10 Holiday Movies to Get You Into the Festive Season

One of the most lovely aspects of the holiday season is the build-up of excitement in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. It’s time to bring out the decorations, put some presents under the tree, and indulge in some guiltless holiday binge-watching.

After the chaos that has been 2021, it's safe to say we could all use a bit more cheer in our lives. And we can't think of a better way to bring more happiness into our lives than by getting comfy on the couch with your favourite linen throw and watching a joyful holiday movie.

From a heartwarming classic to a comedic love story, here are the films that need to to be in your holiday queue to get you into the festive spirit. 

10 Holiday Movies to Get You Into the Festive Season

1. Elf

Christmas can get stressful—be it financially, emotionally, or logistically. Let Will Ferrell inject some humour into your life as Buddy, a man raised by Santa who travels to NYC to find his biological dad. It’s as silly and sweet as it sounds.

Where can I watch it? Netflix

2. Love Actually

This cheeky British rom-com featuring an all-star cast will make you laugh, cry, and add Billy Mack’s ‘Christmas is All Around’ to your playlist. The film explores the interconnected lives of eight different couples and an overriding message that love comes in all forms. It also cleverly captures the chaotic, wholesome, and inspiring time of the year that is the holiday season.

Where can I watch it? Stan

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Not just for kids, this movie adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic Christmas tale owes everything to Jim Carrey, whose improvisation and incredible comic timing as the Grinch makes this film so entertaining to watch. 

Where can I watch it? Netflix

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Unfortunately, the holiday season isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, and no one knows that better than our friend Charlie Brown. Here, Charlie dons a director’s cap and attempts to put together a Christmas play. Of course, like every CB cartoon before it, the film delivers a deeper moral message.

Where can I watch it? Apple TV+

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The third instalment of Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon series is about as frivolous and light-hearted as a Christmas movie comes, but it’s the perfect dose of nostalgia mixed with corny comedy.

Where can I watch it? Amazon Prime

6. Jingle All the Way

This one might call for a little explanation. Released in 1996, Jingle All the Way follows Arnold Schwarzenegger as he races around New York City trying to get his hands on the sold-out Turboman doll he promised his kid for Christmas. Sinbad plays his archenemy, and while it's entirely cheesy it ends up being quite good. Enter with low expectations and exit thoroughly entertained.

Where can I watch it? Disney+

7. The Preacher’s Wife

Denzel Washington shines as an angel on a mission to play cupid in this 90’s rom-com, but the whole thing is worth watching just for Whitney Houston’s gospel rendition of ‘Joy to the world’. 

Where can I watch it? Disney+

8. Home Alone

Home Alone isn’t just a classic holiday film, it’s a classic film in general and has remained a Christmas movie staple for many of us. This highly-popular film is an all-round good time for children and adults alike, and will take you on a wild adventure that's equal parts storytelling, comedy and danger. 

Where can I watch it? Disney+

9. The Family Stone

Think your family is crazy? Okay, they probably are. But so is everyone else’s. And if you’re looking for proof, watch The Family Stone. Starring Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson, it’s the perfect example of why families should never spend too long seated around a dinner table—especially when wine is involved.

Where can I watch it? Disney+

10. The Santa Clause

Featuring Tim Allen, this 90s holiday flick is one of our absolute favourites and a Christmas-time staple. The light-hearted story centres around Scott Calvin, an ordinary father who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall off his roof and becomes subject to "the Santa clause." 

Where can I watch it? Disney+

Want more movie recommendations? Here are the best mother-daughter movies to watch on Netflix.

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