The Best Holiday Movies

And how to stream them

Tis the season! You know the one we’re talking about. When an endless stream of parties, shopping runs and the miscellaneous tasks involved in tying up the year’s loose ends leave us all with little in the way of free time to spare. Except, that is, for movies. After all, what’s better than cozying up in front of the fire – solo or with someone special – to enjoy a Holiday classic? The answer is, pretty much nothing.
 
With that in mind, here’s our list of the five best Holiday Movies and where you can watch them!
 
Home Alone, 1990
If you’re feeling nostalgic for childhood holidays (or simpler times when parents could leave for vacation without their youngest offspring and not wind up in jail), there’s no better film for you. This classic comedy made a household name out of young Macaulay Culkin and launched a franchise. P.S., the second installment (when young Kevin winds up alone in Manhattan) is pretty great, too!
Currently running on HBO Family/HBO/HBO Go and available for purchase/rental on Amazon Video
 
A Christmas Story, 1983
If the hilarious story of a loving, dysfunctional family sounds up your alley, look no further than this beloved Christmas comedy set in the Midwest of the 1930s. Young Ralphie Parker wants a Red Ryder air rifle from Santa Claus more than anything in the world, despite universal warnings that he’ll shoot his eye out if he gets one. Spoiler alert – he won’t actually lose any body parts – but you’ll laugh your heart out watching the Parker family’s winter exploits.
Currently available for rent/purchase on Itunes, Youtube, Amazon Video and Google Video
 
Love Actually, 2003
Yes, it’s sappy. And parts of it may even be cringe-worthy thirteen years later (wait – how did that happen?!), but this modern day classic from Richard Curtis (also known for Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill for starters), is sure to give you the feels. It’s also a super romantic dose of English holiday spirit – and rest assured, no one does Christmas like London. (See also: Bridget Jones’s Diary, 2001 and The Holiday, 2006).
Currently streaming on Netflix along with The Holiday. Bridget Jones’s Diary is available on Fullscreen, Hulu and Amazon Video
 
Scrooged, 1988
This late-80s comedic take on the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol doesn’t quite hit the sweet note of the original (it’s far more cynical). However, it stars Bill Murray and it still gets the point across. Kindness counts and no one wants to work over the holidays – even in Manhattan!
Available to stream on ITunes, YouTube and Amazon Video
 
Elf, 2003
Who can resist Will Ferrell playing a human raised by Santa whose come down from the North Pole to meet his real father? Not us! Great for kids and the kid in us all, this charming little comedy will make you laugh and warm your heart.
Available to stream on ITunes, YouTube and Vudu
Stephanie K. Smith is a freelance writer working across mediums. Her pieces have appeared on sites ranging from CNN.com to National Lampoon and she’s written television pilots for Fox, CBS, The CW and Legendary Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, Dash and their (girl) cat, Fred.  http://www.stephanieksmith.com/

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