10 Classic Holiday Movies

Tuesday, January 25 by Layla Sinclair

For those of you who are ready to get into the holiday spirit, gather around friends and family to watch these 10 classic holiday movies. The following films have feel-good moments and hilarious scenes. So whip up some eggnog and enjoy these movies about family togetherness, holiday magic, and accidental tree lighting electrocutions.

  1. “It’s a Wonderful Life” This film is one of the most classic of holiday movies and should be required viewing come Christmas season. Jimmy Stewart plays a man who has given up on life, but discovers new hope when he is visited by his guardian angel. The movie is sure to give viewers a pick-me-up and represents the true holiday spirit.
  2. “Christmas Vacation” The National Lampoon film is perfect for those who want to watch a classic holiday movie without the sappiness. With its hilarious ensemble cast, this movie provides plenty of slapstick humor. The fiascos that come from family meetings during the holidays are also very relatable.
  3. “The Muppet Christmas Carol” This is a great classic holiday movie that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. The film is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Scrooge story, with muppets and plenty of singing.
  4. “Home Alone” A classic holiday movie staple, “Home Alone” stars a very young and cute Macaulay Culkin, who plays a child accidentally left behind on a family Christmas trip to Paris.  Soon, he finds himself combating robbers played perfectly by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The crazy burglar traps and pranks will make you feel like a kid again. 
  5. “A Christmas Story” Set in the 1940’s, this classic holiday movie tells the story of Ralphie, who only wants a BB gun for Christmas. Instead, he gets lectured about guns by his strict teachers, his dysfunctional but hilarious family, and even Santa Claus. Watch this great film to see if Ralphie ever receives his Christmas wish.
  6. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” This Tim Burton masterpiece tells the story of Jack Skellington, King of Halloweentown. He one day stumbles upon the land of Christmas and attempts to recreate his own version of the holiday to the horror of its residents. This is classic holiday movie that serves double duty as both a Halloween and Christmas film.
  7. “Miracle on 34th Street” This is the perfect classic holiday movie to watch with children. The movie tells the story of a store Santa Claus who claims to be the real deal. All the children believe him, but he leaves the adults so doubtful that he is declared insane. In a finale court scene, Santa sets out to prove his existence to children and adults alike.
  8. “Bad Santa” This may not be a traditional, feel-good Santa Claus story, but it’s perfect for those who want to celebrate the holidays and don’t mind things getting a bit raunchy. Billy Bob Thornton plays an alcoholic burglar who uses a Santa Claus disguise to rob local malls. Soon, however, he unwillingly finds himself developing a conscience.
  9. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Watching the green Grinch is a holiday tradition every Christmas season. You also have the choice of either watching the 1960’s cartoon version or Ron Howard’s live action film starring Jim Carrey. Both versions are funny and heartwarming.
  10. “Love Actually” This ensemble British film is one of the most recently released movies on the list, but it has become a classic holiday movie nonetheless. The plot revolves around several intertwining stories of people finding love in unexpected places during the holiday season. The film has plenty of laughs and features appearances from stars like Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, and Liam Neeson.
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