Festive films: 10 classic Christmas movies to watch this holiday season


Photo from Travis on FLickr, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.

Photo from Travis on Flickr, New Line Cinema, and Warner Bros.

In the spirit of the winter holidays quickly approaching, here are 10 classic Christmas movies we all know and love. From the comedy-horror Gremlins, to the nostalgic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, take the time to sit back, relax and enjoy these films.

  1. Home Alone

This ‘90s movies is one we most likely grew up with. Seeing Kevin spend a holiday alone, eat anything he wanted, watch whatever he wanted, and even take down bad guys on Christmas Eve? Now that is epic. While you watch, just think about how cool those booby traps are. You’d be lying if you didn’t ever think about recreating this on your own one year.

2. Home Alone 2

You can’t watch the first Home Alone movie and not watch the iconic sequel. Staying home alone on Christmas is one thing, but finding your way in New York City is another. With all of the classic scenes and settings, your desire to visit NYC and experience all the cliches grows stronger as the movie progresses. What are the odds that Kevin gets left alone and encounters the burglars again? Now that’s an interesting Christmas miracle.

3. Elf

It’s an early 2000s movie and we still can’t help but love Will Ferrell’s hilarious character. Comedies set in New York are something you just can’t get enough of during the holiday season. Grab a hot chocolate, get cozy and join Buddy the elf on his adventure through the Big Apple as he learns about human culture during the end of year’s festivities.

4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

What better way to spend a night than to watch a movie with great character development and childhood nostalgia? The Dr. Seuss classic, whether the 1960s animated film or the 2000s live-action adaptation, is one that everyone can enjoy. Watch with your family, a couple of friends, or just you and your computer and prepare for the single tear that sheds once the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes on Christmas.

5. The Santa Clause

In the 1994 comedy, see Tim Allen play the new Santa Claus. From start to finish the Christmas adventure is oh-so funny and intriguing. After finals, we think our responsibilities are tough, but just imagine having to take on the role of Santa on Christmas Eve. Have a laugh as Allen tries to fit the role of Father Christmas.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Yet another nostalgic film for the holiday season. A Tim Burton classic we all know and love is ready for you to press play. Follow Jack Skellington on his journey to Christmas Town and his wild antics throughout the film. Feel free to sing along to the lovable music and enjoy the 1993 stop motion animation.

7. Gremlins

Horror for the holidays? Well, maybe not horror, but a good scare and maybe the creeps. A 1984 comedy-horror about evil little Christmas presents is great for those of us missing the Halloween feel.

8. A Christmas Carol

Watch the forever funny Jim Carrey voice a grumpy and moody old man this winter. In the 2009 re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, you follow Scrooge and his adventure with spirits on Christmas Eve as he looks back on his life as well as what the future may hold for him. Cozy up and watch as Scrooge transforms from a grumpy man with an icy heart to a man with a new, more positive outlook on life.

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Is it really a holiday without a Charlie Brown special? On the shorter, length-wise, side of these Christmas classics, A Charlie Brown Christmas takes only 25 minutes to remind you what the true meaning of Christmas is. The 1965 animation is one you can’t forget this winter.

10. The Polar Express

All aboard! As a child, you may have wished to wake up one night and embark on a train ride to the North Pole. Now, 12 years after the release of the movie, you can still go on the journey from the comfort of your own home. Follow the characters as they learn that the wonder of life never fades if you just believe.