It is officially my favorite time of the year; holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc, everyone can agree that there’s something about this time of year that is just lovely. One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to curl up with some hot tea or hot cocoa and watch a holiday-themed film. I thought I’d share my top 10 favorites with you, in no particular order. This is perfect for a date, a family night or even just Netflix and chill with yo’self. Enjoy!
Jingle All The Way
This movie is hilarious.It stars the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger as Howard Langston, a clueless dad who doesn’t seem to prioritize his family. He realizes last minute that he has forgotten the one thing his son wants most- a TurboMan action figure. Schwarzenegger goes on a quest for the toy, and hilarity ensues. It’s heartwarming, it’s funny, it’s totally cheesy and I love it.
The Bishop’s Wife
Fair warning, this movie is hella old. It’s in black & white, but if you can deal with that, it’s such a good film. It’s a classic, starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. An angel, played by Grant, enters a Henry Brougham’s (Niven) life to help him build a new cathedral and repair his marriage. I remember watching this a long, long time ago with my dad, so it has a special memory to it. It’s a sweet movie, and one of the greats.
A Christmas Story
Was there ever a more quotable holiday movie? I think not.This is the classic-ist of the classic Christmas movies, in my opinion. Who hasn’t seen this movie?! I love it because there are so many memorable moments, and it’s frankly so weird. I promise this film is the reason I won’t put my tongue to anything frozen, to this day. Also, the kid who plays Ralphie looks nearly identical to my brother when he was a kid. There’s so much to love about this movie, and even though it’s on a constant loop at this time, I don’t hate it.
All-star cast? Check. Romance? Check. Crazy intertwined sub-plots? Check. This movie has it all. It’s sappy, it’s cheesy, it’s funny, it’s romantic. I adore this, not only during the holidays, but all year round. I honestly can’t decide which story-line is my favorite, because they’re all so good. Watch it with your girlfriends, force your boyfriend to watch it, or watch it by yourself because you deserve it.
I mean, this wouldn’t be a holiday film list without mentioning Elf. I love how fun and unabashedly Christmassy this film is. It’s so quotable, and has the sweetest moments in it. It reminds us all to remember what’s important in life to to keep the holiday spirit alive. If you’ve never seen it, it’s sure to be on loop the whole holiday season.
Any Harry Potter movie
I don’t know why these are considered holiday films, but I always think to watch them during the holidays. I remember going to see them around Christmastime when they were coming out, so that’s probably why. I think the most Christmassy is the first one, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Better yet, start at the beginning and watch your way through.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloween + Christmas=best movie ever. Not just for holidays, but all the time. This is an absolute classic. It’s Disney without being so sweet, it’s Tim Burton without being so extra strange. The songs are great. Jack the Pumpkin King is the best lead character ever and his love story with Sally is so cute. I just really love this movie.
What kid’s dream isn’t a house to themselves, getting to do whatever they want? This film is so funny and wild and far-fetched that it just works. The sequels are absolute rubbish, but the original is still one of my fave holiday movies. Plus, the quote above is my holiday slogan always.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I didn’t like this movie when it first came out, but it’s grown on me. As a adult the Grinch is so freakin’ relatable and hilarious I can’t help but love him. I was never a fan of the Grinch as a child, but I love the backstory aspect in this film. He’s positively hideous, and Jim Carey does an amazing job of making him lovehateable. I’ll definitely be watching this in the next few weeks.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Ok so this movie is pretty outdated, but I can’t help but love it. It’s a must-see for me. It has a great lesson about judging people, and the song is one of my faves. The Island of Misfit Toys is probably the best part. It takes me back to my childhood and I just really enjoy watching it.
There you have it, my Top Ten Holiday films! Hopefully you can squeeze in some time this season to cuddle up with some hot cocoa and get your movie marathon on. Do you agree with my picks? Have I missed any? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below! As always, thanks for reading & stay golden.