Holiday Must-Watch List

by Keara Barron, Staff Writer

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  • “Elf”: This comedic film stars Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, whose character faces a dilemma when he discovers he is not actually an elf. The story follows Buddy as he makes his way out of the North Pole and into New York City in search of his father and true identity. Many are sure to have a laugh while watching this lighthearted movie.

  • “Home Alone”: When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind on a family vacation to Paris, he is overjoyed. His excitement is short-lived, however, when he discovers two burglars named Harry and Marv plan to break into his family home on Christmas Eve. To defend his home, McCallister sets up numerous booby traps for the burglars and that’s when the fun begins. This 90s movie continues to show in theaters during the holiday season.

  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas”: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a creative cross between two favorite holidays. Halloween Town’s “pumpkin king”, Jack Skellington, becomes weary of the yearly Halloween routine. When he discovers a portal to Christmas Town, he’s intrigued by a new and unfamiliar holiday and stirs up a bit of trouble when he decides he wants to deliver Christmas for the year instead of Santa.

  • “Frosty the Snowman”: Inspired by the popular holiday song, Frosty the Snowman comes to life in this 1969 animated short when a magician’s unwanted hat falls on top of the snowman’s head. Frosty leads the town’s children around on a small adventure while the magician follows, trying to steal his hat back from Frosty. This film is perfect for families with young children.

  • “Gremlins”: This creepy comedy debuted in 1984 and begins with a man named Randall Peltzer looking for a Christmas present for his son, Billy. Peltzer eventually brings home a small creature called a mogwai that must be cared for with three rules: Don’t expose it to bright lights, get it wet, or ever feed it after midnight. When Billy inadvertently breaks all three rules, chaos breaks loose and evil creatures called gremlins terrorize the town on Christmas Eve.

  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: This Dr. Seuss tale has been adapted into both a live-action movie and an animated film. The Grinch, a green creature with sour heart, wishes to take away Christmas and joy from the town of Whoville. He launches a scheme to steal Christmas out of the homes of Whoville but learns an important message and experiences a change of heart.

  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas”: Charles M. Schulz’s famous comic strip, “The Peanuts,” comes to the big screen in this heartwarming short film in which the iconic Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas amidst the commercialism. To get into the holiday spirit, he agrees to direct the school’s Christmas play. However, Charlie Brown runs into trouble with the rest of the group when he brings back a lackluster Christmas tree. With a meaningful message and beloved characters, this movie has remained popular 50 years after its release date.

  • “The Polar Express”: A boy begins to doubt the existence of Santa when suddenly a steam locomotive known as the Polar Express arrives at the front of his house on the night of Christmas Eve. The conductor, voiced by Tom Hanks, informs the boy that they are on their way to the North Pole. After changing his mind at the last minute, the boy boards the train and experiences several adventures before and after arriving to the North Pole to see Santa. During his memorable trip, the boy learns the importance and magic of believing.

  • “Miracle on 34th Street”: At the last-minute, a man by the name of Kris Kringle replaces a drunk Santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. He quickly becomes adored by the children and lands a job as Santa in one of the department store locations in New York City. Kringle shocks many and has people questioning his mental health when he declares he’s the real Santa. When Kringle is framed for injuring a man, he is placed on trial where the court has decide whether or not his claim as Santa is true or not. This Christmas movie was originally released in 1947 and remade in 1994.

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