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14 Nostalgic Vintage Christmas Movies

December is fast approaching, which means it’s time to put on your coziest soft socks and matching family pajamas.

Curl up with a holiday film, charming Christmas novel, or if you want something different, try watching these Nostalgic Vintage Christmas Movies that celebrate the best things about the holiday – love, family, peace and joy. 

If you’re looking for more holiday movies that the whole family will like, check out our list of the Best Christmas Movies for Kids that the whole family will enjoy.

Vintage Christmas Movies

White Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen (Actors)

White Christmas

Two talented son-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.
Christmas In Connecticut
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet (Actors)

Christmas in Connecticut

Journalist Elizabeth Lane is one of the country’s most famous food writer. She describes herself as a hard working farm woman and an excellent cook. But this is all lies.
It's A Wonderful Life
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore (Actors)

It’s a Wonderful Life

After George Bailey wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

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A Christmas Story (1983)
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  • Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin (Actors)

A Christmas Story

In this holiday classic, Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the ’40’s, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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  • Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn (Actors)

Miracle on 34th Street

A department store Santa is out to prove he’s the real Claus in this spirited 1947 holiday classic.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Michael Caine, Steve Whitmire, Frank Oz (Actors)

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet’s rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic tale puts a unique twist on a favorite holiday story.
One Magic Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton, Michelle Meyrink (Actors)

One Magic Christmas

Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen gives a solid performance as Ginny Grainger, a young mother who rediscovers the joy and beauty of Christmas, thanks to the unshakable faith of her six-year-old daughter Abbie and Gideon, Ginny’s guardian angel.
Come to the Stable
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe (Actors)

Come to the Stable (1949)

Two French nuns are faced with a series of obstacles when they set out to build a children’s hospital in New England.
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
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  • Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven (Actors)

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

This Christmastime angelic intervention sparkles with good humor as Dudley the angel is sent to help a bishop and his wife survive their attempt to finance a new cathedral.
Holiday Inn
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds (Actors)

Holiday Inn (1942)

“White Christmas” and other Irving Berlin tunes highlight the tale of an inn that is only open on holidays.
Holiday Affair (1949)
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  • Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey (Actors)

Holiday Affair (1949)

Classic Christmas romantic comedy stars Janet Leigh (“Psycho,” Touch of Evil”) as a poor young widow torn between a boring successful businessman and a romantic ne’er-do-well.
It Happened on 5th Avenue
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles (Actors)

It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

A hobo and friends take up residence in a mansion whilst the family is away on Christmas holiday.

The Shop Around the Corner
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan (Actors)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

James Stewart is a Budapest store clerk who finds himself feuding with his co-worker, Margaret Sullavan, only to unknowingly fall in love with her.
Beyond Christmas (In Color)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Harry Carey, Charles Winninger, Aubrey Smith (Actors)

Beyond Christmas

This uplifting story begins on Christmas Eve in New York City, as three elderly businessmen prepare to enjoy a festive dinner together. They receive visits from two kind-hearted strangers, each has come to return a wallet they believe one of the gentlemen has lost.
 
This charming 1940 holiday classic is perfect for the Christmas season. Expertly restored and in Color for the first time!
 
 

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