10 Fun Christmas Horror Movies And Drinks To Pair Them With

Trying to find a fun horror film to watch this Christmas? Here are ten picks, and themed drinks for each!

It’s getting close to Christmas, and the season wouldn’t be complete without red: decorations of red on a green Christmas tree, Santa’s red suit, Rudolph’s red nose… and buckets and buckets of blood, of course.

A drink with berries in it
This isn't one of the ten drinks, but you get the idea.
Image by Any Lane

If you’re spending time with your family, having a rowdy night with friends, or cuddling up with a new flame this holiday season, you’re sure to want something to watch, and something to drink!

Here are ten goofy, creepy Christmas features and themed drinks to pair that will make your nights and nightmares, full of holiday cheer!

1. All the Creatures Were Stirring

All the Creatures Were Stirring poster
Image Source: IMDB

This lesser-known flick is an anthology of surreal, Twilight Zone-esque shorts that take place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Some are silly, some are eerie, and some even manage to be heartwarming! There’s this really cool one with a van… I won’t spoil it for you.

And before you watch through all these layers of shorts, you can test your bartending skills with layers of shots by making this twist on the B-52 layer shot from Complete Cocktails. I call it “All the Chocolate Oranges Were Stirring,” because I'm obsessed with chocolate oranges and bad at names.

For the shot, you’ll need: 

  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) Bailey’s (Or Irish cream liqueur)
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) Grand Mariner (Or orange liqueur)
  • A shot glass

Start by adding the chocolate liqueur to a chilled shot glass, then add the Bailey’s by pouring slowly over the back of a spoon into the shot. Finish it off by repeating the spoon step with the Grand Mariner.

A layered shot
The original, unmodified B-52 shot. Yours will be more chocolatey. You're welcome.
Image Credit: The Spruce

Nervous to try making layers? Here’s a helpful guide:

This one's first since you’ll probably need to be sober to make it. Now prepare to get sloshed (responsibly), with the other movies on this list!

2. Black Christmas

A poster for Black Christmas
Image Source: IMDB

My personal favorite on the list, Black Christmas is credited with being one of the first slashers ever made. Created by a small team from Canada in 1974, this film about a crazed killer stalking girls in a sorority house over Christmas break is surprisingly feminist for the time. It also originated a prolific horror trope I can’t explain without spoiling the movie.

Another cool thing about this film: Black Christmas accomplishes its killings without a drop of blood, so you can show it to any blood-shy friends you may have.

While you watch the cast drinking and carrying on, you can do your own drinking with this Christmassy take on a classic tequila drink: the White Christmas Tequila Sour from The Cookie Rookie!

A christmassy drink in a glass
The White Christmas Tequila Sour!
Image credit: The Cookie Rookie

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 Tbsp (1 oz) lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) lime juice 
  • A dash of lemon extract 
  • 2 tsp agave nectar or honey
  • An egg white 
  • A lime wedge, fresh rosemary, and cranberries for garnish

Note: consume raw eggs at your own risk.

Vegan variation: According to A Couple Cooks, you can make a vegan tequila sour by substituting two tablespoons of liquid from a can of chickpeas for the egg white.

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker, pour over ice, and garnish with lime and cranberries. Squeeze or muddle the leaves of the rosemary before adding to help it release its tasty oils and Christmassy scent!

3. Krampus

Krampus movie poster
Image Source: IMDB

This horror-comedy starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette is full of goofy Christmas-themed carnage. Everything goes downhill when the ol’ family get-together comes under siege by the evil Krampus, a creature from Norse mythology known for punishing naughty kids during Christmas time. This scourge is brought on the house by the angsty Max, who is too jaded to enjoy Christmas.

Drink a toast to the zany CGI in this movie by sipping on this Gingerbread White Russian from The Kitchen is My Playground. 

A drink with a gingerbread man
The Gingerbread White Russian.
Image credit: The Kitchen is My Playground

You’ll need:

  • 4 Tbsp (2 oz) Kahlua
  • 3 Tbsp (1 ½ oz) milk or half & half
  • 1 ½ Tbsp (¾ oz) vanilla vodka
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Small pinch ground cloves
  • Small pinch of ground nutmeg
  • A gingerbread cookie (preferably person-shaped)

Add the vodka and spices to your glass, combine them, and then add the Kahlua and milk and stir. Add your ice and garnish with a gingerbread person impaled on a toothpick, which you can eat when the movie starts making you hungry...

4. Santa’s Slay

Santa's Slay poster
Image Source: IMDB

Santa’s done being nice and has decided to spend this Christmas committing the ultimate naughtiness: mass murder. Despite its dogmatic air, Santa’s Slay has some of the most creative kills I’ve seen in my long years of horror-watching, including a scene where a stripper pole is used most unconventionally. 

To celebrate this sinful version of the big man in red, why not add some booze to his favorite drink? Try this Kahlua and Coke cocktail from Complete Cocktails!

Coca cola being poured
Grab some killer cola.
Image source

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz Kahlua (or coffee liqueur)
  • Coca-Cola

Just put some ice in your favorite glass, pour in your Kahlua and Coca-Cola to fill the glass, and enjoy!

5. The Shining

The Shining movie poster
Image Source: IMDB

Though not explicitly Christmas-themed, Johnny (Jack Nicholson) and his family stay at the Overlook hotel between October and May, and it can be assumed the events of the movie take place near December because of all the snow. Regardless, creepy hotel vacations in winter have something of a Christmas vibe, making The Shining just the thing to make you say “yikes” this Yuletide.

Watch while sipping on this extremely boozy cocktail from Distinguished Spirits, inspired by the word “Redrum.”

You’ll need:

  • 3 Tbsp (1 ½ oz) dark rum
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) Campari
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) cherry liqueur
  • ½ Tbsp (¼ oz) Curacao
  • ¼ tsp Lime zest
  • A rocks glass 
  • A mesh strainer

Just mix your four liquids, add the zest, and strain the mixture into a glass of ice, or follow along with this video!

6. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians poster
Image Source: IMDB

This one isn’t scary, but it is hilariously 50s pro-American propaganda that bafflingly pits Santa Claus against alien invaders.

When Martian children become obsessed with Earth TV and Santa Clause, the Martians do the only thing they can think of: kidnap Santa and take him to Mars. Only two All-American kids can stop the Martians and save the day. The whole thing is a surreal trip best enjoyed with friends who like to laugh at movies. 

To make this watch even more fun try this Christmas version of a minty grasshopper cocktail. I call this one “Peppermint Conquers the Regular Mint.”

Grasshopper martini
We'll be giving this classic cocktail a festive peppermint hat.
Image credit: Mix that Drink

You need:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp (¾ oz) green creme de menthe 
  • 1 ½ Tbsp (¾ oz) white creme de cacao
  • 1 ½ Tbsp (¾ oz) light cream
  • A few ounces of simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water boiled until combined)
  • 4-5 Peppermints or 1 candy cane
  • A separate candy cane for stirring
  • A blender
  • A martini glass

First, blend up your peppermints or candy cane until they’re in little sprinkle-sized pieces.

Next, get two plates, and pour some of your simple syrup on one, and your peppermint sprinkles on the other. Dip the rim of your martini glass into the simple syrup to wet it and then roll it through the peppermint to rim your glass.

Peppermint rimmed martini glass
There, now it's festive.
Image credit: Fun Money Mom

Lastly, pour in your cremes and cream and stir with your stirring stick (or candy cane). Enjoy!

7. El Dia De La Bestia

El Dia de la Bestia poster
Image Source: IMDB

In a deeply sinful world, one priest must trick the devil into taking his soul so he can stop the Antichrist’s birth, scheduled to happen on Christmas Eve. To trick the devil, this priest must spend the evening committing as many sinful acts as possible, like doing LSD, kidnapping people, and listening to metal. 

This Spanish Christmas flick is unconventional and absurd, full of unexpected twists and violence. The whole thing is fun and campy, and while you watch this priest stain his soul you can stain your mouth with this Blackberry Bramble cocktail from Creative Culinary.

Blackberry cocktail
Image credit: Creative Culinary

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp (¾ oz) lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) creme de cassis
  • 1 Tbsp (½ oz) simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water boiled until combined)
  • 3 Tbsp (1 ½ oz) gin
  • 6 large blackberries
  • More blackberries for garnish
  • Optional: rosemary for garnish

Muddle six berries and the lemon juice in a rock glass and fill with ice. 

Next, combine the creme de cassis, simple syrup, and gin in a cocktail shaker. Now stir and pour into your glass.

Garnish as you please; you can add a sprig of rosemary if you’d like more festive flair. Now go forth and drink your sinful juice!

8. The Dorm That Dripped Blood

The Dorm that Dripped Blood poster
Image Source: IMDB

This 80s slasher seems to have been made on a shoestring budget, though it still delivers everything I expect from an 80s slasher: blood, tension, fun kills, and all in a Yuletide atmosphere. Watch as a mysterious killer stalks college kids cleaning a dorm over winter break! And enjoy lots of shots of people ascending and descending stairs.

In honor of the number of stair shots in this film, I felt this apple and pear “stairs” martini from Difford’s Guide would be appropriate.

A martini with a pear slice
Image credit: Difford's Guide

You need:

  • 4 Tbsp (2 oz) vodka
  • 2 Tbsp (1 oz) pear juice
  • 2 Tbsp (1 oz) apple juice
  • ½ Tbsp (¼ oz) lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp (¼ oz) sugar syrup (2 part sugar, 1 part water boiled until combined)
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • A pear slice for garnish

Shake your ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a pear slice.

Drink when someone ascends or descends the stairs (or whenever you want; I’m not your mom).

9. Gremlins

Gremlins poster
Image Source: IMDB

Of course. You knew this would be on the list. Everybody likes Gremlins. It’s a classic movie about a well-meaning dad buying his son a weird creature for Christmas, which then multiplies and runs amok. How can you turn down a movie about evil little creatures wreaking havoc?

While enjoying the movie, you can try out this Beer Nog from Craft Beering; it combines the dark brown and light cream colors of Gizmo’s fur! Since this cocktail is a bit involved, you may want to make it in bulk and drink it tomorrow night, too!

Beer nog
Image credit: Craft Beering

These ingredients will make six to eight servings:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup milk 
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 12 oz milk stout
  • 8 oz Irish cream

Note: consume raw eggs at your own risk.

Start by whisking the eggs, milk, cream, and sugar together in a large pitcher or bowl, then stir in the vanilla and nutmeg. Slowly add the stout and cream, chill, and serve. Leftovers can be refrigerated overnight in a well-sealed container.

10. Game Over/ 36:15 Code Père Noël

A screenshot from Game Over
I'd like to see this kid fight Kevin McCallister.

Also translated as Deadly Games, this French horror film is a real goofy treat; it came out one year before Home Alone and boasts a very similar premise: a war movie-obsessed kid accidentally tells a robber his address, thinking the man is Santa. The robber gets more than he bargained for, though, when he suddenly finds himself outmaneuvered in the kid’s booby-trapped home.

What better way to celebrate a movie about a kid at Christmas-time than with some delicious ice cream? Try this Boozy Buttered Rum Ice Cream Float from Style Me Pretty!

A delicious-looking float with a cherry and caramel
Image credit: Style Me Pretty

You’ll need: 

  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 Tbsp (1 oz) dark rum 
  • 4 oz root beer 
  • 2 tbsp salted caramel sauce
  • More caramel sauce and a maraschino cherry for garnish

Prep a mason jar by drizzling the two tablespoons of caramel sauce up and down the inside of the jar. Pour in your rum, add the scoops of ice cream, and slowly fill the glass with root beer. Drizzle some more caramel over the top, add your cherry, and enjoy!

And there you have it: 10 fun horror movies to watch with whoever you’re drinking with this holiday season! Have fun, drink responsibly, and have a creepy Christmas!

A Christmas tree in a dark room
Image by Olenka Sergienko
A graduate from Knox college, Jay is a writer, podcaster, horror nerd, thespian, and a lover of camp and camping.

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