’Tis the season: Holiday movies that are a must see

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor


Naomi Ludlow

The holiday season is quickly approaching and the semester is coming to an end. With plenty of free time, this is the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit by watching some of your favorite holiday movies. Below is a list of 18 movies that will bring you some holiday cheer.

1. Home Alone (1990): This comedy follows a young boy (Macaulay Culkin) during his time spent alone for the holidays when his family leaves him behind. This will keep you and your family laughing at the mischievous ways he tries to keep safe.

2. This Christmas (2007): The Whitfields come together for the holidays, and this movie depicts the reality of a family. There are secrets, brawls and laughter. This is the first time the Whitfields are all together in years, so you never know what to expect.

3. The Santa Clause (1994): When a divorced dad, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), unexpectedly kills Santa Clause, it becomes his duty to fill that place. He thinks he is dreaming, but the duties of Santa Clause grow bigger every day. Will Scott Calvin pull off being Santa?

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): The green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for all the citizens of Whoville.

5. Elf (2003): Buddy (Will Ferrell) spends his entire life growing up in the North Pole. He doesn’t believes that he fits in, so he goes on the journey of finding his real father.

6. The Best Man Holiday (2013): This sequel to The Best Man follows a group of friends and their spouses during the holiday season. After a long time apart, the friends find out there is more to this gathering than they expected.

7. A Christmas Carol (2009): Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is lacking the cheeriness everyone else has for Christmas. Three ghosts take him through his past, present and future in hopes to relieve his bitterness.

8. The Night Before (2015): A trio of lifelong friends gather to continue their tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve. Their tradition is coming to an end as one (Seth Rogen) is about to become a father, so these three go all out this one last time. This comedy will bring lots of laughter.

9. The Polar Express (2004): An adventure to the North Pole is more than life-changing to a young boy. He goes on a journey of self-discovery.

10. A Christmas Story (1983): This movie follows Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who tries to avoid his bully (Zack Ward). He dreams of receiving the perfect gift from his parents. He hopes to make it to Christmas Day all in one piece.

11. Christmas with the Kranks (2004): A couple, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis, are looking to spend their Christmas a little different with a Caribbean cruise. They are ridiculed by their neighbors for lacking Christmas spirit.

12. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): This animated series gives its take on the holidays with Charlie Brown. It follows him and friends as they understand the true meaning of Christmas.

13. Bad Santa (2003): Playing a mall Santa (Billy Bob Thornton), the main character finds a way to rip off the stores in the outlet. Every year, he comes up with a devious plan, but this year he reflects on whether this life is for him.

14. Four Christmases (2008): A couple’s holiday plans fall short, and they are stuck with their families they tried to get away from this year.

15. Eloise at Christmastime (2003): Eloise is back again, but with a different motive. This 6 year-old girl is putting her matchmaking skills to work this holiday season.

16. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): The mixture of Halloween and Christmas is brought forward in this movie. Jack Skellington tries to have Christmas under his control once he finds out about Christmastown.

17. Love Actually (2003): Nine stories come together with a commonality of love. This movie follows these people in their hopes to find true love.

18. Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (2018): The sequel to the 2000 movie Life-Size follows a CEO of Marathon Toy Company as she experiences a quarter-life crisis. Her old doll awakens to help her get back on track.


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