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Must Watch Holiday Movies

Our family loves a good holiday movie. I grew up watching classics like Miracle On 34th Street and It’s A Wonderful Life and more! I also know there’s a cult following for hallmark holiday movies! And I often get into them myself too. I just love a feel good story with a happy ending. While many of us know of Elf  and Home Alone, studios are also releasing new stories and movies that can become holiday movie watching traditions. I’ll listed some of the newer options that are guaranteed to bring your family festive cozy holiday vibes. Watching holiday movies as a family every year create some of the very best memories and traditions!

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When it comes to the holiday season, we really get into the holiday spirit with more than just shopping. The Christmas season has so many classic Christmas movies to watch this time of year. Between the jolly tunes and the fun stories, the whole family loves to gather around the television for the red-nosed reindeer, Tim Burton, the Polar Express and more. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and there are plenty of movies on Amazon Prime, Netlfix, Hulu and more for the entire family to enjoy a Christmas classic. Have yourself a merry little Christmas and every holiday you celebrate this season. There’s always a new movie in the holiday film category to fall in love with! With the snow in New York City in the winter, these are great to save for a later date.

Holiday Movies

A Castle for Christmas– A bestselling author has to escape a scandal, so she flees to Scotland, where she falls hopelessly in love with a castle– and has to deal with the Duke who lives there! This rom-com is such a classic feel-good, Christmas movie. Will these characters fall in love? You’ll have to watch to see!

8 Bit Christmas– Video games are all the rage these days! In this adorable new film, a young boy goes on a quest for the hottest new video game system for Christmas. The scenes are so fun to watch and the cast is truly phenomenal! This is one your kids are going to love!

Father Christmas is BackFour sisters are reuniting for Christmas, but what tore their family apart for so long? A series of mysterious misunderstandings reveal the real reason for the tension. This is one you will want to watch over and over again!

The Princess Switch 3– Alright, who else has shamelessly watched the other two films?! It can’t just be me! Vanessa Hudgens is back and the girls are switching for the 3rd time! If you haven’t seen this series of movies, it’s about two girls who are total dopplegangers that switch places because they want to experience another life. This time, there’s a third look-alike!

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Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas– Shaun and his pals are back in this cute Christmas film! He’s on the hunt for a bigger stocking, but something goes wrong! With the help of the whole farm and a sleigh, they are on their way to an adventure! This is perfect for young kids.

A Boy Called Christmas– We all know Santa is also referred to as St. Nick. Well meet Nikolas, who sets foot on a magical adventure in the snowy north. Is it the North Pole? You’ll have to watch to know for sure!

Home Sweet Home Alone– I think we’re all familiar with the Home Alone films. Well, this isn’t quite the same story. In this film a married couple tries to steal back a very valuable heirloom from a kid! This is on Disney+ and ready for your viewing!


Team Marco – The cutest family movie for this holiday seasons movie nights! When Marco’s grandfather introduces him to bocce ball and the neighborhood crew, Marco decides the round up his own crew for a kids team! This is a great family movie night option so grab your popcorn and hot chocolate and cozy up to Team Marco.

Holidate – Sloane and Jackson are tired of being single and attending special events alone. They mutually decide to make a packed to be each other’s platonic plus one’s for a whole year. This cute romantic comedy is an easy watch with all the holiday vibes.

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The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2 – After losing their fire fighter father Kate and Teddy’s  mom is having a tough time making ends meet and has to work on Christmas eve. Home alone Kate and Teddy decide to capture Santa on camera, but what happens next takes us all on a holiday plot twist! This movie is so cute you’ll be watching the 2nd in no time!

Dash & Lily – Cynical Dash and optimistic Lily use a notebook to share dreams, dares, and desires that quickly turns in a whirlwind holiday romance. I love that this movie takes place in NYC. The location adds to the holiday magic vibes.

Jingle Jangle – Jump right in to the magical world of a toy maker and his adventurous granddaughter. When he’s close to loosing it all, his granddaughter helps him created a toy that will change their lives forever. This is a great choice for all ages!

Super Monsters Save Christmas – Super Monsters has quickly become a household name and favorite. Follow the Monsters for a fun filled holiday special. When Santa loses one of his reindeer, the Super Monsters join in on the search in hopes of saving Christmas!

Operation Christmas Drop – I think we could all use a tropical Christmas escape. When Erica,  a political aide heads to a beachside air base she meets Capt. Andrew Jantz. This work relationship quickly becomes more when the sun is shining and holiday vibes are in the air. Another great easy to watch romantic comedy.

Dear Santa –  This documentary is a sweet inside look to Operation Santa. Every year thousands of letters arrive through the United Post Office lettered to Santa. Operation Santa helps children’s dreams come true!

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Oldies But Goodies

-Elf – The Family Man – The Holiday – Love Actually – Home Alone – Home Alone 2 – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – The Santa Claus – Jingle All The Way- Charlie Brown Christmas- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- Muppet Christmas Carol- Christmas Story-


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This post was originally published on November 25th, 2020 and has since been updated.

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17 thoughts on “Must Watch Holiday Movies”

  1. I haven’t even watched any holiday films yet! I’ve been looking for some new ones to try, thanks for the ideas!

  2. There are a few on this list that I have been wanting to see. I have been so busy lately, but I need to take some time to watch these. I can’t wait to see them.

  3. I needed more holiday movies to watch! It is the time of year I do all my tasks around the house with holiday movies on! 🙂 Needed some new ones to watch.

  4. I was just talking with a friend this morning about watching some holiday movies since the weather is no nice and cool. I love your selections and have saved a few to watch this weekend.

  5. I’m glad to see Christmas Chronicles on your list. We watched the first one last year. It was fun family movie. Looking forward to seeing the second one this Christmas. Love your picks.

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