10 Holiday Movies to Watch This Winter Season

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‘Tis the season to trim the tree, buy gifts for your nearest and dearest, and to curl up on the couch and watch movies filled with holiday cheer – don’t forget the hot chocolate!

There’s no better way to get into the spirit than to gather around the fireplace with your loved ones, while bingeing on festive movies. The only problem: there’s quite the selection to choose from. There’s the good ol’ holiday classics, the cheesy Hallmark originals, and Netflix has their own lineup of merry and bright films, too. If you want to stay glued in front of your television during the colder days, we promise you that the wonderland of films can fill many hours of the festive season. Be sure not to miss your party!


6. Miracle on 34th Street
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
8. Christmas Under Wraps
9. A Christmas Prince
10. The Princess Switch

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Few tales move people the way George Bailey’s story does. Frank Capra does an exceptional job at showing viewers the true meaning of life in just over two hours of film. Thanks to Bailey’s wise guardian angel, watching this 1946 black and white classic is a yearly tradition in many homes.

2. Home Alone

Does December 25th even have a meaning without watching Kevin McCallister and two dimwit burglars?

The 8-year-old is forgotten by his family and left alone for the holidays, so what does the prankster do? He comes up with a brilliant and hilarious scheme to prevent The Wet Bandits from robbing his family’s home. The most magical part of this comedy is rewatching it every year and believing McCallister pulled off all those stunts. We bet many of you could recite the comedy’s lines, too!

3. A Christmas Story

Until you’ve heard, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” the holidays aren’t complete. All Ralphie Parker wants under his tree is a Red Ryder air rifle, but his old man refuses to buy him one, for the aforementioned reason. This 1983 family comedy also gave us the infamous leg lamp and a scene of a child licking a frozen pole. You’ll be laughing all the way!

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Although the Grinch in Whoville hates the merry season a lot and (almost) ruins it, this film is a holiday must-watch every year! Ron Howard’s adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss story is both hysterical and heartwarming. Even though the Grinch’s heart is two sizes too small, the adorable and optimistic Cindy Lou Who convinced the furry green Who to love all things yuletide, too. Watch it with your family and friends for a joyful Whobilation with some Who Pudding!

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

If you must convince yourself that your family is normal, just watch this Chevy Chase movie! All Clark Griswold wants is to have “a quiet old-fashioned Christmas” with his family – how lovely, right? The problem: it’s the Griswolds and it’s a Vacation movie. Get together with your loved ones and prepare yourselves for many entertaining bumps along the way. He takes his family into the woods to find the perfect tree and decorates the outside of the house with lights – that’s just the start.

6. Miracle on 34th Street

Whichever version of Miracle on 34th Street you decide to watch is up to you, nonetheless, you can’t go wrong. By the end of the film, you’ll find yourself truly believing that Santa Claus is real again. This holiday staple is about a man named Kris Kringle, who goes on trial, because he claims to be the man in the red velvet suit.

7. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Did the holidays even come at all if you didn’t hear the Peanuts theme song or watch the timeless cartoon? If you need a reminder on what the season truly means, for 30 minutes, even while baking, watch Charlie, Snoopy and the gang. The meaningful tiny little tree makes it a yuletide staple.

8. Christmas Under Wraps

Bundle up with your coziest blanket and some hot cocoa before watching this cheesy-romantic Hallmark movie. You will surely feel the magic of the holidays with this jolly film! Lauren, played by Candace Cameron Bure, moves to a remote town in Alaska, and unexpectedly falls in love with her new home – and a man, too.  The secret: her new lover’s father may be good ol’ Saint Nick.

9. A Christmas Prince

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to let yourself feel your emotions – and this is where the Netflix Original, A Christmas Prince, comes in. Go across the pond with a young journalist who has to report on a charming future King. You’ll feel jovial and merry as you tag along with Amber on her uplifting journey.

10. The Princess Switch

Can you imagine discovering that there is someone else in the world that looks exactly like you? In The Princess Switch, you’ll be seeing double when a Chicago baker decides to go on a trip to Belgradia, only to bump into the fiancée of the Prince, who’s her doppelgänger. You can surely guess what happens next between the two women in this adorable festive twist on The Parent Trap.

Written by Tania Di Palma

Born in the city of Montreal, Tania still lives with her loud Italian family because of the mouthwatering food she gets to ingest daily. An enthusiast of many things, Tania lives by the Latin aphorism, “carpe diem.” Known to many as Tania Bon Jovi, she is busy following her idol, Jon Bon Jovi, around the entire world and she got to meet her idol a few times, too. The other love of her life? Fashion. When Tania isn’t writing, she’s either attending a rock concert, wiping her own tears while watching a rom-com, at the newest hotspot in town, shopping online or pulling a sweat at the gym (kind of). Bitten by the travel bug over a decade ago, she can’t stay put in one place for too long. Catch her if you can!

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