The Best Christmas Movies (and Where to Watch Them)

From The Santa Clause to How The Grinch Stole Christmas, here are the best Christmas movies to watch this holiday season, according to PEOPLE editors

10. The Santa Clause

This charming 1994 Tim Allen family comedy follows the story of a man who accidentally knocks Santa Claus off his roof, and then has to finish his deliveries for him. Because of that, the following year, he actually morphs into Santa Clause — red pants and hijinks follow, but the message is clear: It’s always better to believe.

9. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Some staffers preferred the original 1966 half-hour animated special (based on Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book of the same name), but our No. 9 winner was this 2000 live-action remake, starring Jim Carrey looking kinda creepy, and a young (and oh so innocent!) Taylor Momsen. At the time, the movie spent four weeks at No. 1, and eventually became the second highest-grossing holiday movie of all time.

8. A Christmas Story

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“You’ll shoot your eye out, you’ll shoot your eye out!” The 1983 classic, starring Peter Billingsley as little Ralphie, who desperately wants a rifle for Christmas, was our No. 8 pick in the office poll, ranking a little higher among the slightly older staffers who remember watching it constantly throughout their childhood. The takeaway message? Families are sometimes hard to deal with, and it’s never a good idea to stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

7. It’s a Wonderful Life

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This 1946 award-winning dramedy starring James Stewart is undoubtedly a classic, and even though the younger pollsters in the office didn’t seem to care about it, its message is incredibly relevant today. The film follows the story of George Bailey, who thinks his life is worthless and is about to end it when his guardian angel shows him all the people he’s touched over the years. After he gets a glimpse into what life would have been like had he never been born, George realizes his importance and is given a new lease on life and love. Inspirational!

6. The Holiday

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The 2006 rom-com follows two women — Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet — who are sick of their lives and decide to swap homes for the holidays. Diaz goes to an adorable cottage in the woods in the U.K., and Winslet goes to a fancy state-of-the-art home in Los Angeles. Written by Nancy Meyers, the tear-jerker sees Diaz find love with charming Jude Law, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black make a Los Angeles love connection.

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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In the third Griswold family film, which came out in 1989, Clark (Chevy Chase) and his family host some of their more, um, uncouth family members for the holidays. Of course, even though everything goes entirely wrong, Clark is reminded yet again that family is the greatest gift of all. (Bonus! Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a perfect yuppie jerk neighbor.)

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Though some of our fussier voters argued that this was actually a 30-minute TV special and not a real film, they were overuled by the staffers who hold the 1965 classic dear to their heart. It truly embodies the idea that Christmas is more than shiny, material things — all anyone needs (or in this case, all a scraggly little tree needs) is a little love. (Plus, the soundtrack is still a classic too.)

3. Elf

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Elf was unsurprisingly the biggest hit among the millenial staffers who no doubt grew up with it. The 2003 comedy about an Elf (Will Ferrell) who finds out he’s human and goes to New York to meet his real dad proves that optimism and hope are better than cynicism at this time of year.

2. Home Alone

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WE FORGOT KEVIN! But how could we ever forget how extremely cute Macaulay Culkin, who played the little kid who was accidentally left behind at home, was when he was just 10 years old? The 1990 hit, written by John Hughes of Sixteen Candles and Uncle Buck fame, is one of the most beloved Christmas movies of the century. It was also a very close second behind the winning film.

1. Love, Actually

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The star-studded 2003 comedy, which was actually a series of vignettes by beloved rom-com writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and Funeral) turns out to be pretty divisive — a few grumbling voters declared it’s actually a shmaltzy stinker, but most everyone in the PEOPLE office said they unabashedly adored this movie. Yes, yes, a prime minister hooking up with his underling might not translate in 2018, but still, the message is clear: No matter how bad things seem in this world, love actually is all around us. Love wins!

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