For most families, the Christmas season officially begins on the day after Thanksgiving, and it is often a time filled with stress and anxiety about the upcoming holiday. Activities such as shopping and attending Christmas parties with family members or co workers can be fun, but for many individuals, they are quite taxing and tense.

Because the Christmas season can be so demanding in spite of its supposed jolly nature, it is important to find release in the form of laughter from time to time. There are many types of entertainment that focus on the Christmas holiday, but nothing can cheer a person up quite like a funny Christmas movie. Following is a list of the top five funniest Christmas movies from, and they are guaranteed to make even the most cynical person laugh out loud in the midst of a trying holiday season.

Home Alone

This Christmas classic from 1990 introduced much of the world to the kid-friendly comedic charms of lead actor Macaulay Culkin, and it is one of the most popular movies of all time. The film also features terrifically funny performances from Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as a pair of bumbling burglars with whom Culkin's character gets into a hilarious conflict. Home Alone is appropriate for the whole family, ensuring that it will retain its status as a holiday classic for many years to come.

Bad Santa

This movie, unlike any of the others on this list, is far from appropriate for the whole family. In fact, this movie, which stars Billy Bob Thornton, should only be viewed by mature audiences. Those who are old enough to see the film will experience numerous laughs, though, as they are told the story of Thornton's hapless mall Santa character.


Will Ferrell is one of the world's biggest comedy stars, and this heartwarming film was one of his first forays into family-friendly movies. He stars, hilariously, as an over-sized elf who has been told he is actually human. This leads him on a comical quest to find his true identity in the midst of a sometimes cruel world. The quirky and cute Zooey Deschanel also stars as Ferrell's love interest.

The Santa Clause

This 1994 film stars comedy superstar Tim Allen as an ordinary man who, through a series of wild events, must take on the role of Santa Claus. The movie is quickly becoming a holiday classic thanks to its presence on TV throughout the Christmas season, and Allen's performance is particularly notable for its laughs. Though the film's two sequels left much to be desired, the original Santa Clause is an enjoyably funny ride.

A Christmas Story

Directed by Bob Clark, and based on a number of stories by writer Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story is widely considered to be the standard by which all other Christmas comedy films are judged. The movie was released in 1983 to a mixed response, but it has stood the test of time. It is now considered to be not only one of the funniest Christmas movies of all time, but also one of the funniest films ever produced.