The top 15 movies to watch this holiday season

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Jade Pinkowitz

The holiday season is approaching fast. Binge watch these movies before the holiday spirit disappears.

The holiday season has already begun: Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over and those jingle bells are ringing. If you get stuck inside during a snow day, grab some hot chocolate and curl up to watch these holiday movies.

15) Elf

This movie is funny and an entertaining movie to watch during the holiday season. The cast, including Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, and James Caan, is an incredible mix of actors. And the plot of the film really is original.

Rated: PG

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

14) It’s a Wonderful Life

The movie is in black and white, which is the most Gen-Z reason to put this movie at the bottom of the list, but it’s a very classic movie. It might raise slight existential crises, but what good movie doesn’t? It does have somewhat of a dark undertone but still brings a warmth to your heart as George Bailey sees the impact he’s made.

Rated: Not Rated

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

13) Love Actually

I was told that I had to include this movie, but honestly, it’s never been my favorite. While the scene where Mark confesses his love for Juliet is romantic, it’s also quite disturbing. As a young woman growing up in the age of normalized sexual harassment, the idea of a guy you don’t like showing up at your door when your husband is on the couch is upsetting. I mean, what if her husband had answered the door instead? I just don’t think it’s as cute as others believe it to be.

Rated: R

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, HBO

12) A Charlie Brown Christmas

The sad, tiny tree that Charlie Brown uses in an attempt to rebuild the Christmas spirit is reason enough to watch this movie. Plus, who doesn’t love the Peanuts gang?

Rated: TV-G

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play

11) When Harry Met Sally

Ok so technically this isn’t really a Christmas movie, but the most iconic scene of the movie takes place on New Year’s Eve so I had to include it anyways. “Because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” The other truly iconic scene in this movie has nothing to do with the holidays but it’s one of the best scenes to ever exist.

Rated: R

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Showtime (with subscription)

10) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

The first Home Alone movie is one of the most iconic Christmas movies but this movie is definitely a great one to watch. In fact, I highly recommend curling up with blankets and hot chocolate to watch a Home Alone movie marathon.

Rated: PG

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Disney+

9) The Nightmare Before Christmas

I consider this a Halloween movie, but I was told I had to include it.

Rated: PG

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Disney+

8) Lethal Weapon (1987)

Let’s get one thing straight, even though Lethal Weapon is an action/crime movie, the entire movie takes place during Christmas, which makes it a Christmas movie.

Rated: R

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu

7) The Santa Clause

I feel like this movie isn’t as widely known as some other Christmas movies but it is one of my favorites. Tim Allen is actually a great Santa Claus and the movie captures the magic of Christmas perfectly… except for Santa dying.

Rated: G

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Disney+

6) Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Scrooge is probably one of the most known Christmas-related characters. Jim Carrey is also an amazing actor and even though it’s just his voice, he portrays the part so well.

Rated: PG

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, STARZ (with subscription)

5) The Polar Express

I remember curling up with hot chocolate, mini marshmallows, and a blanket during a snow day to watch this when I was a little kid. It was one of my favorite movies and even though I haven’t seen it in a while, watching it is definitely an awesome way to spend an evening with friends or family.

Rated: G

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Yet another Jim Carrey movie makes the list! If you don’t know the classic Dr. Seuss story that the movie is based on, you need to read it immediately. Also, Cindy Lou Who is one of the most adorable characters to exist. This is a great family movie to watch on a snow day or after a long day of school work/school.

Rated: PG

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Netflix

3) A Christmas Story

“You’ll shoot your eye out.” ICONIC.

Leg lamp. ICONIC.

The tongue stuck on a frozen pole. ICONIC.

Getting kicked in the face by Santa. ICONIC.

Watching someone cut the head off a duck. ICONIC.

This movie is definitely one of the best out there and you cannot convince me otherwise.

Rated: PG

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

2) Home Alone

MARV! HARRY! KEVINNNNNN! *yelling*

Some people argue that this movie isn’t great, but honestly, it’s probably one of the best movies I watched when I was younger. My younger brother and I just watched this movie last week and I still loved every bit of it. I can quote multiple lines from this movie but in a way, that makes it all the more fun to watch.

Rated: PG

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Disney+

1) Die Hard

Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie.” I’m gonna stop you right there — it is. Just like with Lethal Weapon, being an action movie doesn’t disqualify it from being a Christmas movie. The movie took place during Christmas. They were at a holiday party. It’s a Christmas movie, and it’s the best one.

Rated: R

Available on: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Crackle

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