It’s a wonderful time of year with these holiday movies


While curling up by an open fire and opening presents, don’t forget to revisit these favorite classic holiday films.

It’s a Wonderful Life is considered by many to be the magnum opus of Christmas movies. Starring James Stewart as George Bailey, this 1945 movie chronicles the tale of a man who is shown by an angel all of the lives that would be negatively affected if he had never been born.

Set in the 1940s, A Christmas Story (1983) tells the tale of a young boy who tries to convince the adults in his life, including Santa, that he should receive a Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas.

Starring Will Ferrell, Elf (2003) follows an unusually large elf named Buddy. Sent by Santa to find his birth father, Buddy must navigate human culture all while attempting to get his dad off the naughty list.

The brainchild of Adam Sandler, Eight Crazy Nights (2002) focuses on a party animal in trouble with the law who must referee for a youth basketball league to redeem himself while discovering the spirit of the Hanukah holiday.

Starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci, Home Alone (1990) is about an eight-year-old who, after his family leaves him home alone during Christmas, must protect his home from a pair of burglars.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) is a stop-motion film about a misfit reindeer with a bright red nose who goes on an adventure to prove himself to the other reindeers and play their reindeer games.

The Polar Express (2004) is a Christmas cartoon starring Tom Hanks about a little boy who is skeptical on the existence of Santa Claus. After boarding a magical train North Pole-bound, he discovers the magic of friendship and believing.

Love Actually is a 2003 Christmas tale set in London about eight intertwined lives who explore the emotion of love during the holiday season. Starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and Bill Nighy, this film shows that love actually is all around us.

Based on the writings of Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 cartoon about the Grinch who, through the festive spirit of Whoville, learns the importance of Christmas.