There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to snuggle in my pjs and watch all the best holiday movies… preferably with a healthy dose of rom com cheese and nostalgia involved! I have some holiday movie go-tos and I also asked our Instagram community your favorites so I thought it would be fun to share here. If you’re looking for added motivation to crawl under a blanket and catch up on an old favorite, or watch a good holiday or Christmas flick you’ve never seen, here you go.
Check out this list of the best holiday movies, and comment below if you have others you love, too.
The 10 best holiday movies you must watch this season
Love Actually: Personal favorite! This star-studded romantic comedy is absurdly amazing as it tells the story of eight loosely connected romances, all with very different love lives and where the holiday season takes them. It’s cheesy, and a few crazy people might hate it but man, it’s the best in my book. By the way, here’s a fun article about where they are now.
The Holiday: The must-watch holiday rom com! Two women— one in London (Kate Winslet), one in Los Angeles (Cameron Diaz) — swap apartments over the holidays and unexpected love along the way.
Elf: Will Ferrell’s Christmas classic about an orphan raised by Santa and his elves who journeys to NYC to locate his biological father is a must!
Home Alone: Macaulay Culkin for the win! After he’s forgotten by his family over the holidays, he’s forced to defend his home against intruders… lots of adventure and silliness ensue. I need to watch this with my kiddos this year.
Family Stone: An epic cast — Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson, and Diane Keaton, for example — with a movie about a family that doesn’t love outsiders too much. What starts out with SJP not in a good position with the Stone Family turns incredibly heartfelt by the end.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Chevy Chase’s lovable character, Clark Griswold, is super relatable as he struggles to create the perfect Christmas for his family. It’s definitely a feel-good and funny Christmas classic.
It’s a Wonderful Life: Few films define Christmas like Frank Capra’s 1946 fantasy starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, on the verge of committing suicide, is visited by an angel who shows him the true importance of his life.
A Christmas Story: Whether or not you have Netflix, you’re bound to find this on some network this holiday season. You’ll feel like a kid again watching nine-year-old Ralphie Parker who wants nothing more for Christmas than an air rifle.
The Santa Clause: Talk about a holiday transformation! Tim Allen stars in this funny father-son flick about a man who finds himself turning into Santa Clause.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Tim Burton’s 1990s stop-motion classic follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween, who stumbled into Christmas Town and decides he wants to celebrate.
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