11 Best Claymation Christmas Movies of All Time

Claymation Christmas Movies

Claymation Christmas movies are synonymous with the holidays.

You probably remember those Christmas movies that infiltrated your living room around December 1st, whether you’re in your fifties or your early twenties. 

However, you can’t go wrong with any of these flicks, so pick one and transport yourself back to your childhood.  

Furthermore, if you’re having trouble deciding, here are 11 greats Claymation Christmas movies that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

1. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Sam the Snowman relates the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who hooks up with Hermey.

Hermey is an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector, after being kicked out of the reindeer games because of his flashing honker.

Furthermore, they meet the Abominable Snowman and discover an entire island full of misfit toys. On Christmas Eve, Rudolph returns to the North Pole to see if he can persuade Santa to help the toys.  

However, Santa’s sleigh gets engulfed in fog. When Santa looks over Rudolph, though, he has a brilliant idea.

Starring the voices of Billie Mae Richard, Larry D Mann, Burl Ives, Paul Soles, Stan Francis.  

2. Nestor The Long-Earned Christmas Donkey (1977)

Nestor, The Long-Earned Christmas Donkey, is one of the best claymation Christmas movies.

A tiny donkey with huge ears was born during the Roman Empire, and he keeps getting himself into trouble.  

However, his mother risks her life to save him from a blizzard when his owner tosses him out of the stable in disgust.

And he must find his proper place and destiny, guided solely by his guardian cherub (Tilly), somewhere along the route to Bethlehem. 

Starring Brenda Vaccaro, Roger Miller, Don Messick, Paul Frees, Linda Gary. 

3. The Year Without A Santa Clause (1974)

Many of the books on this list are about holidays: When was the first Christmas? How did Santa get his start? And so forth.

However, the Year Without a Santa Claus is particularly intriguing since it deals with a break in custom rather than a genesis.  

Furthermore, Santa decides one Year that he’s had enough of working himself ill for a world population that doesn’t seem to care about even the most basic brotherly affection. 

Additionally, Mrs. Claus (in her farewell act) and a motley crew of elves and reindeer embark on a mission.

Not to persuade Santa that he doesn’t deserve a break, but to inspire the rest of the world to follow in his selfless footsteps.  

However, they meet memorable characters like Heat Miser and Snow Miser along the way, whose signature melodies are undoubtedly stuck in your mind right now.

Starring George S. Irving, Dick Shawn, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Ron Marshall. 

4. The Life and Adventures of Santa (1985)

The Life and Adventures of Santa is one of the best Claymation Christmas movies. The Great Ak summons an Immortal council to request that Santa Claus be granted immortality.  

He uses the story of Santa Claus to excuse it. However, the Ak discovered an abandoned baby. And raised it with the help of a lioness and a fairy, who named him Claus.  

Furthermore, the Great Ak showed Claus the wickedness and hardship of the world as he grew up, so Claus chose to live there and alleviate some of the pain.  

Additionally, he resolves to build toys for orphans. Still, King Agua, the king of the valley in which Claus resides, does not want the children to be happy, which leads to a massive conflict with the Immortals.

Starring Earle Hyman, Earl Hammond, Lynne Lipton, Larry Kenney, Bob McFadden. 

5. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town (1970)

The film opens with Fred Astaire voicing a narrating mailman, who introduces the “real” story of Santa Claus.

Furthermore, Kris Kringle is adopted by elves and sets out to restore the Kringles to their former status as the town’s toymakers.  

Additionally, Toys are illegal under Burgermeister Meisterburger’s rule. So Kris adopts the moniker Claus and begins delivering toys in secret on Christmas Eve to keep the youngsters happy.  

However, this Christmas special is a must-watch every season because of great tunes. Like “The First Toymakers to the King” and the timeless “Put One Foot in Front of the Other.” Starring Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Fred Astaire, Paul Frees, Robie Leiser. 

6. The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975)

The First Christmas: The story of the first Christmas snow is one of the best Claymation Christmas movies.

Lucas, a teenage shepherd, gets blinded by lightning and taken in by sympathetic nuns at a neighboring abbey. Lucas, who has never seen snow, is described by Sister Catherine.  

The Christmas snow that falls during the ceremony produces a tiny miracle for Lucas, cast as an angel in the abbey’s Christmas pageant.

Starring the voices of David Kelley, Iris Rainer, Dina Lynn, Angela Lansbury, Cyril Richard. 

7. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

The little drummer boy is an animated cinematic adaptation of a well-known song. It is about a little boy who vents his anger on a drum because he is unaware of the significance of this drum in the birth of the newborn Jesus.

Starring Paul Frees, Jose Ferrer, Ted Eccles, June Feray, Greer Garson.  

8. Jack Frost (1979)

Every Year, Jack Frost ushers in winter, but he is irritated that he cannot communicate with humans because they cannot see him.  

Furthermore, when he falls in love with Elisa, a young peasant girl, he asks to be made human, which his supervisor, Father Winter, agrees to do as long as he has a house, horse, bag of gold, and a wife before the beginning of spring.  

Additionally, when Jack arrives in town and meets Elisa and her family, he discovers that they are being oppressed by a greedy Cossack who is after the peasants’ income as well as Elisa.  

In addition, Jack must deal with Sir Ravenal, Elisa’s childhood sweetheart. Will he ultimately choose to remain human? Starring Buddy Hackett, Paul Frees, Robert Morse, Larry Storch, Dave Garroway. 

9. The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold (1981)

An Irish sailor is trapped on a Leprechaun-infested Island. He quickly finds himself assisting them in defending their treasure from a greedy Hag and starring the voice of Art Carney, Bob McFadden, Peggy Cass, ken Jennings, Gerry Matthews. 

10. Rudolph’s Shining New Year (1976)

Rudolph’s Shining New Year is one of the best Claymation Christmas Movies. Santa receives a communication from Father Time informing him that the infant new year, Happy, is missing! And it will always be the old Year minus the infant new year.  

However, because it’s foggy and snowing, Rudolph is the only reindeer available for the job.

Additionally, Rudolph discovers that Eon (ugly buzzard) is looking for Happy as well so that Eon’s existence will never come to an end.  

In addition, Rudolph hunts the islands of the Archipelago of Last Year with the help of 1 million B.C., Sir 1023, and 1776, and races against Eon to assure a Happy New Year.

Starring Frank Gorshin, Red Skelton, Harold Peary, Morey Amsterdam. 

11. Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979)

This film is similar to The Avengers in terms of Claymation Christmas movies. Furthermore, Rudolph, Frosty, and other beloved characters come together to stop a terrible monster from making the North Pole his new headquarters.  

Starring the voice of Mickey Rooney, Jackie Vernon, Ethel Merman, Red Buttons, Paul Frees. 

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