One of my favorite parts of this season are all the fun holiday movies to watch. Many of these are movies I grew up watching so it’s nostalgic to introduce them to my husband and stepdaughter who are relatively new to the whole Christmas movie thing. Our toddler isn’t much of a movie watcher yet (unless it’s Moana), so I’m sure we’ll be changing up this list in the future.
Nothing beats cuddling up on the cough with my family, with snacks of fresh out of the oven cookies or popcorn and enjoying a movie together to celebrate the holidays. I love seeing their faces light up with the sight of Santa and singing along to the songs.
By far one of my all-time favorite movies. My brother and I LOVED this movie growing up. Kevin McCallister’s adventure of taking down home burglars while being left home alone while his family goes overseas is hilarious. I know this entire movie by heart, word for word and often quote from it in my everyday life. Sorry, not sorry.
I love Will Ferrell and this movie is one of his best. Buddy the Elf’s journey to NYC to meet his dad and drum up some Christmas spirit is adorable, hilarious and fun for the whole family. Again, you will find me quoting this movie on the regular, it’s just so freaking funny.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
It’s a beaut Clark! Hahahaha, just thinking of this movie makes me giggle. Clark W Griswold wants nothing more than a good ole fashioned family Christmas. However, he gets much more than he bargained for when Cousin Eddie shows up unexpectedly and chaos ensues. Definitely a must-see if you haven’t already.
The Santa Clause
My stepdaughter really took to this movie last year. It was her first Christmas ever and she was obsessed with the notion of Santa, so this movie about a ‘scrooge-like’ dad who becomes Santa and all the magic it entails really got her going. Even this year when she asks how does Santa go to homes without a chimney I remind her of this movie how he magically makes a fireplace appear. The sequels aren’t too bad either.
This was one of my favorites as a kid and inevitably gave me the desire to want a reindeer to call my own. Jessica finds an injured reindeer and inevitably believes it’s one of Santa’s and hides him in their barn to help him get better before Christmas. This movie could also be where my love of Sam Elliott started, even if he’s kind of a grump in this movie.
Frosty The Snowman
This movie always brings back memories of sitting in my grandma’s living room with my cousins watching it before dinner and presents on Christmas Eve. It’s the older animated classic, and so dear to my heart. We’ve already watched it twice this year, and I imagine we’ll be watching it again very soon.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I love the original animated version because it was a movie I grew up watching and absolutely loved. The newer live-action movie starring Jim Carey is great too — he’s an awesome Grinch. Both bring home the message of what really matters in the holiday season.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Another oldie, but goodie. I actually enjoy all the Rankin Bass Classics like this that come on during the holidays: Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, A Year Without Santa Claus, Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July and more. All the regular holiday classics that are great for kids.
Charlie Brown Christmas
And yet another childhood classic. I love all the Charlie Brown holiday movies, but the Christmas special is definitely my favorite. I remember watching this at school when I was younger as well as at home all the time during the holiday season. It’s another movie that showcases what Christmas and the holidays should really be about and even though the original debuted in the 60s — it’s messages and lesson are still relevant today.
Another more adult movie, but still nothing the kids will be traumatized about — this star-studded casts intertwines the lives of several relationships and families during the month leading up to Christmas.
These movies are all staples in our holiday movie watching marathon, but not particularly my favorites.
Miracle on 34th Street
A Christmas Story
It’s a Wonderful Life
Home Alone 2
Christmas with the Kranks
I love starting new traditions with my family and bringing back memories from my own childhood. Holiday movies were always a big part of my holiday season growing up and I love sharing that with my kids. I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.
What are some your family’s favorite holiday movies to watch?