Christmas is a time for family, friends, food, and…films! If you’re looking for the best Christmas movies to watch this year, then look no further. Whether you’re a fan of classic yuletide stories or modern fare, we’ve got ten amazing choices here that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season!
1) It’s A Wonderful Life
For a timeless classic, it’s hard to beat ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ This 1946 classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, this iconic tale follows George Bailey as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas after his guardian angel shows him what life would be like if he had never been born. It’s a heartwarming tale about the importance of family and friendship that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
2) Home Alone
For a bit of Christmas comedy that the whole family can enjoy, you’ve got to check out ‘Home Alone.’ This 1990 film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left at home while his family heads off to Paris for the holidays. Kevin is forced to defend his home from two bumbling burglars, all while trying to keep his composure and stay out of trouble.
3) The Polar Express
If you’re looking for a bit of holiday magic, then ‘The Polar Express is a perfect choice. This 2004 animated musical adventure follows a young boy as he boards a mysterious train to the North Pole. Along the way, he meets an enchanting cast of characters who help him explore friendship and belief in Santa Clause.
For those searching for something funny and lighthearted, check out ‘Elf’ starring Will Ferrell. This 2003 film follows Buddy the Elf, a human raised as an elf in Santa’s workshop who decides to travel from the North Pole to New York in search of his real father. Along the way, he teaches everyone he meets the true meaning of Christmas.
5) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
For a movie that will make you laugh out loud, ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is one of the best. This 1989 classic stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, who plans on having the perfect holiday for his family. However, things soon go awry when his overly optimistic plans are thwarted by his eccentric relatives.
6) A Christmas Carol
For a dark and mysterious take on the season, ‘A Christmas Carol’ is an excellent choice. This 2009 adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic novel stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who shows him the error of his ways.
7) The Nightmare Before Christmas
For a movie that’s equal parts spooky and festive, check out ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ This 1993 classic follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of HalloweenTown, as he discovers a portal to Christmas Town and decides to take over the holiday. However, his plan soon goes awry when he realizes that Christmas is more complicated than he expected.
8) Love Actually
For a romantic comedy with a Christmas twist, check out ‘Love Actually.’ This 2003 British film follows nine intertwined stories of love and loss during the Christmas season. This highly-acclaimed movie stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, and Liam Neeson, making it an ideal holiday watch for fans of British cinema.
9) How The Grinch Stole Christmas
For a family adventure that’s sure to please everyone, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is a perfect choice. This 2000 live-action remake of the classic cartoon stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch, a bitter green creature who attempts to ruin Christmas for all of Who-ville by stealing their presents and decorations.
10) The Holiday
Finally, for those looking for something truly special this holiday season, there’s ‘The Holiday.’ This 2006 romantic comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who decide to swap homes for the holidays in an attempt to escape their troubles. Along the way, they discover unexpected love and learn valuable lessons about life.
Enjoy the Festive Night
No matter what type of Christmas movies you’re looking for this year, there’s something for everyone. From classic favorites to the latest releases, you’re sure to find your perfect holiday movie! So grab some popcorn and get ready for a festive night of Christmas movie-watching.
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