Top Ten Movies To Watch For the Holidays

Hira Qazi, Editor-in-Chief

  With December break quickly approaching and the holiday season right around the corner, take a pause from stress to relax and binge-watch these seasonal classics. 

Home Alone

Truly a holiday classic, it is not Christmas without watching this movie at least once. In the 1990 American comedy, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin)  was left behind as his family accidentally went to Paris without him. Home alone, McCallister protects his family home as two con men try to rob him. 

The Santa Clause

Tim Allen portrays the very own Santa Clause. After accidentally killing a man in a Santa suit, Allen becomes the new Santa Clause, magically appearing to the North Pole to fulfill Santa’s role before Christmas. 

Harry Potter

While not a Christmas or holiday movie specifically, Harry Potter has beautiful winter scenery that makes this movie series perfect for the holidays. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Follow Charlie Brown around as he prepares for the Christmas play. Every Christmas play needs a Christmas tree, but no one appreciates Brown’s spindly nevergreen tree until they learn the true meaning of Christmas. 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Jim Carrey plays the Grinch, a furry green creature who despises Christmas. In an attempt to ruin Christmas, he and his dog steal presents and destroy decorations. His plans, however, are put on pause when he encounters Cindy Lou Who.


Accidentally brought to the North Pole as a baby, Buddy the Elf (Will Farrell)  was raised to be one of Santa’s elves. Shaken as he feels he does not fit in, he moves to New York to find his real family.

The Muppets Christmas Carol

Taking it back to the ’90s, the muppets reenact the Christmas Carol, making scattered appearances throughout Ebenezer Scrooge’s flashbacks and visits to the future where he learns the errors of his life. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tired of the same pattern of scaring people in the “real world,” Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington discovers Christmastown. Wanting to change up his daily routine, Skellington plots to take over Christmastown by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over his job.  

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and all its festivities, looking down upon those who wish to indulge in the holiday spirit. Visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Scrooge is told that he will be visited by three spirits: past, present, and future to reflect on the bitterness of his life and hopefully add holiday spirit back into his soul. 

Frosty the Snowman

When a snowman that a group of children created comes to life by a magician, the children must do everything they can to keep the snowman alive and away from the heat before he melts away.