The holiday season is all about traditions – baking, singing Christmas songs (sing along with this playlist) gift wrapping, decorating the tree, and holiday movies. I love love love movie night and watching holiday movies gives me all the feels. Some of my favorite holiday memories are of watching It’s a Wonderful Life (while playing the trivia game)and of course the holiday classic A Christmas Story, which usually plays on repeat Christmas day.
While ABC Family does the 25 Days of Christmas there are other holiday movies that I enjoy watching each year, along with a couple new ones I’m looking forward to. There are so many wonderful holiday movies out there that it was hard to narrow down this list to a manageable 8. You might see some of the suggested movies on TV throughout the season and Hallmark always has Christmas movies on rotation throughout the day; don’t forget to tune in December 13 for Hallmark’s new original holiday movie Dashing Through the Snow. There’s a long list of holiday movies that aren’t featured on television each year so make sure to check out Netflix and Amazon for additional titles.
Grab some movie night essentials – popcorn, a comfy throw, and hot chocolate – and cozy up on the couch for a holiday movie night.
8 Must Watch Holiday Movies
Santa Baby [ABC Family] – Mary Class is a highly successful business executive – who just happens to be the daughter of Santa Claus. But when her father falls ill, Mary returns to the North Pole and the life she left behind to take over for her dad and implement her innovative ideas for running Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Life [NBC] – An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
‘Tis the Season for Love [Hallmark] – A small town girl who moved to New York to pursue her dreams returns home for the holidays, only to realize that maybe her dreams aren’t miles away, but right in her hometown.
Northpole: Open for Christmas [Hallmark] – A successful businesswoman, Mackenzie, inherits her beloved aunt’s inn, and chooses to restore the hotel to its original grandeur only to sell it right before Christmas. Unbeknownst to Mackenzie, she receives some unexpected help from a team of elves headed by the cheerful Clementine, who helps Mackenzie rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.
Love Actually [Netflix]- Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Christmas with the Kranks [Netflix] – With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas [ABC Family] – An adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who.
What holiday movies are you watching this year?
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