It’s that time of year again– when the holiday movies start flying off the shelves! This year, I’ve decided to put together a list of 5 of my favorite family movies and 5 adult movies perfect for the holiday season!
For the Family (Rated G-PG):
The Santa Clause– Single father Scott Calvin and his young son Charlie’s home is visited by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When Santa falls off their roof and is injured, Charlie persuades his dad to take over Santa’s job.
Prancer– A little girl finds a wounded reindeer in the woods and believes it is Prancer. Her efforts to nurse it back to health so she can return it to Santa bring about wonderful changes in the lives of everyone- her father, their neighbor, a grouchy vet, a department store Santa and the people of the town.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carrey)– Why is the Grinch such a grouch? No one seems to know, until little Cindy Lou Who takes matters into her own hands and turns both Whoville and the Grinch’s world upside down, inside out, and funny side up in her search for the true meaning of Christmas.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas– Mickey, Minnie, and their famous friends gather together to reminisce about love, magic and surprises in three wonder-filled stories of Christmas past. Featuring the entire case in a finale of merry, magical Christmas songs.
Elf– A human baby accidentally ends up at the North Pole and grows up among the elf community. Buddy, as he comes to be known, knows that he’s “special”. When he’s 30, Buddy learns from Santa that he’s really a human. He decides to go in search of his father, to find out where he belongs. He walks to Manhattan, and is immediately run over by a cab. His father at first rejects him and Buddy ends up in a department store where other elves are working. But all the while, things are looking bad for Santa Claus. When Santa crashes his sleigh in Central Park, it’s Buddy’s moment to shine.
For Adults (Rated PG+):
Love Actually– Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Christmas Vacation– Christmas is the perfect season for Clark Griswold and his family. Clark’s a disaster waiting to happen. You have to see it to believe it. There are 25,000 lights on the Griswold rooftop. An exploding turkey. And a house full of relatives.
It’s a Wonderful Life– A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.
A Christmas Story– A young boy must convince his parents that a toy rifle is the only Christmas gift that will make Christmas worthwhile. Not only do his parents face what many other parents do during that time of the year, but their actions fit in with the All-American Christmas.
Home Alone– When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister’s family left for vacation, they forgot one minor detail: Kevin!
Images and summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.