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There are many great Xmas films, but only few of them offer endings that will get to you every time. Home Alone isn’t really one of them, I’m sorry to say.
Below, however, you’ll find some of the best Christmas movie endings of all times.
…get your tissues ready!
Here we go:
In this special episode first aired in 1965, Charlie finds himself feeling increasingly depressed by the over-commercialisation of Christmas. Even his dog Snoopy is decorating his house in an absolute frenzy, hoping to win a big prize.
After a disagreement with his friends about his chosen Christmas tree (real as opposed to a “big, shiny aluminium one”), Charlie finds himself on his own. Thanks to Linus, however, the Peanuts realise this is not what Christmas is all about.
Here’s the kicker, the absolute heart-gripping moment, a revolutionary gesture: Linus uses his beloved security blanket, his dearest possession, his worst addiction!, to fix Charlie’s tree.
I mean, come on – if that’s not one of the sweetest Christmas movie endings ever… you must be the Grinch!
…if that’s not one of the sweetest Christmas movie endings ever… you must be the Grinch!
The security blanket – oh, it gets me every time…Getting all teary eyed just thinking about it!
This 1947 classic is one of those truly magical Xmas movies starring the most talented actors of it’s time. When a hired Santa Claus shows up for his gig at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade slightly too jolly, event director Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) is forced to let him go and talks Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) into taking over Santa’s role.
Kris blossoms in his role as Santa. Doris’ daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) was brought up not to believe in fairytales, but when she overhears Kris speaking Dutch to a girl who does not speak English, she finds herself amazed and asks him whether he is really Santa. Things take a bad turn when he insists he is.
This is one of the films concentrating on the commercial realities of Xmas and the inability to believe. I won’t spoil it for you, but I can already tell you this is one of the best Christmas movie endings that will have you reaching for the tissues.
Another of Judy Garland’s classic films, Meet me in St. Louis tells the story of the Smith family and their imminent move to New York shortly before the arrival of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World’s Fair in 1904.
I don’t know whether it is the final scene of the movie, when the entire family looks out over the Grand Lagoon at the centre of the World Fair that gets to me, or whether it is a nerve thing after 108 minutes of a whole lot of singing; either way, its ending will leave you smiling.
Don’t get me wrong – I like the original A Christmas Carol too; you know, the one with humans and all. But The Muppet Christmas Carol – there’s no denying it – it’s a classic.
The ending of this timeless Xmas movie does not differ much from its original, yet seeing Scrooge (Michael Caine) going around town gathering treats for the night’s feast, excited to be spending it with his new Muppet friends, makes me feel all fluffy inside, so I’m really not ashamed to say for me this is one of the best Christmas movie endings.
If you prefer the 2009 adaptation, you can find some similar films here.
The Polar Express is not only one of the most visually beautiful Xmas movies, it also belongs to the category of films that will make you experience the Peter Pan syndrome all over again. It reminds you that sometimes, growing old and having reality slowly ruin our ability to dream is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
This is how the protagonist feels when he realises he has lost his belief in the true spirit of Christmas. Followed by a cloud of steam, a train screeches to a halt, inviting him aboard a journey to the North Pole. Various neighbourhood children join and all hear the sound of bells as they approach the North Poles’ town square; everyone but the protagonist.
When one of the bells on Santa’s sleigh drop into his hand, he finally hears them sound and is granted The First Gift Of Christmas by Santa. He asks for the bell but looses it on his way home.
However, on Christmas day his sister Sarah finds a small package hidden behind the tree. He opens it to find the bell which sounds magically only his parents can’t hear it and insist it’s broken.
This is the perfect movie to end this note on as it wraps up one of the best Christmas movie endings on a truly philosophical thought that goes beyond seasonal wisdoms – one that will get you every time.
For more great movie endings (and movies in general,) have a look at these films like ‘The Polar Express’.
“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sounds. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”