The Christmas holiday is less than a week away! If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get in the holiday spirit! Whether you’re looking for ways to snuggle up to your family or looking for ways to avoid them, these 15 movies will be sure to get you through the holiday weekend with your sanity intact.
15-Jingle All the Way
It’s Christmas. It’s Ahnold. It’s not a tumah! This movie is hilarious. Ahnold plays Howard Langston, who promises his son that he will get him the hottest toy of the season Turbo-Man. He runs into Sinbad, who is after the same toy, and hilarity ensues. It’s an easy watch with lots of funny moment, plus you get to see Ahnold try to keep his cool while dealing with holiday shopper and workers. It’s not Citizen Kane, but it’s a good time.
Bill Murray plays Frank Cross (the Ebenezer Scrooge character) whom, after firing an employee on Christmas Eve, is visited by the ghosts of past, present, and future who give him a chance see how his actions have affected the lives of those around him, and give him a chance to make it right.
13-Muppet Christmas Carol
It’s the Muppets! Another version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but with Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. The story is the same but with Muppets!
Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidently left home while his family goes on Christmas vacation to Paris. He must deal with taking care of himself, cooking for himself, and two burglars who seem hell bent on robbing his house. Seriously, why didn’t they just go to a different house? Ah, Macaulay Culkin. You used to be so adorable.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his ex-wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. When her company Christmas party is taken over by terrorist who hold the building, and everyone in it, hostage he has to rise to the occasion and save the day! Not your typical Christmas movie, but c’mon. It’s Die Hard. Like I need an excuse to watch Die Hard.
Billy Peltzer gets a very unusual gift for Christmas, a mogwai. An adorable little creature with a very specific set of care instructions. Billy breaks, pretty much, all of these rules immediately. The result is a group of evil gremlins being created from Gizmo, the original (super adorable) mogwai. The gremlins wreak havoc on the town and it’s up to Billy, his girlfriend Kate, and his buddy Pete to save Christmas.
9-It’s a Wonderful Life
A Christmas classic. The story of George Bailey, who makes a wish that he had never been born. After an angel make his wish come true, George starts to realize just how many lives he’s touched. This movie would be higher on my list but, even though it has a happy ending, it always bummed me out! I know it all works out in the end, but you have to go through so much just to get there!
8-A Christmas Story
This beloved holiday movie stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder air rifle, that and to not get beaten up by the school bully.
7-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
There are many versions of the story of the Grinch. The one I love the most stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch. I’m a little biased because I absolutely love Jim Carrey. The story is mostly the same, The Grinch hates Christmas and wants to ruin it for everyone. Jim Carrey plays up his physical comedy and, while it is very funny, there are also a lot of very heartfelt moments that will make your heart grown three sizes.
6-The Nightmare before Christmas-
Tim Burton’s Halloween/Christmas classic is perfect from October to January. A lot of people still argue whether it’s a Halloween or Christmas movie but, I say, it’s good any time of year. It’s the story of Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King, who has grown tired of Halloween. He stumbles upon Christmastown and decides he would make a much better Santa than the current dude. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t.
Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel star in this Christmas comedy about a human baby who accidently gets taken up to the North Pole and, 30 years later, has to return to the human world. He, hilariously, struggles to deal with the fact that most people are cynical, jaded jerks who couldn’t care less about Christmas. Zooey Deschanel plays a shop girl who Will Ferrell becomes infatuated with. Probably because she looks like an adorable elf.
4-The Santa Clause
This was a movie I used to watch all year round. It stars Tim Allen, as Scott Calvin, a divorced man spending Christmas with his son. He and his son accidently kill a man in a Santa suit who is hanging out on their roof (kind of dark, actually). Now Scott must take the place of Old Saint Nick and it’s quite the learning process. This was made in the prime of Tim Allen’s career, but it does age pretty well. I still watch this movie every Christmas.
Beverly D’angelo and Chevy Chase return for the Christmas version of the original Vacation film. The Griswold’s are prepping to have the perfect Christmas when some unexpected family members decide to show up and spend the holiday with them. It’s a classic National Lampoon movie with plenty of laughs and it really is Chevy Chase in his prime. I miss this Chevy Chase.
This movie made me want to have 5 kids—then I had one and was like, never mind. The story, about a family coming together for Christmas, stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Diane Keaton, and Rachel McAdams. This one gets a little bit sad near the end, but the rest is heartwarming and funny. I love Rachel McAdams as the mean, judgmental sister and Luke Wilson as the stoner brother is hilarious.
Love Actually has become a Christmas classic among Anglophiles. The ensemble comedy about the Christmas season in the UK features some of Britain’s biggest starts including; Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman. It’s the perfect blend of humor, heart, and hot British men! Bonus: a young Rick Grimes before he moves to Atlanta, grows a beard, and loses his accent!
Hopefully these movies will help you get through the holiday, whatever you may be doing. Happy Holidays for everyone here at 6NC!