We’re sick of the same old Christmas movies just as much as you are. Nostalgic as they may be, if we hear Will Ferrel’s voice singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in a steamy bathroom creeping on Zoey Deschanel one more time, we’re gonna lose it.

We put together a list of five unconventional Christmas movies that you’ve never seen to get you into that holiday mood.

1. Gremlins (1984)

A father is trying to find a perfect gift for his son for Christmas and comes across a little pet called “Mogwai” The storekeeper sells it to the father with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear down the town on Christmas Eve. 

Critic Richard Corliss calls this film a “wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief.”

Stream: Amazon Prime, VUDU, Fandango

2. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Movie critic Dennis King says “It’s practically certain to lull moviegoers into a pleasant state of dreamy bliss.” 

A Lonely transit worker Lucy always works on holidays and comes home to her cat. She falls in love with a man she has never met before. One day she saves him from the path of an oncoming train. The man is in the hospital in a coma and a misplaced comment from Lucy causes the family to assume she is his fiancee. Things get very complicated and very romantic all at the same time.

Stream: Amazon Prime, Disney+, VUDU

3. Krampus (2015)

Krampus is a great movie for non-traditional holiday horror fans. The film is about a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmas time. When a dysfunctional family causes their son to lose his Christmas spirit, it unleashes the demon causing the family to stick together to save one another from a monstrous fate. 

Top Critic Stephanie Zacharek from TIME magazine said “Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining.”

Stream: Hulu, Amazon Prime, VUDU, YouTube TV, Apple TV 

4. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

A journalist writes a column in a magazine about food, only it’s not her recipes it is her uncles. A military man reads the column and immediately writes to her and asks to spend Christmas dinner with her and she agrees. She tries to pass off her uncle’s recipes as her own and hides the fact that she can’t even boil water. This film is a romantic Christmas comedy that will warm your heart.

Jeffery M Anderson, a movie critic says “Barbara Stanwyck uses every acting muscle in her body to redeem this silly holiday romance.”

Stream: Fandango, VUDU, Apple TV, Amazon Prime

5. The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)

A Chicago social worker helps a jazz saxophonist adopt a song after losing his wife. Watch as the son and father never lose sight of their love for each other and never give up on having a great Christmas season. This movie will boost your holiday positive energy.

Critic Irv Letofsky says “There’s not exactly a surprise ending here–nor do you need one. While the production has structural holes, there’s a niceness to it that effectively wills it to succeed.”

Stream: Amazon Prime, VUDU, Peacock, YouTube

While the Christmas classics will always be near and dear to our hearts, we wanted to give some alternatives for your holiday festivities. So, cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate, some good company, and get ready to be overcome with some good ol’ Christmas spirit.

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