With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to check out some great flicks and share some quality time with our families and friends. Picking Christmas musicals is quite an unexpectedly difficult task, given the fact that many non-musical Christmas flicks include a musical scene or two. However, we’ve chosen 5 full or partial musicals which are definitely worth watching.
Here are our favorites!
5- Beauty and the Beast: an enchanted Christmas (1997)
Although this direct-to-video sequel of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) is poorly animated and has a flimsy narrative, it is an entertaining Christmas flick with mildly good music which provides a little backstory of the main characters, as well as a closer look to their first Christmas together. If you enjoy animation and like Beauty and the Beast, be sure to give it a look.
4- Scrooge (1970)
This musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has Albert Finney as Scrooge and a set of songs penned by Leslie Bricusse. It’s a beloved classic, and it received multiple Academy Awards nominations, including Best Score and Best Original Song for Thank you very much. It’s dark but also enchanting, and in this enjoyable mixture resides most of its appeal.
3- White Christmas (1954)
Although not truly focused on the Christmas aspect of the narrative, this film tells the story of four performers who must prepare a show in order to save the charming Vermont inn, secluded in the snowy mountains, while also getting romantically involved. The narrative is quite thin, but the performances are lovely, and the iconics Snow and White Christmas are songs to remember.
2- Holiday Inn (1942)
Much like White Christmas, the story focuses on performers working on a hotel during the jolly season. This time, however, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby –who also starred in White Christmas– form the dynamic duo, battling for the affections of a lovely young lady. It’s a delightful film you can’t miss.
1- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Yet another version of A Christmas Carol, this film stars Michael Caine as Scrooge alongside our favorite Muppets as his supporting cast. It’s quite a delectable feature with the classic Muppets’ magic and charm. If you were a fan of The Muppets Show, or if you want a Christmas flick for the entire family, you won’t regret watching this quirky adaptation of the classic tale.
What’s your favorite Christmas musical?