Pop at Palmetto: Top Ten Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

Ella Pedroso, Design Editor

As the Christmas season approaches, those who celebrate look forward to relaxing with a mug of hot cocoa by the Christmas tree and putting on a holiday-themed movie. Some of these movies are classics that could never get old, and every year viewers enjoy the same laughs and joyful Christmas spirit. These ten movies can help you get you into the Christmas spirit:

1. Elf 

“Santa? I know him!” In the 2003 comedy starring Will Farrell, Buddy the Elf travels from the North Pole to New York City on a quest to find his long-lost dad. Just as Buddy knows Santa, viewers know Buddy the Elf through his journey into navigating his new life, love and his unconventional relationship with his dad and new family. Both a comedy and feel-good movie, Buddy’s quirky, optimistic personality lands him in funny situations, and in true elf nature, it helps him save Christmas by bringing the Christmas spirit to those around him.

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas

Since the movie’s release 65 years ago, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has remained a nostalgic classic. A depressed Charlie Brown finds himself not in the holiday spirit, and with Lucy’s suggestion, Charlie directs the holiday play in hopes to find the true meaning of Christmas. When tasked with finding a Christmas tree, Charlie brings back the last tree, a short broken tree with a single ornament, which leads Charlie and the viewers to discover what Christmas means to him. 

3. Home Alone

“Home Alone’s” chaotic nature keeps viewers constantly laughing as Kevin McCallister, a boy accidentally left home alone while his family goes on vacation to Paris, defends his home from burglars. Watching the burglars fall for Kevin’s traps brings unending laughter for the whole family.

4. Christmas with the Kranks

In this comedy that takes a different approach to Christmas movies, Luther and Nora Krank, a couple whose daughter left the country for the Peace Corps, attempt to “skip” Christmas. Throughout the movie, the audience is left with second-hand embarrassment as the Kranks avoid their disapproving neighbors and deal with judgment for their lack of Christmas spirit. 

5. The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

In this live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Jim Carrey transforms into the furry green anti-Christmas Grinch and attempts to ruin Christmas for the overjoyed Whos of Whoville. The Grinch’s attempt to ruin the holiday does not go as planned, however, when he meets the young Cindy Lou Who, who teaches the Grinch to forever have Christmas in his heart. Watching the Grinch discover the true meaning of Christmas is sure to make your heart grow three times more as well.

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer

This stop motion film shows the traditional story of Rudolph, a reindeer outcast for his red nose, who saves Christmas by leading the way through a foggy Christmas Eve night. The stop-motion method of production and the audience’s ability to watch Rudolph grow during the movie easily gets anyone in the Christmas Spirit.

7. The Santa Clause Franchise

After accidentally killing Santa, Scott Calvin a divorced dad has the responsibility of taking Santa’s place before Christmas and having custody of his son on Christmas Eve. The Santa Clause Franchise tells the story of Scott’s transition from a normal, bitter and self-absorbed father to the best Santa Claus the North Pole had ever seen.

8. The Polar Express

Perhaps one of the most iconic christmas movies of all time, the Polar Express is the perfect feel-good movie to put oneself in the Christmas spirit. The children on the Polar Express take a magical train ride in the middle of the night to the North Pole and learn lessons about friendship, bravery and the Christmas spirit during their adventure. 

9. The Muppet Christmas Carol

A twist on the classic, “A Christmas Carol,” the muppets retell the story in their own way. Kermit the Frog and the other muppets play their own roles in the story and turn the classic story into a more entertaining Christmas movie loved by all.

10. Eloise at Christmastime

Eloise, a six-year-old girl who lives at the top of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, learns that the owner’s daughter, Rachel Peabody, is getting married and tries to stop the wedding. Eloise does not trust the daughter’s fiancé, who is a fraudster and tries to play matchmaker with a hotel worker named Bill. Eloise’s childishness and determination to stop the wedding makes this movie funny, entertaining and romantic.