Top 14 movies to watch during the holidays (+1)

Top 14 movies to watch during the holidays (+1)

Merry Christmas!!!

There is no better time than this to snuggle on the couch watching movies. I usually make popcorn if I’m watching a movie at home, however during this time of the year I often find myself betraying that tradition and making hot chocolate with marshmallows instead.

I made a list of some of my favorite movies to watch during Christmas time. Some are PG for everyone, but I have added a couple of nice Christmas horrors in there, too. I love horror movies, and not just for Halloween.

PG movies for everyone

1. Jack Frost (1998)

Fun fact: there is another movie called “Jack Frost”. It was released in 1997 and… it’s an horror movie.

2. A Christmas Carol (2009)

The Disney version. I might be biased because duh, Disney, but I love it.

“There is nothing on this earth more terrifying to me than a life doomed to poverty”

3. The Holiday (2006)

A classic. And let’s talk about Jude Law at his finest, shall we?

“I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood”.

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. 4:00, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one; 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me – I can’t cancel that again; 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing… I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?”

5. The gremlins (1984)

Where do I even begin explaining the Gremlins? A movie everyone should have already seen a million times (and if you are old enough to have free internet access and read this blog post, then I hope you have already watched it).

“Well, that’s the story. So if your air conditioner goes on the fritz or your washing machine blows up or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds, ’cause you never can tell there just might be a gremlin in your house”.

6. Home alone (1990)

The cult movie of my childhood. Ok, no, let’s be honest. The cult movie of everyone’s lives.

“Merry Christmas, you filthy animal”

7. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

8. Love actually (2003)

9. Elf (2003)

10. It’s a wonderful life (1946)

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”


1. Black Christmas (1974)

2. A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

3. Krampus (2015)

Better Watch Out (2017)

This is new and I have still to watch it, but it looks perfect for this list. I’ll let you know once I’ve seen it.


The Sound of Music (1966)

“I can’t seem to stop singing wherever I am. And what’s worse, I can’t seem to stop saying things – anything and everything I think and feel.”

I had to add a musical to the list. It might be a cliche, but there is nothing better than watching Julie Andrews sing My Favorite Things.

What about you? Do you have particular movies you love watching during the holidays?

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