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The 50 Best Christmas Movie Quotes to Spread Some Holiday Cheer

From old classics to modern gems

It's almost that time again. The holidays are slowly creeping toward us. The stores are getting busier, and we're starting to plan for parties and get-togethers, and dreaming of time away from work. But Christmas isn't just about shopping and making a big dinner. It's also the most wonderful time of the year — everyone says so! What better time to curl up on the couch by the Christmas tree with some great Christmas movies, some hot cocoa, and your friends and family? There's something magical about the season which is perfectly reflected in Christmas movie quotes.

But can you recall some of the most memorable lines from the top Christmas movies that have come out over the years? If not, a Christmas movie marathon might be in order. Don't worry, though. We've got your back with some of our picks for the best Christmas movie quotes yet. From heartfelt sentiments to funny quips, we've put together a list of 50 Christmas movie quotes that'll have you either giggling or tearing up out of happiness. From romantic Christmas movies to family Christmas movies, we've got memorable quotes from all of the best.

So whether you're reminiscing about your favorite scenes or discovering some new gems, this list is sure to help rekindle that holiday spirit in everyone this year. Read on to see our choices for the best Christmas movie quotes below.

The 50 Best Christmas Movie Quotes


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  • "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal." - "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992)
  • "This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols. But the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ." - "The Christmas Candle" (2013)
  • "It's Christmas Eve! It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more." - "Scrooged" (1988)
  • "There's children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads, they're busy building toys and absolutely no one's dead." - "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993)
  • "Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy." - "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (1974)
  • "Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind." - "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)
  • "I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love." - "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965)
  • "I believe ... I believe ... It's silly, but I believe." - "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)
  • "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - "A Christmas Carol" (various versions)
  • "Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!" - "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)

  • "Santa, here?! I know him!" - "Elf" (2003)
  • "At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." - "The Polar Express" (2004)
  • "We're kicking off our fun old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols." - "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)
  • "He's an angry elf." - "Elf "(2003)
  • "Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." - "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
  • "Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved." - "A Christmas Story" (1983)
  • "I know nobody's been to the North Pole, but I know what I know." - "Elf" (2003)
  • "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1964)
  • "That's what Christmas memories are made from, they're not planned, they're not scheduled, nobody puts them in their Blackberry, they just happen." - "Deck the Halls" (2006)
  • "The world has grown weary through the years, but at Christmas, it is young." - "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961)

  • "This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back?" - "Home Alone" (1990)
  • "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear." - "Elf" (2003)
  • "Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It's lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It's higher thought and a greater plan. It's glorious dream in the soul of man." - "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"  (though not technically a Christmas movie, it still counts!) (1971)
  • "The only thing you need to worry about is where you're going to buy your sweaters after the circus pulls out of town." - The Santa Clause (1994)
  • "It was the afternoon of Christmas Eve and Scrooge was conscious of a thousand odors, each one connected with a thousand thoughts and hopes and joys and cares long, long forgotten." - "A Christmas Carol" (various years)
  • "Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind. .. and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it." - "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)
  • "Christmas means something different to us now. It's about being together as a family and being thankful for what we have." - "The Christmas Chronicles" (2018)
  • "Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." - "Christmas in Connecticut" (1945)
  • "Christmas is a box of tree ornaments that have become part of the family." - "Christmas with the Kranks" (2004)
  • "The thing about trains ... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on." - "The Polar Express" (2004)

  • "I never thought I'd be so happy to hear that lousy song!" - "Jingle All the Way" (1996)
  • "Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!" - "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
  • "Christmas isn't about candy canes, or lights all aglow, it's the hearts that we touch, and the care that we show." - "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas" (1999)
  • "Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves." - "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940)
  • "Blast this Christmas music. It's joyful and triumphant." - "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)
  • "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup." - "Elf" (2003)
  • "If you really love Christmas, come on and let it snow!" - "Love Actually" (2003)
  • "What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down." - "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
  • "Christmas magic is silent. You don't hear it — you feel it, you know it, you believe it." - "The Santa Clause" (1994)
  • "Wouldn't it be wonderful if everybody believed in everybody?" - "A Season for Miracles" (1999)

  • "This is the part where you take me to your magical North Pole and finally show me a winter wonderland?" - "Northpole" (2014)
  • "Seeing isn't believing. Believing is seeing." - "The Santa Clause" (1994)
  • "Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart." - "The Polar Express" (2004)
  • "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" - "Elf" (2003)
  • "You're skipping Christmas! Isn't that against the law?" - "Christmas with the Kranks" (2004)
  • "And we're gonna to have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas." - "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989)
  • "Christmas is all around us and so the feeling grows." - "Love Actually" (2003)
  • "You can mess with a lot of things. But you can't mess with kids on Christmas." - "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
  • "No one should be alone on Christmas."- "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)
  • "It's Christmas Eve. A time of mystery, expectations, who knows what might happen." - "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" (2018)