The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and a movie. Most of these movies are also great family choices, depending on the age of the children. These films can also make great gifts, as well as entertainment choices.
“Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) PG – The darkly creative mind of Tim Burton delighted audiences with the introduction of this twist on the classic Christmas movie. The movie follows he king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, and his quest to bring excitement to his subjects by bringing Christmas to Halloween Town. This is one of the more original Christmas movies that can be watched with even younger viewers.
“A Christmas Story” (1983) PG – This classic Christmas tale is still widely popular generations after it was first released. The plot follows a young boy, Ralphie, during the Christmas season as he convinces the adults around him that a Red Ryder BB gun should be waiting for him under the the tree.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) PG13 – Meet the Griswold family, a dysfunctional, yet lovable, bunch guaranteed to make movie viewers feel better about their own relations. The plot centers around the family’s attempt at a big Christmas where everything that can go wrong does. This movie contains some of the funniest Christmas catastrophes committed to film.
“The Santa Clause” (1994) PG – Tim Allen is a delightful and unconventional Santa. In the film, he plays Scott Calvin, a single father who accidentally kills Santa while struggling to give his son a Christmas. Calvin then has to fill Santa’s boots. This a cute holiday movie for family time and has spawned enough sequels to have its very own mini marathon.
“Elf” (2003) PG – This is another holiday movie choice that is entertaining for both adults and children. In the film, Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a man adopted by elves, who goes searching for his birth father. Buddy’s journey takes him to New York city where he discovers that the world he belongs in is nothing like the place where he was raised. This is a heartwarming tale of being yourself, and Buddy’s Christmas joy is contagious.
Holiday movies are a vastly popular genre. Don’t get stuck in a movie rut this holiday season. Instead, be on the look out for movies that will help spread some Christmas joy.