Top 15 Holiday Movies of the Season: Did Your Favorites Make the List?

Top 15 Holiday Movies of the Season: Did Your Favorites Make the List? : The current holiday season has brought a diverse mix of festive films that are making waves in the ratings. From the nostalgic charm of the Ghost of Christmas Past to the modern flair of the Ghost of Christmas Present, these movies are sleighing the competition.


A compiled list of the top-performing movies on both TV and streaming services in the United States between November 10 and December 10 has been unveiled. In this study, a view is defined as a household watching at least five minutes of a featured film.
The clear favorite among audiences is “Elf,” with 9 million households enjoying the 2003 feature starring Will Ferrell as the whimsical Buddy, a tall elf on a quest to find his biological father. Following closely behind is the enduring appeal of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” from 1989, captivating nearly 8 million households with its comedic take on Clark Griswold’s (Chevy Chase) relentless pursuit of the perfect Christmas for his extended family.


In a surprising revelation, the classic film “Home Alone,” where a son, forgotten by his vacationing family, defends his home against burglars, has garnered an impressive 7.1 million views. This statistic might just make you recreate Macaulay Culkin’s iconic “Home Alone” face.


only three newly released original holiday movies on streaming platforms this year managed to capture the attention of more than 1 million households. Leading the pack is Netflix’s “Best. Christmas. Ever!” featuring Jason Biggs, Heather Graham, and Brandy Norwood, which drew in 2.3 million households. Following closely behind is “The Family Switch,” Netflix’s holiday-themed adaptation of “Freaky Friday” starring Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms, with an audience of 1.9 million, tying with Amazon Prime Video’s “Candy Cane Lane,” starring Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy’s Unique Approach to “Candy Cane Lane”

Eddie Murphy expressed his desire to embark on his first Christmas movie, ultimately choosing “Candy Cane Lane” – a blend of “Jumanji” and “The Santa Clause.” This decision followed careful consideration of remaking a classic, with Murphy revealing, “’It’s a Wonderful Life,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ we were looking through all of them.” However, the script for “Candy Cane Lane” presented a distinct opportunity. Murphy explained, “Then this script came along, and it was like, ‘Hey, this has all the elements, and it’s unique. So we can make our own little modern-day classic instead of remaking an old one.’”

“The 15 most-viewed films from November 10 to December 10:”

“You’ll observe that the extensively discussed film ‘Die Hard,’ featuring Bruce Willis, is included in the list. According to Ashwin Navin, CEO of Samba TV, there is no argument: ‘Die Hard’ is unquestionably a Christmas movie and one of the greatest of all time,” he stated.

  1. “Elf” (2003, streaming on Max), 9 million household views
  2. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989, Max), 7.9
  3. “Home Alone” (1990, Disney+), 7.1
  4. “The Santa Clause” (1994, Disney+), 4.3
  5. “Four Christmases” (2008, Max), 3.5
  6. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000, on Peacock Dec. 20‒31), 2.5
  7. “Best. Christmas. Ever!” (2023, Netflix Original), 2.3
  8. “The Holiday” (2006, for rent on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV), 2.3
  9. “Family Switch” (2023, Netflix Original), 1.9
  10. “A Christmas Story” (1983, Max), 1.9
  11. “Candy Cane Lane” (2023, Amazon Original), 1.9
  12. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1947, Amazon Prime), 1.7
  13. “Die Hard” (1988, Disney+), 1.4
  14. “Love Actually” (2003, Netflix), 1.4
  15. “The Polar Express” (2004, Max), 1.1

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