Christmas songs are as essential to the upcoming holiday as eggnog, tinsel, and Douglas firs. So are Christmas movies — or even moves that don’t particularly center around the theme. That’s why the combination of the two is such a treat. Sure, it can often be too sweet and saccharine, but the cinematic treatment of Christmas has always been musical in nature. Here’s a rundown of some of the best musical Christmas moments captured on film; some are obvious, and a couple are a bit surprising.
Judy Garland — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Meet Me in St. Louis is not a Christmas movie, but it gave us one of the most popular Christmas songs of the 20th century. It’s also incredibly depressing, although it famously could have been much more heartbreaking.