You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the most memorable Christmas movie quotes of all? Indulging in Christmas classics is a traditional staple when the month of December rolls around. Sipping hot chocolate while relaxing by the fire and watching holiday movies is the best way to enjoy the best time of the year. Christmas movies present a feel-good nostalgia that registers with people of all ages. From Ralphie’s antics in A Christmas Story to George’s journey in It’s a Wonderful Life, there are plenty of unforgettable quotes. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most memorable Christmas movie quotes of all time.
10. “The True Spirit Of Christmas Lies In Your Heart”
The Polar Express remains one of the most popular animated Christmas movies of all time. The plot follows a young boy’s exploration on a train to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole, despite his lack of faith. As such, the boy travels on an adventure of various individuals and has a desire to believe. This cinematic tale unfolds a journey of childhood nostalgia and a thickening belief, with one of the most memorable Christmas quotes of all time.
9. “You’re Skipping Christmas, Isn’t That Against The Law”
Christmas with the Kranks is a holiday staple. The film explores the fascination with saving money during the expensive Christmas season. After learning their daughter will be away for Christmas, The Kranks’ create a plan to skip the holiday and take a luxury cruise. Unexpected twists and surprises eventually crumble a hopeful vacation. Their neighbors, especially Spike, remain shocked by the couple’s plans. As such, one of the greatest quotes of the movie points a finger at the duo.
8. “Christmas Isn’t Just A Day, It’s A Frame Of Mind”
The beloved 1947 classic tells the story of a Macy’s department store Santa Claus who consistently claims that he is the real deal. In the holiday favorite, the true meaning of Christmas is stripped down and carefully dissected. Hence, this memorable quote perfectly depicts the authenticity of Christmas. As such, Christmas remains an important factor in our hearts, not just on the day itself.
7. “The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Is Singing Loud For All To Hear”
Will Ferrell struck cinematic gold for his performance as Buddy in Elf. As such, a healthy dose of memorable quotes is intertwined in this holiday favorite. The plot follows Buddy, an elf who realizes that he’s actually human. Therefore, Buddy heads to New York City to find his real father and explore a culture outside of the North Pole. The movie remains a top contender of holiday favorites, and the quote above is often cited by movie-goers and Christmas lovers alike.
6. “They Say That The Grinch’s Heart Grew Three Sizes That Day”
Whether it’s the cartoon version of the classic or Jim Carrey’s notable version, the Grinch is a recognizable Christmas figure. From the wondrous mind of Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas tells the tale of the infamous green Grinch. Over the course of the story, the Grinch transforms from a grouchy killjoy to a kind-hearted creature. As such, this memorable movie quote explains that through selflessness and acceptance of Christmas joy, the Grinch became a positive figure in Whoville.
5. “I Don’t Know What To Say, But It’s Christmas, And We’re All In Misery”
This timeless classic tells the story of the dysfunctional Griswolds, with the family’s patriarch, Clark, trying to organize a great Christmas. Amidst his plans, several chaotic members of the family intrude on Griswold’s Christmas, resulting in explosions and electrocutions. While Christmas Vacation is jam-packed with memorable quotes, the quote above is a perfect representation of the film’s major crisis. In the end, the Griswolds, like always, make it all work.
4. “Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal”
Arguably, the above quote from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one of the most memorable from the ’90s. Once again left behind by his family, Kevin McCallister takes the streets of New York City by storm. The beloved quote echoed on Kevin’s TV in the luxury hotel, has become a recognizable Christmas quote. Repeated at Christmas parties and often referenced by friends and family, the quote slightly hints at genuine wishes, though truthfully represents faux enthusiasm.
3. “Seeing Isn’t Believing, Believing Is Seeing”
Amongst the most memorable Christmas movie quotes of all time, The Santa Clause remains a driving force with a string of notable quotes. When you think of holiday classics, The Santa Clause certainly sits near the top of the list. Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, who must become the new Santa Claus after accidentally causing his predecessor to fall from his roof. Like the quote suggests, Scott eventually learns that believing in Santa begins in your heart and that if you truly believe in him, you can see him.
2. “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”
Through the years, A Christmas Story has become a Christmas-time staple with a plethora of memorable quotes. The movie has attracted a strong cult following over the years, with many television networks airing the movie religiously during the holiday season. The plot follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who hopes for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. However, Ralphie is told by multiple people, including a department store Santa, that he will shoot his eye out. As such, the following remains one of the most memorable Christmas movie quotes of all time.
1. “Every Time A Bell Rings, An Angel Gets His Wings”
If there were ever a Christmas movie that generated a cauldron of memorable Christmas quotes, It’s A Wonderful Life undoubtedly takes the cake. The plot follows George Bailey, a depressed man who feels extremely low and defeated. That is, until Clarence, an angel, is tasked with saving George’s life in an effort to earn his wings. Over the course of the movie, Clarence shows George all of his good deeds and appreciation for life, with George ultimately deciding to live. The quote above is echoed a few times, with Clarence rightfully earning his wings.