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Christmas movie countdown and where to see them live in Nashville

As we move less than two weeks from Christmas Day, it also means that were are fully engulfed in Christmas movie season. This has sparked debate among us here at Sports & Entertainment Nashville about our favorite Christmas movies and just which one is the best one ever.

If you are planning to curl up on the couch this weekend for a Christmas movie marathon, we have you covered with the top ones to slip into the DVD or Blueray player.

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year.

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year.

10)Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This classic, that is celebrating its 50 year anniversary, is hard to leave off any list of Christmas movie and certainly has withstood the test of time.

9) White Christmas

A classic from the WWII era, it is hard to go wrong with any movie that features the songs of Irving Berlin, especially when they are performed by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

8) It’s A Wonderful Life

Jimmy Stewart brilliantly plays George Baily who figures out the true meaning of Christmas, with a little help from Clarence the Angel, is about being with true friends and family.

charlie brown christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first, of what would become a series of holiday specials featuring the Peanuts gang.

7) A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang provide a timeless lesson about the over commercialization of Christmas and keeping focus on the true meaning.

6) The Polar Express

A great kids movie featuring a young boy on a train ride to the North Pole which shows to never stop doubting in Santa and that extraordinary things can happen to those who still believe.

5) Miracle on 34th Street (1947 Version)

The original Miracle on 34th Street is unmatched by its remakes. The story of Santa eventually being put on trial, but defended by a young lawyer and ultimately proven to the real Santa by the belief of a young girl and an entire city truly is a heartwarming tale.

4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A classic tale from the children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch with his heart “two sizes to small” tries to stop Christmas from coming to Whoville, before being shown that the Christmas spirit can’t be stolen.

The most popular of the National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Christmas Vacation celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year.

The most popular of the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, Christmas Vacation celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year.

3) Elf

Buddy the Elf has quickly become a modern classic. His fun tale of being raised in the North Pole then seeking out his family in New York provide a loads of laughs as he spreads the joys of Christmas all over the city.

2) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation is a hilarious movie with the Griswold family that provides a look into what it looks like when almost anything that could go wrong over the holidays does go wrong.

1.) A Christmas Story

The story of Ralphie and his quest for Santa to bring him an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle is one for the ages. TBS shows this film on a 24-hour loop for a reason each Christmas, it is that funny and that good. It is certainly one not to be missed, but when you watch “Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out!”

If you aren’t staying in for the weekend, but still want to the Christmas movie experience, Nashville is the right place for you too with some great events in town this weekend.

Downtown Franklin will be turned back 150 years for Dickens of a Christmas. Characters from the Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol” will come to life and roam the streets, including Ebenezer Scrooge himself, while you can also experience Christmas foods of the time like sugar plums and roasted chestnuts. This event is often ranked as one of the Top 20 Christmas event in the entire southeast, so it is certainly a can’t miss if you have never been before.

If you would rather watch your Christmas movies on the stage, then the Tennessee Repertory Theater is the place for you. Presenting S&E Nashville’s No. 1 movie, A Christmas Story, the tale of Ralphie and his quest for that official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle is brought to life, along with the famed pink bunny suit from Aunt Clara. With tickets running roughly $55, if you are a fan of A Christmas Story, this adaptation is one you’ll want to see.