Top Ten Best Holiday Movies

Jenna Harper, Editor-in-Chief

   Now that the holiday season has arrived once again, it’s time to celebrate and get back into that holly-jolly groove. Whether it’s drinking eggnog, decorating the tree, or attending ugly sweater parties, there’s a wide variety of ways to get into the holiday spirit, and watching any one of these movies is no exception. From comedies to dramas, here are the top ten best holiday movies.

10.) Bad Santa The definition of a comedic holiday movie, Billy Bob Thorton is Bad Santa. The film is hilariously raunchy, wildly amusing, and brimming with dark humor. Somehow, the movie still manages to incorporate the true spirit of Christmas in all the best ways possible.

9.) Love Actually With a star-studded cast and nine stories intertwined to explain the meaning of love and the joys of the holidays, Love Actually has become a widely beloved Christmas film since its debut in 2003, definitely earning its place on the list. 

8.) A Charlie Brown Christmas A true classic, the Charlie Brown movies have been warming hearts since the ’60s, and the Christmas edition is no exception. With characters like Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and more, this film is guaranteed to bring back warm memories of the holiday season.

7.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas The beloved Dr. Suess book has been remade into films and musicals alike, each one capturing the essence of holiday spirit perfectly. Whether you prefer the animated or live-action version, this film will most definitely make your heart grow three sizes with each viewing.

6.) Polar Express With fun musical numbers and important life lessons, The Polar Express is an inspiring based-off-a-book kind of film that has engaged children and adults alike for several generations. The film truly emphasizes the significance of always believing.

5.) A Christmas Story With influential holiday features like the “Red Ryder Air Rifle” and the “raunchy leg lamp” A Christmas Story truly is one of those amusing and classic holiday movies that you have to watch at least once every Christmas… or several times since TBS plays it on repeat for 24 hours on Christmas every year.

4.) The Santa Clause Akin to Bad Santa, The Santa Clause is just one of those Santa movies you can’t get enough of. With two successful sequels and a very jolly Tim Allen, The Santa Clause is a no-brainer when it comes time to break out the holiday movies.

3.) Elf While you can never go wrong with a Will Ferrel movie, Elf truly is one of a kind. It’s unbelievably funny while simultaneously charming, and defines what it means to truly love Christmas and everything that comes with it.

2.) Home Alone Home Alone is, without a doubt, one of the most epic holiday movies since its debut in 1990, and several of its iconic scenes have influenced the holiday season worldwide. With clever traps and spending his days however he liked, I can’t lie, Kevin’s home-alone Christmas looked pretty awesome.

1.) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation The finest. The funniest. The best holiday movie out there… National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Not only does this film contain the best quotes that you’ll be repeating all year long, but it also demonstrates what Christmas really means and the importance of family, earning it the top spot on the list.