The 40 Best Christmas Movie Quotes of All Time

In just a matter of weeks, we’ll be ditching our pumpkin spice lattes for mugs of hot cocoa, complete with festive gear and fuzzy socks. But of course, no holiday is complete without a Christmas movie marathon. From romantic Christmas movies to family-friendly classics, there’s a host of great options that capture the spirit of the season. Plus, they’re peppered with iconic one-liners that just might come in handy, whether you’re making your own cards or crafting your next Instagram caption. Keep reading for 40 of the best Christmas movie quotes of all time, including Home Alone, A Bad Moms Christmas and more.

80 Holiday Quotes to Spread Some Serious Christmas Cheer

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1. ‘The Santa Clause’ (1994)

“Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” — Charlie Calvin

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2. ‘Elf’ (2003)

“I planned out our whole day. First we make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie Dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.” — Buddy the Elf

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3. ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000)

“Now you listen to me, young lady! Even if we’re horribly mangled, there’ll be no sad faces on Christmas.” — The Grinch

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4. ‘Home Alone’ (1990)

“Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.” — Kevin McCallister

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5. ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ (2017)

"I spend months picking out the perfect present for everyone. You know the only thing I get in return? Coupons and free back rubs." — Kiki

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6. ‘Scrooged’ (1988)

"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. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be." — Frank Cross

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7. ‘Elf’ (2003)

“You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card.” — Buddy

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8. ‘Ernest Saves Christmas’ (1988)

"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

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9. ‘The Nutcracker And The Four Realms’ (2018)

“It’s Christmas Eve. A time of mystery, expectations, who knows what might happen.” — Drosselmeyer

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10. ‘Deck The Halls’ (2006)

“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.” — Kelly Finch

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11. ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000)

“No one should be alone on Christmas.” — Cindy Lou Who

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12. ‘The Polar Express’ (2004)

"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see." — The Conductor

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13. ‘Jingle All The Way’ (1996)

“I'm of the mindset that you can never do too much to make a child's Christmas magical.” — Ted Maltin

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14. ‘It's A Wonderful Life’ (1946)

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” – Zuzu Bailey

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15. ‘Home Alone 2’ (1992)

“Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.” — Gangster Johnny

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16. ‘Christmas With The Kranks’ (2004)

“You're skipping Christmas! Isn't that against the law?” — Spike Frohmeyer

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17. ‘The Polar Express’ (2004)

“Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — Santa Claus

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18. ‘Love Actually’ (2003)

“I realized that Christmas is the time to be with the people you love.” — Billy Mack

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19. ‘Elf’ (2003)

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” — Buddy the Elf

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20. ‘Miracle On 34th Street’ (1947)

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” — Fred Gailey

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21. ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000)

“Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” — The Grinch

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22. ‘National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation’ (1989)

“I don't know what to say, but it's Christmas, and we're all in misery.” — Ellen Griswold

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23. ‘Home Alone’ (1990)

“This is Christmas, the season of perpetual hope.” — Kate McCallister

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24. ‘It's A Wonderful Life’ (1946)

“Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!” — George Bailey

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25. ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ (1965)

“It's not what's under the Christmas tree that matters. It's who's around it.” — Charlie Brown

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26. ‘Miracle On 34th Street’ (1947)

“Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.” – Kris Kringle

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27. ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’ (2020)

“Never be afraid when people can’t see what you see. Only be afraid if you no longer see it.” — Jeronicus

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28. ‘National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation’ (1989)

“Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.” — Clark Griswold

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29. ‘Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer’ (1964)

“A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.” — King Moonraiser

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30. ‘Christmas Under Wraps’ (2014)

"You can listen to your mind, but you have to follow your heart." — Lauren Brunell

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31. ‘The Holiday’ (2006)

“It’s Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive.” — Miles Dumont

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32. ‘Home Alone’ (1990)

"OK, this is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back?" — Kevin McCallister

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33. ‘Christmas On The Square’ (2020)

“The higher the hair, the closer to the North Pole!” — Stylist

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34. ‘Frosty The Snowman’ (1969)

"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." — Narrator

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35. ‘A Christmas Carol’ (1938)

"God bless us, everyone." — Tiny Tim

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36. ‘Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer’ (1964)

"Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" — Santa Claus

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37. ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000)

“Cheer up, dude. It’s Christmas.” — The Grinch

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38. ‘The Santa Clause’ (1994)

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! When I wake up, I’m getting a CAT scan!” – Scott Calvin

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39. ‘Elf’ (2003)

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” — Buddy the Elf

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40. ‘Miracle On 34th Street’ (1947)

“I believe, I believe, it’s silly, but I believe.” — Susan Walker

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