stretch but it does have Thanksgiving and Christmas related scenes. And anyway, “I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.” STOP. I can’t.

Have any to add to this list? What Christmas (or sort of Christmas) movie can you not get through the season without?

  • Just this past week I’ve watched Little Women, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle. LOVE THEM ALL. And I think tonight I’ll watch Serendipity!

    • Sounds like we are totally on the same wavelength. This weekend feels like a cozy, movie watching type weekend to me!

  • Elizabeth

    What a refreshing list! I’ve seen a lot of movie lists lately, but they’re all the same. I LOVE Serendipity & Little Women (I even walked down the aisle to a song from the movie)!

    • Really?! I love that. I’m not in to the traditional walk down the aisle music so I always wondered what the alternatives are. I haven’t seen Little Women in a few years so i think it’s time for a re-watch.

  • Brianne Bracco

    It’s a tradition that the day after Thanksgiving, my husband and I watch the entire Harry Potter series. For some reason, it makes this time of year more magical. Also, Little Women and Serendipity are a holiday must. They are on my list to sit and watch under a blanket with a sugar cookie in my hand during my vacation next week. 🙂

    • Can I just say how jealous I am that your husband will watch Harry Potter with you? It’s a tough life being with someone who isn’t a Potter fan. Love that tradition!

  • ahh I haven’t thought of any of these! love this. i need to watch rent!

  • I agree with all of these except Bridget Jones’ Diary. To me, it IS a Christmas movie. I always watch it at Christmastime.

    • I never really thought it was until I watched it the other day and realized that there are definitely a lot of holiday references. The holiday’s are kind of used as a bookend on either end of the movie. It’s a great one!

  • Kristin

    A lot of those are on my yearly Christmas-watching list as well. As is The Family Stone. It’s not Christmas until I watch that one. My go-to Thanksgiving movie is The Myth of Fingerprints. Apparently I’m drawn to other people’s family dysfunction 🙂

    • Oh gosh. The Family Stone is AMAZING. It’s perfect and heartbreaking and beautiful. It’s a must watch for me every year. I file that one under “hard core Christmas movie” though.

  • Gosh, I never really thought about non-Christmas, Christmas movies. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂 Now I will put pjs on and snuggle on the couch with one of the above movies.

  • Now all I want to do is go home and find these moveis to watch. You’ve got mail, definitely! As well as Harry Potter!

  • The amount of Nora Ephron films that have made this list is making me so happy I can’t stand it and now I want to watch Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail IMMEDIATELY. She’s seriously the best.

    • I didn’t even realize this until you pointed it out. Gosh I love Nora Ephron. Have you read her books? She is a phenominal writer in print also.

  • Yeah some pretty good movies in that list

  • Don’t forget While You Were Sleeping! I love that one, and it can totally count as an almost-Christmas movie 🙂

    • Would you believe me if I told you I’ve never seen it? I’ll have to google that one. The name sounds so familiar but I’ve never seen it.

  • I have to add Love Actually. It’s a romcom that even my husband will watch!

    • I have Love Actually firmly on my “must watch Christmas movies” list. It was the first one I watched this year but I definitely consider it a Christmas movie.

  • Love LOVE love Serendipity! An all time favorite, and I just recently watched Bridget Jones’ Diary!

  • Tina

    This is an awesome post! Great idea.

  • Oh my goodness, Little Women, I have not see that in ages!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Aw, love You’ve Got Mail! It’s totally a Christmas movie in my mind. 🙂

  • Ah how could I have forgotten about Rent?! It’s one of my faves, looks like I will be adding it to my list for next week!

  • How could I forget Serendipity? I was obsessed with that movie in college! Pull yourself together, Alyson. Great reminders though and of course HP! You can never wrong with HP any time of the year:)


  • Well, you know me… any excuse to read or watch Harry Potter is good with me!

    But YES to Rent, When Harry Met Sally, and Little Women! I always want to watch those at Christmas time. Especially Little Women. For some reason that one just goes with Christmas.

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