The holidays are here and it’s time to enjoy films that celebrate the season. So let’s feature 10 of the greatest holiday movies and if you’ve seen them before, make a date to watch them again, or if they are new for you get ready for a new treat to get you in the mood for holiday celebrations.
Miracle of 34th Street – (1947 starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara and John Payne) This holiday classic tells a story of a man that is going to be institutionalized for believing that he is the real Santa. Fortunately there is a young lawyer that is willing to argue the fact that he really is. This timeless New York treasure is a treat to experience and imagine yourself stepping foot in the story.
Elf – (2003 starring Will Ferrell and James Caan) This comedy tells the story of a human baby in an orphanage that stows away on Santa’s sleigh. Raised by elves, but not really fitting in due to his rather non-elfish stature he goes to find out more about his family. Can he still be an elf after what he learns?
Home Alone – (1990 starring Macaulay Culkin) This story explores every kids fantasy when too much family becomes too much to handle. Kevin is left at home when his family leaves on a family trip and he accidentally gets left behind. He finds out how hard it is to be the man of the house when burglars try to rob his family. He needs to find courage and find some help to keep his house protected.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – (1992 starring Macaulay Culkin) This holiday sequel brings back Kevin and this time he is making the best of a solo trip to New York. He has money and credit cards to make a very memorable trip but he’s going to run into some foes from his original adventure. The Wet Bandits burglars are also in New York for a heist and Kevin is front and center in this holiday classic.
A Christmas Carol – (multiple versions including 1938, 1951 and even in an animated version starring Jim Carrey in 2009) This classic tale based on the story from Charles Dickens, tells a Victorian-era story about a man named Ebenezer Scrooge. He has such a dislike of the holidays that his deceased business partner shows him what the holidays could be like for him with explorations through his past, present and future.
It’s a Wonderful Life – (1946 starring James Stewart and Donna Reed) George Bailey is a business man going through a very tough time. To help him out, an angel named Clarence, who is trying to earn his wings, gives George a very special gift by showing him what life would be like if he had never been born. All these years later this movie still teaches us how many lives we touch making this a feel good movie for the season.
A Christmas Story – (1983 starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin) Looking at the holiday’s in the 1940’s. We share an adventure with a little boy named Ralphie that wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Will Ralphie get his wish to come true?
The Santa Clause – (1994 starring Tim Allen and Judge Reinhold) When Santa has an unfortunate accident Scott Calvin is put in a position to take over his job and make the holidays happy for everyone. Problem is that he needs to keep his new responsibilities a secret. This comedy will be sure to brighten up your holidays.
The Year Without a Santa Claus – (1974 starring Shirley Booth and Mickey Rooney) My favorite claymation movie hands down! Mrs Claus tells the story of when Santa had a cold and decided to take a vacation because he was convinced that no one wanted Christmas anymore. With the memorable characters of Heat Miser, Snow Miser and Mother Nature joining in to help Mrs Claus is Christmas going to be saved after all?
The Polar Express – (2004 starring Tom Hanks) On a special Christmas Eve a small boy has an adventure on a magical train traveling to the North Pole. He learns a lot of lessons on this ride and finds that for those who believe, life can be full of wonder.
One of the things that I love about holiday movies is that they have a great message to think about and because it’s the season of hope it never seems too sappy to let it sink in.
I hope you have the happiest of holidays and find some time to bring some special memories into your season. Denise