Cozy Up and Watch: Best Christmas Movies to Brighten Your Holidays
As snow begins to cover the bustling streets of New York City in a gorgeous blanket of white, it becomes the perfect time to cuddle up under your own blanket. Whether you grew up watching Christmas movie classics or you’re just a big fan of the holiday spirit, Christmas movies are one of the best — and easiest — ways to get you in the Christmas mood. From the timeless It’s a Wonderful Life to the laugh-out-loud misadventures of Kevin McCAllister in Home Alone, joy is the overarching theme of these films.
As you relax at home or in one of The Lucerne’s ultra-comfortable suites, each with high-speed internet and a multitude of streaming options and TV channels, indulge in some of these twelve movies to brighten your holidays. Your festive season will be absolutely transformed.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Frank Capra’s timeless classic, It's a Wonderful Life, has been an audience favorite for nearly a century. It stars James Stewart as a man contemplating the impact of his existence on the small town of Bedford Falls. This 1946 movie may be old, but it never gets old, as it beautifully explores the themes of family, sacrifice, and the true meaning of Christmas.
In Elf, Will Ferrell’s Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole, embarks on a journey to reconnect with his human father in New York City. Released in 2003, this modern holiday gem combines humor and heart-warming joy, offering a festive escape into a whimsical adventure world.
Home Alone (1990)
Directed by Chris Columbus, Home Alone tells the tale of Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old whose family accidentally leaves him behind when they go on vacation for Christmas. Since 1990, audiences have come back again and again to this family comedy, known for Kevin’s inventive and comical efforts to protect his home from burglars.
A Christmas Story (1983)
American TV personality Jean Shepherd’s semi-autobiographical tale, A Christmas Story, captures the quirky and charming essence of the holidays. Set in the 1940s, the film humorously portrays young Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun and the challenges he faces along the way, as well as other entertaining vignettes.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Family-friendly classic A Charlie Brown Christmas brings the Peanuts gang to life. As Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas, the film explores themes of friendship, love, and the simplicity of holiday joy.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stop-motion animated film that introduces us to Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Released in 1993, the film follows Jack's discovery of Christmas and his attempt to bring its joy to his dark, spooky world.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, You’ve Got Mail is a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of New York City during the holiday season. Released in 1998, the film explores the burgeoning online romance between two business rivals who are unaware of each other's real identities.
Love Actually (2003)
In Love Actually, director Richard Curtis weaves together multiple love stories that unfold in the weeks leading up to Christmas in London. Released in 2003, the film features an ensemble cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, and more, exploring the highs and lows of love during the holiday season.
The Polar Express (2004)
Based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express follows a young boy who embarks on a magical train journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Released in 2004, this animated adventure captures a sense of youthful belief and wonder, emphasizing the magic of Christmas through a visually stunning and heartwarming story.
White Christmas (1954)
White Christmas, released in 1954, is a musical film featuring the timeless tunes of Irving Berlin. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, the movie tells the story of two song-and-dance duos who team up to save a failing Vermont inn, and also find love along the way.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)
Based on Dr. Seuss' beloved book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an animated television special that first aired in 1967. The film tells the story of the Grinch, a green, grouchy creature who attempts to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville but ultimately discovers the true meaning of the holiday.
In this 2020 romantic comedy, Holidate, two singles decide to be each other’s platonic plus-ones for all holiday events throughout the year. As they navigate the ups and downs of festive celebrations, they discover that they may be more than friends. Holidate offers a contemporary and humorous take on the challenges of modern holiday romance.
Make the perfect holiday afternoon or evening even better with a mug of hot chocolate, luxurious accommodations, and an unforgettable holiday movie.
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