Jim Carrey in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Famous Christmas Movie Quotes — ‘Die Hard’ to ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Whether you love the tried and true Christmas classics that instill that warm fuzzy feeling — like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or A Christmas Carol — or you’re a fan of Christmas flicks that take the road less merry — Die Hard, Gremlins, Batman Returns, Office Christmas Party — the genre is home to some of the most memorable movie quotes of all time. From comical to cantankerous, heartfelt to hateful, we’ve got you covered with the best Christmas movie quotes. 

“Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” —  Miracle on 34th Street

“I believe, I believe, it’s silly, but I believe.” — Miracle on 34th Street

“This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back?” — Home Alone

“You’re what the French call ‘les incompetents.” — Home Alone

“Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!” — Home Alone 2

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” — Elf

“Son of a Nutcracker.”  — Elf

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: Candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.” — Elf

“To me, you are perfect.” — Love Actually

Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln in Love Actually (2003)
Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln in Love Actually (2003) | IMDb

“I realized that Christmas is the time to be with the people you love.” — Love Actually

“If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love, actually, is all around.” — Love Actually

“HELP ME…I’m FEELING.” — How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“No one should be alone on Christmas.” — How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more! — How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“Some men are Baptists, others Catholics; my father was an Oldsmobile man.” — A Christmas Story

“Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf. I hate meatloaf.” — A Christmas Story

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” — A Christmas Story

Put that cookie down!” — Jingle All the Way

“I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas, and we’re all in misery.” — National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

“This isn’t charity. It’s family.” —  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 

“I’m an eating, drinking, shitting, f***ing Santa Claus.” — Bad Santa

“I’m on my lunch break, OK?” — Bad Santa

BIlly Bob Thornton in Bad Santa (2003)
Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa (2003) | IMDb

“They can’t all be winners, kid.” — Bad Santa

“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it!” — The Nightmare Before Christmas

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.” — The Nightmare Before Christmas

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” — It’s a Wonderful Life

“I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” — It’s a Wonderful Life

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” — It’s a Wonderful Life

“Never feed him after midnight” — Gremlins 

“What’s the matter, kid? Don’t you like Christmas?” — Gremlins 

“A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.” — Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer

“It’s all humbug, I tell you.” — A Christmas Carol 

“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” — A Christmas Carol

Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, and Josh Hutcherson in The Polar Express (2004)
Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, and Josh Hutcherson in The Polar Express (2004) | IMDb

The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on. — The Polar Express

“Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — The Polar Express

“Let the gates of hell open.” — Office Christmas Party

“I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” — A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” — A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Yippee-ki-yay, motherf****r!” — Die Hard

“Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho.” — Die Hard

Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988)
Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988) | IMDb

“Welcome to the party, pal.” — Die Hard

“I am Catwoman. Hear me roar.” — Batman Returns

“Just the pussy I’ve been looking for.” — Batman Returns

“It’s not going to be a silent night.” — Krampus

“The most important invention in the history of cookie making.” — Edward Scissorhands

“The bitch hit me with a toaster.” — Scrooged

“You’re a real gold-plated whore, Mother.” — Black Christmas

“Agnes, it’s me, Billy.” —  Black Christmas

“I’m looking for corny in my life.” — The Holiday

“It’s Christmas Eve and we are going to celebrate being young and being alive.” — The Holiday

“You’re skipping Christmas! Isn’t that against the law?” — Christmas with the Kranks

“I want my house to be seen from space.” — Deck the Halls 


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Josh Lezmi

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