• Sara Michalowicz

Christmas movies you should binge-watch

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It’s that time of the year! The weather outside is getting colder and soon enough it will be snowing. So grab a blanket and some hot chocolate and bundle up on the couch and watch some of these funny, classic, and entertaining holiday films.

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – Ranked #1 on nearly all lists for Christmas movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a holiday classic. This film deserves an annual viewing by all. Watch as a guardian angel helps a compassionate but frustrated businessman learn that it’s not money that makes you rich.

  • A Christmas Story (1983) – This classic story has made us laugh year-after-year as it is played repeatedly on TV as Christmas nears. Watch this nostalgic and humorous film as young Ralphie tries to convince everyone, including Santa Clause, that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is the perfect gift.

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – If you’re looking for humor this holiday season, this is the movie for you. The Griswold family prepares for a big family Christmas, which is bound to turn into a disaster, as a domino effect of problems occur and begin to drive the whole family crazy.

  • Home Alone Trilogy (1990, 1992, 1997) – Yes… all of them. In the first installment, young Kevin is left home alone during the holidays and is left to protect his home from a pair of burglars. In the second, Kevin is at is again but in New York City, fighting off the same two criminals. In the third, we follow a new character, Alex, who is home sick with the chicken pox, fending off thieves trying to retrieve a microchip from his toy car.

  • The Santa Clause (1994) – The first installment of the trilogy, “The Santa Clause” is a fun film for everyone. Tim Allen stars as an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Clause to fall from his room on Christmas Eve. He then takes a trip to the North Pole where he discovers he must become the new Santa.

  • Jingle All the Way (1996) – We have all experienced last minute holiday shopping and how stressful it can be, so we can all relate to this film. Watch as a father realizes that every store is sold out of the must-have Turbo Man action figure and does everything he can to get one under their Christmas tree.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – Being the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was an immense success. Starring the hilarious Jim Carrey, this film is a comedy for the whole family, as we watch the cynical Grinch try to steal Christmas from all those living in Whoville.

  • Love Actually (2003) – This Christmas-themed romantic comedy follows the lives of ten very different couples as they deal with their own love stories. As the movie progresses, their love stories are shown to be loosely interlinked with one another. If you love love and the holidays, this is a must watch!

  • Elf (2003) – With the help of Will Ferrell’s hilarity and his charming performance, “Elf” is full of cheer and good-natured comedy as he plays the part of one of Santa’s helpers who was sent from the North Pole to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

  • The Polar Express (2004) – Who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? Watch this breathtaking animation as Hanks brilliantly voices 6 different characters, all of which interact with a young boy who embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Along the way, he learns about friendship, bravery, and of course, the spirit of Christmas.

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