Is Christmas really Christmas if you don’t take the time to sit down and enjoy watching a few Christmas classics? In today’s busy holiday season it can be hard to find the time to sit down and eat a meal, let alone watch a movie. Don’t let the rush of shopping and parties keep you from enjoying this holiday tradition, instead take a different approach.

Road trips are the perfect time to enjoy these Christmas classics. Not only does it let you indulge on the memories of your childhood, but it will keep the children entertained and prevent the dreaded, “Are we there yet?” mantra. To provide you with some road trip playlist inspiration, we’ve made a list of the top 10 Christmas movies you can’t miss this holiday season.

10. A Charlie Brown Christmas

This holiday season marks 50 years of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. If that were reason enough for this classic to make the list, the endearing story of the Charlie Brown looking for the perfect tree certainly is.

9. Home Alone

Accidentally getting left at home while your family is vacationing may seem like a frightening idea until you realize no parents means no rules. It’s the ultimate Christmas present, until you realize you aren’t home alone after all.

8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Taking us back to our childhood, this animated classic follows everyone’s favorite misfit reindeer on his journey to find his place in the North Pole.

7. It’s A Wonderful Life

After George Bailey makes a terrible mistake, and angel is sent to show him all the people whose lives he has affected in a positive light. This Christmas story is a tale about the valuable and important role we play in our world.

6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Watch as Cindy Lou Who uses her love of Christmas to help the Grinch and save Whoeville’s Christmas. Warning: watching this film may result in your heart growing three sizes.

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Everyone has that family member who goes crazy for the perfect Christmas. Take a break and feel better about your relatives as you watch Chevy Chase’s “perfect Christmas” quickly go awry.

4. The Santa Clause

Tim Allen’s comical struggle to accept he is the new Santa Claus makes this hit a can’t miss during the holiday season. Enjoy the first in the three-part franchise, or plan a marathon and watch all three.

3. A Christmas Story

Gather round the fire and watch as 9-year-old Ralphie tries to convince everyone that a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift for him.

2. Miracle on 34th Street

When a older gentlemen named Kris Kringle steps in for an intoxicated Santa at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, magical things begin to happen at the Manhattan Macy’s.

1. Elf

Will Ferrell dressed as an elf bringing holiday cheer to NYC while simultaneously saving Christmas. If you think it gets better than that my friend, “YOU SIT ON A THRONE OF LIES.”

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