It’s not the holidays without a string of Christmas movies to skyrocket you into the Christmas spirit! We’ve compiled a list of the 8 must see movies this holiday season that are sure to jumpstart the laughs and share the true meaning of the holidays! Here we go!
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Yes, this one is a no-brainer! Not only does this movie revolve around the holidays, but it also instills gratitude and appreciation for the things we have been blessed with in life. Deemed a recurring Christmas classic, viewers become aware of the impact their lives have not only on others people, but the world itself. Be sure to have your tissues handy!
The Christmas Story (1983)
You can’t top the nostalgia and timeless humor captured in this film! Following the life of a young boy as he endures the holiday season with his wacky family, little Ralphie is presented with a variety of hilarious adventures as he desperately tries to snag himself the Christmas present of a Red Ryder BB Gun! This movie has no shortage of laughs and unexpected encounters that are sure to be relived holiday upon holiday! Who knew a pink bunny onesie could look so defeated?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Although this movie rings a bit newer in comparison to the icons well before its time, Chevy Chase’s performance throughout this movie is one for the seasonal books! As we delve into this side-splitting film thinking that the unexpected twists and nightmares can’t get any worse, we are continuously proven wrong with each family encounter and fiery disaster! While this movie emphasizes on how trying family holidays can be, it also glorifies tolerance and acceptance of what we cannot change.
White Christmas (1954)
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye gave us a run for our money with their infectious humor and unbelievable talent! This movie is not only ridden with memorable music that is sure to get your toes tapping, but also full of romance and longing for the olden days! However, we can’t forget Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney, the two beauties that team up with our dapper men and create an unforgettable experience of holiday music and a riveting chase!
Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
This holiday favorite brings a whole new meaning to the question “Are you really Santa Claus?” When a man claiming to be Kris Krinkle is institutionalized, one motivated lawyer is determined to prove to the court that he’s no lunatic! Can the said Santa Claus prove his case in time for Christmas?
Holiday Inn (1942)
Another musical starring Bing Crosby, this holiday treat has no shortage of powerful music and romance! Although the film starts on a sad note with a man losing his soon-to-be bride as he quits his show business career, this man’s life has a funny way of bringing him back to where he belongs. Get ready to sing along!
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
If any of you have ever pondered the reference, “That’s a Charlie Brown Christmas tree,” then this movie is long overdue for you! An animated classic, Charlie Brown is desperately trying to determine the true meaning of Christmas with a little help from his neighborhood friends. Don’t worry, all ends well for this lovable character as he produces a timeless speech that melts even the coldest of hearts! We’re calling for some serious “restitution” on this one!
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
A Christmas tune is brought to live with the exceptionally creative use of animation on a misfit reindeer born with a glowing red nose. Rudolph struggles to find acceptance in his group of reindeers, ultimately running away and embarking on a string of adventures that land the reindeer with the strength and confidence he needed! Although we all know the jingle, this movie is filled with unexpected twists and the opportunity for new friends.