With the holiday season fast approaching, a lingering question remains: What is the greatest Christmas movie of all time?

I have taken the time and done some research and really asked the people which movies are their favorite and narrowed it down to these 32 movies. Each day from now until December 22nd readers will have a chance to vote on Christmas movie match-ups until we reach the ultimate winner.

Important Dates to Remember

Keep these dates in mind so you can continue to vote for your favorites.

Round 1: November 24 – December 3

Round 2: December 4th – December 8

Quarterfinals: December 9 – December 13

Semifinals: December 14 – December 18

Championship: December 19 – December 22

Voting will close on 11:59pm, EST on the dates listed above, so be sure to check back to see which of your favorites move on to the next round.

Download your bracket to get started

Before we get started, make sure to download your 2019 Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket here.

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: First Round

Now let’s answer any questions that you may have.

How does this work?

It’s basically March Madness, but for Christmas movies. 32 movies, competing head to head, 1 champion. Talk about #competitivechristmas

How do I participate?

Voting starts NOW! Scroll down to Round 1 to start voting.

Each match up will be a head to head vote – winning movie after each time period of voting moves on to the next round. (time frames are above) Multiple match ups will be live at one time otherwise this thing will go on until the 4th of July.

I encourage your participation, particularly if you feel strongly that Elf is far and away the best Christmas movie ever created.

What’s the prize for the winning movie?

I will be tracking down the winning movie’s casting director and sending him ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. This competition is just for fun.

What do I get out of it?

  1. The opportunity for festive trash talking. (I encourage you to leave your comments below)
  2. Supporting my blog without having to read my blog because ugh, reading is the worst.
  3. The answer to everyone’s burning question – what is the best Christmas movie of all time according to Jackie’s friends and family?
  4. Fill out your own bracket and get all the winners right and if I know you in real life I’ll bake you a treat of your choosing. If I don’t know you in real life, then you shouldn’t take homemade cookies from a stranger. Come on now, think that one through please.

Looking forward to playing with each and every one of you. Here’s to kicking off the Christmas season!

Are you looking to binge watch these movies before competition gets too heated? I have provided links to top seeded movies below. Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used and you can read my full disclosure here.

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Round 1

Round One features 32 Christmas classics which include Elf, The Santa Clause, Jingle All The Way, White Christmas, and Love Actually. Vote on each match-up below. Voting for Round One ends on December 3rd at midnight, est.

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A Christmas Story (1983) v. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
22 votes · 22 answers

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Home Alone (1990) v. Scrooged (1988)
24 votes · 24 answers

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The Santa Clause (1994) v. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
23 votes · 23 answers

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Elf (2003) v. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
23 votes · 23 answers

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Arthur Christmas (2011) v. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
21 votes · 21 answers

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Batman Returns (1992) v. Die Hard (1988)
22 votes · 22 answers

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) v. The Polar Express (2004)
24 votes · 24 answers

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Jingle All the Way (1996) v. Bad Santa (2003)
21 votes · 21 answers

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Last Holiday (2006) v. This Christmas (2007)
18 votes · 18 answers

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The Holiday (2006) v. Four Christmases (2008)
19 votes · 19 answers

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Love Actually (2003) v. The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause (2002)
22 votes · 22 answers

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The Family Man (2000) v. The Family Stone (2006)
17 votes · 17 answers

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) v. White Christmas (1954)
18 votes · 18 answers

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947) v. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
22 votes · 22 answers

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) v. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
22 votes · 22 answers

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) v. Jack Frost (1998)
17 votes · 17 answers

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Round 2

Round 2 is finally upon us! We slashed the competition in half to just 16 movies! Remember that voting for round 2 starts at 12:00AM on December 4th and runs through 11:59PM EST on December 8th. You can vote more than once and if you forgot any of the rules, they are above! Happy Voting!

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Round 2
The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Round 2

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A Christmas Story (1983) v. Home Alone (1990)
9 votes · 9 answers

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The Santa Clause (1994) v. Elf (2003)
8 votes · 8 answers

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) v. Die Hard (1988)
9 votes · 9 answers

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) v. Jingle All the Way (1996)
9 votes · 9 answers

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This Christmas (2007) v. The Holiday (2006)
8 votes · 8 answers

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Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause (2002) v. The Family Man (2000)
9 votes · 9 answers

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) v. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
9 votes · 9 answers

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) v. Jack Frost (1998)
9 votes · 9 answers

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Quarterfinals

Competition is heating up! We are down to our Elite Eight! Remember that voting for the quarterfinals starts at 12:00AM on December 9th and runs through 11:59PM EST on December 13th. You can vote more than once and if you forgot any of the rules, they are above! Be sure to share with friends so they can join in on the action! Happy Voting!

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Quarterfinals
The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Quarterfinals

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Home Alone (1990) v. The Santa Clause (1994)
3 votes · 3 answers

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) v. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
3 votes · 3 answers

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This Christmas (2007) v. Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause (2002)
3 votes · 3 answers

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946) v. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
3 votes · 3 answers

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Semifinals

Nearing the end of competition! We are down to our Final Four! Remember that voting for the semifinals starts at 12:00AM on December 14th (or as soon as I have time to put it up) and runs through 11:59PM EST on December 18th. You can vote more than once and if you forgot any of the rules, they are above! Be sure to share with friends so they can join in on the action! Happy Voting!

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Home Alone (1990) v. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
7 votes · 7 answers

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Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause (2002) v. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
7 votes · 7 answers

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket: Championship

We finally made it! We are down to our last two movies. Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life. Who will be the winner???? Make your voice heard and make sure to vote below. Remember, you can vote more than once and please be sure to share with friends.

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Home Alone (1990) v. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
10 votes · 10 answers
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(13) Comments

  1. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on Mystery Science Theater 3000 of course

  2. You did not put in my favorite. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on Mystery Science Theater 3000. An absolute classic

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that your favorite was not included! We will try to include it in next year’s bracket 😊

  3. You really had to put Ernest against The Santa Clause? That may take me a day to decide. Or longer….

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      🤷🏽‍♀️ I had to do it! Take your time! You’ve got some time to decide 😉

  4. I love this! A few of these movies I’ve never seen before, so I’m going to have to make an effort to watch them this year. Man, some of these were hard to pick between because I love both movie. Like how dare you put Rudolph and Charlie Brown together?! Of course, I picked Rudolph, but it was still hard!

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      I’m so glad that you loved it! It was hard for me to even narrow it down to these 32 movies 😥

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      Thank you so much 💜

  5. This is awesome!
    I seriously want know who put Batman Returns before Die Hard!!! Die Hard all the way.

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      Thank you for voting!! I totally agree with you!!

  6. This is such a fun idea!! Great job putting it together Jackie! Many of these films I haven’t actually watched before, so I’m adding them to my list of Christmas films to watch. 😁

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you liked it!

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