The Top Must See Holiday Films!

The Top Four Holiday Films. Photo courtesy of

Hailee Ramirez, Photojournalist

The holiday season is right around the corner, which is the time to spend with family or cuddled up in bed with some hot chocolate, watching a good holiday movie. Of course, with the tons and tons of holiday films, where do you begin. If you have come to this problem, here is a solution to help you through this rough time. Listed below, is the top four holiday films, according to iTunes.


  1. Elf (2003)

This witty yet heartwarming film is perfect for the holidays to get you ready for that holiday season. It is based on an Elf, Buddy, who is raised as an elf, but slowly realizes he was not meant for the North Pole due to his size difference. Instead, he travels to New York City to find his place in the world, but ends up finding his workaholic father. As he spends his time with his father, he eventually learns he has to save Christmas for New York and the world; so he can show everyone the true meaning of Christmas. Abigail Kim (10) voices ” Elf has become a classic in my house because it is very family-friendly, and gets you in the holiday spirit.


  1. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The beloved and well-known author, Dr. Seuss, wrote the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was created into an Oscar-winning movie. This film is based on the grumpy life of the Grinch who attempts to ruin the holiday season for Whoville by stealing gifts and whatnot. While he attempts this, he runs into a little girl, Cindy Lou, who takes matters into her own hands and turns his world inside out. Misa Okamoto (10) states “I love this movie because it makes you appreciate your family and see the joy Christmas brings.”


  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

This is one of the most popular of the National Lampoon’s Series, raising over 71 million dollars, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. As Christmas comes near, the father of the Griswold family wants to have a perfect holiday by having the family stay home. He pesters his family, as he prepares to make sure everything is right, including house decorations and the tree. While doing this, his family unexpectedly shows up and stays in a camper on the Griswold property. Follow the crazy misadventures of the Griswold family in this comedy holiday film.


  1. Home Alone (1990)

The Christmas classic, Home Alone, is a very hysterical, but joyous film that is very suitable for the holidays. The McCallister family decides to go on a trip to France for the holidays. Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister accidentally gets left behind when his family abruptly rushes off for their trip. Now that he basically becomes the man of the house, he learns to start decorating for the holidays and take care of himself. During this time, two burglars are out to get him and his house, but Kevin has many booby traps to welcome them. ” It is one of the best Holiday movies I have ever seen and is perfect for any ages”, states Meghan Mortensen (10).