Now is the best time to watch holiday classic movies and not so classic holiday flicks.
For your little Elves: Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
The holiday classic retold with Jim Carrey playing Mr. Bah Humbug (Ebenezer Scrooge) himself.
The Polar Express (2004)
Tom Hanks as the voice of a train conductor in this visually stunning movie about a young boy on a magical trip to the North Pole.
Other great choices:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 remade in 2000)
Home Alone (1990)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
For the Yuletide Comedian: Fred Claus (2007)
Irresponsible, reckless younger sibling? Even Old Saint Nick has one of those.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Empty nesters make plans for the perfect way to not celebrate the holidays, until their daughter surprises them with a last minute visit. Just like children like to do to their parents.
Other great choices: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Eight Crazy Nights (2002) (“Get out your harmonica, it’s time to celebrate Channuka!”)
For the Hopeless Romantic: Four Christmases (2008)
Nothing tests a couple in love quite like spending the holidays together… Except maybe four separate holiday celebrations with less than conventional parents.
Love Actually (2003)
This romantic comedy follows eight separate stories that show us in the end love trumps all – especially around the holidays.
For the “Man’s Man”: Batman Returns (1992) Get in the spirit watching Batman go one on one against The Penguin to protect Gotham City over the holiday season..
Other great choices: Joyeux Noel (2005)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Christmas for the “Nonconformist” in All of Us: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This is Halloween, no, Christmas. Wait, Halloween. If you love both now you don’t have to decide which is your favorite.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
An endearing story about an outsider trying to find his place in mainstream society. And his hands are actually scissors.
For the Holiday Optimist: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
George Bailey wanders the cold streets on Christmas Eve thinking his life has been meaningless, until an angel shows him the incredible impact he has had and the lives he changed for the better.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947 and remade in 1994)
Set in New York a Macy’s Department store Santa Claus must prove he is the real Santa before the courts, or risk being sent to a mental institution. Even Santa has bad days.
Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)