The best Christmas movies from the 90s to rewatch now

'Tis the season for festive favorites

HOUSTON,WASHINGTON, THE PREACHER'S WIFE, 1996
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Watching Christmas movies from the 90s is hands down the best way to get yourself in festive spirits. As much as we enjoy the slew of Holiday content on Netflix (thank you Vanessa Hudgens), we're not afraid to admit that they just don't make them like they used to. 

The 90s may be known as the Golden era of Hip Hop and supermodels but it was also the decade where festive films thrived. From Home Alone to The Preacher's Wife, there was something for everyone to instantly feel the festive magic. And while it's no secret that Christmas may not always feel as special to you now as it did when you were a kid, putting on the right movie can change that. 

So, if you need a little help getting into festive spirits and you have already made your way through the best Christmas movies on Netflix, then we've got the perfect watchlist for you. 

It's time to delve into the Christmas classics of the 90s—here are our top picks... 



The best Christmas movies from the 90s

Home Alone (1990)

HOME ALONE 1990 20th Century Fox film with Macaulay Culkin

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Arguably the most iconic Christmas movie of all time, Home Alone is a 90s classic we simply can't miss whenever the festive period comes around. Most of us grew up with Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin) thanks to the franchise, which starts with little Kevin accidentally being left at home when his giant family goes away for Christmas. 

The Preacher's Wife (1996)

WHITNEY HOUSTON & DENZIL WASHINGTON AS Julia Biggs & FILM TITLE THE PREACHER'S WIFE DIRECTED BY PENNY MARSHALL FILM COMPANY TOUCHSTONE PICTURES 13 December 1996

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This movie is worth watching for its all-star cast alone. Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington both shine in this, plus it includes music from Hans Zimmer. What more could you possibly want? The actual plot focuses on Henry Biggs (played by Courtney B. Vance),  the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. As well as work stresses, he is also facing trouble in his marriage with wife, choir singer Julia Biggs (played by Houston) but everything turns around when a guardian angel (in the form of Denzel Washington) enters his life. 

The Santa Clause (1994)

TIM ALLEN AS Scott Calvin FILM TITLE THE SANTA CLAUSE DIRECTED BY JOHN PASQUIN FILM COMPANY DISNEY 11 November 1994

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Nothing beats the original The Santa Clause movie starring Tim Allen as our festive hero. His character, Scott Calvin, is thrown into a whole new world when he helps Santa Claus with a Christmas crisis that results in him being next in line to the Santa throne. He then finds himself having to live a double life, keeping his identity as the new Santa a secret, unbeknown to his suspicious ex-wife. 

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK, 1992

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Kevin is back once again but this time, he's separated from his family at the airport when he accidentally boards a flight to New York instead of the flight heading to Miami with his parents and siblings. As it's not his first rodeo, he well and truly lives his best life in a luxury hotel suite before bumping into to of his old enemies from the first movie, who are planning on robbing a toy store. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

JACK SKELLINGTON, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, 1993

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With voiceovers from Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and Schitt's Creek's Catherine O'Hara, The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animation that follows Jack Skellington, a creature from Halloween Town, who is instantly enchanted by the magic of Christmas Town when he finds himself there. However, his obsession with Christmas takes a dark turn when he abducts Santa Claus. 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

MARA WILSON, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, 1994

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We love little Susan! If you haven't watched Miracle on 34th Street then have you really ever watched a Christmas movie? The film follows Susan, a young girl and her mother who get a lawyer to help prevent a man from being institutionalized for mental health problems by proving he is in fact Santa Clause like he says he is. 

Jingle All The Way (1996)  

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER AS Howard Langston FILM TITLE JINGLE ALL THE WAY DIRECTED BY BRIAN LEVANT FILM COMPANY 20TH CENTURY FOX 16 November 1996

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Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, this family comedy will have you laughing all the way the Terminator star plays Howard Langston, a  haggard salesman who promises his on a Turbo Man toy for Christmas. He lives to regret his words as getting his hands on the toy proves more difficult than he had expected. 

Jack Frost (1998) 

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A heartfelt story about grief, this Christmas movie feels slightly therapeutic and we love that. Singer Jack Frost (played by Michael Keaton) dies suddenly, leaving his young son Charlie gut-wrenched and unable to process his grief. That's until his dad returns as a snowman to be by his son's side, changing Charlie's life forever. You're going to need some tissues for this but expect all the festivities too! 

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

RYAN,MALINGER,HANKS, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, 1993

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Yes, this is a Christmas movie, we won't hear otherwise!  

After realizing his dad Sam has still not come to terms with his wife Maggie's death, eight-year-old Jonah forces him to call a national radio talk show, with the hopes of finding him a companion and it actually works. The film stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, this festive classic is just the kind of feel-good movie we want to curl up on the sofa to. 

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