It may be springtime, but there is still a chill in the air. It seems like now is a great time to get a little warm and cheery, and binge on some holiday classics. Here are ten Christmas themed movies that hold up well all year-round.
If you’re looking for a good laugh (and who isn’t?) then look no further than Elf. While this movie is about as Christmas themed as it gets, the whacky antics of Will Ferrell as Buddy The Elf will have you rolling on the floor, forgetting all about the fact that it isn’t even December. Buddy celebrated his favorite holiday all year (in his own way), and there’s no reason we can’t do the same. This movie does a great job of teaching us about love and acceptance, through the wonderful spirit of Christmas.
The Polar Express
The animation in this holiday classic starring Tom Hanks will brighten anyone’s day. Let your imagination run wild, and hop aboard the train for a fantastic journey that will excite viewers of all ages! The soundtrack is fun and inspiring, from Hanks himself singing a hip-shaking tune about never letting the hot chocolate cool, to the last scene featuring Steven Tyler’s “Rockin’ On Top Of The World.” When it ends, it feels like a huge celebration, and allows us to all be grateful in the moment.
This animated short is perfect for a cozy family night. If you have just 27 minutes to spare, it’s totally worth it. You’d think a film called The Snowman would be all about Christmas, but for the most part it isn’t. It focuses on the sheer joy a child can experience just from being outside and playing in the snow. This may bring back fond Christmas memories for a lot of people, but it’s so much more than that. There is no dialogue in the feature, but the music and animation (especially the facial gestures) will move you in a powerful way. This is one that is worthy of being passed down to future generations.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
If you’re not quite in the Christmas mood yet, then this is definitely one you should put on. Dr. Seuss’ tale about The Grinch, a sneaky, furry, mischievous animal who hates Christmas, will remind you of what is so great about the holiday in the first place. Despite all of his fussing and complaining over the Christmas festivities, he eventually gives in and celebrates with everyone else. That is the true power of this wonderful holiday we all love.
Jingle All The Way
This zany film often gets overlooked, but its perfect mix of action and comedy will have you laughing all the way to December 25th. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad star as two dads, trying their hardest to get their hands on a coveted Turbo-Man toy, to give to each of their sons for Christmas. The movie criticizes the commercialism of Christmas, and the ridiculousness of unruly Black Friday shoppers, in many hilarious ways. It also forces the characters (and viewers) to focus on what should matter the most, even if it’s not Christmas, and that’s family.
This movie doesn’t actually take place on Christmas, but it works really well as a selection for a Christmas binge. Kids all over the world absolutely love this movie. The snow and frozen landscapes go hand-in-hand with memories of Christmas past, or just warm, cozy nights in general. The message that love is the secret to controlling Elsa’s magic is something we can all use in our daily lives. Frozen will make you yearn for Christmas, and snow, and all the joy that comes with it.
This is another film about a boy and his snowman come to life, only this time the snowman is his recently deceased father. This one can be pretty silly at times (you really have to let your mind go along for the ride), but also quite touching. Just make sure you have a box of tissues nearby, because Keaton’s portrayal of Jack Frost can easily catch you off guard in the most sentimental, heart-filled way.
It’s A Wonderful Life
This film is adored, and watched, by millions of people during the holiday season. It’s easy to see why, even though it isn’t centered around Christmas. It starts on Christmas Eve, but it is a time of despair and confusion for one man. Those feelings are eventually defeated with a strong message of love and hope. It focuses on the importance of friends of family throughout a person’s life, and how that person treats them. It does a fantastic job at turning a negative train of thought into a positive one, and helps us realize we all have a life worth living. That is why it’s such a great film to revisit, regardless of what month it is.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
It doesn’t get much more classic than A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charlie is the exact opposite of The Grinch. The beauty of this animated film is that is shows how anyone can find the magic of Christmas, even when they’re least expecting it. Nothing brings more happiness to Charlie than celebrating his favorite holiday. We should all feel this way, and we should all do what brings us joy, no matter what time of year it is! It’s always great to revisit the message that love is the greatest gift of all.
Let’s face it: Home Alone is always a good time. This breakthrough hit starring Macaulay Culkin has stood the test of time like no other. The reason is that it delivers everything we want in a movie: it’s fun, exciting, and heart-warming. It’s a classic case of the bad guys losing and getting what they deserve. Even if this film didn’t take place during Christmastime, it would still tug the heartstrings of viewers. When Kevin finally reconnects with his family, it is such a magical moment that is not only perfect for Christmas, but also for any day of the year.
Let us know what holiday films you will be binging on during the coming weeks!