The Best Holiday Movies to Watch

By Tim 

Have I ever told you how much I love Christmas? It really is my favorite holiday. Everything from the festive lights, to the warm feelings of love, and to the joyous gifts to give all around. Christmas time is a special time and the winter weather coupled with the warmth of families getting together makes it all the more special. 

Of course, I realize that not everyone likes Christmas or celebrates something else entirely, but for me Christmas will always have that special place in my heart. 

Christmas always makes classics! Some of the best movies have a central theme of this amazing holiday! Unlike some other films… (AHEM, Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, New Years Eve, etc.) 

I can go on and on about how much of a blatant cash grab those films are. But that’s totally a discussion for another time. 

Anyhow, without further ado, lets get started! 

There are no spoilers so don’t worry! 😉

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5) Home Alone 

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Watching this made me want to build homemade security traps hahaha!

Christmas is mainly a backdrop for this film, but it’s still regarded as a classic. I believe this was the highest grossing live action comedy for a while until The Hangover 2 took its place. Regardless this movie was a hit and not without reason. 

Admittedly, I never watched this movie in my childhood. I actually saw it when I was 16 in high school hahahaha. 

Home Alone was fun and overall a good time, I thought it showed the innocent wisdom and creativity of a child very well. There are some great themes in there for the kids and overall I think it’s a classic holiday film if you want slapstick laughs and a good time.

4) Jingle All the Way 

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GET TO THE CHOPPE-* I MEAN GET TO THE MALL!!!

TURBO MAN. Enough said. 

This movie is by no means a “great” film but it’s a stupid fun time you can have with your family. It shows how much of a frenzy people get into during the holiday season to shop for gifts (just go to your local mall next year during the week of Christmas and see the insanity unfold). Of course, in the film it’s highly dramatized, but it’s definitely something that everyone who went shopping for gifts can sympathize with and the kids can laugh at. 

Also, bonus points for Jake Lloyd back when he wasn’t pod racing in the streets. 

3) Elf 

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One of the best holiday films out there!

This movie was hysterical. It really isn’t often you see Will Ferrell doing comedic stuff for kids. He’s more geared towards the adult crowd but I guess like Jack Black he decided to branch out a bit and do something for the children. And wow did he kill it in this movie. 

Despite being a kids movie at heart, the movie itself will leave you in stitches. It’s absolutely hilarious to watch this grown human man walk around in an elf costume inexplicably naive to the world around him outside of Santa’s workshop. Even though the majority of the humor is innocent, the movie is enjoyable and good wholehearted fun for the entire family. Everyone can laugh at this funny holiday film! 

2) The Nightmare Before Christmas 

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The Pumpkin King himself!

You know what’s great about this movie? It’s that you can watch it on two different holidays! 

The overarching production design is Halloween but the theme and the story revolve around Christmas traditions! The iconic pairing known as Jack and Sally is incredible as well as all the other characters (they also make pretty expensive Funko Pops hahaha).

It’s a fun (albeit sort of creepy) stop motion with impressive animation and really talented singing! Definitely a movie for the holidays as much as it is for Halloween. The crossover blends well (almost)! Spooky fun time for everyone! 

1) It’s a Wonderful Life

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You can’t not watch this movie in your lifetime. 

I don’t really need much explanation for this, do I? 

It’s a classic. It’s regarded as one of the best films ever made by many critics and the AFI. 

The acting. The story. The direction. All of it. If you can’t decide on any Christmas film to watch, this is always the go to.

Honorable Mentions:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and of course Die Hard.  

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I hope my list has helped some or was informative in some way. Let me know if you agree or disagree! What did I miss? 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic new year! 

Love,

The GOAT Family. 

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