Christmas Movies Set in California

Amancay Tapia

As the holiday season approaches, there's an undeniable charm in snuggling up with loved ones, sipping hot cocoa, and indulging in heartwarming movies that evoke the spirit of Christmas. With the festive buzz in the air and the desire for cozy moments at its peak, having a list of carefully selected Christmas movies becomes almost essential.

It's a time when people yearn for the comfort of familiar tales that ignite joy, laughter, and sometimes a few tears, creating a sense of shared experiences. Whether it's the nostalgia of revisiting classics or discovering new favorites, these movies weave stories that remind us of the importance of love, kindness, and the magic of the season, making them a must-have in everyone's holiday repertoire.

California’s sunny landscapes and vibrant cities provide a unique backdrop for heartwarming Christmas tales. From palm trees to Pacific sunsets, these movies capture the magic of the holiday season in the Golden State.

"The Christmas Chronicles" (2018)
While primarily set in Massachusetts, this delightful family adventure takes an unexpected turn when Santa's sleigh crash-lands in Los Angeles. The movie follows siblings who team up with Santa Claus (played by Kurt Russell) to save Christmas. Their escapades through the streets of L.A. during the holiday season bring a magical touch to the California setting, showcasing the city's vibrancy and adding an extra dash of excitement to their quest to save the day.

This movie blends the traditional Christmas spirit with the bustling and diverse landscapes of California, making it a fun addition to any holiday movie marathon.

"The Holiday" (2006)
Director Nancy Meyers brings together two women, played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, who swap homes for the holidays. With one in Los Angeles and the other in a cozy English cottage, this romantic comedy beautifully portrays the spirit of new beginnings, love, and self-discovery against the backdrop of California’s stunning scenery.

"Lethal Weapon" (1987)
While primarily an action movie, this classic set in Los Angeles during Christmas has all the holiday vibes. The camaraderie between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s characters, coupled with the backdrop of Christmas lights and festivities, adds a unique touch to the film's intensity.

"Die Hard" (1988)
Arguably a Christmas movie despite the debate, this iconic action film starring Bruce Willis is set in a Los Angeles skyscraper during a holiday party taken over by terrorists. It’s filled with action-packed sequences amid Christmas decorations and even includes a few festive references.

"A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" (2011)
This comedy follows the misadventures of Harold and Kumar as they search for the perfect Christmas tree in New York City. While not entirely set in California, a significant portion of the movie takes place in Los Angeles, showcasing the duo's quirky escapades against a Californian holiday backdrop.

"The Santa Clause 2" (2002)
Scott Calvin, played by Tim Allen, returns as Santa Claus in this sequel set partly in the North Pole and partly in a fictional town in California. The juxtaposition of Santa’s magical world with a sunny California town during Christmas adds a delightful twist to this family-friendly film.

California’s diversity and picturesque locales add a unique charm to these Christmas movies, blending holiday cheer with the West Coast's allure.

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