Must-See Movies This Holiday Season
There’s a lot to like about the end of the year. It’s the season when we get to celebrate many of our annual holidays. It’s also the perfect time to take refuge from the cold and curl up on the couch to watch a movie or two. If you’re feeling like getting in the festive spirit, you have plenty of holiday-themed options to choose from, and these classics are some of your best bets.
Frosty the Snowman
You know the song, and you probably know the movie that goes along with it. While “Frosty the Snowman” is nearly 50 years old now, it’s a timeless classic that makes for a great holiday-time watch. This family-friendly flick is only half an hour long, so if it leaves you wanting more, you can follow your screening up with some more classic Rankin/Bass films that you probably know all too well, such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”
Does this one need an introduction? When “Home Alone” was released in the 1990s, it was an instant hit, and it’s still looked upon fondly to this day. If for some reason you’ve never seen it, the movie follows young Kevin as he’s accidentally left home alone (get it?) during the holiday season. Two dopey burglars repeatedly attempt to break in, and Kevin fights back by setting up elaborate traps to keep them out. Hijinks ensue, making for many funny, memorable scenes. Just don’t get any ideas about booby-trapping your own home. That is, unless you don’t mind cleaning up marbles and elaborate pulley systems.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
It wouldn’t be a holiday without a Peanuts movie, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is one of the best of them. The film follows the exploits of the gang as they prepare for a Christmas play. While the characters (including Snoopy) are what make this movie worth watching, the film’s also notable for having an excellent jazz score by Vince Guaraldi, which includes the classic “Christmas Time is Here.” The movie, which touches on themes of holiday commercialization, is sure to bring back a little joy to your holiday season.
Maybe you’re in the mood for something a little romantic. In that case, “Love Actually” should be your go-to. Considered one of the best romantic films of the past few decades, this ensemble movie weaves together nine stories of people falling in love just in time for the holidays. Even if romantic flicks aren’t really your thing, this one is still worth watching for the star power alone. Among the actors who play lead roles in this film are Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, and many, many more.
It’s a Wonderful Life
“It’s a Wonderful Life” isn’t just one of the best holiday movies. Many see it as one of the best films – ever. Jimmy Stewart, famous for many great performances, puts in perhaps his best acting job as George Bailey, an everyman who faces stress around the holiday season and learns some important things in the process. Despite the movie’s age (it came out in 1946), the movie teaches a lesson about the importance of family and the impact we can have on the lives of our loved ones.