The Top 10 Movies to Watch this Holiday Season


These are the perfect movies to cozy up near the fire and watch this holiday season. (ASHER ISBRUKER VIA FLICKR)


It is the holiday season, making it the best time to talk about one of the best parts of this time of year: the movies. Here is a list of ten good movies to watch over winter break!

  1. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)

“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” is a classic, heart-warming movie. It stars one of Santa’s reindeer, Rudolph, who has a strange condition: his nose is bright red and it glows! This Christmas tale stresses the power of friendship as the two oddballs Rudolph and the Hermey, an elf whose dream is to become a dentist instead of building toys, go on an adventure, tackle a monster, and together find their place in the world.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is another classic Christmas movie. Instead of being driven by friendship, this movie is based on the idea that anyone can change into a better person. The Grinch, is a green monster who heart is too small and hates Christmas, but he soon changes his mind when he sees the power of Christmas in his neighbors.

  1.  Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

“Miracle on 34th Street” is a touching movie that takes place in New York City. The movie starts with Kris Kringle standing in for the Macy’s Santa. However he soon begins insisting that he is the real Santa, driving his supervisor Doris Walker crazy. Kris is forced to prove he is the “one and only” Santa in court to stop himself from being sent to hospital for being crazy. Miracle on 34th Street is a move full of miracles big and small, making it a heartwarming tale. There is another version of the movie, so be careful to watch the 1947 version of the movie as it is much better.

  1. The Shop Around the Corner

“The Shop Around the Corner” takes a romantic spin to the holiday movie genre. This 1940 movie is about Alfred, a gift shop clerk and the new shop girl Klara, who hate each other at first sight. However it is unknown to them that they are pen pals, and each has been falling in love with the other over the mail.

  1. Diehard

“Diehard” is the holiday movie for those who do not want to watch holiday movies. This classic action movie takes place at a holiday party as New York cop John McClane gets pulled into stopping a heist while visiting his estranged wife. This is a well written action movie and a fun watch. The sprinkle of Christmas in the background makes it an easier sell to relatives who do not want to watch action.

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is about a boy named Charlie Brown who is depressed during the holidays due to the people around him wanting money more than the holiday spirit. Lucy, a friends of Charlie’s in an attempt to help tries to get him involved by having him direct the Christmas play. Ultimately the movie is about finding the holiday spirit and supporting your friends.

  1. Frosty the Snowman

“Frosty the Snowman” is a fun and magical movie. The tale is about a snowman who comes to life when a rude (and not very good) magician’s hat is placed on his head. The snowman befriends school children, but they soon realize that he will melt if they cannot get him to a colder climate like the North Pole. The rest of the movie is about the adventure Frosty takes to try and find his new home.

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” might look like a Halloween movie when it starts, but it is really a Christmas tale. The tale follows Jack Skellington, the leader of a mystical Halloweentown who has become unhappy with Halloween. He finds a doorway which leads to different worlds and stumbles into “Christmastown,” which he finds fascinating. Unfortunately, the other members of Halloweentown see Christmas a little differently. Overall, this movie has fun music, cool animation and a fun plot. The story is about being yourself and liking others who are different (and the same) as you.

  1. 8 Women (8 Femmes)

8 “Women” or “8 Femmes” is a French movie. It is a blend of music, murder mystery, comedy and the holiday. Like the movie Clue but French and set during Christmas in the 1950’s, when a man is found murder the eight woman in the house are the prime suspects and they all have secrets.

  1. The Snowman (1982)

The only reason “The Snowman” is so down on this list is because it is so short. This British movie is only half and hour and has no dialog but it is a good story with beautiful art and music. Based off a children’s book it is very similar to “Frosty the Snowman”Mal, a snowman magically comes to life and takes a little boy to meet Santa.