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Santa Claus: The 5 Best Classic Christmas Films Starring Old Saint Nick

Santa Claus: The 5 Best Classic Christmas Films Starring Old Saint Nick

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year – Santa Claus is coming to town!

Stores have started playing Christmas music all day. Decorations are steadily going up inside of houses worldwide. All of that means that it’s time to get those classic Christmas movies going again!

Looking for something to watch that stars Santa Claus? These are the 5 best films that feature Jolly Old Saint Nicholas…

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street is a classic Christmas film released in 1947. Directed by George Seaton, the movie tells the heartwarming story of Kris Kringle, played by Edmund Gwenn, a man who claims to be “the real Santa Claus.”

In the film, Kris Kringle takes on the role of Santa at Macy’s department store in New York City during the holiday season. All sorts of shenanigans occur soon after.

This is arguably the first “gotta watch it every year” Christmas movie ever made. And it’s a good one.

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

This 1985 film provides an origin story for Santa Claus and follows his adventures. In the end, the movie emphasizes the true spirit of Christmas, making it a good one for the whole family to enjoy.

Santa Claus: The Movie received mixed reviews upon its release but has gained a cult following over the years and is now a nostalgic holiday treat for most.

The Santa Clause (1994)

In this 90s Christmas hit, Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced toy company executive who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. Due to the “Santa Clause,” Calvin must take over the role of Santa. As expected with any Tim Allen project, hilarity ensues soon after.

This one has multiple sequels AND a TV spinoff, so if you love it, there’s plenty more to enjoy!

Elf (2003)

Elf is a 2003 Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and stars Will Ferrell. The film follows Buddy, a human who accidentally crawled into Santa’s toy sack as a baby. He was then transported to the North Pole where he was raised.

Buddy grows up thinking he’s an elf. He spends the bulk of the film, however, in New York City, learning more about his father and the “real world.”

Elf is perhaps one of the last “iconic” Christmas films to hit theaters. It’s a must-watch for many each year.

Fred Claus (2007)

The film Fred Claus centers around — you guessed it — Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn), who is the older brother of Nicholas “Nick” Claus, also known as Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti).

Fred has always lived in the shadow of his younger brother, who has grown up to become the beloved figure of Santa. Santa might not be the star of the show, but he’s still around a ton in this one.

Plus, the movie is super hilarious and family-friendly.