Beyond the classics, holiday movies to watch

There’s no better recipe for embracing the holiday spirit than popping a few cookies in the oven, lighting your favorite spiced candle, and turning on a heartwarming movie filled with holiday magic. With classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and family favorites like “Elf,” there are plenty of movies to choose from this time of year. Here are 10 more to add to your list.

Almost Christmas.jpg“Almost Christmas” (2016)Genre(s): drama, comedy
For the first Christmas since his wife died, Walter invites his grown children and their families home for the holidays. Will bickering siblings be able to mend fences or will conflict take over Christmas? With family drama, heartwarming moments, and lots of laughs, this film will resonate with many this season.

Arthur Christmas.jpg“Arthur Christmas” (2011)
Genre(s): family, comedy
After a night of delivering gifts to houses around the world, all seems to be well. Santa’s team soon realizes, however, that one house was missed. It’s now up to Santa’s clumsy son Arthur to save Christmas for one young girl.


“The Night Before” (2015)The Night Before.jpgGenre(s): comedy
In this adults-only holiday comedy, three best friends reunite for their annual Christmas Eve night out. This year, as the tradition comes to an end, they plan the most epic Christmas Eve yet.

Genre(s): classic, comedy, mystery
Hailed as one of the most underrated Christmas classics, “The Thin Man” tells the tale of a retired private investigator and his wife as they find themselves entangled in a murder mystery in New York City. Set during the holiday season, this film is funny, glamorous, and might just be your new favorite Christmas classic.

“Deck the Halls” (2006) Genre: comedy, familyDeck the Halls.jpg
When a new family moves into the neighborhood and challenges Steve Finch as the town’s Christmas guy, Steve knows he has to step up his decorating game. Soon enough, both dads are squaring off in a battle of the bulbs.

Serendipity.jpg“Serendipity” (2001)Genre(s): romance, comedy
Five days before Christmas, Jonathan and Sara meet while shopping at Bloomingdales, and sparks fly. They have an incredible night adventuring in New York City, but part ways as the night ends. Years later, despite being engaged to other people, Jonathan and Sara still wonder what could have been. Can they find each other once again?

The Bishop's Wife.jpg“The Bishop’s Wife” (1947)Genre(s): classic, romance, fantasy
Released shortly after “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Bishop’s Wife” is another classic that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Cary Grant plays an angel who is tasked with helping a bishop straighten out his life, starting with his fractured marriage. However, a Christmas love triangle threatens to complicate the angel’s mission.

Better Watch Out.jpg“Better Watch Out” (2016)Genre(s): horror, thriller
In true “Home Alone” style, a 12-year-old boy and his babysitter must protect each other and the house when dangerous intruders break in. If horror movies are your cup of eggnog even this time of year, “Better Watch Out” is a hilarious must-watch full of twists and turns.

Jack Frost.jpg“Jack Frost” (1998)Genre(s): family, fantasy
Over the years, musician Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) has become less focused on his family and more on his band. Before he can fix his mistakes, he is killed in a tragic car accident. With the help of a magical harmonica, his son brings him back to life in the form of a snowman. Is this Jack Frost’s second chance at being the father and husband his family needs?

Love-Hard.jpgLove Hard” (2021)Genre: romantic comedy
A woman from Los Angeles, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays, only to discover that she’s been catfished. This lighthearted romantic comedy chronicles her attempt to reel in love.

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