Around here, we celebrate Yule on the solstice, so we’ve already lived our “Christmas Eve” and the whole run up to presents and eggnog. In the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to share my family’s favorite holiday movies to enhance your seasonal celebrations including 3 brand new films that secured a position in all future festive rotations!
So, grab a pen and make a list of these awesome movies to enjoy by the light of the tree with your loved ones!
Gremlins. An absolute classic that ticks all the best Christmas trope boxes but with a little spice of scary and suspense, this movie is perfect for watching with older kids or little weirdos like my Annie who loves anything creepy.
A follow up to A Christmas Prince, this romantic comedy is just the sort of over-the-top, sweet, satisfying romance perfect for a night in with warm drinks in mugs and board games with the kiddos. It is a movie that will make you say things like “Of course he rescues the doctor on horseback,” and “How is this so perfect?” I know, I said both of those thing out loud.
Unknown American girl meets mysterious prince under less-than-perfect circumstances and misunderstandings, romance, and more ensue against a perfect snow-covered backdrop. Though A Christmas Prince is a trilogy, I recommend you skip The Royal Wedding and go straight from the Prince to the Baby. The Royal Wedding is poorly lit and generally disappointing. It simply does not live up to the standard set by this classic romance.
From Disney to Rodger’s & Hammerstein, Ever After, and now this little gem, there is no bad iteration of Cinderella, but the special holiday flavor of this one makes it an absolute must-see for the season. I recommend this one especially if you have kiddos in your house who are/were fans of the Disney show Austin & Ally since Laura Marano (Ally) brings all of her sparkle and superb voice to the small screen once again in this tale.
The Santa Clause is another trilogy that suffers in the second act, but the trio of movies is capped off hilariously with Santa Clause 3, always a crowd-pleaser for every age group!
Jim Carrey as The Grinch. Enough said.
The Santa Clause only ranks higher than The Grinch on this list because of re-watchability. This movie deals with split families and custody dynamics gently with a believable learning curve despite the extraordinary setting, and for that reason, it gets a lot of showings around here.
Starting out the top 3, I had to go with a true classic and bring the best: Muppet Christmas Carol is a wonderful, funny, surprisingly accurate interpretation of Dickens’ work that kids love for the mix of Muppets and humans, humor and even a bit of horror with the spirits–this movie has everything.
Another classic that may not bring a twinkle to your adolescent childrens’ eyes at first, but inevitably draws their eyes and hearts with songs, snow, and general hi jinks.
Here came the surprise this year guys. Noelle is brilliant, funny, modern, topical, and somehow still satisfying. Anna Kendrick knocks this one out of the park, and while I recognize that some of my picks might not ever make a splash outside of our house, Noelle is certain to be a hit on par with The Santa Clause, The Grinch, and Elf.
There you have it! My top 10 Movies for the Holidays. I hope they bring you as much joy as they continue to bring me and mine during these always-hectic, potentially-stressful times. So, guys remember while lighting the Yule log, drinking nog, and noshing on goodies, be sure to tune in for a flick that will spark joy and refuel your holiday spirit!