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Your Essential Holiday Movie Guide for the Coming Season

Looking for new must-watch flicks to add to your list of best holiday movies? We have a list that includes timeless films and modern classics!

Your Essential Holiday Movie Guide for the Coming Season

Got a holiday movie tradition in your family? It’s a great way to spend quality time with everyone when you feel like staying cozy inside. If you’re looking for holiday movies to watch, we have a few suggestions ranging from old-time classics to modern favorites!

Oldies but Goodies and New Holiday Movies to Watch

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

This 1946 flick is on every holiday movie list -- and for good reason! Starring Jimmy Stewart in his signature role as George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life follows the story of a man who, thanks to Clarence the angel, finds out what life would have been like if he’d never been born. This is one that will make you think—and maybe even give you a renewed appreciation for how great life can be, and for seizing the day.

2. Miracle on 34th Street

Not to be confused with the 1994 remake of this movie, which some say has an underwhelming ending, this 1947 movie stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood. A mall Santa claims to be the real thing—and that leads to him being institutionalized as mentally ill. Because of this, a young lawyer finds himself in the unenviable position of proving Santa’s existence in a court of law.

3. A Christmas Story

Considered an instant classic (so much that it gets a 24-hour marathon every year!), this 1983 movie is based on the book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. The writing and acting are the biggest reasons to love this movie. Nearly every scene has something laugh-out-loud funny that is forever memorable. It’s all about a young boy who embarks on a quest to convince Santa to deliver a Red Ryder BB gun ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!").

4. Home Alone

Want to host your own movie marathon? Home Alone has five installments! The first two feature Macaulay Culkin--iconic for the famous hands to his face scene--and each will give you a couple of hours of laughs as the precocious young protagonist outwits blundering criminals. The franchise continues with three more laugh-filled movies and new casts. It doesn’t end there, either. Home Sweet Home Alone will be the sixth movie in the franchise. It's slated for release in December 2021.

5. Jingle All the Way

For a relatable movie, check out this 1996 film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. Here, the plot revolves around something we all know and love: shopping. Two fathers compete in a mad scramble to buy the last Turbo Man action figure in town on Christmas Eve. Who will bring this coveted toy home to the kids? Watch and find out!

6. Elf

Starring Will Ferrell, this 2003 movie follows the tale of a human child who grew up at the North Pole, believing himself to be an overgrown elf. When he discovers the truth, he travels to NYC in search of his biological father—and many hijinks ensue along the way. It’s hilarious, plus it’ll give you all the good feels!