All the shopping, cooking and cleaning during the holiday season can feel exhausting and practically turn you into a humbug. Do you need a quick injection of some holiday spirit? One of our favorite ways to feel festive is watching a holiday film. Here are 10 of our favorite Christmas movies in no particular order, so put out a yummy Christmas Chocolate Pizza, dim the lights, get comfy under a warm blanket and watch one with your friends or family.
1. “A Christmas Carol”
This Charles Dickens tale is a holiday classic, and a new version hits the big screen every few years. Whether you prefer the 1938 movie starring Reginald Owen or a more recent animated or musical adaptation, you are sure to feel a bit jollier after watching it.
For a fun, modern holiday film, choose this 2003 hit starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. It has plenty of silly sight gags, but the heartfelt sentimental message makes it a must-see year after year.
3. “It’s a Wonderful Life”
If you haven’t seen this 1946 masterpiece, make this the year you give it a view. This black-and-white film starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey can melt the iciest of winter hearts with its feel-good happy ending.
4. “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”
This Disney stop-motion film from 1993 is the perfect film to transition from spooky season to the holidays. It’s a winner with adults and children who don’t mind a little creepy with their Christmas.
5. “Love, Actually”
Looking for a rom-com way to usher in the holidays? This 2003 hit is just what you need to feel sappy and seasonal. We also recommend “While You Were Sleeping” or “The Shop Around the Corner” for more rom-com holiday vibes.
6. “Miracle on 34th Street”
Do you believe in Santa Claus? This 1947 holiday film shows you why you should. Watch it to feel a bit of holiday magic, even when you feel less than festive. (We enjoy the 1994 remake too!)
7. “White Christmas”
Colorful costumes, catchy song-and-dance numbers, and snow – what more can you ask for from a must-see holiday film? It features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen doing what they do best.
8. “Home Alone”
Can you imagine being a child left alone for the holidays while the rest of your family jets off on vacation? With this iconic 1990 holiday hit, you don’t have to.
9. “A Christmas Story”
This 1983 movie tells a tale as old as time: a child desperately wants a certain toy for Christmas. That’s a premise nearly anyone can relate to!
10. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
You aren’t the only one who gets a little frustrated during the holidays. Watch this 1989 Chevy Chase movie to have a giggle and remember not to take this season too seriously.
fantastic gift ideas, but remember to also get some for yourself for movie night or any other festive occasion.