One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is watch feel good Christmas movies every chance I get. There’s no better way to spend an evening than curling up in pajamas with some hot cocoa and a festive film or two. I have so many favorites that I like to watch each year that I end up having to start viewing them in November (I’m one of those people that starts playing Christmas music the day after Halloween, so this probably doesn’t come as a surprise). If you’re looking for some seasonal movies to watch leading up to Christmas, here are some of my favorite films for the holidays.
Old films are so much fun to watch, especially during this time of year. There’s just something incredibly magical about their age, and that magic lends itself quite well to the festive feeling of the season. White Christmas is by far my favorite classic film to watch. It’s a musical, so there are plenty of Christmas songs to sing along with, and I just love the chemistry between Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby. I’m an old-fashioned romantic at heart, so It’s A Wonderful Life is another holiday favorite of mine. It actually took me forever to finally watch this film, but once I did I was completely hooked. I love the plot and how sweet the love story is between the two main characters. This movie is also why I have a huge crush on Jimmy Stewart. Swoon…
It wouldn’t truly be Christmastime without several of my childhood favorites. I grew up watching those old Rankin-Bass children’s movies like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Year Without A Santa Claus, and I still watch them to this day. These make me so nostalgic and really take me back to when I was little. Another favorite is Home Alone, which I’m pretty sure my family and I watch at least 3 separate times throughout the season. It’s just such a fun movie, and the ending always makes me tear up a bit.
Besides a bunch of old favorites, I have so many recent films that have quickly become essential to my Christmas lineup. Elf with Will Ferrell instantly became a family favorite and one that my dad and I quote regularly. Then there’s The Polar Express, a personal favorite of mine and one that must be watched with a big mug of hot chocolate. I also have a soft spot for the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. They’re all so cute and wholesome, and Hallmark starts showing them right after Halloween which means I get to enjoy all of my favorites for 2 whole months.
What are your favorite feel good movies for Christmastime?