Published on December 22nd, 2016 | by Eric


Great Christmas movies to knit to!

If you’re like me, you have a couple favorite Christmas movies that you’ve seen so many times you know all of the words. These make for excellent movies to knit to, as you can have them on and enjoy them without having to pay attention too closely. This is an updated list of some of my favorites, as well as some of yours from the comments you left last year.




This lighthearted comedy about a man-boy elf named Buddy. Will Ferrell stars in what has turned into somewhat of a modern classic. It’s the age-old story of a human being adopted by elves, only to go searching for his real father years later. Played by James Caan, Buddy’s dad is less than enthusiastic to meet his son, especially when he shows up in full elf costume. Will Buddy turn his dad’s frown upside down and make his heart grow three sizes?


It’s a Wonderful Life


Perhaps the most famous of all Christmas movies. This tale of divine intervention is certainly a film of epic importance and should be mandatory viewing at Christmas time. Snuggle up with your knitting, just try not to use it to wipe away your tears, wouldn’t want to get salt stains on your yarn!

Christmas with the Kranks

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I can’t vouch for this film, since the tryptophan took me off to dreamland about 20 minutes in. However, Jamie Lee Curtis (as Nora) is a knitter in the film, and can be seen pulling out her knitting, and her unique winter accessories were hand knit by a professional knitter, made to be completely unique. Plenty of knitting inspiration to be found, but don’t blame me if the plot leaves you wanting more.


Home Alone


One look at Kevin’s knit red sweater and Harry’s knit hat and you know this is going to be a great movie. What kid doesn’t dream about having the whole house to themselves, free to booby trap to keep out would-be burglars? This is one of the few 90’s comedies that still stands the test of time. “Kevin, what did you do to my room?!”


Harry Potter

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Aside from Professor Dumbledore’s affinity for knitting patterns, this entire series is great Christmas viewing. After all, the students experience the holidays in every movie. Molly Weasley hand knits sweaters for her entire family (and Harry, of course) – with all those people to knit for, of course she’d have enchanted needles!


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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Say what you want about the Grinch, but he whipped up that Santa costume in a matter of hours, in plenty of time to pilfer the entirety of Whoville of their Christmas stash. He’s got some serious skills, wouldn’t you agree?

The animated classic is a must-watch at Christmas, but it’s only about 30 minutes long. If you’re craving more Grinchliness, watch the live-action movie released in 2000 starring Jim Carrey. Did you know that all of the fun hats in this film were hand knit?


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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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My Christmas isn’t complete without this insane Christmas movie, filled with slapstick comedy and hilarity. Not only is it my favorite Christmas movie, it’s also one of my favorite comedies of all time. Clark Griswald agrees to host his entire family for Christmas, and hilarity ensues. Keep an eye out for deaf Aunt Bethany, who sits in the living room and knits while the entire family (and house) falls apart around her.

This movie may not be considered kid friendly, but it’s a fun choice for the older family members to watch once the little ones head to sleep.

Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?

Clark: Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now.

Honorable mentions:

  1. A Christmas Story: I’ve seen this classic so many times that now I only watch bits and parts.
  2. Miracle on 34th Street: I like the 1994 version just as much as the one from 1947.
  3. The Polar Express: Visually impressive, and Tom Hanks does a great job, but I still like the book better.

I know I’ve missed a bunch of movies, so if I missed your favorite, let us know in the comments!


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Last updated: December 22nd, 2016.

31 Responses to Great Christmas movies to knit to!

  1. Nicola says:

    Muppet Christmas carol everytime

  2. Barb Brodsack says:

    White Christmas however, I have always loved How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The rhyming, drawings and storytelling can’t be beat.

  3. Lizz Atkins says:

    Muppet’s Christmas Carol, While You Were Sleeping and Love Actually are our annual Christmas films

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  5. Chris Hampton says:

    My favourite Christmas movie is The Bishops ‘Wife with Cary Grant and David Niven. My favourite part is when Professor Wutheridge’s sherry glass keep filling itself up. The look on his face is so funny

    • Liz Baker-Prosa says:

      I love that movie too, and of course, “it’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story” are great for a sitting by the fire watching a movie event!

    • Carol Ilett says:

      Love The Bishop’s Wife. So atmospheric in black and white. I love the boys’ choir scene, and the soundtrack is beautiful, and I always, always cry at the end.

  6. Sue Martin says:

    The Miracle on 42nd street and the James Stewart movie I think it was called A wonderful life I love the old movies and the way they sing carols.

  7. Nanci says:

    Love Actually and Polar Express are the favorites in our house. But we also watch Christmas Story and The Santa Clause and It’s a Wonderful Life over and over! Hard to choose only one!

  8. Sharon says:

    I have so many favorites: Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Bells of St. Mary’s, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, and many others. The newer movies just do not say it, to me. Although I have to agree with Polar Express.

  9. Gayle Govednik says:

    The Preachers Wife with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. Love the music in it (very mood improving) and love the little kiddos. Watched the end of Christmas Vacation the other night (from where the kitty gets eliminated) and laughed at every event (kitty, tree, squirrel, kidnapping).

  10. Monica says:

    New to me this year ” A grandfather for Christmas” lovely just sighting Klinger from M*A*S*H. A
    lovely ensemble piece.

  11. Pat says:

    While You Were Sleeping and The Family Stone are Christmas romances with great casts. The sermon at the end of The Bishop’s Wife inspired me to suggest a “Jesus stocking” at our church.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    “Christmas Carol” with Alistair Sims. A 1950’s version of the Dickens tale that still hits all the emotions at Christmas. Try watching it with the whole family, and with the lights dimmed.

  13. Lyn says:

    Elf, national lampoons Christmas vacation and polar express are favourites in our house. Always while knitting of course ?

  14. Regina K says:

    White Christmas and Holiday Inn along with A Charlie Brown Christmas & Boris Karloff’s Grinch.

  15. Judie Webb says:

    The Santa Clause, hands down. Second, The Holiday.

  16. Gerry Feeley says:

    My favorite Christmas movies are: The Bishop’s Wife, Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, An Affair to Remember, and Holiday Inn. I have enjoyed these movies over many years and never tire of seeing them, especially at this time of year.

  17. Karen Walker says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is The Bishop’s Wife. The old version with Loretta Young, Cary Grant, and David Niven.

  18. Vicki Edwards says:

    So glad you included Christmas Vacation. It is the all time favourite in our household.

  19. AD says:

    Elf, Miracle on 34th street, Santa Claus: The Movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, Little Women

  20. Lainie says:

    The 1963 version of The Old Dark House with Joyce Grenfell knitting.

    quote I capture time and space in my stitches. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I stopped. unquote

    She only stopped when she was murdered with her needles.

    It isn’t a Christmas movie, but it does feature knitting.

  21. Ellen says:

    Scrooged! “Bernard and the Genie”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (stop motion animation from 1964), “The Snowman” (Raymond Briggs), Patrick Stewart’s version of “A Christmas Carol,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (stop motion)

  22. Theresa says:

    Emmett otter’s jugband Christmas…muppets and all time favorite…Remember the Night

  23. Myriam says:

    The Stone Family and A Christmas Story are favourites at our house.

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