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Top ten movies to watch this holiday season

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

After weeks of online schooling, I am sure all of us are excited about winter break. Whether that means sleeping in, focusing on yourself, less stress, or just being excited about the upcoming holidays. Speaking of which since we won’t be able to really go anywhere this year most of us will most likely be watching a lot of movies. So put on your fuzzy socks, make some hot chocolate, and take a look at this list of the Top 10 Movies to Watch This Holiday Season:

1. Elf

Release Date: 2003 Rating: PG Genre: Family/Comedy Time Stamp: 1h 37m

Synopsis: A human (Buddy) who was accidentally sent and raised in the North Pole as an elf set out to find his real dad. After proving to a skeptical businessman that he is his son, this family has to adjust to their new lives while Buddy learns how it is to be an adult in the city.

Streaming Service/s: Hulu, Starz, Amazon Prime

2. Polar Express

Release Date: 2004 Rating: G Genre: Family/Animation Time Stamp: 1h 40m

Synopsis: This Christmas film is based on the beautiful children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. A young boy stumbles upon a train and winds up taking a magical and gorgeous journey, making friends along the way, and allowing him to see the world in a whole different light.

Streaming Service/s: Amazon Prime

3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Release Date: 2000 Rating: PG Genre: Family/Fantasy Time Stamp: 1h 50m

Synopsis: A live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful children’s book where a city outcast, The Grinch, decides that he will take his revenge on the citizens of Whoville, due to their exhausting happiness and past ridicules, by ruining their Christmas with the companionship of his dog, Max.

Streaming Service/s: Netflix, Amazon Prime

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Release Date: 1993 Rating: PG Genre: Family/Animation Time Stamp: 1h 16m

Synopsis: The wicked and beloved Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, Jack Skellington, gets bored of the same old traditions that take place on Halloween and is eager for change when he accidentally discovers the door to a whole other town. The beautiful and wonderous Christmastown. Giving him interesting and somewhat dangerous ideas.

Streaming Service/s: Disney+, Netflix

5. Home Alone

Release Date: 1990 Rating: PG Genre: Family/Comedy Time Stamp: 1h 43m

Synopsis: Home Alone is a Christmas comedy about 8-year-old, Kevin McCallister who accidentally gets left home on the day his family travels to Paris for the holidays. At first, Kevin takes advantage of being all alone with no parents to bug him until he discovers that two men are going to try and rob his house, leaving him to take care of everything alone.

Streaming Service/s: Disney+

6. Hitched For The Holidays

Release Date: 2012 Rating: PG Genre: Holidays/Romance Time Stamp: 1h 30m

Synopsis: I know this is a Hallmark movie BUT HEAR ME OUT! Hitched for the Holidays will definitely draw you in if you are a fan of the occasional cheesy romance movie. This movie follows a man and a woman who are pretending to be engaged to avoid questions and drama from their families while showing us some holiday spirit including Christmas and Hanukkah.

Streaming Service/s: Hallmark Movies Now, Amazon Prime, Vudu

7. Full-Court Miracle

Release Date: 2003 Rating: NR Genre: Family/Drama Time Stamp: 1h 30m

Synopsis: A basketball prodigy is forced to stop playing after suffering from a knee injury. After feeling down for a very long time he gets persuaded into coaching Alex, a young Jewish boy he happens to cross paths with, with a passion for basketball, and his academy’s team to hopefully victory.

Streaming Service/s: Disney Now, Disney+

8. An American Tail

Release Date: 1986 Rating: G Genre: Family/Animation Time Stamp: 1h 20m

Synopsis: After their house is destroyed by cats a mouse, Fievel Mousekewitz, and his family travel from Russia-Jewish to the U.S. by boat. When suddenly a horrible storm hits and Fievel gets thrown from the boat he luckily ends up safe in New York and makes some friends, who try to help him find his loved ones.

Streaming Service/s: Hulu

9. The Black Candle

Release Date: 2008 Rating: NR Genre: Indie/Documentary Time Stamp: 1h 11m

Synopsis: This documentary teaches us about Kwanzaa and lets us see the vibrant culture, interesting history, and beautiful celebrations.

Streaming Service/s: Tubi, Starz TV, Amazon Prime

10. The Proud Family: 7 Days of Kwanzaa

Release Date: 2001 Rating: G Genre: Family/Animated Sitcom Time Stamp: 23m 07s

Synopsis: In this Kwanzaa special, Penny decided to invite a homeless family to spend Christmas with them. Though the homeless family returns the next day and teaches the Proud family all about Kwanzaa.

Streaming Service/s: Disney+

Some honorable mentions are the Let it Snow, A Christmas Carol, and A Rugrats Kwanzaa Special. All great watches with Let it Snow being targeted towards teens with a PG-14 rating. I hope everyone enjoys their break whether you celebrate the holidays or not. Make sure to try and relax as much as possible and catch up on all the sleep you can before next semester.

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