7 of Our Favorite Holiday Movies to Watch

It’s officially our favorite time of the year: the time when the air gets crisp and cold outside, the streets are aglow with lights and there’s a faint scent of cookies wherever you go. That’s right; it’s holiday season. The season of giving, caring and… you guessed it, staying in.

There’s nothing better than waking up on a cold winter day to gentle snowfall outside your window, pulling on a pair of warm pajamas, cuddling up in a blanket with a big cup of hot chocolate and watching your favorite holiday movies (all in a row, of course). If you’re still debating on what holiday movies to put on your watch list this winter season, fear no more. Check out the list of our seven favorite holiday movies to watch.

1. White Christmas (1954)
This 1954 classic holiday movie is the perfect Bing Crosby musical to enjoy on a cold winter’s day. The film highlights a military song-and-dance team (Crosby and Danny Kaye) as they team up with a sister act to save a failing Vermont inn. No matter what, White Christmas is always a great choice to enjoy during the holiday season.

2. A Christmas Story (1983)
“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” With its sweet comedy and relatable storyline, A Christmas Story is great for friends and families of all ages to enjoy together. Young Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) does everything he can to try and convince his parents, teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is the perfect Christmas gift for him. But is it?

3. Home Alone (1990)
For all the troublemakers out there, Home Alone is the ideal holiday movie to laugh at. Eight-year-old Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left home alone by his family during their Christmas vacation. Of course, he then has to protect his home from a pair of burglars, and things get… interesting.

4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
If you’re in need of an uplifting holiday film which makes you happier than hot chocolate, cuddle up with It’s a Wonderful Life. Businessman George Bailey (James Stewart) is on the verge of suicide when an angel appears to show him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Sounds like the perfect movie to cry happy tears to all day.

5. Love Actually (2003)
For the cheesy romantic in all of us this holiday season, there’s Love Actually. It follows the lives of eight different couples as they maneuver their relationships during the frantic month before Christmas. With actors like Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson, how can you go wrong with a heartwarming film like this?

6. Christmas Vacation (1989)
Get into the holiday cheer this season by enjoying a good laugh with Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation. This classic comedy tells the story of the Griswold family preparing for their big Christmas plans, but everything pretty much turns into one big hilarious holiday disaster. Just be careful not to spit your hot chocolate when you bust a gut laughing!

7. Elf (2003)
And finally, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Join Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) this holiday season with the moving and hilarious Elf. Buddy never knew he was a human living in an elf’s world, but now that he does he’s determined to to find out his true identity… as long as he has maple syrup by his side, of course.

This winter, remember the reason for the season by curling up in a warm blanket and drinking some tasty hot cocoa while watching your favorite holiday movies. Check out some of our recommendations, and don’t forget to stop by your local café or restaurant for another tasty treat on a cold winter’s day.