TV Stars Share Their Favorite Holiday Movies

by | December 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM | Holiday 2012

Will Ferrell in "Elf"

With the holidays upon us, we at XfinityTV.com set out to discover what some of our favorite TV stars like to watch during the most wonderful time of the year.

It should come as no surprise that many  – if not nearly all – were fans of the 2003 Will Ferrell film “Elf,” which has quickly risen to become a modern-day classic. A close second was the 1983 cult family comedy “A Christmas Story.” (By the way, you can watch both films now with XFINITY On Demand.)

So who’s watching what this Christmas? Take a look below and make sure to check out our Holiday Movie Collection with XFINITY On Demand to satisfy all of your holiday film cravings.

Busy Phillips, COUGAR TOWN
Favorite Holiday Movie: Definitely “A Christmas Story!” I always find myself watching that around the holiday season. It’s a classic. [Watch "A Christmas Story" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Christa Miller, COUGAR TOWN
Favorite Holiday Movie: The old one with the live animation – “Rudolph [the Red-Nosed Reindeer]“! With Kris Kringle and all that – it’s my favorite, I watch it every year.

Hayden Panettiere, NASHVILLE
Favorite Holiday Movies: I love to watch “Elf” every time it’s on. I think it’s so hilarious. It’s not really an old film but it’s one of my favorites. [Watch "Elf" with XFINITY On Demand.] And “Love Actually.” The love stories, oh, they’re so brilliant. And it’s so beautifully shot and there’s all these incredible individual stories. It’s just a stunning film. [Watch "Love Actually" on XfinityTV.com.]

Krysten Ritter, “DON’T TRUST THE B—- IN APT. 23
Favorite Holiday Movies: I love “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”and “Rudolph [the Red-Nosed Reindeer].” Whenever those claymation cartoons come on I always watch them and feel nostalgic. I also love “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story.” Oh, and “Elf.” It’s the best Christmas movie there is. It’s fun just to put it on. When I was little my dad used to put on Christmas records, literally vinyl records, every Christmas morning. I also love to watch TV. I’m usually not a fan of reality television, but when you have a day off or on a holiday I’ll find myself watching like eight hours of reality TV. [Watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Dakota Johnson, “BEN AND KATE
Favorite Holiday Movies:
A Christmas Story” is my favorite Christmas movie because it’s really funny and amazing. Also, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the one with Jim Carrey, is probably one of my just all-time favorite movies. I feel like I watch that movie at least three times a year. That’s really embarrassing. Don’t write it. [Watch "A Christmas Story" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Jenna Elfman,”1600 PENN
Favorite Holiday Movies: I loved Seth Gordon’s Christmas movie with Reese Witherspoon — “Four Christmases” — [that's a] fantastic Christmas movie. I also have to say “Miracle on 34th Street.” I always get excited when it comes on because it reminds me of hanging out at home with my parents. [Watch "Four Christmases" with XFINITY On Demand.]

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Chris Colfer, “GLEE
Favorite Holiday Movies: I love “A Christmas Story” because I played Ralphie in the play in community theater. “Elf” and “The Santa Clause” would be my other two favorites. I like the spectacle of Christmas and thinking there is a big castle at the North Pole that they are all hanging out at. [Watch "The Santa Clause" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Sarah Hyland, “MODERN FAMILY
Favorite Holiday Movies: I love “Elf.” I love Natalie Wood’s “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I love Christmas movies. You put on any Christmas movie and I am happy.

Rob James-Collier, “DOWNTON ABBEY
Favorite Holiday Movies: I have one. Definitely, because this is when I was younger: “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” That is definitely one of my favorites. It is a super film because I love The Muppets anyway. We kind of grew up with them. It is a musical and the songs in it are wicked and it has my boy Michael Caine in it. We have a show that I am going to mention — it is English — but it is pretty much in my Top 3 films of all time — and I don’t know if you guys have had it. If you have never seen it, if you have kids, you should watch it. It is called “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs. He was a child author and he did these lovely pencil drawings and it got made into a 40-minute animation. No speaking. It is a love story between a boy and a snowman. The snowman takes the boy to see Father Christmas — or Santa Claus as you would call him — and he flies through the skies with him. There is a beautiful song “Walking in the Air” and the boy dances with Father Christmas and the polar bears. It is a fantastic journey. In the morning, he opens up his curtains on Christmas Day and the snowman has melted. It is a heart-breaking love story, you know what I mean? [Watch "The Muppet Christmas Carol" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Joanne Froggett, “DOWNTON ABBEY
Favorite Holiday Movies: I don’t know if they are Christmas movies, but I see them as such because they are on our screens in the U.K. at Christmas time every single year. It would be the traditional, old-school “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” with Gene Wilder. It is amazing. I loved it as a child. The second would be “Annie.” It is one of those things that I always watched as a child at Christmas time. [Watch "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Joe Mantegna, “CRIMINAL MINDS
Favorite Holiday Movies: One is not necessarily a movie. It is the “Judy Garland Christmas Special” that she did back in the ’60s. We all as a family watch it together every Christmas season. Liza’s in it and all Judy’s kids. It was supposedly filmed at her home and Mel Torme and Jack Jones are in it. I know Jack Jones. I get such a kick every Christmas, I will call him after we watch it and say, ‘Jack, we just watched the “Judy Garland Christmas Special.”‘ It is wonderful. That has become a tradition in our house. For a secondary one — there are a million of them — is “A Christmas Story.” We first discovered it on an airplane flying to Chicago. It was an important year for me because I was on my way to do the play Glengarry Glen Ross, which changed my career back in the early ’80s. It was playing on the plane. There are always the classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which I did a performance of once at the Pasadena Playhouse, as well as all the different variations of “A Christmas Carol.” That is what is great about the Christmas season. There are all these different traditions that families have. [Watch "A Christmas Story" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Camilla Luddington, “GREY’S ANATOMY
Favorite Holiday Movies: There was a movie from 1984 with Dudley Moore, called “Santa Claus: The Movie,” I love that movie because it is a tradition in our family to watch that movie every Christmas, so that stuck. There are so many classics. There is a cartoon in England called “The Snowman” and it doesn’t run here, but that is probably my other favorite. [Watch "Santa Claus: The Movie" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Bitsie Tulloch, “GRIMM
Favorite Holiday Movies: My two favorite Christmas movies? Probably “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — just because it’s kind of fun, you have a happy ending and it’s cute little characters running around. And then “It’s a Wonderful Life.” [Watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with XFINITY On Demand.]

Michael Buble, “MICHAEL BUBLE: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Favorite Holiday Movie: It’s funny because it’s newer now but “Elf” I’m absolutely crazy about. I am a huge Will Ferrell fan. The thing I love about Will Ferrell is that he plays these characters that, and this is a different character of course, but usually he plays characters that have no reason to have a gigantic ego but they all have huge egos and I think we all kind of fall in love with them. This one I think is just so sweet. He’s so endearing. It’s really funny. I brought my niece and nephew over last Christmas to see it for the first time and they absolutely loved it. Even my wife saw it for the first time and fell in love with it. It’s kind of an instant classic. [Watch "Elf" with XFINITY On Demand.]