Eighties Christmas Movies

Just for fun I thought I'd list out the various movies from the 80s dealing with Christmas. I think there might be a few surprises here, and I welcome any additional movies you can come up with. I'm bascially interested in movies that take place around December and use the Christmas theme in some way, not movies that have one small scene at Christmas time.

Total Number of Movies: 34
all i want for christmas
Is about two kids that want their parents back together, instead of their Mom's sneaky boyfriend.
Submitted by: amanda
Always Remember I Love
I think it was made in 80's. A boy find out he was stolen from his family and sold. So he goes in search of his true family and he fine them. He befriend them , they take him in but he never tell who he is. He leave and the birth parents realize who he was. Patty Duke, and Joan Van Ark stared in it.
Submitted by: D. Jones
An American Christmas Carol
Fonsi stars in a similar too Christmas Carol. Very well done and real Christmasy.
Submitted by: Guy
Babes In Toyland
About Lisa and how she got to toyland when she fell out of Jack's jeep and bumped her head to a tree. It was actually a Christmas Eve and Drew Barrymore was just 11 years old in that movie. Well, Keanu Reeves' acting still won't convince you (duh!), but the story was okay for kids up to the age of 11. It was really cute though.
Christmas Comes To Willoww Creek
This is a really great Christmas Movie with John Schneider and Tom Wopat playing as Brothers who don't get along, but they have to drive a tractor trailor from Calif. To an isolated Alaskan Village of Willow Creek, together they agree to do it and it has to be there by Christmas, there is Miracles in this movie you would not believe. And once you watch it you will watch it again and again, I actually bought the video because they stopped showing it every year and I was so upset. It is a part of Christmas. You will love it.
Submitted by: Juanita
The Christmas Star
An gruff, escaped convict dressed as Santa, McNickel, on the search for his partner Lucky and the money they stole years before, meets Billy and Trudy, two children that are down on their luck since they are about to lose their home. When he finds out that the money has been hidden in a department store's Santa Throne, McNickel cons the children into getting the money for him, by making them think they are helping Santa get back money that was stolen from him. In a turn of events, McNickel discovers the meaning of Christmas and gives the money to Billy and Trudy's family as well as the other people that are about to lose their home in the same apartment building, just before being arrested again for escaping prison early Christmas morning. The name of the movie comes from a story that is told at the beginning of the movie: "When a person doesn't something kind for someone else with no hope of reward, they will be able to see the Christmas Star on Christmas morning."....McNickel saw the star as he was being taken to jail.
Submitted by: TJ
A Christmas Story
A wonderful tale that takes place in the 40s involving Ralphie, a boy obessesed with the Red Ryder single action rifle. This is probably the best Christmas movie made during the 80s.
Die Hard
The sequel (which is a 90s movie) also takes place at Christmas. The first deals with Bruce Willis coming to visit his wife at her new home and new job. He's to meet her at her company's Christmas party, unfortunately a group of armed thugs decides to take the party hostage and shoot up the place. This should be watched after seeing something like "Ernest Saves Christmas" for contrast.
The Dog That Saved Christmas
The kids built a huge snow castle and it fell in on a St. Bernard and killed it but the kids all came together because of it....
Submitted by: Rich
Emmitt Otter's Jugband Christmas
The characters are otters. It's not a cartoon, but kind of like a muppets movie. The otter family gets together a group of friends to form a band so they can perform in a talent show. This has recently been re-issued on DVD.
Ernest Saves Christmas
I really don't want to remember this, but I think it involves Ernest taking over the Santa Claus role.
First Blood
If you look carefully, you can see a Christmas tree on either a desk or the counter a the sheriff's department. To me, if it is set during Christmas, has Christmas mentioned or even a passing glimpse of a Christmas item (tree, lights, etc.), then it's a Christmas movie, like Die Hard.
Submitted by: Jonathan Ryner
Funny Farm
They have Christmas singing in them and its set around Christmas time.
Submitted by: Alex
A Garfield Christmas
The comic strip cat gets his first animated feature, I haven't seen this in a while though, so I forget how it goes.
This black comedy is centered around a Christmas gift that goes horribly wrong.
Submitted by: David
Wasn't the traditional Christmas movie. but took place during Christmas. When Billy Peltzer is given a small creature called a Mogwai by his father, he is unaware of the carnage he is about to encounter. There is a huge responsibility in looking after Gizmo as there are certain rules which must be followed. The Mogwai must be kept away from bright light, never made wet and never, ever be fed after midnight. When an accident occurs involving Gizmo and water, the next evolution stage of the Mogwai appears, and it isn't nice at all.
Submitted by: mickey
Home For The Holidays(circa 1970's)
a horror movie set at chrismas time that starred sally field. someone was murduring people at the family's home and it turned out to be.......i'm not telling, i don't want to spoil it for people who have not seen it. i have not seen it on tv for years, but it was a great movie with a surprising ending.
Submitted by: Cheryl L. James
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
An old man promises to take his grandson to New York for Christmas, but dies before he is able to do so.
Submitted by: Twanda Jackson
Lethal Weapon
Not your typical Christmas movie at all, but it does take place at that wonderful time of the year. Some of the Christmas time scenes involve Mel Gibson busting drug dealers at a Christmas tree stand and the opening of the movie has a Christmas song playing in the background.
The Little Troll Prince
1985 animated film about a troll prince turned heretic when he learns the real meaning of Christmas from two human girls.
Submitted by: Caleb
A Mom For Christmas
Although this was a 1990 it has that 80's feel. It is about a young girl who lost her mom as baby. She is a lonely outcast who sees how all her schoolmates have moms and a family. At a department store where all the kids hang out, she makes a wish in a wishing well that she could have a mom through the holidays. A mannequin from the store comes to life and becomes her "nanny". Drama ensues when her dad falls in love with the nanny-quin.
Submitted by: Kirsten
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
This is a classic Chevy Chase movie, though that doesn't say much. Clark Griswald is trying to have the perfect Christmas, but his brother-in-law is coming to visit (and live in his driveway) as well as a score of other relatives. Lots of slapstick comedy involving all the sacred cows of Christmas.
The Night They Saved Christmas
an oil company wants to dynamite north pole city when santas head elf is sent to warn the man in charge that he will destroy santa and christmas forever, its up to his family, wife played by jackilyn smith, to convince dad not to dynamite at that site.
Submitted by: katie sheeran
One Magic Christmas
Not familar with this one.
One Magic Christmas
This is a wonderful movie. I have watched it since I was a little girl.
Submitted by: Michelle
1989 film about a girl who believes the reindeer she has found might be one of Santa's.
Submitted by: Caleb
Santa Claus: The Movie
Dudley Moore must save Christmas from corporate takeover.
Bill Murray is a heartless TV executive who needs to discover the true meaning of Christmas and is visited by three ghosts in this "Christmas Carol" update. A forgotten classic of the 80s.
Submitted by: LYNNE HAGAN
A film about scrooge played by Albert finny great Xmas musical.
Submitted by: joe
Silent Night Deadly Night
I took my girlfriend to see this in 1984 BEFORE IT WAS BANNED!A boys parents stop to help a stranded motorist in a Santa suit. He murders the parents in front of the two boys.One is too young to remember and the older one is scarred for life.They are raised in a catholic orphanage run by a deaf priest.The older boy ends up working in a department store and is forced to fill in for the Santa when he doesn't show up.I will not tell the outcome or what happens so not to ruin it for anyone.I think it is available on dvd.As far as I know,this is the only Christmas horror movie.The cinemas were advertising to see it because it was being banned.I haven't seen it since and it has never been shown in theaters again.
Submitted by: joeyjoeyjoey
twas the night before christmas
Great movie about a clock maker who tries to bring Santa back to their town by making a clock at town hall. A mouse writes a letter saying that Santa is a fake.
Submitted by: wade
A Very Brady Christmas
The original cast minus Cindys original actress get together for this great Christmas movie. A must see.
Submitted by: John
Yogi's First Christmas
Yogi wakes up from hibernation and gets to celebrate his first Christmas.
Submitted by: Lisa

Not from the 80s, but bear special mention

A Charlie Brown Christmas
This one dates back to the 60s, but was played every year during the 80s and I don't think there's anyone who hasn't seen it, and it certainly holds up well to repeated viewings.
The Grinch That Stole Christmas
This one dates back to the 60s as well, but since it is probably better known than "A Wonderful Life" it bears special mention. It also bears mentioning because I don't think there's a "Child of the 80s" who wouldn't recognize this one.
It's a Wonderful Life
I know, I know, it is not an 80s movie but it got so much airplay in the 80s (while it was still in the public domain and every station could play over and over so that it was on at least 4 or 5 different channels every night as opposed to the one shot and out viewing now on NBC ... Thank God for video tapes). The message in it makes it a movie that will always be great. At this time of the year, it is far and away my most favorite movie (could be for the rest of the year also, except when I am in a "The Right Stuff" mode).
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