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The 21 Best Christmas Sweaters From Movies Ranked

When the #1 modifier for Christmas sweaters is "ugly," how do you determine which ones are the best? And then once you've done that, how do you go about ranking them? The answer (to both of those questions) is: You make it up.

So, because you need a diversion to kill a few minutes, here are the 21 best Christmas sweaters from movies (and not all of them are Christmas movies), ranked from worst to best. Spoiler alert: There is a LOT of representation from The Santa Clause.

  1. Kevin McCallister, Home Alone
    20th Century Fox

    Home Alone is one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. Kevin McCallister's heathered red knit? Not so much. The way it holds up against his weight when hanging from that coat hook is impressive, though.

  2. Santa Claus, Fred Claus
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    Technically, this is a vest, but we should never forget that Paul Giamatti played Santa Claus and played dad to Vince Vaughn in the same film.

  3. Nora Krank, Christmas With The Kranks
    Columbia Pictures

    I have respect for Lady Krank's turtleneck game here, but applique poinsettias are just not it. Quote me.

  4. Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, The Santa Clause 2
    Walt Disney Pictures

    OK, this black and tan fair isle is one I would wear well into January and February—it's got that bold but timeless ski lodge thing going on—but that just makes it a good sweater. Not a good Christmas sweater. Luckily, there are plenty of knits from the Santa Clause franchise to go around.

  5. Tom Valco, Surviving Christmas
    DreamWorks Pictures

    Again, this colorway is timeless, but when you're standing next to a marabou neckline... Well, it's hard to shine.

  6. Dead guy, Die Hard
    20th Century Fox

    "Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho." *read in your best Alan Rickman voice*

  7. Stephanie, All I Want For Christmas
    Paramount Pictures

    I've never seen All I Want For Christmas, but the only reason this sweater isn't higher is because it's not being worn by baby Thora Birch. A lodge sweater with little skiers knit into the pattern??? This is fantastic.

  8. Lloyd Christmas, Dumb And Dumber
    New Line Cinema

    You can't see it well in this shot, but Lloyd's sweater has a pretty interesting rolled mock neck which is v mod and v appropriate for his stooge-y haircut. (P.S. Did you know that Lloyd's last name was Christmas??????)

  9. Lars Lindstrom, Lars And The Real Girl
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    I wouldn't advise watching this movie with your family this holiday, but Lars' sweater here is dope. The detail! The tiny moose pattern! RyGos' mustache!

  10. Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, The Santa Clause 2
    Walt Disney Pictures

    Now, THIS is a Christmas sweater. Even better, it has a cool henley neck with little pewter buttons, and Scott takes it to the next level with an accent red mock neck. Well played.

  11. Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
    Walt Disney Pictures

    SPOILER: Scott has completely settled into his ~Santa~ identity by the third installment, and it shows on this cool gray knit with mirrored moose and zig-zig trim.

  12. Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, The Santa Clause
    Walt Disney Pictures

    The facing moose motif has been around since the first movie, but the throwback isn't as good as the original because THIS sweater is a zip-up, has a luxurious shawl neck, AND was worn with a matching bobble knit beanie. *mic drop*

  13. John, Love Actually
    Universal Pictures

    John might be a porn star, but he still knows how to cover up. This sweater is Christmas peacocking at its best.

  14. Tracy, The Santa Clause
    Walt Disney Pictures

    This isn't just a Christmas sweater with Santa on it. This is a Christmas sweater with Santa as portrayed by Tim Allen on it. And it has a velvet hat. And a faux fur beard. And it's worn by Molly Shannon. And it's a turtleneck.

  15. Scott Calvin/Santa Claus, The Santa Clause 2
    Walt Disney Pictures

    Not to be overlooked, THAT IS SANTA CLAUS IN A COOGI SWEATER. GOODBYE.

  16. Neil Miller, The Santa Clause
    Walt Disney Pictures

    But the ultimate Santa Clause sweater praise has to go to the OG Coogi bawse, Neil Miller. He may be a total wet blanket and his sweaters may get ragged on a bunch in the films, but in hindsight, I'm giving Neil all the props for knowing what he likes and not being afraid to wear what he wants, even in the face of rampant criticism. YOU DO YOU, NEIL.

  17. Clark Griswold, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    TBH, Clark Griswold's knit is a pretty standard Christmas sweater. I appreciate that it's a winter-specific play on a striped sweater. And I think the color palette is a timeless one. But it's only this far up because Chevy Chase is bae. xoxo

  18. Jess Bradford, Black Christmas
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    It may be a horror film, but Black Christmas got in on the sweater game. Jess wears this black v-neck sweater with two giant interlaced hands. Not very Christmas-y but neither is the film, so.

  19. Dale Doback, Step Brothers
    Columbia Pictures

    Dale represents for a Christmas knit not often seen in film: the Christmas landscape sweater. Instead of a pattern, Dale's rocking a winter scene with scarf-wearing reindeer and boughs of holly. Adorable.

  20. Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones's Diary
    Miramax Films

    NOW WE'RE TALKING. Mark Darcy throws down the gauntlet in this Rudolph knit. Christmas AF (even if Bridget Jones's Diary is not).

  21. The Grinch, Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
    Universal Pictures

    Yes, somehow, the ANTI-Christmas character ended up at the top of the list. Granted, the people of Hooville gifted him with this knit, but if there's anything those guys know, it's Christmas. This thing is swagged out with a full applique tree across the chest, jingle bells on EVERY STRIPE, an endless line of "HO HO HO" around the waistband, and mad glitter everywhere.


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