Five Christmas Movies that Should be on Your Holiday Watchlist

Bianca Miccolis ’21

Features Editor

In preparation of the Christmas season, we decorate our homes and dorm rooms with trees, stockings, garlands, wreaths and more.  We take our Christmas card pictures, make gift lists and buy presents for our families and friends before and during our break. One of my favorite activities of the holiday season is watching the “25 Days of Christmas” countdown on ABC Family of all the movies that lead up to the main event: Christmas day.  Whether you watch the countdown or not, here are five movies that most everyone will see or should watch during this upcoming season.


What is Christmas if you haven’t watched “Elf” at least once during the season? This popular Christmas movie has most likely made it on to your holiday watchlist already with its lighthearted story that will make people of all ages laugh.  While as kids we may have wanted to escape to the North Pole, Buddy does the opposite as an elf looking for his human birth parents “down below” in the real world. Will Ferrell’s hilarious portrayal of Buddy the Elf makes this a worthwhile addition to your watchlist.  

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

We know it on the radio when they play Christmas music, but watching the song come to life in clay animation adds so much to the experience of the tale.  Because Rudolph plays such a large part in our image of Christmas, why wouldn’t you watch his story on T.V.? There is much more to the story than we think.  In this film, Rudolph is the son of Donner, Santa’s lead reindeer and Donner tells Rudolph that he will never be one of Santa’s reindeer because of his red nose.  In order to make him more “appealing,” Donner covers his nose with mud. Rudolph and friends escape the Abominable Snow monster, find the island of misfit toys and save them from being alone.  Santa promises Rudolph that he will find a home for them. This story is full of cute characters and its heartfelt story will make it necessary for it to be on the watchlist.

The Santa Clause Trilogy

This Disney trilogy is one that I always watch during the Christmas season.  The story teaches so much to Tim Allen’s character in establishing the best relationship that he can with his son.  In addition, it makes a kid’s dream come true that their dad, grandfather, uncle, or brother could become Santa Claus and he or she could be a part of the experience.  Each of the movies has its own conflict throughout so if you did not want to watch all three, then you would not have to. However, if Disney provides such a rich Christmas story, why not take the time to appreciate the whole story?

A Christmas Story

“You’ll shoot your eye out!’ Those are the famous words of Ralphie Parker’s mother, teacher, and Santa Claus when he asks for Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.  Well, he gets the air rifle and he thinks he shoots his eye out on Christmas breaking his glasses in the process. However, this is only one thing that goes wrong for the Parker Christmas.  The dog ruins Christmas dinner and the Parker family ends up eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant because it is the only place open on the holiday. This movie shows that a chaotic Christmas unlike one that the family imagines can be just as nice as the one for which they had prepared.  Because of the humor and heartfelt story, “A Christmas Story” is a must-see during the holiday season.

One of The Grinch movies

Now that there are three “Grinch” movies, there are plenty of options to watch the classic Dr. Seuss story.  If you are looking for the closest to the Dr. Seuss story, then you may want to watch the original “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” as the movie animation mirrors the art of Dr. Seuss’ books.  However, if you are looking for a more modern rendition of the tale with real people, then you could watch “The Grinch” (2000) with Jim Carrey. If you have tired of both of these versions, then check out the newest Grinch in animation, which is narrated by Pharrell Williams.  While I have not seen the latest version, I have heard great reviews of the movie and hope to see it soon. If you are a “Grinch groupie,” then add all three to the watchlist for your holiday season.

    While the Holy Cross community is stuck in finals season right now, it is also the holiday season.  You may want to take a study break and watch one of these movies or save them all for break as a reward for the hard work you have done this semester.  Regardless of the choice, these movies are all timeless Christmas stories, old and new, that embody the spirit of the holiday season every year. So, curl up under a blanket and enjoy the excitement of the holidays just by pressing “play.”

Let the reindeer games begin! RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, the longest-running holiday special in television history, will be broadcast Tuesday Nov. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Since 1964, millions of families have tuned in to watch Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Misfit Toys, save Christmas. This classic “Animagic” special features a world-renowned musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice talent of legendary performer Burl Ives (Sam the Snowman). Photo: ©Classic Media

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