Today marks the official first day of winter and what can be better than watching holiday movies with family and friends? Tweens have outgrown watching Rudolph and Frosty, yet they are at the perfect age to finally sit through a holiday classic with you. The holiday films on this list are great to watch all throughout the holiday season, so grab a blanket, pop the popcorn and let’s go to the movies!
Arthur Christmas (2011)
The film revolves around Santa’s youngest son Arthur Christmas and his quest to complete an urgent mission before dawn breaks on Christmas day. Animated.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
The classic Charles Dickens story of A Christmas Carol never gets old. Jim Carrey lends his voice in this remake to play the grouchy Ebeneezer Scrooge as ghosts make him see his miser ways. Animated.
A Christmas Story (1983)
Set in the 1940’s A Christmas Story centres around young Ralphie who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas despite opposition from his parents, teacher and even Santa himself.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
With their daughter away for Christmas, parents (played by Tim Allen and Jaime Lee Curtis) decide to skip Christmas altogether. That is until their daughter decides to return at the last minute for Christmas with the Kranks.
The Christmas Shoes (2002)
The Christmas Shoes is a touching story about a young boy looking to buy his dying mother a pair of Christmas shoes and a lawyer (Rob Lowe) who is in a failing marriage and how fate brought the two together. Made for TV movie.
Deck the Halls (2006)
Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick play neighbours that despise each other in Deck the Halls as they try to outdo each other over the Christmas season.
Elf stars Will Ferrell as a man raised by elves at the North Pole who goes to New York City to find his natural birth father.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jim Carrey is virtually unrecognizable as the miserable Grinch in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Home Alone (1990), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
The original Home Alone film remains the best of the franchise as an 8 year-old boy is accidentally left behind at home as his family travels on a Christmas holiday. The fun starts when bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern) decide to take on the boy and the house. Home Alone 2 takes place in New York City and seeing the city decked out for Christmas along with the Christmas songs played throughout the film really gets you into the holiday spirit.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Frank Capra classic stars James Stewart as down and out businessman George Bailey who with help from an angel sees what life would be like if he had never existed. It’s a Wonderful Life is the ultimate Christmas classic.
Jack Frost (1998)
Jack Frost stars Michael Keaton as a father full of empty promises who dies in a car accident. One year later, he comes back as a snowman and he uses this time to make amends with his son.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a dad on a Christmas mission in Jingle All the Way. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his son the impossible to find Turbo Man action figure.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street is a warm hearted Christmas tale about a no nonsense department store executive who has raised her daughter to suspend all disbelief with folklore and fantasy who hires a mild mannered old man to play a department store Santa. The man claims to be the real Kris Kringle and is jailed despite being a huge success at the store. It’s up to the executive’s lawyer friend to prove Kris Kringle’s existence to the world and to the executive and her daughter.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
The hilarious story of the Griswold family as they prepare for Christmas. One thing after another goes wrong, yet nothing seems to phase Clark Griswold as he prepares his family for a Christmas Vacation.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Is it a Halloween or Christmas film or perhaps both? Tim Burton’s story of The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town who gets bored and finds his way to Christmas Town. He returns to try to get the frightful folks of Halloween Town to celebrate Christmas. Animated.
The Polar Express (2004)
It’s Christmas Eve and a young disbelieving boy gets the ride of his life as he boards The Polar Express, a magical train that takes him to the North Pole. Animated.
The Santa Clause (1994)
The real Santa disappears during Christmas Eve and it’s up to Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) to fill his shoes in The Santa Clause.
White Christmas (1954)
The Bing Crosby holiday classic White Christmas tells the story of former Army pals turn successful musical duo who find love with a sister act. They combine their musical talents to try to save a Victorian Inn that belongs to their former commanding general.
What’s your favourite holiday movie?
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