Best Movies To Watch During The Holiday Season
There's no better time to gather up your family and spend some quality time together like the winter holiday season. When it’s just too cold to go out or maybe you just want to get away from the holiday chaos, curling up with a warm blanket and watching a holiday movie at home can be a great way to spend your time off. Whether you like to rent movies old school or watch them online, add some of these holiday classics to your must-see list.
Need Something Family-Friendly?
- Home Alone (1990): "Home Alone" is a great movie for both kids and adults that has a little bit of everything – drama, action and a lot of comedy – as a young boy tries his hardest to fend off a pair of goofy burglars.
- The Santa Clause (1994): "The Santa Clause" is a comedy that begins when Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve and must take his place. Despite the grim beginning, the movie is a fun tale that will leave you and your kids smiling.
- A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992): The classic Christmas carol story is an age old tale that never actually gets old. Now your whole family can enjoy this classic tale with a modern spin put on by the cast of the Muppets. This classic with some newfound fun and comedy is sure to be a hit in your home.
Want To Watch An Animated Film?
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966): This cartoon may have been released in 1966, but "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" is a classic that is here to stay. There is also a live action version that debuted in 2000, but the animated classic is still a favorite among many.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964): The old holiday jingle gave birth to this adorable Claymation movie. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a fantastic animated classic that tells the tale of Rudolph and his misfit friends and their journey to find their place at the North Pole.
- The Chronicles of Narnia (2005): This depiction of C. S. Lewis’ novel is absolutely stunning. The CGI looks wonderful, especially on a big screen and will wow both children and adults. This winter movie might be a bit too scary for young kids, but is still an enchanting tale.
Looking For A Drama?
- The Family Stone (2005): "The Family Stone" is about an uptight and conservative woman meeting her eccentric boyfriend’s family for the first time. Meeting family during the holidays can always get a little dramatic, and this way you can experience it in a movie – without having to experience it firsthand.
- Love Actually (2003): "Love Actually" is a drama/comedy featuring eight different storylines all intertwined. It features a star-studded cast, so it's almost guaranteed that you will catch a glimpse of at least one of your favorite actors or actresses.
- The Holiday (2006): "The Holiday" is a romantic story about how two women swap homes in order to get away from their problems. During this transition, each woman ends up falling for men in her newfound home. If a delightful love story is what you’re in the mood for, this is definitely the one.
In The Mood For A Comedy?
- Elf (2003): "Elf" is a hilarious comedy starring Will Ferrell. The story is about an adopted elf who makes his way from the North Pole and into the real world to discover his true identity. This flick is definitely a must-see, perfect for individuals of all ages.
- A Christmas Story (1983): This Christmas movie is one of the great classic comedies. A young boy growing up in the 40s has to work to convince everyone that a BB gun is the perfect gift, but runs into some lighthearted trouble along the way.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): If you loved the original, you’ll love the holiday version of this move. If you think your holiday is chaotic, watch this movie so you can be grateful that your holiday is a bit more orderly.
Want Something Atypical?
- Bad Santa (2003): If you want a holiday movie without the sugarcoating, this is the perfect choice. "Bad Santa" is about a con man who poses as Santa to help his partner rob department stores on Christmas Eve. This anything-but-cliché crazy comedy will leave you in tears from laughter.
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984): Need your horror fix even during the holidays? This old school thriller will bring you gore, guts and everything in between, all with a holiday twist. The film features a killer dressed as, of course, Santa himself.
- Die Hard (1988): Looking for some holiday themed action? "Die Hard" features Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman fighting their way to escape from terrorists after being taken hostage during a Christmas party.
There are many more holiday movies – enough for one every day of the season! Pick out your favorites and settle in for a fun filled holiday movie night.