40 Best Christmas Movie Quotes

Updated March 9, 2023 | Infoplease Staff
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Christmas is a magical time — perhaps you’ll go ice skating, decorate the Christmas tree, bake cookies, and especially, watch holiday films. Christmas memories are made every year, and watching your favorite Christmas movies with friends and family on a streaming platform like Netflix or even on DVD is a part of that.

So, whether it’s Christmas Eve or the beginning of December, a great quote from Christmas movies can really set the festive mood. 

Sit back, grab some candy canes, and enjoy the best Christmas movie quotes that are sure to put the jingle in your step and a twinkle in your eye! And don’t forget the hot cocoa, fuzzy socks, and fluffy blankets, either.

40 Best Christmas Movie Quotes

  1. “Okay, this is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back?” - Home Alone, 1990.
    After reveling in being left to his own devices, Kevin McCallister realizes that family is the real reason for the season, after all.

    Grinch quote over a Whoville red Christmas tree
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  2. “Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!” - How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 1966

  3. “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, 1998.

  4. “‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except... the four a****** coming in the rear in standard two-by-two cover formation.” - Die Hard, 1988.
    Though its standing as a Christmas movie is contentious, the holiday setting for Nakatomi Plaza gives John McClane’s epic struggle a festive flair. 

  5. “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” - It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946

  6. “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! When I wake up, I’m getting a CAT scan!” - The Santa Clause, 1994.

    Elf quote over a Christmas store with toys and lights
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  7. “SANTA!! Oh my God!” - Elf, 2003.
    Buddy the elf gets a bit excited when he finds out that Santa is visiting the department store in a scene that’s been made into many memes and GIFs.

  8. “To me, you are perfect.” - Love Actually, 2003.

  9. “If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep. Then you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.” - White Christmas, 1954.

  10. “I’m Santa Claus, Teddy, not Yoda.” - The Christmas Chronicles, 2018.

  11. “Riggs, if you think I’m gonna eat the world’s lousiest Christmas turkey by myself, you’re crazy.” - Lethal Weapon, 1987.

  12. “Seeing isn’t believing; believing is seeing.” - The Santa Clause 2, 2002.

    Nightmare Before Christmas quote over skeleton with Santa hat
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  13. "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.
    Tim Burton’s iconic Christmas movie crosses paths with Halloween, which is perfect for anyone who likes a little bit of spooky with their festive cheer. Find more classic Disney movie quotes on Infoplease! 

  14. “It’s Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive.” - The Holiday, 2006.

  15. “Everyone loves the sleigh.” - Rise of the Guardians, 2012.

  16. “I’m of the mindset that you can never do too much to make a child’s Christmas magical.” - Jingle All the Way, 1996.

  17. “Christmas is just about my favorite time. Ever since I was a little kid, I always felt like it was my own personal holiday.” - Ernest Saves Christmas, 1988.

    Miracle on 34th Street quote over Santa opening a box
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  18. “We invite you to ask yourself this one simple question: do you believe in Santa Claus?” - Miracle on 34th Street, 1994.

  19. “You’re skipping Christmas! Isn’t that against the law?” - Christmas with the Kranks, 2004.

  20. “Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.” - A Christmas Story, 1983.
    Ralphie Parker is certainly an excited kid as the holiday season looms brightly in front of him– and a certain air rifle, in particular.

  21. “You say you hate Washington's Birthday or Thanksgiving and nobody cares, but you say you hate Christmas and people treat you like you're a leper.” - Gremlins, 1984.

  22. “It’s Christmas Eve. A time of mystery, expectations, who knows what might happen?” - The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, 2018.

  23. “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.” - Miracle on 34th Street, 1947.

    A Christmas Carol quote over Victorian London street drawing
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  24. “A merry Christmas, Ebenezer! You old HUMBUG!” - A Christmas Carol, 1951.
    Many different versions and remakes of Dickens’ classic tale exist, but the phrase “humbug” has become iconic.

  25. “You can mess with a lot of things. But you can't mess with kids on Christmas.” - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, 1992.

  26. “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” - A Christmas Carol, 2009.

  27. “He is for all mankind.” - The Nativity Story, 2006.

  28. “Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” - The Polar Express, 2004.

  29. “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.

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sparkly tree ornament
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  30. "Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1964.

  31. “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.” - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989.
    In a slightly unhinged pursuit of the hap, hap, happiest Christmas, Clark Griswold creates a near hostage situation with his family, albeit a festive one.

  32. “I don’t think anyone would criticize us for laying down our rifles on Christmas Eve.” - Joyeaux Noël, 2005.

  33. “Yes! Yes, I do! I like Christmas! I love Christmas!” - A Christmas Carol, 1938.

  34. “A sequel. That’s it. We’ll bring it out on March 25, and we’ll call it … Christmas 2!” - Santa Claus: The Movie, 1985.

    Krampus quote over spooky holiday bonfire and creature
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  35. “Saint Nicholas is not coming this year. Instead, a much darker, ancient spirit. His name is Krampus...he is the shadow of Saint Nicholas.” - Krampus, 2015.

  36. “Never be afraid when people can’t see what you see. Only be afraid if you no longer see it.” - Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story, 2020. 

  37. “Maybe scarlet fever. It’s a better color for Christmas.” - Christmas in Connecticut, 1945.

  38. "There’s a certain magic that comes with the very first snow. For when the first snow is also a Christmas snow, well, something wonderful is bound to happen." - Frosty the Snowman, 1969.

  39. “God bless us, everyone - A Muppet Christmas Carol, 1992.

    Charlie Brown quote over a small, bent Christmas tree
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  40. “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.

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal!

If you are stumped while filling out a Christmas card, why not use one of these classic Christmas quotes from movies? And while you’re at it, check out our other famous movie quotes and test yourself with a Charlie Brown Christmas quiz or trivia about international Christmas customs.

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