There’s nothing like a Christmas movie marathon packed with lots of holiday cheer and sing-a-long songs. There have been plenty over the decades, with many finding home in half-hour television animated shorts, but for this list, it’s all about full-length holiday classics. Today’s Here’s 5 are musical Christmas movies you need to see.
White Christmas (1954)
Set in the years after WWII, two former US soldiers turned Broadway stars, Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye), get romantic with the sisters singing duo of Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera-Ellen) while trying to save a Vermont ski lodge owned by their former commander Major General Thomas F. Waverly (Dean Jagger). Irving Berlin won an Oscar for the title song, now a holiday standard. Can't beat this for holiday cheer.
Babes in Toyland (1961)
Inspired by the likes of The Wizard of Oz, this musical fantasy sees Mary, Quite Contrary (Annette Funicello) about to marry Tom Piper (Tommy Sands), only to have the villainous Barnaby (Ray Bolger) hire some goons to get rid of Piper and kidnap Mary so he can have her for himself. Trapped in Toyland, Piper must rescue his love in this extravagant musical with songs written by Mel Leven. Meant to be a new classic, it's a charming look at a more innocent time.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppets take on the classic Dickens' tale and turn it into a singing and dancing tale of comedy and drama as Michael Caine takes on the role of Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts who show him his past, present, and future. You know the story. A surprisingly touching and well-made production, the Paul Williams songs make this a real musical treat. Plus, Gonzo as Dickens? Win.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
When a guy like Tim Burton decides to make a Christmas movie, you know it ain't gonna be typical, and such was the case with this mash-up of Halloween and Santa Clause. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, discovers the The North Pole and thinks it is more suited for scares than good cheer, but learns a valuable lesson instead. With great music by Danny Elman, this is one of the all-time greats. What's this?
Arguably the best adaptation (and musical iteration) of the Dickens' ubiquitous A Christmas Carol, this dynamic production set a new standard, led by Albert Finney as Scrooge in an award-winning performance. Boasting lavish sets and big musical numbers, written by Leslie Bricusse, this ruled the TV holiday airwaves for years. Bah-humbug never done better.