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Chilling Yuletide Tales: Five Horror Stories to Haunt Your Holidays

By: - October 31, 2023

While the holiday season is typically associated with warmth, joy, and celebration, there’s something uniquely intriguing about exploring the darker side of Christmas. Horror stories set during the festive season blend the familiar comfort of traditions with spine-tingling dread. Delve into five chilling horror stories that will send shivers down your spine and make you think twice about what lurks in the shadows of Christmas.

These chilling Christmas horror stories and films offer a dark and thrilling alternative to the traditional holiday narratives.


“The Dead of Winter” by John Connolly

In “The Dead of Winter,” bestselling author John Connolly takes readers to a remote, snow-covered village in Maine. As a blizzard rages on Christmas Eve, a small group of travelers takes shelter in a secluded inn. Soon, they discover that something sinister is lurking in the shadows, and the spirit of the season takes a dark turn. Connolly masterfully combines the ambiance of a classic ghost story with a Christmas backdrop.

“NOS4A2” by Joe Hill

Joe Hill’s novel “NOS4A2” introduces us to the malevolent Charlie Manx, who takes children to a twisted Christmasland in his insidious vintage Rolls-Royce Wraith. The story follows Vic McQueen, a gifted young woman with supernatural abilities, as she embarks on a chilling journey to rescue a kidnapped child from Manx’s nightmarish holiday realm. This tale blends horror with the enchanting allure of the holiday season.

“Better Watch Out” (2016)

For fans of Christmas horror films, “Better Watch Out” is a suspenseful thriller set during the holiday season. What starts as a babysitting job for a teenager takes a terrifying turn as home invaders threaten the safety of the family. The film skillfully plays with the audience’s expectations of a typical Christmas movie, delivering a spine-chilling narrative full of surprises.

“Krampus” (2015)

“Krampus” is a darkly comedic horror film that brings the infamous folklore creature to life. When a dysfunctional family’s bickering during Christmas dinner unleashes the wrath of Krampus, a horned, cloven-hoofed demon, the holiday celebration turns into a nightmarish battle for survival. The film brilliantly combines humor and horror in a holiday setting.

“The Shining” by Stephen King

While Stephen King’s “The Shining” is not explicitly a Christmas story, it’s set during the winter season and takes place at the remote and snowbound Overlook Hotel. The novel tells the tale of the Torrance family as they become the winter caretakers of the hotel. The isolation, supernatural occurrences, and the haunting presence of the hotel’s malevolent spirits make for a terrifying backdrop during a time of year typically associated with joy and togetherness.

These chilling Christmas horror stories and films offer a dark and thrilling alternative to the traditional holiday narratives. By blending the warmth of the season with elements of fear and suspense, they serve as a reminder that the holiday season can be a time of contrasts, where the light of joy and the shadows of horror coexist. Whether you choose to curl up with a chilling novel or have a movie night with friends, these tales are perfect for those who dare to explore the eerie side of Christmas.


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