Christmas Movie Extravaganza!

For friends, family, loved ones, and my fellow students done with the pressure of exams, here are some movie suggestions to lift your spirits this holiday season.

This is a nice summary of my Christmas Countdown, the good and the bad. My favourites have changed some since last year but for the most part this list is pretty good. 

UPDATE: This list is 2-3 years old at this point but the choices still stand. Thankfully none of the movies that come out around the holidays are any good so I can hold onto my classics for a little longer.  

This heart-warming TV special follows a group of school children who use a magic top hat to bring Frosty the Snowman to life.

This is the origin story of everyone's favourite jolly old fat guy, Kris Kringle. Not much else to it, there are obstacles to overcome and honest-to-goodness Christmas spirit wins out in the end. 

This film has roughly the same plot as You've Got Mail (1998) but it's in black and white and was set around 1940. 

Jonathan Taylor Thomas tries to make his way home for Christmas when bribed with a Porsche. But after one of his schemes backfires and he ends up in the desert with no money and glued in a Santa suit, things get...interesting.

A modern adaptation on both It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, it does a pretty decent job getting the point across and inspires the holiday spirit. It also boasts the always entertaining and rarely sane Nicolas Cage.

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was born human but was raised by elves. One day when he was old enough he learned of his origins and ventured off to New York to seek out his biological father. Along the way he falls in love with Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), a girl working as a department store elf. Then it's the usually holiday movie ending and Buddy has to do something to save Christmas.

One sentence can pretty much sum it up. One night, a boy who has his doubts about Christmas finds himself aboard a magical train to the North Pole.

A Christmas story is set in 1940's Indiana and all little Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wanted was Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. He sets out to find anyway to get his hands on one in spite of his parents keep telling him "You'll shoot your eye out". 

This movie is filled with hilarity and is a holiday classic for most. I can't really describe it in words that will do it justice so I suggest you go see it, at least once.

Everybody loves Charlie Brown! Simply said, it's all your favourite Peanuts characters celebrating Christmas.

Love Actually, reminds us about all the different kinds of love in the world. It doesn't have to be romantic love, it can be love of friends and family too.

#15 - Serendipity (2001)

Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) and Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) meet in a New York City Bloomingdale's when they try to buy the same pair of black cashmere gloves. They end up spending an amazing evening together despite both being in relationships. When the night is over they once again leave it up to fate to bring them together again. (Not primarily a Christmas movie but I give it a pass)

A hilarious modernization of Dickens' A Christmas Carol starring Bill Murray. You can't ask for much more than that.

This film, rather obviously set in St. Louis, occurs right before the arrival of the World's Fair in 1904. The film follows the Smith family, in particular the four daughters Esther (Judy Garland), Rose, Agnes, and the adorable Tootie (Margaret O'Brien). The story depicts the family's trials and tribulations in relationships and in life. 

This Disney incarnation of the classic story includes many of your favourite characters from the Mickey Mouse universe. 

Mr. Bean is up to his ridiculous shenanigans once again this Yuletide season

I love this timeless Dr. Seuss holiday classic, it's a great story that most of us have been watching since we were kids. I know that one day, when I have kids of my own, they'll still be watching this.

This fantastic stop-motion animated feature follows the King of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington and his discovery of Christmas.

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance in this holiday classic that features the first film appearance of the song White Christmas.

This is by far my favourite film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It keeps it's 19th century setting and actually follows the story rather closely, other than having various anthropomorphic singing puppets as main characters.

A great movie that shows all the things that can go wrong on Christmas. It also includes Chevy Chase delivering arguably one of the greatest rants in cinematic history

It's know what happens. Remember the song? Just follow the lyrics.

Tim Allen accidentally kills Santa and has to take his place to save Christmas

#3 - Home Alone (1990)

 Directed by Chris Columbus, written by John Hughes, and scored by John Williams, add in an awesome cast and some holiday spirit and you've got yourself a Christmas classic

All your favourite Muppets, Fraggles, and Sesame Street characters come together to celebrate the holidays. You get to see the late Jim Henson doing the dishes at end.

One of the greatest action movies of all time but I still don't consider it a true Christmas movie. That doesn't really matter though since it's awesome.

In real life there aren't always good times, it's not how reality is. This movie beautifully reflects that. A lot of people don't give older films the respect they deserve but everyone should watch this movie at some point or another.

Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!


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