Festive Films: 10 Movies To Watch During Christmas - Arts & Culture

Celebrate the gift of Christmas with this lineup of films.

The big screen (or small screen, for that matter) provides the perfect bonding experience for families reuniting in December.

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Here’s the ultimate Christmas watch list to keep you occupied over the holidays.

A Christmas Carol

Synopsis: “An elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve.”

Home Alone

Synopsis: “An eight-year-old troublemaker, mistakenly left home alone, must defend his home against a pair of burglars on Christmas Eve.”

It’s A Wonderful Life

Synopsis: “An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.”


Synopsis: “A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.”

Miracle on 34th St.

Synopsis: “After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy’s, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he’s not mistaken.”

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Synopsis: “The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.”


Synopsis: “A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.”

The Apartment

Synopsis: “A Manhattan insurance clerk tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.”

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Synopsis: “Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.”

The Polar Express

Synopsis: “On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.”

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